Cervélo launches its P5X, the new triathlon bike that’s tailored to athletes’ unique needs

Cervélo Cycles has unveiled the P5X, which claims to be ‘the fastest, most technologically advanced triathlon bike ever made’.

The unique needs of every triathlete, whether training, racing or travelling, have been at the front and centre of their design process.

“Launching the P5X at the Ironman World Championship means a lot to us,” says Antoine Ballon, Cervélo’s Global Marketing Director. “Chrissie Wellington made history here in 2007 and 2008 by claiming victory on one of our first tri bikes, and we have continued to make history here by leading the Kona Bike Count for 11 consecutive years and counting. 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 an unequivocal goal: Design the ultimate triathlon bike. Before even contemplating design, however, Cervélo conducted a full year of real-world research. This included taking more than 14,500 photos at 10 Ironman and Ironman 70.3 events; interviewing scores of athletes, fitters, coaches and bike dealers; conducting real-life ride tests with prototypes; and collecting on-board data in a range of conditions, from the extreme wind and heat of Kona to the hills of Ironman France. At the end of this exhaustive process a terabyte-sized database of real-world information was catalogued and analyzed.

“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,” explained Cervélo Engineering Director Sean McDermott.


Cervélo’s race-course research revealed 688 distinct bike setups, the most popular of which was used by just 3.8 per cent of triathletes. The takeaway: Athletes set up their bikes their way, which is why customisable modular storage is such a priority for the P5X.

“Whether training or racing, 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,” said P5X Lead Designer David Killing. “With the added convenience of three round bottles placed exactly where you want them, performance will never be compromised.”


Another priority: Taking the stress out of assembly and travel. 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.


The P5X is designed to ensure that athletes, shops and fitters can make subtle adjustments to set up the bike for speed. “A proper bike fit is the biggest performance upgrade you can make to achieve your personal best,” said renowned fitter Mat Steinmetz, who joined the P5X project as Director of Human-Bike Interaction in 2015. “The unprecedented micro- and macro-adjustability allows every athlete to find their perfect position quickly and easily.”

Pricing and availability

The P5X is available in two different builds. The utmost features the latest SRAM RED eTap system, including an SRAM crank, and comes equipped with ENVE 7.8 wheels. Starting today, it is available at 80 select Cervélo retailers around the world, including 35 North American shops where it will be priced at $15,000 USD. The second build will showcase an Ultegra Di2 groupset, a Rotor crank and Hed 6.9 wheels. Starting Dec. 1, it will be available for $11,000 USD.

A fully customized Cervélo travel case, co-developed with Biknd to make travelling with the P5X safe and stress-free, comes as an option for purchase.

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