Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Tucson, AZ
Bikes: Custom Zona c/f tandem + Scott Plasma single
Pinarello . . .
Had heard of Pinarello brand tandem being available in the US but had not spotted one until today.
Rode Bike Patrol (on my single) for the local Tour of the Tucson Mountains. At the finish line was a duo in matching Texas flag jerseys with a flashy blue/white Pinarello tandem.
Hard to ignore the mega size Pinarello decals. Being curious (OK, nosy!), decided to take a quick peek. Rolf wheels, Sugino crank, XTR stuff, Avid discs, alu fork.
Was told by owner it was superlight Scandium tubing, and that the tandem weighed 28 lbs.
Told him we rode a tandem in that weight range and could I heft it/pick it up. The very firm answer was 'No'.
Oops, my bad . . .
Internet lists that for as low as $4,699 (and up + shipping) you can indeed purchase a Pinarello 4-Power 2-seater with a claimed weight of 'frame only' of 3.97 lbs! Available in one-size and color as stated, components not as pictured.
Been around tandems long enough that a sub-4-lbs alu-type frame is not quite a reality yet.
Compared to Santana's Scandium at $7295, a Pinarello @ $4699 would indeed be a hell of a bargain.
But before you get too x-cited . . . suggest you ride both Scandiums before plunkin' your money down!
Spotted about a dozen tandems at today's event from Diamondback to Cannondale, KHS, Burley, Co-Motion . . . and oh, yes, a Pinarello!
Pedal on TWOgether!
Rudy and Kay/zonatandem