Mar 11, 2013 article & images by Nick Salazar

And there's the Omega rear brake, hiding behind the crankset. It mounts up, no problem. I ran full housing to the brake rather than split it at the top tube.
And there's the Omega rear brake, hiding behind the crankset. It mounts up, no problem. I ran full housing to the brake rather than split it at the top tube.

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 me 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.


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  • The Cervelo P5, out for a neighborhood photo shoot.
  • The Cervelo P5 has a lot of really good angles to shoot from.
  • The P5 has a very deep aero chord behind the head tube, but doesn't resort to an external steerer to accomplish it.
  • It doesn't get much better than this - this P5 has all the nice toys.
  • The frontal profile of this very smartly-appointed Cervelo P5.
  • Here's the front brake on the P5. The P5 fork is slightly wider than its Cervelo-born predecessors on the P3 and P4, which Cervelo says actually works better with a rider's spinning legs.
  • As clean as it looks, this cockpit is fully cabled, but nothing sticks out into the wind, thanks to the Sigma and Omega working together so nicely.
  • With the Sigma stem hiding the cables, this P5 is as clean as they come. Absolutely nothing sticks out in the wind.
  • The Sigma mates beautifully with the Aeria, keeping the frontal profile to a minimum.
  • The Profile Design Aeria base bar was completed with our own Gamma Carbon extensions.
  • This shot gives you an idea of how the Sigma's cable routing works. Its simple and easy to install, and the cover is removeable for travel or adjustments.
  • The P5, just chilling out.
  • And there's the Omega rear brake, hiding behind the crankset. It mounts up, no problem. I ran full housing to the brake rather than split it at the top tube.
  • The Omega hangs out beneath the BB, presenting a nice smooth shape for the air to flow over. And yes, those are TriRig Mercury pedals.
  • R2C shifters up front, of course.
  • I put Profile Design's choice ABS Carbon brake levers up front. These are really fantastic levers, and weigh almost nothing.
  • Between the Dash Gretchen disc, Lightning SL crank, and Fibre-Lyte chainrings ... there's so much nude carbon here I might cry. Tears of joy, of course.
  • Dash's new integrated seatpost/saddle combinations are as stunning as they are functional. This P5 gets a TT.9 saddle with TriRig orange colors.
  • Three little set screws control tilt and setback, while providing an inexplicably secure platform. The 'brick' that connects the saddle to the seatpost can be made in a variety of profiles to provide different tilt and setback characteristics, if you have peculiar fit needs.
  • By eliminating the traditional rail structure, Dash has made their seatpost combination even more aerodynamic, not to mention light weight. This entire thing weighs about 240g, less than many saddles alone.
  • A KMC X10SL Gold chain finishes off this build in style, and keeps the weight down.
  • The Cervelo P5. What's not to like?
  • Another side shot of the beautiful P5.
  • A foot of powder is great for skiing, but can be a bit of a buzzkill for the cyclist. Still, there's something alluring about this bike just lounging in the snow.

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