Launching ahead of the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii, Cervélo Cycles unveils the new P5X: Personal Best. With the bold description of it being the "most technologically advanced triathlon bike ever made", we can't help but be intrigued.
Canadian bicycle brand, Cervélo Cycles was founded in the mid 1990's. Using only the latest production technology, they've quickly cemented themselves as one of the leading manufacturers for racing and track bikes. They've also been known for making some of the most expensive bikes too, and the new P5X is no different.
"The P5X is a personal best for us, and we know it will help athletes achieve their own personal best." - Antoine Ballon, Cervélo’s Global Marketing Director
Looks a little strange, right? Well there's method in the madness of this unique tri-bike contraption. So what set's the new P5X apart from the rest?
The P5X concept began 3 years ago with one goal in mind: Design the ultimate triathlon bike. Since then, Cervélo has spent an entire year researching the needs of triathletes by taking more than 14,500 photos at 10 Ironman and Ironman 70.3 events, interviewing scores of athletes, fitters, coaches and bike dealers. They collected an incredible 1Tb of data to process and analyse in order to better understand, and subsequently build the ultimate tri-bike.
Their biggest understand came from the triathletes themselves who explained that they don't just need a great performance bike for race day, but they need a great bike for training and travel leading up to race day.
One of the biggest priorities for Cervélo was getting the storage just right. They've introduced three modular compartments to safely stow away nutrition, flat kit and cold weather gear without compromising on performance.
Bike transport has been worked on extensively also. 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.
This bike has inbuilt micro and macro adjusters so you can really dial in that precise fit. Having a good bike fit is arguably the most important thing you can do for your performance on race day. So having a bike that allows for small incremental changes allows you to make those personal bests.
In addition to this, Cervélo has worked hard to improved the integrity of the build. The frame is lightweight and strong, with increased handling capabilities and of course aerodynamic qualities. With over 150 hours in the wind tunnel, Cervélo have tweaked and changes the P5X to deliver incredible efficiency at speed.
So what's it gong to cost you?
The top end model will set you back a whopping $15,000 USD / £12,000, with the lower model only setting you back $11,000 USD/ £8,800.
When you consider the extensive research and considerations that have been made to manufacture the Cervélo P5X, you can somewhat find justification in the hefty price tag. Best pop that on the letter to Santa!
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