Cervelo P5 Build
article & images by Nick Salazar
Mar 11, 2013
When we last looked at the Cervelo P5, we were detailing the ins and outs of the frameset. And at that time, we promised to show you the full build of the bike when it was done. Sadly, this isn't a ride review - the P5 shown here is a 58cm, and much too large for my 5'9" self to ride. So for the purposes of this article, you're looking at a display bike. And what a beautiful display it is. Every part of this bike was chosen for a specific reason, to make a fininshed product that is very light (just 15.7 pounds complete), undeniably aerodynamic, and as user-friendly as any bike on the market. It's meant to be the braniest bike on the road, without requiring a genius-level mechanic to maintain it. So let's take a look at what's on this beast.
I've written about the P5 several times, and always said I'd prefer to build up the bike with the UCI-legal Three fork. Fortunately, the frame we received from Dash Cycles to build up was exactly that. So we got to work making this into a bit of a dream machine. Part of the theme of this build was to stay light weight whenever possible. After all, this bike was going to showcase the Dash seatpost/saddle combo, as well as their 770g Gretchen disc wheel. So we based the build on SRAM Red, which has claim to being the lightest mechanical TT group right now. The crank got swapped out for a Lightning SL with Fibre-Lyte chainrings, lopping more than 100g off of the already very light Red crank (the Lightning setup is just 534g, complete with the bottom bracket and chainrings)!
I took the liberty to chock the build full of TriRig's own Omega brakes (front and rear), Gamma carbon extensions, plus prototype Mercury pedals, and a pre-production Sigma stem. Base bar duties went to the Profile Design Aeria, and although I probably would have put an Alpha bar on, there aren't any working samples of that beauty yet. Plus, it's kindof neat to have an Aeria on there, because with that bar, the entire bike becomes UCI-legal. I highly doubt there's much on the market that can even come close to this build in terms of weight, aerodynamics, or adjustability, but the whole thing is totally UCI legal, mechanically simple, and would make an incredible rig for long or short course.
There's really nothing more to say that can't be said better with pictures. So enjoy the gallery below!