The similarities between the P2C Dura-Ace and
P2C Ultegra are:
Ultegra and Dura Ace P2C
proprietary airfoil carbon)
ski bend alloy)
Diamonte Pro Slick)
features unique to the P2C design include the close-fitting
and adjustable proximity rear wheel cut-out and the hourglass
shaped, radiused head tube. These subtle design cues optimize
In all there are 5 specification differences that
separate the Dura-Ace P2C from the Ultegra P2C but 12 identical
specifications shared by the two including the most important
one, the frame itself. The bikes have much more in common than
they have differences making the Ultegra version an efficient
purchase with no real compromise in performance.
uses the Wolf TT fork on the Ultegra P2C with full carbon
fiber blades and an aluminum crown and steer tube assembly.
used the slightly heavier Wolf TT fork on the Ultegra
P2C as opposed to the lighter Wolf CL fork seen on the
P2C Dura-Ace and the P3C. The Wolf TT has full carbon
fiber, aerodynamic, bladed fork legs with a cast aluminum
fork crown (the “shoulder” area of the fork
at the top) and a thick-wall aluminum alloy steer tube.
This design facilitates the use of almost every type of
handlebar stem clamping system as opposed to carbon steer
tubes that often have restrictions on the clamping method
of the stem that can be used. The difference between the
Wolf CL and the Wolf TT carbon fiber forks is weight.
The Wolf TT is 4.2 ounces (120 grams) heavier than the
Wolf CL and shares the same aerodynamic benefits according
to Cervelo. The Wolf CL uses a carbon fiber fork crown
and thin wall, cro-moly steer tube.
For most customers the bottom line in deciding
between the P2C Ultegra and Dura-Ace bikes will be the
difference in ride. On bikes configured identically for
fit we could not differentiate any difference in shift
quality, ride quality or performance between the Dura-Ace
and Ultegra equipped bikes. This further underscores the
fact that the two bikes have more in common than they
do differences and emphasizes the value of the P2C Ultegra.
One reason the bikes are the same in ride quality
is the components you actually contact or physically interface
with; the saddle, handlebars, shifters and frame itself are
all the same on both bikes. Both bikes use Shimano Dura-Ace
7800 series bar end shifters. The shift lever is where the rider
receives the tactile interface that lets them feel how good
the shifting is. Since both bikes use the same Dura-Ace shifters
the shifting feels identical. Since both bikes use identical
aerobar cockpits the cockpit feels identical. The bikes even
use the same saddles.
Ride quality of the P2C is something we’ve
talked about before. We haven’t been able to talk about
this level of ride quality at this price though. Considering
the more expensive version of the P2C actually rode better than
competing bikes at $2000 more than the Cervelo, the new P2C
Ultegra achieves a level of ride quality and performance that
cost twice as much to buy only two years ago.
the original P2C frameset means the P2C Ultegra may be
the best buy in a $2500 all carbon tri bike."
Another key feature of the Ultegra P2C is that
it’s a first time triathlon bike that doesn’t need
upgrading. The price of the P2C Ultegra puts it within reach
of most first time triathletes and becomes an even greater value
the longer you stay in the sport. There is no need to buy more
bike after three years in the sport when an athlete decides
to do their first ½ Ironman or Ironman distance event.
This bike won Kona: It is all the bike any athlete will ever
need. Even if an athlete decided to leave the sport the resale
of Ultegra P2C is high due to the high demand.
From an economic perspective the Ultegra P2C makes
more sense when you consider where to put your money to actually
make you go faster on the bike. The bike itself will only make
you so fast. The difference between an Ultegra and Dura-Ace
derailleur isn’t going to a make a rider have a faster
bike split. What will make a rider faster and more efficient
is a wise us of the money they have to work with.
dependable component spec includes Shimano R500 wheels and
a complete Visiontech ski bend aero cockpit with Dura-Ace
Firstly, a rider should be certain their race
day apparel fits snug with no wrinkles exposed to the flow of
air surrounding their body at speed. This includes not wearing
a race number on the bike or, if race rules require it, wearing
the number so that it does not flap in the wind creating drag.
Secondly, the greatest speed advantage a rider can purchase
for the least amount of money is an aero
helmet. Between $150 and $230 an aero helmet offers time
savings similar to a $2000 aerodynamic wheelset according to
wind tunnel tests conducted independently by M.I.T. graduate
students as published in Bicycling magazine. Lastly, adding
a deep section aerodynamic race wheel set and/or disk rear wheel
will provide tangible aerodynamic benefits above and beyond
those differences between a Dura-Ace and Ultegra equipped bike.
When you use your money wisely on the P2C Ultegra any money
left over can be allocated where it will make a real performance
benefit such as aero clothing, helmet and race wheels.
Perhaps the greatest contribution the new P2C
Ultegra makes is that it levels the playing field. As recently
as two years ago athletes with about $5K could buy a minute
or more over the counter off their next bike split with just
spending power. The Ultegra P2C levels the playing field putting
the highest technology in the hands of the moderate price points.
Riding a nicely fitted, well designed molded aerodynamic
carbon fiber triathlon bike with nice components is a joy. It
makes your bike split faster and easier and helps your transition
from bike to run, making the sport easier and more enjoyable
and maybe even helping you move up a few spots in your age category.
There is something to be said about the experience of using
the equipment itself. There are no compromises and it is an
indulgent experience to part the air in smooth slices with efficient
effort on the P2C. The bike is simply a joy to ride and with
the new P2C Ultegra price point pretty painless to own.
Cervelo P2C Ultegra's
Call 313 278.1350 to order.