A First Look at the New 2021 Pinarello Prince

For as much praise as Pinarello receives for their top-spec Pinarello Dogma F12, most don’t realize that the same capability is largely present in the Pinarello Prince. Updated and revised for 2021, the new Pinarello Prince road bike receives an overhaul that Pinarello claims make for a faster yet more comfortable road bike.

Custom Pinarello Prince AXS ENVE - Contender Bicycles

Just about every Pinarello we’ve come across seems fast, even standing still. And while Pinarello has made considerable strides in making their fastest bikes more comfortable on long rides, the Italian brand saw fit to make the Prince a race bike that can be ridden by a wider range of riders. Part of that comes down to a less aggressive reach and stack numbers that place the rider in a more comfortable position. Additionally, stack and reach heights are more linear size by size than before, adding at least 10mm or more or per size. Reach measurements are shorter by a few mm size per size as well.

2021 Pinarello Prince Disc Shimano Ultegra Di2 - Contender Bicycles

Room for more voluminous tires is a trend we are happy to see amongst road bikes. Pinarello claims the Prince will fit a 28c tire on a 30mm rim (external), but our eyes show that there is decent room to upsize to a 30c tire if you so desire. Smooth is fast and fast is smooth, and being able to run a 28c road tire allows riders to maintain the outright speed of a road bike without being as beat up on longer rides.

2021 Pinarello Prince Disc Red Details - Contender Bicycles

While a combination of wider tires and a more relaxed fit is not the same as elastomers or springs, they make this race bike much more comfortable on long rides. Usually, bicycle comfort is associated with slower handling and dulled acceleration response. Maintaining other numbers like trail, head and seat tube angles, and wheelbase means the bike handles as a race bike should. Improved comfort without a sacrifice in performance – who doesn’t want that?

2021 Pinarello Prince Disc Riding - Contender Bicycles

The Prince, in typical Pinarello fashion, sees myriad changes that were first introduced on the Dogma F12. The most striking difference is the inclusion of fully internal cable routing, which routes cables from the bars through the stem and into the headtube. Pinarello claims that completely hiding the cables like this reduces cable-based aerodynamic drag by 85%. Pinarello’s approach to internal cable routing is compatible with both mechanical and electronic drivetrains, unlike many other brands.

2021 Pinarello Prince Disc Steele Blue Details - Contender Bicycles

Tube shapes have changed across the board on this new Prince. The downtube is now wider side-to-side but 3mm shallower in an effort to increase vibration damping. The bottom bracket area sees a size increase leading to a claimed 10% greater pedaling stiffness. The bottom bracket area itself also sees chunkier chainstays that increase pedaling stiffness as well as tire clearance. The fork, while maintaining Pianrello’s Onda shaping, has been revised to intentionally be less stiff than the Dogma F12 Disk fork in the name of improved comfort.

2021 Pinarello Prince Disc Di2 Details Red - Contender Bicycles

The Prince utilizes a concave downtube underneath the bottle cage mounts designed to shield the downtube and water bottles as before, though the seattube bottle mount is dropped 5mm in the name of aerodynamics. The downtube still has a spot to neatly integrate a Shimano Di2 junction box, though mechanical drivetrains now use the space as an integrated cable tension adjuster. Disc brake fork profiles have changed in the name of improved braking performance, as has the rear brake mount for the same reason.

2021 Pinarello Prince Disc Red Details - Contender Bicycles

All in, the Prince is immediately recognizable as a Pinarello. Onda tube profiles abound, gifting the Prince the swoopy tube profiles that make for improved airflow across tubes. The frame itself is asymmetric to ensure that the frame is stronger in key places to maintain their desired blend of handling, ride, and stiffness. The Prince continues to utilize Toray T700 carbon, which might not be as exotic as the Dogma’s T1100 but still offers the real-world stiffness and low weight one expects from the best road bikes.

2021 Pinarello Prince Disc AXS - Contender Bicycles

How does it ride? Stay tuned. We’ll have an in-depth ride review soon enough.

The Pinarello Prince road bike is available in nine sizes, four colors, and two build options. The bike is available now in limited quantities through the shop. Contact us by phone during business hours or send us an email at any time to info@contenderbicycles.com with any questions.

