As the entry level option in the P-Series range, the Cervelo P2 is a value-packed triathlon bike that features world championship-winning DNA. Compared to a regular road bike, a triathlon bike features a number of key differences. The first and most important difference is the riding position. With aero extensions on the handlebar and a more vertical saddle position, a triathlon bike aims to push its rider forward over the front wheel into a tighter aero tuck that minimises wind drag, while also creating a comfortable riding position for long distance races. With Ironman events including a bike leg of up to 180km, it’s important to be on a bike that is both as efficient and as comfortable as possible. The second biggest difference is aerodynamics. Aiming to help you shave valuable seconds off your race time, a triathlon bike features large aerofoil tube shapes that help the wind to pass over the frame more smoothly. The result is less wind drag, so you can ride faster, with less effort and less fatigue. Handling-wise, a triathlon bike isn’t as adept as a regular road bike in the corners, so if you’re looking for a bike for maximum versatility for riding all kinds of roads and all kinds of distances, look elsewhere. But if you want to jump into triathlon racing with a vehicle built for pure speed, then a bike like the Cervelo P2 is ideal.
With an identical frame to the Cervelo P3, the P2 utilises a slightly heavier carbon fork and a carefully selected parts spec to help bring the price down to a more accessible level. This makes it an ideal stepping stone for new riders to the sport, or for those triathletes who want a purpose-built race bike after having used a regular road bike up until now. With its high-tech carbon fibre frame, the P2 features numerous aerodynamic features including front and rear wheel cut outs, a thin blade-like seat post, and tucked-in brake callipers that are shielded from the wind. There’s internal cable routing to keep the gear and brake cables out of the wind, and away from the elements for increased service life. Hidden sealed bearings in the headset and bottom bracket allow for oversized frame tubing to create stiffer junctions, while minimising the chance of water and dirt ingress into the bearing seals. Along with the in-built adjustability in the seat post and handlebar, the Cervelo P2 is engineered to be an easy race bike to live with, which is practical and serviceable.
The Cervelo P2 comes with Shimano 105 11-speed shifting, along with FSA BB30 cranks that offer a stiffer 30mm alloy axle. Shimano also provides the wheels and brakes on the P2, with grippy and fast-accelerating Vittoria Rubino Pro tyres rounding out the parts spec.
Gear ratiosSemi Compact
Frame buildCarbon Mid
Light weight and high tech on a budget