THE ORIGINAL ICON
The P3 is an iconic bike in the triathlon and time trial circuits. Offering real-world aerodynamic advantage and flexibility in fit and positioning, the P3 will enable you to be the fastest version of yourself.
Ideal For: Non-drafting triathlon of all distances, Time trial
Aerodynamics is at the very core of what Cervélo does. The company was founded with the goal of making cyclists faster, and using aerodynamics is the best way to achieve that goal. They take a system approach to aerodynamics, considering the bike, rider, and all components together. A bike never rides itself, and so they don’t design or test bikes without a rider. It means that Cervélo bikes are not just fast in the wind tunnel, but fast out on the road with you as well.
Cervélo values standard components and intuitive adjustments, all of which make our bikes simple to own and easy to enjoy. You’ll appreciate this when you get your Cervélo tuned up for the first ride of the season, or pack it up for your next triathlon.
Cervélo’s Future-Proof Cable Management system, for instance, achieves compatibility across mechanical, electronic, and hydraulic brake and derailleur systems. Currently, Future-Proof frames include interchangeable cable stops that snap into the frame and are easily swapped out by hand to accommodate upgrades. The benefit: One frame, any system. You can buy with confidence, knowing your bike is easily upgradable and can be enjoyed with the latest technology for years to come.
Then there’s Cervélo’s Reduced-Friction BB Guide, which maintains a consistent curve for each cable path that avoids side bends or kinks. The result is significantly reduced friction, leading to easier setup, smoother shifting, and longer service intervals.
The shielding seat stays, meanwhile, allow standard brake calipers to be hidden from the wind — reducing aero drag — but retaining elite braking performance, simple adjustment, and access to replacement parts of non-proprietary systems. The same goes for the adoption of the flat-mount standard for disc brakes: it is compatible with all commonly used calipers and rotor sizes via adapters.
Out of all of a bike's features, optimized aerodynamics will have the biggest impact on your speed. Cervélo applied learnings from the P5 to create the P3 frame, with distinctive design elements and frame tube shapes designed to reduce drag and make you faster.
USER FRIENDLY PERFORMANCE
The P3 will let you focus on training and racing, rather than stressing about your bike. It has flexible storage options (an accessory mount on the top tube and bottle carrier mount on the seat post) and a wide range of fit options, so you can dial in your optimal position.
Cervélo's approach to ride quality focusses on the rider's experience. They define ride quality as the feeling of the bike being appropriate for its intended use. For each of their bikes, the engineers apply technologies and design elements that work together to create the desired ride experience.
Focused on your ride experience The most common definition of ride quality is “a comfortable ride.” This is accurate - to a point. When you dive into the engineering side of ride quality and comfort, it starts to become very complex. After conducting a long-term collaborative study with the University of Sherbrooke, Cervélo concluded that despite subjective opinions on what is “more or less comfortable,” there are no universally accepted definitions for "comfort" or "ride quality".
With this in mind, Cervélo's approach to ride quality focusses on the rider's experience. We define ride quality as the feeling of the bike being appropriate for its intended use. That means that the application of ride quality will be specific - and different - for each bike. For example, the S5 aero road bike is all about speed. That’s why Cervélo we lowered the front end for a more aggressive rider position with even better aerodynamics and increased stiffness to aid power transfer and handling.
Different technologies and elements are applied to the C Series endurance road bikes. For these bikes Cervélo chose a shorter, more upright geometry for the frame, selected tube shapes that prioritized vertical compliance and light weight, and then constructed the frame without using ultra-high modulus (UHM) carbon for a damped ride feel. Together, these create a bike for riders who want to ride further, faster.
Elements of Comfort - As noted, comfort is very difficult to define and measure because it is so subjective. However, it is helpful to look at elements that correlate to comfort in two categories: static and dynamic comfort.
Static comfort: Static comfort is your perception of the bike when at rest, such as when you are sitting on it on a trainer in the shop. In this situation, factors such as fit, your contact points with the bike (feet, seat, hands), and body position are in play. Context will have a big impact on your perception of static comfort - for example whether you stretched that day or how well you slept.
Dynamic comfort: Dynamic comfort focusses on the experience of the bike in motion. Dynamic comfort is very complex, but there is one measurable element that correlates well with perceived comfort: vertical compliance, which is the deflection (movement) in a vertical plane that can be measured as a response to an input. Simply put, vertical compliance represents the bike’s ability to react to a bump in the road.
When the front wheel contacts the bump, even as you sense the impact in your hands, each of the elements in the system deflect to some degree in response. The components between the bump and your body make up the system. Cervélo has developed charts that show the relative contribution of each component to total compliance in a road bike. These charts help them to focus our engineering efforts so that they optimize the vertical compliance of our bikes: what is optimal will depend on the bike and its intended use.
Extended Seat Tube Cutout: The Extended Seat Tube Cutout is a close fitting curve in the seat tube, which fully shields the leading edge of the rear wheel to significantly improve aerodynamic performance.
BBright™: Cervélo developed BBright™ to take advantage of the fact that oversized frame tubes are stiffer and lighter. With the BBright™ system, larger-sized tubes are used in the seat tube, down tube, and left-hand chainstay. The benefit is increased stiffness and pedaling efficiency in a lighter weight frame. BBright™ is compatible with all major crank standards.
TrueAero™: TrueAero™ combines specific tube shapes, sizes, and design features to improve aerodynamic flow across the bike. The application of TrueAero™ is tailored specifically for each bike and its intended use.
Triathlon Fit: All of Cervélo's ur triathlon bikes offer maximum adjustability for the largest possible fit range. The Triathlon Fit accommodates all athletes' needs, enabling a range of fits from an upright torso angle to the lowest, most aerodynamic position.The details of the total fit range for each of their our triathlon bikes can be found on Cervélo's individual product pages.
Aero Cable Management: The Cervélo frame, fork, handlebars, and associated components are designed to hide brake and shift control lines (mechanical, electrical, and hydraulic) from the wind for improved aerodynamics, without sacrificing usability or performance.
SmartWall™: SmartWall™ is Cervélo's patented method of distributing carbon composite material to the inner sides of frame tubes, improving stiffness, strength, and compliance while minimizing weight.
Dropped Down Tube: Dropped Down Tube moves the upper part of the down tube closer to the front wheel. A cutout in the lower edge of the down tube provides wheel and tire clearance and helps smooth out the airflow between the front wheel and down tube, reducing your aerodynamic drag.