sunnuntai 15. huhtikuuta 2018

The Ugly Duckling, or how to build a semi-road and semi-TT bike

In the course of times, one finds oneself with a leftover collection of bike parts: parts from various projects, or from crashed frames, or just maybe having entered the house looking for shelter during the cold winter months. As the sum is usually bigger than its parts, I started to look for the missing link – the frame.

First, it seemed that a decent second hand road frame would cost me 700-800 euro. Much too much for a bike that is essentially gratis.

Then I encountered Matti who was willing to sell Cervélo P2 frame next to nothing, just a little over 200 euro.

What to do with it? I don't ride time trials except the local "Pepen tempo" about once or twice a year. What if I tried to make this a road bike?

Missing seat post was found from Canada on eBay. I left a whole lot of stuff to Velo&Oxygen in Tammisto, Vantaa expecting them to assemble a bike out of it.

The Dura-Ace C24 wheels looked so completely off the mark that I obtained a bit deeper wheel set. If this wasn't a "budget" bike, I had bought something like 60-80 mm deep just for the better looks. Now I settled for a second hand set of American Classic 420.



  • Frame: Cervélo P2 (2015)
  • Fork: 3T Funda Pro
  • Groupset and brakes: Shimano Ultegra 6800 (10 sp.)
  • Wheels: American Classic 420 Aero 3
  • Saddle: Selle Italia SLR
  • Handlebar from a Colnago CX World Cup (2013)
  • Pedals: Shimano 105 SPD-SL
  • Weight (size 58): 8350 g (with pedals, etc)

Yesterday I took Cervélo out to its maiden ride. I felt a bit nervous: would this ugly duckling behave in a bad way out on the road? Would it handle the job I had planned it for?

Now I'm ready to say that I am more than happy!

It is easy to maintain speed and keep pressure on pedals with my road-P2 in a low aero position. The design of the handlebar is extraordinary. I have it very aero on the hoods or hooks/drops. Then again, I am remarkably erected when hands are on the tops (even though the saddle to bar drop is 17 cm).

The length of the wheelbase and the angle of the fork makes the bike very steady. As such, this beast is for easy road courses, for gran fondos and for steady/flat training rides. My Bianchi Oltre XR2 is better for crit race type riding and for uphills. It is more agile and considerably lighter.

The video clip above is taken by Jarkko during our ride yesterday.

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