Whether you're just getting into the triathlon game, or you've already been competing and want shave time off the bicycle segment, moving to a triathlon-specific bike can have a huge effect on your performance. These bikes are designed to be highly aerodynamic, and the steeper seat tube angle makes it easier to get into that flat-backed aero position to help you cut down on drag. The Cervelo P2 105 R7000 Complete Bike is a great option to improve your training and racing, and one that doesn't have to empty your bank account, either. Reaping the benefits of Cervélo's many years of experience in building fast bikes, the P2's focus on aerodynamic performance, usability, and ride quality is essentially unmatched at this price point.
Taking a closer look at the P2's design elements, it's the refined aerodynamics that has the biggest impact on your speed. Cervelo applies their collective knowledge from years of building some of the fastest aero bikes in the world to the current iteration of the P2 frame. The head tube and fork present the smallest frontal area possible, working with the TrueAero tube shapes to reduce drag when you're sprinting across the tarmac. An extended seat tube cutout shields the leading edge of the rear wheel, also contributing to the bike's impressive aerodynamic performance. Additionally, the P2 can easily be upgraded with more aerodynamic wheels or cockpit, allowing you to work toward even greater aero performance in the future.
Adding to the P2's impressive aerodynamics is its user-friendly performance features. First off, the P2 has flexible storage options. In addition to the standard water bottle mounts, there's an accessory mount on the top tube behind the stem, and another opening on the back end of the seat post that can accommodate an additional bottle carrier. This ensures you have everything you need for a 6-hour training ride or the extended leg of your triathlon. Also, because the frame uses traditional brake placement and a non-integrated cockpit, the bike is considerably easier to pack into a travel case and fly across the country to your next event. The conventional bar and stem also allows a wider range of adjustment compared to an integrated setup, which is a huge win for anyone that hasn't quite figured out their ideal position and fit yet.
A Cervelo wouldn't be a Cervelo without their dedication to frame stiffness and ride quality. The P2 is no exception, being carefully engineered for an ideal stiffness to weight ratio that's noticeable right from the first pedal stroke, inspiring you to pedal harder and go faster. Specifically, Cervelo optimizes stiffness at the head tube junction for precise steering and responsive handling, and then employs just the right amount of vertical compliance at the rear of the bike to ensure a comfortable ride over long distances. The oversize BBright bottom bracket shell allows Cervelo to use a larger diameter down tube, seat tube, and left-hand chainstay, boosting frame stiffness while at the same time reducing weight—all without increasing the Q-Factor. This ensures maximum efficiency as you push the limits of your power output to the pedals.
If you're wondering what separates the P2 from it's older sibling the P3, it boils down to a couple of simple things. First is a more cost-effective Shimano 105 groupset instead of the Ultegra groupset found on the P3. The other difference lies in the fork. The P2 fork is constructed using lower modulus carbon fibers to help cut down on cost. This means a little more material is used, but the stiffness, ride quality, and aerodynamic performance remain the same.