Photos by Cody Wignall, Blue Prince Disk supplied by client.

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Federico Bernardino says
August 28th, 2020

How’s much

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Alvin Holbrook says
August 29th, 2020

Federico,

The blue bike is a custom build we did. Prices for the Prince Disc Ultegra start at $4500 as seen with the red bike. Holler with any questions!

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Steven says
September 17th, 2020

Great writeup. How would you compare the Prince FX to a Tarmac SL7 Pro? I'm deciding between these two.

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Alvin Holbrook says
September 18th, 2020

Steven,

Thanks for the compliment! I've not ridden the Tarmac SL7 so I can't directly say, but I have ridden the S-Works SL6. The Tarmac is a stellar frame. That frameset is probably 3/4 of an lb lighter than the Prince frame too. Ride smoothness is about the same between the two, though I would say that at speed the Prince feels just a little more planted to the Tarmac's movable and agile. The major difference is that the Prince is a good amount more upright, with about 15mm or more additional stack height per comparable size. You can still ride in an aggressive, attacking position on the Prince, but if you don't want your bars so low, then the Prince is the easy answer.

Please note that the Prince FX isn't immediately available quite yet. No word currently as to when that will change. The Prince is an excellent bike.

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Steven says
September 20th, 2020

Thanks Alvin, looks like a beautiful bike. I'm considering a similar custom build with the Prince FX, carbon Wheelset, electronic drivetrain. Trying to balance comfort and speed.

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Alvin Holbrook says
September 21st, 2020

The Prince line is great for exactly what you're describing. I think this latest iteration is better than ever at balancing the two, and will make lots of people happy. Whenever you're looking to make the plunge, we are happy to get you started with your own custom build!

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Chris says
September 26th, 2020

Does Pinarello have a signature color, similar to how Bianchi has their Celeste colorway?

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Alvin Holbrook says
September 26th, 2020

Chris,

Good question. I don't think so, at least that I'm aware of. But over the past fifteen or so years they've certainly developed a signature aesthetic. Between their asymmetric shaping and Onda tube shaping, makes some of the most distinctive stuff around.

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Sal says
October 3rd, 2020

Please email me your best price on a Prince in a 53

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Alvin Holbrook says
October 5th, 2020

Emailed!

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Joel Vergara says
October 5th, 2020

I really like the blue bike custom build. Can you please send to my email the components use and how much the price ?
I live in Toronto and my height is 5"7". Do you think 51.5 size is match for my height ? How much the shipping cost ?
Thanks in advance.

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Alvin Holbrook says
October 7th, 2020

Joel,

At 5'6" I am happiest on the 51 cm bike and I think you would be as well. I'll send a build sheet to you shortly and we can discuss options from there.

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camilo paraino says
October 6th, 2020

the spacers above the stem look hideous are they removable? for the red one

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Alvin Holbrook says
October 7th, 2020

Hi Camilo,

While the spacers are removable, we wanted to wait for the client's fit measurements before we made any cuts. We don't cut preemptively unless the client asks.

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Wassim says
October 7th, 2020

Thanks for the great review,
how much is it in Ultegra Di2?
How much extra is it for the prince FX, and is it worth it?
Does it come in stock with carbon wheels?

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Alvin Holbrook says
October 9th, 2020

Wassim,

A Prince Disk Ultegra Di2 model comes in at $5500. No price is yet available on Prince FX as it is not yet released, but if the previous generation is any indication the FX will cut around 100 grams and feel just a touch livelier pedaling. It does not come with carbon wheels, but that is something we can help you with to find your ideal build.

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Mr Markus says
October 11th, 2020

Which size is the blue Prince and which saddle height? A 51.5 or 50? Thank you

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Alvin Holbrook says
October 12th, 2020

The Prince pictured above is a 49cm model with a 70cm saddle height. Long legs and a short torso make the Prince a good fit.

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Patrick says
October 13th, 2020

Im 5’7, what size should I get? Please email me your best price including shipping cost to Qatar.

Thanks,

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Alvin Holbrook says
October 16th, 2020

I'll send you an email shortly, but at 5'7" I would recommend a 51.5 cm Prince.

