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SUMMARY: The Cervelo P2 is one of the most iconic triathlon bikes of all time. The latest version of the P2 keeps with the Cervelo tradition of building aerodynamic AND practical triathlon frames. The fit is "middle of the road" and ideal for most athletes racing short or long course. For the dollar the P2 105 is on par with bikes twice its price and a great platform for any triathlete or time trialist.
The Frameset: The foundation of all bikes is the frame itself, and the P2 is a benchmark for most other triathlon bikes. The P2 is a full carbon fiber frame with full carbon fork. Cervelo provides bolt mounts on the top tube for a direct-mount bento box. Down tube water bottle mounts exist to address hydration needs. Cable management starts behind the stem, where both derailleur cables tuck away inside the frame, only to exit below the BB. The system is simple, clean, and works smooth. The rear wheel mounts onto horizontal dropouts. This allows you to adjust the rear wheel clearance based on tire size and personal clearance preference.
The full carbon proprietary Cervelo seat post mounts to the frame with a single seat post wedge. Use carbon paste and torque to about 8nm and you'll experience no seatpost slippage. The saddle mount is infinitely adjustable in tilt, providing significant fore-aft adjustability.
The Fit: Cervelo didn't hold back on frame sizes for the P2 or P3: 6 frame sizes in total with a size run from 48cm to 61cm. Compare that to 3 or 4 frame sizes for many other manufacturers. More sizes = more likely a size exist that fits you well. Adding to the "fit-ability" of the bike is the versatile Profile Design T4+ aerobar and tradition stem. An ISM Prologue saddle sits atop the seatpost, and is a great spec for any triathlon bike. When it comes to saddles, comfort is highly individual. But we much prefer to see the Prologue on a tri bike than another Fizik Arione. Cervelo kept things simple with the setup, and the reward is a comfortable bike that fits most riders. The
Components: A good rule if you want a drivetrain to work well is to keep the parts all within the same manufacturing family. Cervelo holds true to this with a straight Shimano 105 drivetrain. Shimano Dura Ace shifters and an FSA Gossamer crank the only exception. The Gossamer crank works great and though it's not light, it has never let us down. In short, these are all parts that don't register high on the flashy scale, but are reliable and will serve you well.
Part of the P2's bullet-proof reliability has to do with not trying to hide the brakes. Whatever tiny aero penalty exists using tradition brakes is worth the hours of life saved when swapping out wheels. We cannot count how many times we've thanked Cervelo for not hiding the brakes on this bike! If you need to shave a few precious seconds, considering adding one of the many aero brakes on the market that are compatible with this bike.
Add-Ons: All triathlon bikes need some accessories. For better or worse, Cervelo has decided to leave the add-ons to third party manufacturers. A direct mount bento box and rear bottle cage mount are two common add-ons. The benefit of not having any proprietary add-ons is that you can pick/choose what works best for you.
Areas of Concern: Our single request with this platform are addition water bottle cage mounts on the seat tube. Having the option for a second bottle on the frame would be great. Other than that, the P2 105 is a great triathlon bike that can take you to the finish line of your first sprint tri, or even Kona.