Pro bike: Andrew Talansky’s Cervélo P5

One of the dozen P5s in existence takes the TT start in California

Garmin-Barracuda’s Andrew Talansky got the attention of the racing world in late April, when he finished less than a second behind Team Sky’s Bradley Wiggins in the final time trial of the Tour de Romandie. That performance earned him second place on the stage, second overall in the race and the Best Young Rider award.


 It also earned him a new ride. At the Amgen Tour of California, Talanksy’s Cervélo P4 from Romandie was hanging on the team rack, but inside the team truck a new Cervélo P5 awaited him.

Cervélo’s P5 comes in two styles: a triathlon edition and the UCI-approved TT model. Both share the same frame but differ in forks; the tri bike has a fairing over the front brake. The P5 was introduced in January, and only a handful have been made thus far.

The 3T Aduro handlebar comes in three heights; Talansky is running the shortest option, with the arm-rest clips bolted in nice and narrow (14cm apart at the center of the pads).

The two most remarkable features of the P5 are the Magura hydraulic rim brakes and the completely integrated Shimano Di2 package. While many team mechanics are still bolting Di2 batteries under down tubes and taping wiring down along the length of tubes, the P5 has completely internal wiring, from the tips of the handlebars, down through the stem and into the frame. Much more impressive, however, is the battery solution — it is tucked inside the down tube, accessible via a panel that faces the rear wheel.

What you can’t see here it the shimano di2 that’s mounted inside the down tube. if you look closely, however, you can see the allen bolt that keeps the cover on over the battery:
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Can you see the Shimano Di2 battery here? Sure can’t – and that is exactly the point

Tom Danielson and David Zabriskie are the Garmin-Barracuda team leaders at California, but Talansky could well give them a run for the money in the time trial on Thursday. Talansky starts as the 98th rider, two minutes behind Danielson and two minutes ahead of defending race champion Chris Horner (RadioShack-Nissan-Trek).

Check out all the details of Talansky’s Cervélo P5 in the gallery at right above, and be sure to follow all the action from the Amgen Tour of California on

Complete bike specifications

  •     Frame: Cervélo P5
  •     Stem: 3T Aduro
  •     Handlebar: 3T Aduro, 38cm (c-c); pads 14cm (c-c)
  •     Front brake: Magura RT8 Hydraulic
  •     Rear brake: Magura RT8 Hydraulic
  •     Brake levers: Magura RT 8TT Hydraulic
  •     Front derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 FD-7970
  •     Rear derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 RD-7970
  •     Shift levers: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2
  •     Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace CS-7900, 11-23T
  •     Chain: Shimano Dura-Ace CN-7900
  •     Crankset: Rotor 3D+ TT, 172.5mm, 55/44T
  •     Bottom bracket: Rotor
  •     Pedals: Garmin Vector (without the power-meter internals)
  •     Front wheel: Mavic CC80
  •     Rear wheel: Mavic Comete
  •     Front tire: Mavic Yksion GripLink tubular
  •     Rear tire: Mavic Yksion PowerLink tubular
  •     Saddle: Fi’zi:k Arione Tri 2
  •     Seatpost: Cervélo P5
  •     Bottle cages: Arundel Chrono
  •     Computer: Garmin Edge 500

Critical measurements

  •     Rider’s height: 1.75m (5ft 9in)
  •     Rider’s weight: 63kg (139lb)
  •     Saddle height, from BB (c-t): 73.5cm