The Cervélo P2 has a great history as a superbike: two victories at Kona and countless victories elsewhere. The new P2 105 Bike is better than those bikes in terms of fit and performance. But it's also a winner in its new position in the line: entry-level performance. The frame comes out of the same mold as the P3 and has the same carbon lay-up. The difference is a more economically-produced fork.
This iteration is the fastest P2 ever. The shapes, from the dropped down tube to the extended seat tube cutout make this bike super slippery in the wind. But that's the tip of the P2 iceberg. This bike has also been stiffened. The bike is 16.4% stiffer at the head tube, thanks to the use of a tapered head tube, going from 1 1/8" at the top for ease of stem options to 1 3/8" at the bottom to better hold the fork and front wheel in place. A stiffer front end tracks turns better. The bottom bracket standard has gone to the BBright you'll find on most Cervélos. This simple change increases the bottom bracket stiffness by 6.5%, and thanks to the longer, bigger through axle, and increased width that can come from building around the bigger shell, the overall system stiffness is greater, resulting in greater pedaling efficiency.
The new P2 also boasts a tweaking of sizes based on stack and reach calculations mean it's easy to find a frame size that fits you. And when you get on it, the seat post, with 75mm of smooth fore-aft adjustment makes it easy to find you saddle position. For the smallest sizes, the frames are built around 650c wheels, but the rest are 700c.
This bike is designed to be something anyone can swing a leg over and take advantage of Cervélo's advanced fit and aerodynamics. The component build is much the same. The derailleurs and cassette (11-25) are Shimano 105 eleven-speed, but the entirety of the spec is really a mix of pieces that are light, work well, last, and are great values. Those derailleurs are paired to Dura-Ace bar-end shifters. The cranks, with semi-compact 52/36 rings, are Fast's and of a piece with the brakes. The Shimano RS010 wheels are likewise a great value, a starter or training wheelset that will last and last, and can easily be swapped for something faster.
One of the important things for Cervélo was building a future into this bike. That is, when you are ready to upgrade, the frame is still good. The internal cable routing can work with mechanical, electric, and hydraulic systems, and the bike comes with the fitments to make that happen. If you go electric, you can run the battery on mounts beneath the down tube.
And in terms of setting up hydration and nutrition, Cervélo thought of that, too. There are the usual down tube bottle bosses, which are positioned to, if you go round, help shroud the bike, of if you go aero, easy to reach. There are also top tube bottle bosses, which can accommodate a cage or a bento box. And, in a bit of a revolutionary choice, there's a bolt atop the bottom bracket juncture that was put in to encourage accessory designers to find a use for it.
The Cervélo P2 makes taking advantage of the great Cervélo P series aerodynamics easy.
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