A few of Pinarello’s race-winning bikes
Tre Cime Acciaio
When all around him were riding doubles, Pinarello made Giovanni Battaglin this triple chainset steed on which to tackle the Tre Cime di Lavaredo during the 1981 Giro d’italia. Engineers machined the Campagnolo 53/44t Record chainset to fit a third 36t chainring, but without affecting the rider’s Q-factor (adding an extra inside ring would usually have forced the chainset outboard). This gave Battaglin a smallest gear of 36x24 – enough to win the stage and claim the maglia rosa, which he kept until the finish two days later.
Designed by Elvio Borghetto – the same man who executed Battaglin’s triple chainset and who still works at the company – this bike helped Miguel Indurain become the first rider to break 53km when he successfully attempted the Hour record in 1994. ‘It was very sad that the UCI banned this frame shape,’ says Fausto Pinarello. ‘If the rider doesn’t have good legs then he will not win, but could Bradley have gone further in his Hour with this bike? I think it is very possible.’
Based on Pinarello’s Bolide time-trial frame and created in conjunction with aerodynamicists at Jaguar, this is the bike that currently holds the Hour record at 54.526km, set in 2015 by Wiggins. By re-engineering the fork to be tighter to the front wheel and the bars to create less low pressure behind the elbow, the bike was said to be 7.5% quicker than the road-going Bolide. Much of the cockpit was 3D-printed in titanium, and the frame was made in true one-piece construction to optimise weight and stiffness.
As pedalled by Chris Froome on the Champs-élysées in 2015, this commemorative yellow edition of the Pinarello Dogma F8 still bears Froome’s race number and timing tracker under the saddle. Fausto Pinarello says the company doesn’t paint these bikes in advance as it’s bad luck, however he has ridden it a few times. ‘I had to ride it from the Champs-élysées back to the hotel. People were like, “Wow, it’s the bike!”, but I just thought, “How can Chris maintain this position with such an amount of drop?”’