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January 28, 2014
More often than not, the dawning of a new calendar year acts as prompt for bike industry manufacturers to redesign and release products, or simply retain and redesign existing ones (with or without a new lick of paint).
Cervélo are no different, and true to form, many of their 2014 models are revamped versions of their 2013 predecessors. But equally consistent is their typical introduction of an “Ace” card; as was played in recent years with the S5, the P5, and the R3 Dark Edition; 2014 looks set to be (at least partly) defined by the addition of ‘The New P2’.
The New P2
The current P2 carries the banner of Cervélo's entry level time trial/triathlon bike – a post which it has held since the mid to late 2000’s. It was, and until stocks sell out will remain, a job which it fills consummately with its versatile geometry, and a combination of aerodynamics, stiffness and handling that matches rival bikes well beyond its £1999 price tag.
Now, to say the new P2 has been brought in as a replacement would be a poor reflection on what is actually a dramatically enhanced successor; “a baby P3,” as some have said.
Carrying a price tag of £2499, the new edition has borrowed heavily from its numerical elder. Both the frame and fork are only slightly less aerodynamic than the P3, but the reduction in shape complexity allow manufacturing costs to be reduced. The tube profiles have clearly been mimicked from the P3 – which in turn, without jumping to any conclusions, were a result of P5 technology. The head tube has grown drastically in width, as has the seat tube, which now shields the back wheel in a cut-out that runs from bottom bracket to the seat stays – which incidentally are now shaped to shield the back brake.
As well as being designed to accommodate for either rounded or aero drinks bottles, the down tube has also been dropped, so that its marriage with the front wheel makes airflow as smooth as possible. In short, to the untrained eye, and without a little further research, the only thing stopping this frame from being that of a P3 are the decals.
The new P2 is also fully compatible with Di2; a luxury previously reserved for P3 models or above. A fully internal cable routing system is another hat-tip to Cervélo’s aerodynamic ethos, and the updated bottom bracket sees a switch to the pioneering BB Right system seen across the Cervélo fleet.
As a build, the new P2 is being rolled out with Shimano 105 derailleurs, Dura-Ace bar end shifters, R-500 wheels, and a Fi’zi:k Arione Tri 2 saddle, with added components coming from FSA (brake callipers, Crankset). The aerobars, pads, and stem are brought to you by Profile Design.
We at The Tristore can harmoniously agree that for an entry level TT and Triathlon bike, it doesn’t come much better than this; in respect to the frame itself, and as a complete bike.
You can expect the new P2s to be available from April, but keep watching us on Twitter for updates on how things are progressing. Alternatively, if your racing season begins before April, the current P2 fleet are still ready and waiting in our Cervélo Centre.