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Cervelo P2-SL Pro Review

by JP
(Chicago)

I spent a lot of time researching before buying the Cervelo P2 and took a while to decide between this one and a carbon frame in another brand. I’m very glad I went with the Cervelo. I think it was really worth spending the extra money on a well known and respected frame manufacturer, but having said that it definitely seems to be great value for money. Sometimes I can't believe this bike is aluminium!

The frame of the P2 SL is only 60 grams heavier than the carbon P2C version and a lot less expensive. The 54cm P2C frame weighs approximately 3.2 lbs while the Wolf TT fork weighs 1.4 lbs. Whilst it is a little on the heavy side it more than makes up for this with its aerodynamics.

My last bike was a road bike with added aero bars. The difference is amazing, and the P2 is so much more comfortable.

It is very fast on the flats and downhills as well as a comfortable bike to be in the aero position. The aerodynamics are fantastic. The bottom bracket is so strong that it doesn’t flex at all. I can accelerate much faster and it really feels like all the power is transferred from the pedals to the rear wheel.

Because it is so aerodynamic and I am comfortable on it, it is a lot easier to go faster. My average speed has gone up by about 3 to 4 km/and I love riding it. It handles well, is stable and a lot more comfortable over bumps than my old bike.

The Ultegra setup is very smooth and responsive. There are spacers above the headtube so that the stem can be lowered, meaning you can get that perfect fit. The bike is reliable and I have confidence in it - when I shift gears I know it's going to go into the gear combo I intended to shift into. The internally routed cables and the rear wheel cutout are also great features. With the internal cables, I was worried about shifting. However, this bike shifts better than some external cabled frames I've ridden.

The Cervelo P2 also looks great. The tube shapes look good and the black scratch proof finish really makes it look elegant.

The only things that I have changed about the bike are the saddle, and the wheels. The wheels that came with it were pretty basic and I seemed to puncture a lot. They’re easily changed though. Also everyone seems to have a Cervelo P2, but that just shows it’s a great bike!

I haven’t had any mechanical breakdowns so far and this bike seems really durable.

All in all, I would recommend this bike for anyone beginner and intermediate triathlete. If you want a great, fast, comfortable good-looking bike at a reasonable cost, this is the one for you.

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