Cervélo has just launched the hotly anticipated P5X, the ultimate triathlon bike that’s reported to be tailored to athletes’ unique needs like never before. We’ve got the lowdown here…
At this year’s Ironman World Championship in Kona, Cervélo Cycles unveiled the P5X, said to be the fastest and most technologically advanced triathlon bike ever made, that puts the needs of every triathlete, whether training, racing or travelling, at its heart.
Antoine Ballon, Cervélo’s Global Marketing Director, says: “Designed with nothing but the triathlete in mind, this badass ride represents the pinnacle of our systematic, engineering-first approach. The P5X is a personal best for us, and we know it will help athletes achieve their own personal best.”
The P5X project began in 2013 with the goal of designing the ultimate triathlon bike. Before contemplating design, Cervélo conducted a year’s real-world research. They collected data, conducted test rides, took more than 14,500 photos at Ironman and Ironman 70.3 events, and interviewed scores of athletes, fitters, coaches and bike dealers.
“We found that a different approach was needed to improve the entire triathlete experience, not only on race day, but also in training and travel,” says Cervélo Engineering Director Sean McDermott. “From aerodynamically integrated storage to wide-ranging aerobar adjustments, the P5X delivers a complete system that addresses speed, fit and usage.”
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With race course research revealing 688 distinct bike setups, Cervélo made customizable modular storage a priority for the P5X. “Everything you need to support yourself, including nutrition, flat kit and cold weather gear, can be securely stowed in the exclusive Smartpak, Stealthbox and Speedcase components,” says P5X Lead Designer David Killing.
The P5X can be disassembled by removing a few bolts with minimal tools, while the two-piece foldable aerobar with proprietary padded holster ensures secure, quick packing.
Athletes, shops and fitters can also adjust the bike set-up with ease. Renowned fitter Mat Steinmetz, Director of Human-Bike Interaction for the P5X project, said: “The unprecedented micro- and macro-adjustability allows every athlete to find their perfect position quickly and easily.”
BEST AERO PERFORMANCE
Aerodynamic excellence is a key quality of the P5X. with more than 180 hours of wind tunnel testing, this model has pushed the limits of aero performance further than ever before. One who took part in the testing phases was Frederik Van Lierde (pictured above), 2013 Ironman World Champion: “It is always an amazing opportunity to work with Cervélo on a new product. I look forward to riding the P5X at Kona this year.”
The P5X features flat-mount disc brakes and thru-axles to improve safety and boost stiffness. Not only does this system contribute to the bike’s superior aerodynamics, it also offers great modulation and stopping power in all conditions with minimal maintenance.
Cervélo partnered with two of North America’s finest composite suppliers — Hed Cycling Products and ENVE Composites — to design and manufacture the P5X.
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The P5X is available in two different builds. The first build features the latest SRAM RED eTap system, including an SRAM crank, and comes equipped with ENVE 7.8 wheels. The second showcases an Ultegra Di2 groupset, a Rotor crank and Hed 6.9 wheels.
The suggested retail price of the P5X is $15,000 (USD)
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