Traveling with Cervelo's P5X

Thanks to it's specially designed Biknd case, traveling with Cervelo's P5X is easy.

| December 21, 2017 | GEAR

Photo >Kevin Mackinnon

When Cervelo's engineers were doing their due diligence and surveying triathletes about what they wanted and needed in a triathlon bike, again and again they heard that for many athletes their biggest concern heading to a major competition was traveling with their bike. The ability to pack the bike easily, along with the confidence that it would make it to the race venue in one piece became one of the major design criteria of the P5X.

Cervelo enlisted another Canadian company, Biknd, with the task of designing a case for their new super bike. The result is a modified version of Biknd's Helium 4 bike case. The innovative design allows you to clamp the bike into the frame of the case once you've taken the wheels and pedals off and the wheels attach to the sides of the case. There's a special sleeve that goes around the front crank and covers the chain and rear chainstays - there's a special pouch in that sleeve where you place the rear derailleur once you've detached it, too. The seat post comes out and is put in another sleeve, which is draped over the seat mast and is strapped down between the seat stays.

The front end of the bike is every bit as easy to pack up. You remove the aero extensions by loosening one screw, then there are four bolts that are loosened to take off the handlebars, which split into two parts. The entire cockpit is strapped down to the front of the bike with a series of ingenious straps.

I have to admit that the first time I looked at the bike in the case, I had no idea how on earth I was going to put it all together. There are a couple of excellent videos that Cervelo has put up on YouTube, though, that will walk you through the process. (I must warn you - even though the guy in the videos, Jacob Macel, is one of the nicest people you'll ever meet, you are likely to be swearing at him the first time you either unpack or pack the bike - he makes it look ridiculously easy!)


The Biknd case can easily handle two sets of wheels and there's ample room in the case for a wetsuit, helmet, cycling shoes and other gear if you like to pack all that with your bike. (Since bikes seem to not make it on many of my flights, I always pack my cycling shoes, helmet and pedals in a separate bag, just to be on the safe side.)

The case comes with some excellent wheels on the bottom and is a dream to wheel around an airport. It's relatively compact, too, so once you're at your destination it will likely fit into whatever size car you've rented.


Photo >Kevin Mackinnon

The end result is exactly what the Cervelo engineers had sought to provide. The bike is extremely well protected and, once you've gone through the process a few times, you'll find yourself being able to pack and unpack the bike quite quickly.