In 2008, Chrissie Wellington won the Ironman World Championships riding a Cervelo P2. Not too bad.
The new P2 now features a new geometry, identical to that of the P3. It also boasts most of the wind cheating features of it’s higher end brother.
Apart from a slightly less aerodynamic fork, the P2 is a spitting image of the P3. That’s pretty good for an “entry level” model, considering that the P3 is the most successful time trial bike in history.
The P2 comes with a Profile Design T2 Wing basebar and T4+ extensions. The rest of the bike is spec-ed with Shimano Dura Ace bar end shifters, 105 derailleurs, FSA crank and brakes. It sits atop a pair of Shimano R500 wheels.
Your rear end will enjoy the plush Fizik Arione Tri 2 saddle. The new P2 uses the single bolt seat clamp and is compatible with bolt on accessories from Xlab.
This new version of the bike offers a wider range of fit options (from a size 45cm frame) than before. Overall, the P2 is an excellent, race-ready bike that is going to set the standard for entry level triathlon bikes. It’s also going to give competitors’ higher end bikes a real run for their money.
For more information, check out this video HERE.
The Cervelo P2 retails for $4050 and is available now.
The Casco SPEEDster is an entry level addition to their line up of track-inspired aero helmets. “Entry level” is of course, a very subjective term here.
The SPEEDster is modeled after the higher end SPEEDairo, but with less vents towards the front. Like the new wave of aero helmets, the SPEEDster’s truncated rear end and distinct lack of side vents mean that even us Average Joe’s will be traveling faster when we aren’t in a perfect aerodynamic position.
The SPEEDster has the option of a clip-on Optical Class 1 lens and is available in 4 very cool colours.
When I first started running some years ago, the very first pair of shoes I bought was from Mizuno. So when I heard about the Wave Hitogami, I was quite eager to get my hands on them.
The Wave Hitogami is a neutral lightweight trainer. In the MIzuno line up, it is probably the second lightest shoe they have. The Wave Hitogami replaces the Wave Ronin (neutral) and Wave Musha (support). I know that doesn’t sound like a fair deal but hold your horses.
The Wave Hitogami is built on Mizuno’s new U4ic cushioning compound which is 30% lighter than the old stuff they used to use. The full ground contact outsole improves the stability of the Wave Hitogami. It isn’t going to offer as much stability as a true support shoe, but the Wave Hitogami definitely feels more stable than your regular neutral shoes.
Fit wise, the Wave Hitogami is true to size. The mesh upper is very breathable and the use of heat bonded overlays greatly improves the level of comfort. The overlays offer a secure lock down of the mid foot and the wide toe box will be a welcome feature not often found in lighter weight models. I found the heel cup of the Wave Hitogami a bit loose initially but once I laced them up, there was no noticeable slippage while running.
I enjoyed my first run in the Wave Hitogamis. They have a nice amount of cushioning for runners that are looking for a lightweight trainer for tempo runs and even longer runs. The Wave Hitogamis have a light, spritely feel to them and are a lot of fun to run in. They will be a good option as a longer distance racer or everyday lightweight trainer.
Finally! The Asics Hyper Speed was due a makeover and it has been worth the wait.
The new Hyper Speed 6 brings this super popular shoe into modern times with a fancy seamless upper and heat bonded overlays. This iteration is drops over 30g in weight as compared to the Hyper Speed 5.
Fit-wise, the Hyper Speed 6 has a roomy toe box. The vented Magic Sole and perforated sockliner help to improve moisture drainage and breathability. Triathletes rejoice!
The Hyper Speed 6 is a 6mm heel to toe drop. This new version has shed a bit of cushioning so you may want to take it easy with the mileage before slamming the miles on.
This shoe is light, comfortable and super responsive. Suitable for speed work and definitely for the demands of longer distance racing.
The Hyper Speed 6 is available now and retails for $169.
The Mizuno Wave Hitogami is new for 2014 and replaces two heavy favourites from Mizuno – the Wave Ronin and Wave Musha.
In Japanese kabuki theatre, actors don face paint to transform into hitogami – human gods. Mizuno hopes that you’ll feel a little bit like that when you lace up a pair of these lightweight trainers.
The Wave Hitogami is a neutral shoe with a 9mm heel to toe drop. It offers a full ground contact outsole for a more stable ride. You’ll also notice minimal seams, the Hitogami using heat bonded overlays instead.
Light enough to rock on race day but enough shoe to carry you through your training runs. A 5 minute review to follow shortly.
The Wave Hitogami is available now in men’s and women’s models, it retails for $169.