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Italian design and cycling heritage collide beautifully under the name of Pinarello. Starting in the late 1950’s, Pinarello has gained notoriety for their racing successes and victories, a testament to their dedication in making the best bicycles. Not only visually stunning, Pinarello bikes continue to push forward the engineering and performance needed to be the best.

In the pursuit of making race bikes both lighter and stiffer, they haven’t forgotten to maintain ride quality that other high-end brands have long forgotten. This is what makes their bikes so special; a tangible dedication to handling, ride feel, and liveliness that makes some other bikes feel lifeless in comparison. In doing so Pinarello does something uniquely Italian by paying respect to the history of our sport with new, technologically advanced racing bikes that maintain both beautiful ride and aesthetic.

Pinarello Dogma

The Pro's Weapon of Choice

The Pinarello Dogma F12 has had a target on its back, dating back to the original Pinarello Dogma F8, and as far back as the Pinarello Prince Carbon. Cyclists all over desired its svelte, powerful haunches that absolutely epitomized what a modern, race-tuned bicycle looked like. The F8 more than delivered on those gorgeous looks being purposefully stiff just where it needed to be, descending like few others and all the while being aerodynamic to boot. So of course, Pinarello took that formula made for the most-discerning riders and improved upon it with the Pinarello Dogma F12.

The Pinarello Dogma F12 frameset successfully builds on what many saw as a near-perfect race machine and made it… more. The Dogma F12 is 10% laterally stiffer, 10% lighter, with a 7.3% reduction in drag totaling an 8-watt improvement over the Dogma F10 at 40 km/h. It still retains the Dogma F10’s generous range of 13 frame sizes and nearly retains the award-winning geometry of the previous bike. The culmination of these efforts is a purposeful race frameset that places efficiency at the forefront to make one of the most well-rounded and efficient bicycles in the world.

The Pinarello Dogma F12 Disk frameset builds on the Dogma’s trademark asymmetric frame design to make the frame stiff where it needs to be, and just compliant enough for longer rides. To accommodate flat mount disc brakes, the Pinarello redesigned their legendary Onda fork design to withstand loads of discs without losing the trademark aerodynamic fork flaps and other aero gains. This is complemented by 12mm thru-axles front and rear, and a front end that is 40% stiffer under braking than the F10 Disk. Despite these changes, claimed frameset weights are nearly the same as those of the rim brake model.

Few bikes are as distinctive as the Pinarello Dogma, and the F12 is no exception. Tire clearance is increased to fit a 28c tire to provide better grip on descents while taking the edge off of choppy pavement. Pinarello slightly increased its wheelbase over the F10, thus making the bike more predictable and less twitchy. Besides that, it retains similar levels of stiffness, as well as the oft-praised Dogma ride quality the Dogma is known for.

Pinarello Grevil and Grevil+

Pinarello DNA in an All-Road Package

Your favorite sports car brand (if you have one) has more than likely released at least one SUV in the past decade, promising greater practicality infused with sports car DNA and performance. Think of the Pinarello Grevil as something along those lines, a bike ready for gravel, singletrack, mud, and anything in between, without sacrificing the DNA typical of Pinarello.

Pinarello took a holistic approach to their new gravel bikes, the Grevil and Grevil + (pronounced “Gree-vell plus”). Anyone can make a gravel bike, but they wanted to make a gravel bike with true Pinarello DNA. Translation? Ensure their new bike has the handling, stability, and responsiveness typical of the brand, regardless of build, tire, or wheel size.

Yes, wheel size. The Grevil and Grevil + fit both 700c and 650b wheels, and tires as big as a 27.5 x 2.1”. Like OPEN and 3T Cycling, Pinarello achieves this variety of tire and wheel sizes with a short 420mm chainstay with a dropped chainstay. Many call it fashion; we say it allows the chainstays to be wide enough for optimal stiffness without compromising wheelbase length or tire options.

The company from Treviso didn’t just call it good with a dropped chainstay. Having touted their Think Asymmetric philosophy for years, Pinarello found that a dropped chainstay substantially changes energy transfer from the wheel to the saddle. So they designed what they’re calling their Twin Arms technology. In short, because the drive side chainstay is dropped, the drive side seat stay ought to be dropped as well to ensure the rear of the bike responds to stress similarly. Small details, but they make all the difference in making a bike that is holistically cohesive.

