Despite the fact that we supply only one cycling team and a handful of triathletes, the P3C victory list is staggering. Its two world championships and nineteen Ironman victories alone are a record that no other bike can match. No wonder every other bike manufacturer uses the P3C as the reference. In fact, the P3C is so far ahead of its competition that if it was its own brand, it would win the yearly Kona Bike count all by itself, without needing the help of any of the other Cervélo models. To give you an indication of Cervélo’s overall strength in that bike count, all the other models together (but without the P3C) would still be far ahead of the best other bike brand.
In time trials it’s no different; the P3C is by far the most used TT bike in the world. Why do so many people choose the P3C? The answer is quite simple: the bike works and offers exactly what the rider is looking for. Every detail on this bike is geared towards optimizing your race, from the aerodynamic details to the bottom bracket stiffness for efficient power transfer. Add a low weight and a geometry that puts you in a comfortable, powerful and aerodynamic position, and you have an unbeatable combination.
The new standard - Just like the P3 took the time trial and triathlon world by storm, so has the P3C. Victorious in roughly half of the ProTour TTs in which it has been entered and equally successful in Ironman Triathlons, the P3C is the reference for the time trial bike market.
Aero headtube - no bulky nose cone, but an extremely thin, aerodynamically optimized shape
CCS - Constant Cross-section Seattube - The airflow over the seattube is predominantly horizontal. The new seattube shape has a cross section shape that is separately optimized everywhere between bottom bracket and the seatstay joint.
New Cervélo aero carbon IAA seatpost - With its Integrated Accessory Attachment, this new seatpost can secure behind-the-seat components such as water bottle holders much more securely. Expect new products for the IAA system soon.
Integrated Seattube collar - By integrating the seattube collar completely into the toptube, we are able to smoothen the aerodynamic profile even further. The airflow doesn't even see the collar, yet the seatpost can be removed with ease. By integrating the seatpost into the frame aerodynamically but not structurally, you can fit the P3C into any bike case and travel without a problem, something that is very difficult to do with other integrated seatpost solutions that have the seatpost molded into the frame in one piece and that do not allow for the seatpost to be removed.
And we certainly have first-hand experience with this, as the original Cervélo P2 was the first bike to sport an integrated seatpost that was permanently attached to the frame. While it was the best solution we could come up with back in 1996, the new system with the removable seatpost is superior not only for traveling but also aerodynamically, as it allows us to use a much narrower seatpost than if it was a structural part of the frame.
ICS Internal Cable Stops - The best internal cable stop system available. Easy to install, easy to service, easy to keep clean and improved aerodynamics.
UCI legal - As with all our frames, the P3C is UCI legal
Frameset - The P3C is also available as a frameset