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Pinarello debuts Nytro e-road bike

by James Huang

If you associate electric road bikes with the end of the world, we have bad news for you: the end is near. Pinarello today announced the debut of Nytro, an electric-assist carbon fiber road aimed squarely at the sporting crowd.

Hidden away inside the Nytro’s carbon fiber down tube is a Fazua Evation e-bike drivetrain, offering a claimed 250W of steady output and a peak of 400W. Pinarello has tucked the system into an admittedly sleek form that borrows much of its design language from the company’s popular Dogma range.

Naturally, Pinarello says that weight, stiffness, and aerodynamics were all key engineering priorities when developing the Nytro. Claimed weight for a complete Nytro is 13kg (28.7lb) with a SRAM Force 22 disc-brake groupset and Fulcrum aluminum clincher wheels, and much of the frame has been extra-oversized to cope with the additional power. Those inflated dimensions help conceal the battery in a more aesthetically pleasing way, but according to Pinarello, they also help maintain aerodynamic drag-reducing cross-sections, too.

Pinarello may be hoping to lure some enthusiast riders to the Nytro with its promise of easy speed, but the company is seemingly still realistic about the bike’s potential buyers. The riding position is more upright than on the company’s racing steeds, and the geometry has more in common with the steady-as-she-goes GAN endurance bikes than the Dogmas used by Team Sky at the Tour de France.

Official pricing is still to be confirmed, but either way, only prospective buyers in Europe, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom need apply. Currently, Pinarello has announced no plans to offer the Nytro elsewhere.

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