Much is shared between the Grevil and the vaunted Dogma series. The Grevil receives flourishes such as a concave downtube for improved aero around the water bottles and provides a little opening to integrate a Di2 junction box. The now-ubiquitous Onda fork and Fork Flaps are found here as well, with the non-drive side much bigger to smooth airflow around the disc brake caliper. Pinarello added a third bottle cage under the downtube (where airflow isn’t as important), as well as the comfort-laden seatpost from the Dogma K10. All in, features like these make the Grevil that much more versatile on and off the beaten path.

Geometry plays a substantial role in dictating the character of a bike, and the designers went to great lengths to ensure that the Grevil and Grevil+ ride like a Pinarello. Reach and stack numbers are similar to what you’d find on the Pinarello Gan K, with just a touch more stack. Pinarello managed to ensure that the wheelbase is only about 2.5% longer than the Gan K despite much greater tire clearances.

The Grevil gravel bike is available in two carbon grades: Grevil with Toray T700, and Grevil+ with Toray T1100 1K found on the Pinarello Dogma.

Pinarello Prince

Pedigree Distilled into One Model Line

In any other world, the Pinarello Prince would be a manufacturer’s top-level race. But in a world where the Dogma F12 is one of the best race bikes available at any price, the Princes gets to act as the understudy. The Prince has a lot of the same features as the Dogma but uses less exotic carbon fiber. Paired to a more comfortable fit, the latest Pinarello Prince brings performance to more riders than ever.

Perhaps the most striking feature of the Prince is it’s move to fully internal cable routing. Fully-internal cable routing, which brings the cables from the bars, through the stem, and inside the headtube is compatible with both mechanical and electronic drivetrains. The approach improves cable-based aerodynamic drag by 85%. Not everyone is thrilled with the complexity of disc brakes and internal cable routing, but there is no denying the benefits of it, at least visually.

There are other visual changes to the Prince that affect the bike’s overall performance. 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 Pinarello’s Onda shaping, has been revised to intentionally be less stiff than the Dogma F12 Disk fork in the name of improved comfort.

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.

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.

The Pinarello Prince is available in nine sizes, in four colors, and in two different build kits. See our Pinarello Prince First Look review for more details.

Regardless of what model Prince you might look at, you’re guaranteed some of the very best Pinarello has to offer in outright performance. Few bikes come close to the performance of the Dogma F10, but the Prince comes closer than just about anything else.

Pinarello Dyodo

Electricity is in the Air

Pinarello road bikes are often anything but normal. See one going down the road, and it’s easy to figure out if a bike is a Pinarello based off it’s Onda design language, especially with the Pinarello Dyodo Force Disk pedal-assist road bike and its sibling, the Pinarello Dyodo Gravel gravel ebike. What’s not as easy to see is that this is a pedal-assist road bike that offers the very latest in technology. E-road bikes are no longer hulking systems, but the Dyodo e-road bike is simply a Pinarello with a touch more support during the ride.

Pinarello claims that the demands are the same as a classic road cyclist: lightness, rigidity, and speed are key to a proper-feeling road bike. They achieve this through slick use of the Ebikemotion X35 drive motor. This uses a hub-based motor that offers 40 Nm torque and 250 W power and offers drag-free operation above the 20 mph assist limit. Assist levels are controlled by what the iWoc ONE controller, a single LED-backlit button which is embedded in the top tube. From here, riders can select between three levels of assist, and see where their battery life is mid-ride. Need more information? Ebikemotion offers a companion app that not only offers battery life and power output but GPS navigation and auto-uploading to Strava. Need more battery life? Pinarello will offer a 250 Wh battery pack mountable on the downtube and seat tube.

Accompanying the stealthy motor is a 250 Wh battery that offers strong performance despite its diminutive size (Orbea doesn’t make any claims, but many riders say that the battery gets 60+ miles of range with juice to spare). This keeps weight low (the whole pedal-assist system weighs in at 7.7 lbs), and combined with geometry that mimics that of the Pinarello Prince road bike, makes for a bike that surprises in how natural it feels. The hub-based drive motor is drag-free when not offering a helping hand, but when they do offer a helping hand, assist is sneaky and well-disguised. Generally speaking, it’s not until you look at how fast you climbed the mountain that you see that there was a bit of motor-doping going on; it’s that good.

Seat tube angle, top tube measurements, and fork measurements, and wheelbase is the same as the Prince Disk. The difference comes in a 10% taller headtube, which ensures the Dyodo maintains the snappy handling of a Pinarello with a bit of comfort mixed in. It also uses the same Toray T700 carbon as what’s found on the Prince Disk.

As for the Dyodo Gravel? It takes a lot of the best parts of the Grevil gravel bike and adds the same Ebikemotion drive unit. It’ll fit 700 x 40c tires and 650b tires with room to spare. And like the Dyodo, the Dyodo Gravel rides much like our favorite Pinarellos, just a bit tougher for all surfaces.