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Tron Clark says
October 18th, 2020

Any thoughts on the new Prince and the BMC road machine

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Alvin Holbrook says
October 19th, 2020

We actually have a ride review up on the Roadmachine HERE; take a look! The Prince is a bit more upright in its fit measurements, but it has a tighter wheelbase and lower trail figure, making it more responsive in the handling department. Roadmachine on the other hand is a bit more relaxed in its handling and fits a 700c x 33 with some room to spare. We don't have specific 2021 Prince Disk frame weights but we suspect the Roadmachine is a touch lighter. Prince FX should rectify that weight difference.

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Jeroen de Rapper says
October 21st, 2020

Hi, seems a great bike and affordable compared to the F12. When do you have the in-depth ride review? What would you recommend in size for 179.6 cm with relative shorter legs and longer torso? cheers!

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Alvin Holbrook says
October 21st, 2020

Stay tuned! We'll have a review of the Prince as well as a comparison coming sooner rather than later. And as far as sizing is concerned, I would point you toward a 54.5 or 56cm bike. I'll send you an email going into greater detail.

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Michael says
October 21st, 2020

What are those wheels on the blue Prince?

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Nick Gaitan says
October 22nd, 2020

Michael, those are the ENVE 3.4 AR Wheels, with some customized Pink decals as well.

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Mon Dasco says
October 22nd, 2020

Been looking for race-endurance combo bike and sounds like this fits that description. When will this be available for custom build?

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Nick Gaitan says
October 22nd, 2020

Mon, Pinarello isn't going to have just frame sets of the Prince in 2020. Last we talked to our colleagues at Pinarello they are hoping to offer that next year. That being said, when we are able to get the complete bikes in we can customize and swap out parts as needed. Thanks!

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Wilson Pablo says
October 24th, 2020

I am 181cm in height and 75cm seatpost. what size can you recommend?

Best regards

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Nick Gaitan says
October 24th, 2020

Hi Wilson, for how tall you are and your saddle height, I would say you would be pretty happy on the 57.5. You could also possibly ride a 59 depending on how much height/relaxed a fit you wanted on the bike. Thanks!

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Peter says
October 31st, 2020

I’m 5’10 1/2. Reach is 385, stack is 585. What size is good for me? Would like price for Prince and Prince FX with Ultegra DI2 group set. Thanks.

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Nick Gaitan says
November 1st, 2020

Hi Peter, thanks for the comment. Based on your height and stack/reach, it looks like the best size for you would be 56. I'll send you a separate email to discuss pricing. Thanks!

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Rashed says
November 5th, 2020

What is the prince disk weigh frameset weight? And howmuch is the weight fitted with ultegra di2?

Thank you

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Nick Gaitan says
November 5th, 2020

Thanks for the reaching out. Unfortunately Pinarello doesn't advertise their frame weights or bike weights.

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Francisco Bech Gómez says
November 8th, 2020

Hello, I am interested in the Prince disk 2021, would you know the weight for the frame?

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Nick Gaitan says
November 8th, 2020

Hi Francisco and thanks for the comment. Unfortunately, Pinarello doesn't advertise or document their frame weights. It is pretty light for the price point and ride quality! I'll send a separate email to you as well in case I can answer any other questions for you. Thanks!

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marv_timmons says
November 12th, 2020

Looking for Prince 2021 what is the best price with Di2.

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Nick Gaitan says
November 12th, 2020

Hi and thanks for the comment. The price on the 2021 Prince with Di2 is $5500. I will send a separate email to you to discuss sizing and options. Thanks!

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Peter C. Mitchell says
November 18th, 2020

Interested in prince 2021 - I’m 6’2” - what size do you recommend?

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Nick Gaitan says
November 18th, 2020

Hi Peter and thanks for the comment, without knowing what the rest of your fit looks like and just off your height, the 58 would be an excellent option for you. Thanks!

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John Moore says
November 18th, 2020

What kind of wheels are on the blue pictured above?

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Nick Gaitan says
November 18th, 2020

Hi John and thanks for the comment. These are ENVE 3.4 AR Disc wheels, with some custom decals.

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Jacob Anderson says
November 20th, 2020

What bottle cage is that? It looks so clean on the bike!

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Alvin Holbrook says
November 21st, 2020

You're in luck Jacob because those cages are our very own Contender Carbon Cages, available in matte and gloss finishes.

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