When something’s is as quick as the Garmin-Sharp's Cervélo P5 Time Trial bike, only a few tweaks are needed to keep it on pace

Launched in 2012, the Cervélo P5 is regarded by some as getting a little long in the tooth, 
yet it’s still a very fast piece of kit, especially when 
powered by one of Garmin’s time trialling big-hitters.

On the face of it, not much has changed since the P5 found its way under the team, from the Mavic 
Comete disc wheel to the Magura RT8 hydraulic caliper brakes via the Shimano 7900 Di2 rear mech.

But look a little closer and there have been a few tweaks, most notably to the rear mech. This carbon-caged, oversized jockey wheel set-up bears more than a passing resemblance to Wolfgang Berner’s low-friction wheel modification of a few years ago. It’s a good job Cervélo buys its groupsets, as Shimano wouldn’t have approved.

Elsewhere, Garmin mechanics 
have updated the Rotor cranks to the latest 3D+ version and, of course, he chooses to use the Garmin Vector power meter pedals.

Also getting the modification treatment are the Arundel TT bottle cages. Great looking and sleek, the cages are clearly struggling to hold the aero bottles in place.

Also getting the modification treatment are the Arundel TT bottle cages. Great looking and sleek, the cages are clearly struggling to hold the aero bottles in place.

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You might say the lack of development on the P5 is telling, as the Di2 junction box is taped to the back of the stem rather than being integrated or tucked away.

 

A slick modification — the use of the previous generation of Dura-Ace rear mech was the only giveaway that drew our attention to the upgrade.

A slick modification — the use of the previous generation of Dura-Ace rear mech was the only giveaway that drew our attention to the upgrade.

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