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    Let's do a Century jppe's Avatar
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    My Bike is in Bicycling Magazine's Hall of Fame

    Bicycling tests bike models on an annual basis. Out of 540+ models they have tested over the years the Pinarello Prince is one of those the testers have enjoyed riding the most. I must say I can understand why.

    The picture in the article is the same Red & Black frame that I ride. I used to have a red saddle but replaced it with a white one. I use red bar tape as white gets discolored too quickly for my liking.

    Specialized Tarmac continued to get very, very good reviews.

    The only time I read Bicycling is when I'm flying somewhere which was the case this past week (Phoenix/Tucson). This issue also had reviews on the latest models.

    Interestingly the group doing the testing stayed at Hincapie's new Domestique Hotel north of Greenville, SC. They rode the bikes from their up into the mountains where I do a lot of my climbing training.
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    I read the article when my magazine arrived. I could connect with their descriptions of the riding area, since I've ridden around there too....though not as much as you. But it makes me look forward to the Tour de Leaves, and even the Fab Fourth if I'm here the first week in July. I've often thought the Saluda area in general is a near ideal cycling location. The equestrian environment has no doubt helped with the consideration of bike riders. I never had a problem there with aggravated drivers.

    Riding the S-Works Tarmac, I can relate to their evaluation and comments. Since retiring exactly one year ago, I put 11K miles on it and still lose sleep at night looking forward to saddling up the next day. Indeed, its a fine bike. But I think most of the modern carbon fare today are fine bikes. Get the geometry and size right, and its kind of hard to go wrong. Even the knock off Chinese copies seem to be pretty good bikes. Maybe my next bike will be a Chinarello .

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    Sweet looking bike ... even if it rode like crap, I'd want one just to be seen on it.

    Your pix does it justice better than the pix in the mag!
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    What were the other 5 bikes?


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    Perhaps a quick list of the other five all time favorites?
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    I read the mags from time to time. Call me cynical but I bet the "Top Rated" list just might bear a resemblance to their "Top Advertisers" list. And this is in no way a jab at the Pinarello, or the magazines or the advertisers. It just is.

    JPPE - congrats on finding your 'grail' bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jppe View Post
    Bicycling tests bike models on an annual basis. Out of 540+ models they have tested over the years the Pinarello Prince is one of those the testers have enjoyed riding the most. I must say I can understand why.
    ...
    To paraphrase Forrest Gump, bicycles is as bicycles does. What makes that bike so enjoyable over other bikes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wildwood View Post
    I read the mags from time to time. Call me cynical but I bet the "Top Rated" list just might bear a resemblance to their "Top Advertisers" list. And this is in no way a jab at the Pinarello, or the magazines or the advertisers. It just is.

    JPPE - congrats on finding your 'grail' bike.
    My sentiment exactly.
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    Let's do a Century jppe's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slackerprince View Post
    What were the other 5 bikes?
    Specialized Tarmac
    Electra Petro Zillia
    Independent Fabrication XS
    Giant Defy
    Santa Cruz Tallboy C

    Quote Originally Posted by overbyte View Post
    To paraphrase Forrest Gump, bicycles is as bicycles does. What makes that bike so enjoyable over other bikes?
    From the magazine article "Old racing hands have a word to describe good form, souplesse. It means suppleness, speed, power rhythm-and the Prince makes you feel as if you embody the word."
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