As much as we might appreciate the race-ready aero flourishes of the Pinarello Dogma and Pinarello Prince, they likely wouldn’t be there without the unsung hero of the family, the Pinarello Bolide TT frameset. Not only does the Bolide TT feature the very best Pinarello has in aerodynamics, it is one of the most highly-engineered TT bikes available at any price point.
The Bolide TT frameset takes some learnings from the Bolide track bike which Sir Bradley Wiggins rode to a new hour record of 54,526 km. Based around top-end Toray T1100 carbon fiber (the same found on the Dogma line), this bike achieves its speed through clever positioning. Its integrated aero bar extensions offer two positions (straight and 23 degrees), two stem lengths (100 mm or 120 mm), and the aero seatpost offers two saddle setback positions (zero and 22 mm).
However, its the rest of the bike where differences are made. The downtube is cut out with a flattened rear section to shield water bottles, the top tube is subtly reworked to smooth airflow around the toptube. The front and rear brakes receive brake covers derived from the aerospace industry, and the ForkFlap design around the axle is another aero touch proliferated to their road bikes. To top it off, the Bolide TT weighs in at just 1044 g.
Compared to the competition, the Pinarelo Bolide TT time trial bike is UCI compliant. It’s geometry is tuned for going fast in a straight line, but it is an excellent choice for any time trial that requires balanced handling and performance. It is available in four sizes (45-55 cm) in 975 Black/Red colorway.