I’ve been riding around on the new 2014 S3 for a couple of weeks now and it really has been rather enjoyable.
I was split for a long time on whether to ride an R-series bike (a classic road bike never goes out of style) or jump on an S-series aero bike. After the use of many advanced decision making tools that included random straw polls and the flipping of a coin, the S3 won out.
If they are offering “free speed” from the aero advantage of the new frame, who was I to say no?
You can read the actual technical things about the S3 here, so I won’t go into them.
My bike is a 51cm S3, stock Ultegra 11 mechanical spec, as seen on the website. The only thing I changed was the stem cause I wanted to use a 110mm one.
This is a fast bike. Even with limited riding fitness, I could feel the air rush by when I put the power down on the pedals as the S3 ate up the road. Down hills, the front end is solid and handling very stable. On the flats, you can feel the S3 wants to go faster. Unfortunately, my mind has been willing but the legs are taking some time to get moving.
If an aero bike is not suited for climbing, then no one told the S3. So far, it has pranced up the hills very well! I’m sure I could have picked a manlier word than ‘pranced’. I’ll update this point if I ever get to take the S3 up a mountain.
As always, the shifting with the Ultregra 11 group set is predictably good and reliable. The Cervelo road bikes are spec-ed with Rotor 3DF cranksets and semi-compact 52/36 chainrings. The 52/36 combination took some getting used to but has been fine to ride otherwise.
The S3 Ultegra 11 (mechanical) retails for $6350, that’s quite a deal on a Pro Tour level bike. It is a sweet looking ride packed with all the aero features you could want. Thanks to a rear triangle borrowed from the RCA & R5, you also get a bike that is high up on the comfort scale.
Looking forward to throw some clip-on bars on the S3 at my next triathlon!
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.