Cervélo Triathlon Bike Buyer’s Guide

Cervélo is one of the original bike brands to go all-in on aerodynamics. No wonder its bikes are popular choices for triathlons from Sprint distance to Ironman. Here's how to pick the right ride for your tri.

Cervelo Triathlon bikes

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Cervélo got its start with triathlon and time trial bikes. As one of the first brands to fully embrace aerodynamics in bike design, Cervélo has become one of the most sought-after brands among cyclists and triathletes who care about performance above all else.In the world of triathlon, its P range has an unmatched reputation. Its time trial bikes are some of the most sought-after. In fact, Cervélo TT and tri bikes have  seen success at many of the biggest races in the world.

In this brief overview, we’ll cover Cervélo’s line of time trial, triathlon and track bikes so you can make an informed decision when choosing your next bike.

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Cervélo Time Trial Bikes

Cervelo P5

Cervélo P5

The P5 is Cervélo’s top UCI-legal time trial bike. The model comes with the integrated “Speed Riser” cockpit, which makes it easier for riders to fine-tune their position.

The new Cervélo P-Series a slightly more affordable entry into the P range. You won’t get the integrated adjustable Speed Riser cockpit, but the more traditional stem and bar allow riders to fine-tune as needed. You’ll also notice that some of the tube shapes are slightly different. The P-Series is not as up to date as the P5, but it’s more affordable and still a seriously fast machine.

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Cervélo Triathlon Bikes

Cervelo PX

Cervélo PX

With the PX triathlon bikes, Cervélo threw out the UCI rule book. Note the lack of a seat tube, seat stays, and the very non-UCI compliant tube depths. The new P3X improves on its predecessor, the P5X, by increasing stiffness and reducing weight to improve climbing. It also includes the Speed Riser cockpit.

The PX-series uses a split base bar which makes disassembly for travel easier. Both models are targeted at the triathlon market, particularly longer-distance races. These bikes are among the fastest options for racers participating in non-UCI events like Ironman.

Who it’s for: Time trialists and/or triathlon athletes.

Older models: There have been several P range time trial bikes through the years, P2, P3, P4, and P5 with countless variants. There are too many to list here. The new P3X replaces the P5X (2017-2019).

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Cervélo Track Bikes

Cervélo has also had great success on the track. The British cycling team used the Cervélo T5GB in 2016 to win several Olympic medals. That bike has since evolved into the new T4 which is available for the public to purchase.

The T4 is built incredibly stiff to satisfy the needs of Olympic-level athletes, and it has been designed around a very long and low pursuit-style geometry. The extended seat tube cut out was developed through the P range of time trial bikes and provides additional aero benefits on the track. The T4 is available as a frame only.

Who it’s for: Track racers. Fixed gear enthusiasts.

Still have questions about which Cervélo tri bike is right for you? Hit up a TPC Ride Guide at (866) 401-9636 to discuss our current selection and find the ride that suits your cycling needs. Do you already have one of these bikes? Let us (and other cyclists) know in the comments what you love about your Cervélo.

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