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 we do at Cervélo. The company was founded with the goal of making cyclists faster, and using aerodynamics is the best way to achieve that goal. We take a system approach to aerodynamics, considering the bike, rider, and all components together. A bike never rides itself, and so we don’t design or test our bikes without a rider. It means that our 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.
- Our shielding seat stays, meanwhile, allows 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 our 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. We 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. We define ride quality as the feeling of the bike being appropriate for its intended use. For each of our bikes, our 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, we 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 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 our C Series endurance road bikes. For these bikes we 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 we said, 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. The chart below shows the relative contribution of each component to total compliance in a road bike. These charts help us to focus our engineering efforts so that we optimize the vertical compliance of our bikes: what is optimal will depend on the bike and its intended use.
Extended Seat Tube Cutout Our 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 of our bikes and their intended uses.
Triathlon Fit All of our triathlon bikes offer maximum adjustability for the largest possible fit range. Our 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 our triathlon bikes can be found on the 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.
|Fork||Cervélo All-Carbon, P3 Fork|
|Headset||FSA IS2 1-1/8 x 1-1/8”|
|Seatpost||Cervélo Carbon, Aero, Rail-Adjust|
|Shifters||Shimano Dura-Ace BSR1, 11 spd|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano Ultegra 8000, 11 spd|
|Front Derailleur||Shimano Ultegra 8000, 11 spd|
|Brake Calipers||Shimano Ultegra 8000|
|Brake Levers||Shimano Dura-Ace BL-TT79|
|Crankset||Shimano Ultegra 8000 52/36|
|Bottom Bracket||Cervélo BBright Connect 24x90|
|Handlebar||Profile Design SVET R Basebar, 35a Extensions, Sonic Bracket, Ergo Armrest|
|Saddle||ISM PR 1.0|
|Cassette||Shimano Ultegra CS-R8000, 11-28|
|Chain||Shimano CN-HG701, 11 spd|
|Wheels||DT Swiss P1800 Spline|
|Tires||Continental Grand Prix SL 23mm|
Specs: Fork Cervélo All-Carbon, P2 Fork Headset FSA IS2 1-1/8 x 1-1/8” Seatpost Cervelo Carbon, Aero, Rail-Adjust Aero Bar Profile Design T2 Wing & T4+ Brake Levers Profile Design ABS AL Shifters Shimano Dura-Ace BSR1, 11 spd Rear Derailleur Shimano 105 5800, 11 spd Front Derailleur Shimano 105 5800, 11 spd Brake Calipers Shimano 105 5800 Crankset Shimano RS510, 50/34 Bottom Bracket BBB Bottomfit BBO-72 PF30 Threaded Stem Profile Design ARIS OS Saddle Cervelo Comfort Race Cassette Shimano 105 5800, 11 spd, 11-28 Chain Shimano HG601, 11 spd Wheels Shimano RS010 Tires Continental Ultra Sport II, 700x23c sizechart: 45
48 51 54 56 58 61 Stack 450 485 506 522 540 559 588 Reach 375 381 397 411 425 437 446 Effective Top Tube
(75° Seat Tube)
497 513 533 551 570 587 604 Effective Top Tube
(79° Seat Tube)
471 484 505 522 540 556 571 Wheel Size 650c 700c 700c 700c 700c 700c 700c Head Tube Angle 72 71 72.5 72.5 72.5 72.5 72.5 Fork Offset 40 53 43 43 43 43 43 Head Tube Length 90 84 97 114 133 153 183 BB Drop 50 80 75 75 75 75 75 Front Center 553 583 583 602 622 640 658 Rear Center 399 399 399 399 399 399 399 Stand Over Height 712 742 768 784 802 821 850