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Cervelo P3

ledeevledeev Posts: 179
edited 4 September in Your road bikes

Frame: Cervelo P3 (2019, size 58)
Fork: P-series
Bars: 3T Ventus 2, Zipp Evo 110, 3d-printed risers
Stem: as above
Headset: Cervelo
Bar Tape: White Insulation tape

Front Brake Lever: Shimano Di2
Front Caliper: Tri-Rig Omega X
Rear Brake Lever: Shimano Di2
Rear Caliper: Tri-Rig Omega X

Shifters: Shimano Di2 bar end
Cables: Shimano Di2
Front Mech: Shimano Dura Ace 9070 DI2
Rear Mech: Shimano Ultegra 6870 Di2

Seat: Adamo Attack
Seat Post: Cervelo P3
Seat Post Clamp: Cervelo P3 integrated

Cranks: Rotor 3D
Chainring(s): FSA aero (54 / 42T)
Chain: SRAM 11s
Cassette: Ultegra 6800 11-23
Pedals: Look Keo Blade 12Nm
Bottom Bracket: Rotor BBright24

Front Wheel: Aerocoach AEOX Zephyr
Front tyre: Continental GP5000 TL
Rear Wheel: Aerocoach AEOX Zephyr
Rear Tyre: Continental GP5000 TL
Skewers: Halo Hex key

Following a successful season of timetrialling last year, I splashed out and bought a set of wheels in the Aerocoach Black Friday sale. The wheels have sat in their boxes until about 2 months ago when time trialling reopened after the easing of lockdown. My original plan was to plug them straight into my P3C and go from there, and I did this. The only problem was that the generous width of the wheels meant that the disc was a really tight fit between the chainstays. It would fit and turn, but where the disc flares out, about 100mm from the rim, there was about 1mm of clearance either side. Given that I was 90kg and put out 600w+ off the start line, I wasn’t happy with this. I tried the wheels in my Fet B16, and they wouldn’t turn at all in that.

Not only this, but the P3C just didn’t look right with the new wheels. As such, I went exploring new options and found the 2019 in fluro green / white on sale, so impulsively bought one, and transferred the bits from my Felt.

I finished the build last week and immediately rode to the start line of a 10 mile TT. To my surprise, I managed to better my course PB by 70s, off the same average power.I think that there are numerous reasons for this, but at least part must be due to the frame and the wheels. I’ve only just started using tubeless this summer and would normally use 23mm Vittoria tubulars at 120psi. The GP5000TLs at 90psi really smoothed out the ride and allowed me to stay aero more comfortably without being shaken off the bars over the bumps.

Next improvements are a fairing for the top-tube behind the ‘stem’ and a better solution for the Garmin mount, as well as a floro green ring for the Power2Max. I might try the Aerocoach elbow rests and extensions that came with my wheels too.

In summary, the new P3 is a big step on from the P3C in terms of design and this proves that you really can go out, spent money and go faster with new tech.
Van Nicolas Aquilo SE / Lynskey Sportive Di2C / Cannondale CAAD12 Disc
Cervelo P3C / Cervelo Soloist / Felt B16 / Turner 5 spot / Turner Flux


  • Lovely build, am in similar situation, have p3 frameset waiting to build, currently on felt b2 and wondering if it will be an upgrade. On the rear cable route, did u find that crossing over top tube looked more aero ? Cheers Dan
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