New Cervelo P3 gets P5 tech trickle-down

Sleek time trial/tri bike at a somewhat more reasonable price

With the new P5, Cervélo commanded both attention of the time trial and triathlon world and a staggering price ($10,000/£6,500 for a Di2 bike). With the updated P3, Cervélo is putting many elements of the P5's aerodynamic engineering into a somewhat more reasonably priced machine with a Shimano Dura-Ace 9000-equipped machine running $5,400/£3,500.

Available for orders as of today, the new P3 comes in a new 45cm size in a 650c frame, plus 48, 51, 54, 56, 58 and 61cm sizes in a standard 700c frame.

A new P5-like shape for the P3, but with standard caliper placement

In recent years, the P3 has enjoyed success in professional racing and remains an age-grouper Ironman favorite in triathlon. With the new frame, Cervélo keeps the rear-wheel-hugging design but in a wide-rim format and with a straight leading edge on the down tube. Cable routing takes cues from the P5, entering the top tube behind the steerer tube. Also, the down tube mimics the P5 design, hugging the front wheel and the fork beneath the crown.

There are bosses for water bottles on the down tube, at the down tube/seat tube junction, and between the aerobar extensions. There are also dedicated attachment points for an electric battery on the bottom of the down tube and a bento box on the top tube.

The p3 slots in between the top-end p5 and the entry-level p2: the p3 slots in between the top-end p5 and the entry-level p2
The new P3, with Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 and Magura RT6 hydraulic brakes and calipers

While Cervélo road bikes are criticized by some racers for their slightly taller than normal (race bike) head tubes, the P3 is built for aero speed. A 56cm frame, for example, has a 133mm head tube.

The Cervélo aero seatpost has about 3cm of fore/aft adjustability for the clamp itself on the post, in addition to the fore/aft adjustment of the saddle on its rails like with any standard seatpost. The end result is a healthy amount of flexibility in fit.

Built up with the new 11-speed Shimano Dura-Ace 9000, the P3 has a suggested retail price of $5,400.

Internal routing holes and a variety ferrules are designed to accept mechanical, electric and hydraulic lines : internal routing holes and a variety ferrules are designed to accept mechanical, electric and hydraulic lines
The frame is ready for electric and hydraulic routing, as well as standard mechanical systems

P3 complete build

  • Fork: Cervélo FK37
  • Headset: FSA IS3 Standard - 6mm TC
  • Seatpost: Cervélo aero (TT/Tri rail)
  • Front and rear derailleurs: Shimano Dura-Ace 9000
  • Bar-end shifters: Shimano DA 9000 TT Bar End Shifters
  • Brake calipers/levers: Magura RT6
  • Crankset: Rotor 3DF BBright 52/36 110BCD w/BB
  • Aerobar: 3T Aura Pro
  • Stem: 3T ARX Pro
  • Saddle: ISM Prologue
  • Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 11-25
  • Wheels (700c): Mavic Cosmic Elite
  • Wheels (650c): Vision Team 30
  • Tires: Vittoria Diamante Pro Light 23mm
Ben Delaney

US Editor-in-Chief
Ben has been writing about bikes since 2000, covering everything from the Tour de France to Asian manufacturing to kids' bikes. The former editor-in-chief of VeloNews, he began racing in college while getting a journalism degree at the University of New Mexico. Based in the cycling-crazed city of Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and two kids, Ben enjoys riding most every day.
  • Discipline: Road (paved or otherwise), cyclocross and sometimes mountain. His tri-curious phase seems to have passed, thankfully
  • Preferred Terrain: Quiet mountain roads leading to places unknown
  • Current Bikes: Scott Foil Team, Trek Boone 5, Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL4, Marinoni fixed gear, Santa Cruz Roadster TT bike
  • Dream Bike: A BMC Teammachine SLR01 with disc brakes and clearance for 30mm tires (doesn't yet exist)
  • Beer of Choice: Saison Dupont
  • Location: Boulder, CO, USA

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