Cervélo no sooner launched its latest P5X time trial/triathlon bike this month, the Canadian brand unveiled but another model this week called the P3X that’s equally aimed at cheating the wind.
Similar to its more expensive sibling, the P3X also uses a single-beam frame design, wherein the main frame is connected to the rear wheel courtesy of massive chainstays only.
Accordingly, the saddle is held up by the beam, or swingarm, which also replaces the top tube.
Like the P5X, disc brakes and thru axles are part of the new P3X’s build, something that’s rapidly becoming a new standard in the industry.
The P3X also mimics the P5X when in comes to carrying water bottles, which can be attached in a variety of different positions; namely behind the saddle, between the arms and above the bottom bracket, which seems to be a popular option for most triathletes.
In order to simplify the front cockpit and reduce weight and cost, Cervélo decided to use a different base bar on the P3X than what’s found on the P5X.
In this instance, the one-piece bar can’t be broken down for transport and there’s less ability to angle the aero extensions. But, there are four positions available, 0, 5, 10 and 15 degrees, so riders can still dial in a comfortable, aerodynamic position. Moreover, the base bar can be mounted in two different positions, while the cockpit can be adjusted thanks to an improved version of the Speed Riser System that allows riders to easily move the “mast” up or down in order to dial in the perfect bar height.
Like the P5X, storage options abound with the P3X as well, offering a variety of “boxes.”
For example, there’s a newly designed front storage box for a tube and a CO2 cartridge, a new “bento” box that replaces the zipper with a rubber opening and the same storage box over the bottom bracket for larger storage needs.
However, perhaps the biggest addition to the P3X is more tire clearance, which can accommodate rubber up to 28mm.
The new P3X is available in four sizes that range from Small to X-Large, along with two Shimano Ultegra Di2 build options from $8,000 to $12,000.
There’s even a helpful online tool that customers can use to select the ideal size.
You can learn more about the new P3X by visiting Cervélo’s website here.
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