Cervélo introduces new P3 time trial bike
Earlier today Cervélo revealed the updated 2013 version of its legendary P3 time trial and triathlon bike, which has helped major riders secure time trial victories in major events such as the Tour de France and the World Championships.
According to Cervélo, their team of engineers have succeeded at taking the design of the original P3 bike and optimizing it further in order to make it faster and stiffer, while incorporating the popular lineage of Cervélo’s category-leading and costly P5 and making the bike easier to work on for at-home bike mechanics.
In creating the P3, Cervélo has focused on creating an aerodynamic time trial and triathlon bike, which would be affordable to a wider range of cyclists than its top-of-the-line P5 bike and at the same time more accessible though a wider range of frame sizes, modified geometry, intuitive assembly, flexible nutrition and hydration options, and additional fit options. Cervélo additionally focused on meeting the demands of many non-pro athletes who have requested a bike that was easier to pack for travels.
Commenting on the launch of Cervélo's new P3, Cervélo co-founder and current Chairman Phil White told Roadcycling.com "Through our design process we sketched and smoothed together many of our advanced aero features to create a bike with speed built in. When you’ve hit all the targets of function, you start perfecting form."
"The Cervélo P3 is designed for the athletes we see by the hundreds each season at their local time trial, community tri event, regional Olympic-distance or at even at Kona. The P3 belongs to these athletes and the goals they’ve set for 2013."
The 2013 Cervélo P3 reintroduces size 650C wheels for the smallest model - the 45 cm frame - and also offers a size 48 cm model with 700C wheels. The bike thereby caters for many women, small men and young athletes who are still in the process of growing.
According to Cervélo, by featuring the P5’s proven rail seatpost and 11/8 steerer tube, the P3 bike allows for the personalized set-up and numerous fit options that are so important when it comes to time trial bikes.
The shielding seat stays hide the rear brake, thus offering an aero advantage while allowing for easy assembly and maintenance. The P3 was designed using the same aerozone engineering analysis applied in the development of the P5 and features the same dropped downtube and the stiffness and power transfer of the BBright platform.
The new Cervelo P3 is sold as a complete bike for US$5400 featuring Shimano Dura Ace 9000, Magura RT6 hydraulic brakes, Rotor 3D+ BBRight crankset, and a Mavic Cosmic Elite wheelset.