Cervélo updates its P, C and R series for 2019

From understated design to all out superbike flamboyance

Cervélo might still have three major announcements waiting in the wings, but there's plenty to like in its 2019 range. With some great, more affordable additions to the P, C and R series bikes and some serious bling too, so there's more than enough to keep us going for now.

Cervélo C series

The C series, with its highly compliant frame and all-road potential was — along with GT’s Grade — a little ahead of the gravel curve. The downside to the C series, however, was that both the C3 and C5 were expensive.

Well, for 2019 Cervélo has introduced the C2, priced at £2,399.

It shares the same frame design as the more expensive 3 Series, but comes with new Shimano 105 (7020 series) and RS170 disc wheels. Meanwhile, Conti 28mm tyres and Easton EA50 components finish what looks like a well-priced package. 

The metallic matte-green looks great in the flesh
The metallic matte-green looks great in the flesh

It's also a thumbs-up for the navy blue and red colour scheme. Thankfully, Cervélo has continued to step away from its traditional black/red colourways.

The C3 Ultegra Di2 at £4,159 takes things a step further with a wild matt/gloss metallic green. The contrasting orange/red panelling looks stunning and the build with DT Swiss wheels, Cervélo cockpit, Fi'zi:k saddle and Conti tyres (not to mention the Di2 drivetrain and Ultegra brakes), all add up to a slick package.

Cervélo R series

Cervélo reimagined the R5 and R3 last year with the R5 getting more racy and the 3 becoming more of a sportive rider’s rig.

For 2019, the R range has seen updates too, with the R2 moving to the latest 105. The R2 is a more affordable carbon frame based on the R3’s mould.

This means you will be able to get the sub-1,000g frame equipped with new 105 (7000) for £2,299, as well as Shimano RS10 wheels and Cervélo’s own alloy finishing kit. 

The flamboyant Orange UDi2 disc R3 really wowed
The flamboyant Orange UDi2 disc R3 really wowed

The R3 comes in both disc and rim-brake versions and we loved the look of the flamboyant orange R3 Ultegra Di2 disc at £4,999. It comes with Cervélo’s aero sculpted lightweight alloy bar and stem, Novatec carbon disc wheels and, of course, Ultegra Di2 and hydraulic Ultegra disc brakes.

If you prefer a little more understated (and a little less pricey), then the standard Ultegra disc R3 comes in a cool-looking monochrome finish with matching DT Swiss wheels for £3,499.

Cervélo P series

Cervélo’s time-trial and triathlon line the P series has also had a few updates for 2019. The entry-level P2, at £2,499, gets a few choice upgrades from the previous model.

First, it gains the slick-looking new Shimano 105 7000 series, a new cockpit from Profile with the Wing 10a base bar and 35a Extensions, and armrests with Profile's Sonic clamp holding things together. At the rear, it’s a nose-less ISM PR 1.0 saddle.

The P3 gains DT Swiss wheels, a Profile cockpit and ISM saddle for 2019
The P3 gains DT Swiss wheels, a Profile cockpit and ISM saddle for 2019

The pricier £3,599 P3 gets new wheels from DT Swiss (P1800) and Shimano Ultegra, along with the same cockpit and saddle updates as the P2. 

The latest range-topping super-tri machine — the P5X — looks the business, with a full Dura-Ace Di2 group, complete with Dura-Ace flat mount disc brakes, an Enve SES wheelset and a stunning new fluoro colourway, making it look every inch the superbike that it is.

It's not often you see a Lamborghini Aventador at a bike show
It's not often you see a Lamborghini Aventador at a bike show

If a Di2-equipped P5X isn’t quite bling enough for you, then how about the ultra-limited-edition automobile Lamborghini edition P5X, shown on display here at PON Bike, alongside an equally outrageous Lamborghini Aventador, both in Lamborghini yellow.

Warren Rossiter

Senior Technical Editor
Approaching two decades of testing bikes, Warren can be found on a daily basis riding and exploring the road and off roads of Wiltshire's Salisbury Plain in the UK. That's when he's not travelling the world to test the latest kit, components and bikes.
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