Well, well, well. Yesterday I told you I had my heart set on the Felt track bike our ladies rode in the Rio Olympics, while that bike still has a special place in my heart the new Cervélo P5X has really grabbed my interest. As radical bike designs go, there is nothing out there to rival this new triathlon machine.
The latest incarnation of the Canadian company’s aero bike was launched at the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii on Tuesday and it caught everyone’s attention.
Cervélo are calling the P5X the ‘most technologically advanced triathlon bike ever made’. I can’t argue against that on looks alone.
According to Cervélo, designing the P5X started back in 2013. As you might expect that included countless hours of computer design package and wind-tunnel work, what is a little unusual, however, is that it also included hours of interviews with triathletes to see what they wanted out of a bike and observation of triathletes racing.
What did Cervélo come up with after all that work? A machine that aims not only to be fast on race day but one that is also practical when training and travelling. The P5X has customisable storage with various containers and mounts for bottles, tools, food and spare clothing all built into its unbelievable aero profile. There’s a folding aero bar and optional bespoke bike case as well that make packing and travelling to events easy.
P5X lead designer David Killing:
“Whether training or racing, everything you need to support yourself, including nutrition, flat kit and cold weather gear, can be securely stowed in the exclusive Smartpak, Stealthbox and Speedcase components. With the added convenience of three round bottles placed exactly where you want them, performance will never be compromised.”
Two builds of the bike will be available: one with SRAM Red eTap, and another with Shimano Ultegra Di2.
The eTap model comes with Enve 7.8 wheels and is priced at $15,000, while the Shimano version has a Rotor crank and Hed 6.9 wheels and is priced $11,000.
I’m not even a triathlete and this bike has me unbelievable excited. Now we just need the UCI to start loosening up their strict rules on TT machines so we can see some of these radical design elements in use beneath time triallists.