Pinarello Paris

Comfort for All

Elite bicycle brands like Pinarello might excel at making top-level race bikes, but sometimes they miss the mark on their more attainable bikes. Whether that is due to a lack of resources or a lack of attention to detail, there is often a price to pay for not picking the best bike around. Not so with the new Pinarello Paris. Poised and performant, the Pinarello Paris brings Pinarello goodness to the masses at a surprising price point.

The Paris is aimed toward endurance bike positioning. This includes taller stack heights size per size, slightly shorter reach measurements, and a general focus on long-distance comfort. It also is rated for 30c tire clearances, but there is room to spare for an even wider space tire. The downtube is slightly smaller than before in an effort to improve road vibration damping, and the fork is geared toward improved ride smoothness as well.  

It wouldn’t be a Pinarello without some focus on aerodynamics and the Paris offers it up. Pinarello believes that marginal gains make more of a difference on a bike that’ll be ridden long distances, and so the Paris has some aero emphasis. Part of that comes from fork flaps positioned right behind the axles, part of that comes from the Flatback Kamm tail tube profiling of the downtube and seatstays. Even the headtube has some aero profiling to it in an effort to improve aero performance where possible.

$2950 gets riders into the Pinarello Paris 105. The price itself is competitive with the best bikes from other brands, but is imbued with typical Pinarello handling, ride quality, and verve. Like nearly any other Pinarello it is the kind of bike that rides lighter than it actually is and makes you want to ride farther and longer than before. We can get behind that.

A Bit of History

Una Storia della Perfezione

The genesis of Cicli Pinarello S.p.A is historically rich and flanked by years of racing success. The history started when the founder, Giovanni Pinarello, who most notably placed dead last in the 1951 Giro d’Italia, was offered 100,000 lire to leave the team. This small fortune directly led to investment in road bike racing, and eventually, the brand Pinarello as we know it.

Pinarello’s reputation is largely founded on racing success and victories. Starting in 1957, Pinarello began sponsoring teams large and small, with the end goal of racing glory. This led to a remarkable Giro d’Italia victory in 1975, further boosting the notoriety of the Pinarello name. Sponsorship of multiple teams over the decades has led to victories with legendary riders like Cipollini, Indurain, Riis, Zabel, Ullrich, Valverde, and Pereiro. Today, Pinarello continue to dominate the pro racing circuit thanks to names like Sir Bradley Wiggins, Nairo Quintana, and Chris Froome. While the rider is most certainly the motor, it is their success that is a testimony to Pinarello’s dedication to building the best bikes possible.

While Giovanni Pinarello started sponsoring racing teams in 1957, it wasn’t until 1961 that the Pinarello name was emblazoned on a bicycle’s downtube. For years, Pinarello specialized in steel tubing, with Columbus Tubi being the predominant supplier. Models like the Pinarello Montello SLX were legendary thanks to their combination of Columbus SLX tubing, race-tuned geometry, and relentless pursuit of superior build quality. They then progressed to the Pinarello Paris in the mid-1990s, which hailed the use of ultralight aluminum and then carbon fiber. Today, the Pinarello Dogma is perhaps the most famous name and silhouette in road bikes today. This is thanks to both a lust-worthy combination of aerodynamic design, top-tier levels of stiffness, and race-ready handling. Make no mistake: Pinarello dominates the racing scene as much now as it did in the past, if not more so today.

Today, Pinarello is led by Giovanni’s son, Fausto. The Pinarello name isn’t just seen on unattainable road bikes; instead, Pinarello offers a greater range of frames and bikes than ever. Models like the Pinarello Nytro e-road bike bring typical Pinarello handling to the e-bike world, making it also one of the lightest e-bike framesets available today. The Pinarello Bolide TT was designed in conjunction with Jaguar to make one of the fastest time-trial bikes on the market today. Not to be forgotten, the Pinarello Treviso Disk brings Pinarello’s dedication to quality to the city bike, to those looking for quality and design in their city bike.

Pinarello has come a long way. While starting as a footnote in Giro d’Italia history, the Pinarello brand is one of the most famous and storied bicycle brands today. Pinarello made the best performing bikes on the market in the past, and continue to do so today.

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At Contender Bicycles, our best tools for selling Pinarello framesets and bicycles are the people who ride them. Each of us on staff has extensive experience riding bikes across many brands. Ryan Littlefield is our expert on everything Pinarello. To contact Ryan regarding any questions, email him at info@contenderbicycles.com or call him at the shop.

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