A few of Pinarello’s race-win­ning bikes

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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.

Es­pada Car­bon

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.’

Bolide HR

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.

Dogma F8

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?”’

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