Want to know why going to the doctor or dentist is so expensive? It's so they can afford their custom Pinarello
I would take any of the race ready Pinarellos from the Induran era quite happily. Steel or aluminum...
FWIW I have a friend who is a Rep for several companies like GU, Bianchi, etc. He has a demo Bianchi Infinito that he says is amazing. He is a "steel is real" kind of guy but says this newest Bianchi technology is fantastic.
People really think this is ugly!? I'm not going to kick it out of bed.
Article I found picture in: Jaguar teams with Pinarello for Tour de France bike
Last edited by mlander; 05-30-14 at 02:18 PM. Reason: oops, looks like I got beat to the same news in te article by a day ^^^^ still not a bad pic tho, eh?
But that's a model created from rejected frames and forks - the forks they couldn't gets squiggly enough
You're just trying to start an argument to show how smart you are.
The new version doesn't look too bad. As you can see, they removed the pointless squiggles because they read my posts on the internet and took my advice.
Pinarellos are great bikes, but there are other great bikes out there. If you are seeking buying advice, go check out as many bikes as you can then decide.
My current stable:
1989 SLX Bottecchia (Campy Athena 11s)
1999 Cannondale F400 mountain bike
2012 Bianchi Infinito (Campy Record 11s)
2012 Colnago C59 in PR99 color scheme (Campy Record 11s)
Scratching my head trying to figure out all the Pinarello hate, and how Asian frame manufacturing and using company history and race wins as marketing tools applies to Pinarello in particular and not to the bulk of contemporary manufacturers as well. There aren't a lot of Kool-aid-free brands out there, IMO.
I'm in the market for my first road bike and have been taking my time riding examples from both the race and endurance sides of the spectrum from several manufacturers. I have come to the conclusion that the "endurance" type of road bike is better suited to my needs - a more comfortable position on a more compliant bike will have me in the saddle longer and further. Bikes that are fractionally faster and more aerodynamic appeal less to me when long-ride comfort is compromised.
I just took my first ride on a Pinarello Rokh and came away very impressed. I can't tell you from an engineering standpoint what design factors contribute in what measure, but this bike was brilliant at smoothing out the crap roads that are all too prevalent where I ride. So for those who claim the frame is "cheap" and the wavy forks are just for show, all I can say is that if that is true, then the bike must have had a magic saddle because something was definitely working. Probably only the Trek Domane was better in this respect.
In any event, I get why the styling is polarizing and some people can't stand the look. But the flip side for me is that after riding the bulk of the competition, the aesthetic sameness of their designs started to become something of a net negative - like with a paint swap, I'd barely be able to tell one brand from another, if at all. At least a Pinarello looks like a Pinarello.
I don't know that I'll end up with the Pinarello, but I do know that at this stage it is a very strong contender.
Pinarello is a victim of it's success. Too many chinese knockoffs flooding the streets.
When you see more Dogmas on the street than Pinarello produced... well, there are a lot of crap "Pinarello Dogmas" out there.
They are the Gucci handbag of bikes - so many knockoffs, it's hard to tell whats real.
I don't trust ANY used Pinarello as genuine.
I don't even want one anymore because you look like a muck riding around on a fake, Chinarello.
You almost can't even trust new vendors selling "genuine" Pins.
Local bike shops blend real and fake bike kit to mislead consumers - BikeRadar
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