Here it is– the 2013 P5 in a matte finish! It is the first one built up and will be raced this weekend at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Las Vegas by professional triathlete Joanna Lawn. I just got finished building this speed machine up here in Boulder, Colorado– with a few mods. The build took about two full days to get everything correct, including fit which was done at the Retul studio in Boulder. There will be a few extra mods that I need to do; which will be ready for Kona. We will have a more in-depth post on the actual build written up soon, so stay stay tuned for that!
The only change for 2013 is the glossy finish of the frame is now matte black.
There aren’t any visible cables. Actually, there are no cables because this bike has hydraulic brakes and Shimano Dura-Ace Di2.
Because special brake levers are required for the hydraulic brakes, mechanic James Terry had to devise a way to make his own buttons to keep shift functionality while down on the base bar.
Another view of the custom Di2 buttons.
Jo Lawn shows how shifting is done with the custom mount.
Another view– it just take a quick thumb press to shift, similar to standard Di2.
Lawn races with an SRM.
A water bottle can be placed on the frame.
A bento-box can be fastened securely to the head tube.
The matte black finish is seriously stunning.
There is a bridge on the aerobars– making it extremely easy to add a water bottle mount in-between the bars.
This nifty rear mount makes it easy to add behind-the-saddle hydration.
A side view of the clean rear hydration setup.
A rear view of the rear hydration mount and cage.
Lawn is sponsored by Madfiber. The pair of wheels weighs in at just 1,080g!
The carbon hub and carbon spokes.
Even the Madfiber skewer was made with a true weight weenie in mind.
If shifting isn’t right, it’s not hard to adjust shifting on the fly.
The front hydraulic brakes are under this fairing.
The hydraulic brakes and massive form make for a very clean front-end.
Lawn was fit at Retul in Boulder.
It’s impossible to find visible cables on this bike.
Lawn, like many triathletes, uses an ISM saddle.
Cork pads make sure braking on the carbon surface is quiet.
Another Vroomen-White Design project.
An alternative view of the flat black paint job.
The front of the bike is very clean.
Lawn uses look Keo Blade pedals.
This frame says UCI legal– it’s actual the UCI illegal version though. The only difference between the two models is the fork and front end.
Lawn uses Schwalbe tires.
More specifically, they are Schwalbe Durano tires.
Mechanic James Terry makes some last minute adjustments.
James moved the box to the left side of the stem because when it was on the right, it was scrapping Lawn’s knee.
Lawn with family and a sponsor.
It turned into a photo frenzy outside of Colorado Multisport.