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by Iain Treloar
July 20, 2020
As the bike sponsor for Team Ineos, Pinarello has had a long and successful run at the top of the sport. Now, with the 2020 season about to relaunch, the Treviso-based brand has decided to relaunch a couple of models of their own.
Pinarello’s 2021 range sees more options for the Dogma F12, a revision of the Prince and the return of the Paris.
Pinarello’s flagship race bike, the Dogma F12, is the model of choice for the entirety of Team Ineos riders including Egan Bernal, Geraint Thomas and (for now) Chris Froome. It was launched in May last season, and within a matter of months had been ridden to victory in the Tour de France.
For 2021, the frame carries over from last year in all its aggressive asymmetry. The downtube is concave and the bottom bracket area shaped with the aerodynamics of bottles in mind, and there are two positions for the seat-tube mounted cage for similar reasons. The frame is available in disc or rim brake variants – although availability may vary depending on market – and has a maximum rated clearance of 700x28mm tyres.
There were always a lot of options with the Dogma F12, and this year Pinarello has expanded that out to a choice of an impressive 18 colours, 13 sizes and 16 different handlebar dimensions through the updated MOST Talon Ultra integrated cockpit. Compared to the previous flagship handlebar set-up, the Talon Aero, the Ultra promises 8% more rigidity, 10% lighter weight and 5% less aerodynamic drag.
The Prince model name isn’t new to Pinarello’s line-up, although this version of it is. For 2021, Pinarello has unveiled a new geometry, bringing in a slightly higher stack and shorter reach than the previous model.
Elsewhere, Pinarello says that the Prince was updated to “transfer the amazing riding experience of Dogma F12”. There’s a bevy of technology trickle-down, including asymmetrical frame details, as well as aerodynamic advances with the bottle cage placement. Also new is the arrival of the TiCR (Total Internal Cable Routing) system to the handlebar, enhancing aerodynamics at the front of the bike.
The Prince again comes in the form of a direct-mount rim brake variant and disc brake, with clearance for 700x28mm tyres. Both the rim brake and disc versions are offered in two frameset tiers – the standard Prince, which uses Toray T700 carbon fibre, and the Prince FX, which uses high modulus T800 carbon fibre. Weights have not been provided for either variant.
With a name that looms large in Pinarello’s history – both as a model name and as the site of 15 Tour de France overall title celebrations – the Paris has been ridden by names like Indurain, Ullrich, Zabel and Valverde. After a hiatus from the brand’s lineup, it returns, not as a top-shelf race bike but as Pinarello’s new endurance-oriented model. Nonetheless, the shaping is fairly familiar from Pinarello’s higher-end models, with some aerodynamic properties trickling down – including the ForkFlaps tabs at the base of the fork.
Featuring what Pinarello claims to be “a more comfortable geometry that embraces a wider audience”, it’s within a couple of millimetres of the position of the still-racy Prince, so that’s fairly relative. It uses a lower-grade (and presumably heavier) Toray T600 carbon fibre, and comes in at a more affordable price, with Pinarello claiming it’s “the perfect entry bike to fall in love with the Pinarello brand”. Then again, this is a luxury brand we’re talking about here, so what Pinarello means by ‘entry level’ is perhaps not the same thing as the average idea of the term.
At time of publication, pricing details throughout the range had yet to be released. For more details otherwise, see Pinarello.com