Revamped Cervelo P2 premieres Down Under, TriRadar Australia gives its first impressions

2014 Cervelo P2 [photo: David Rome]

In January, Cervelo released the all-new P2 – a reboot of it’s timeless classic. Perhaps the most popular bike in Kona history – with two Ironman World Championships to its credit – had remained virtually unchanged apart from cosmetic and component upgrades for seven years.

One glance and you will notice that this is not your parent’s P2.

Gone is the relaxed aero-roadie look of its predecessor. The new entry-level frame is a ‘carbon’ copy of the more expensive P3 – other than a palette change which features royal blue Cervelo badging on an all-white gloss frame. It’s a refreshing departure from the stereotypical red, black, silver and white colour combos from years past.

Aesthetics aside, the bike delivered to TriRadar’s Asia-Pacific office in Sydney, weighed in at 8.8kgs (minus pedals), and arrived adequately equipped with a combination of Shimano 105 5700 10-speed front and rear derailleurs and FSA components, such as FSA Gossamer Pro brake calipers and an FSA Gossamer BBright 50/34 crankset.

A comfy Prologo Kappa saddle sits atop a rail-adjust integrated seat post with ~75mm of fore/aft adjustment, while the cockpit uses a Profile Design T2 Wing base bar and T4 Plus aero bar. A standard 1 1/8” steerer which allows for a wide range of after market cockpit options.

The wheels are a standard issue Shimano R501 (700c). However with new P-series geometry allows for a range of sizes, including 45cm to 61cm, with the 45 equipped with 650c wheelsets. Our bike also came specially-equipped with a handy aero bento box from Torhan.

The bike’s relatively low price (£1,999.99/A$3700/NZ$4300) is also a plus, especially when comparing it to the Ultegra-equipped P3 (£3,299/A$4900/NZ$5700) and the recently reviewed P5 Six (£7,499/A$9500/NZ$11500) which comes pro-spec’d and with a substantially higher price tag.  However, the new P2 does borrow a few aerodynamic features from the top-of-the-line P5, including a sleek aero cable routing system that is fully compatible with mechanical, hydraulic and electronic components.

Ultimately, many an age-grouper have lost their triathlon virginity aboard a Cervelo P2. At first glance – and initial ride – its long-awaited sequel appears to be headed toward the same box office success, but ultimately results and PBs will be the judge of that. In the meantime, TriRadar will carry on with its private screening to provide an exhaustive, in-depth review.

To be continued…

2014 Cervelo P2 [photo: David Rome]