Pinarello… then and now

Cicli Pinarello was founded in 1951 in Treviso, NE Italy by Giovanni “Nani” Pinarello, himself a professional cyclist at the time.

In 1975, Pinarello’s first Giro d’Italia stage victory was won by Fausto Bertoglio.Fausto_Bertoglio_-_Tour_1976

In 1988, Pedro Delgado won the Tour de France on a Pinarello.delgado-2


But the 1990s were the greatest years, when 7 Tours de France in succession were won on Pinarellos.


Miguel Indurain


Jan Ullrich with Udo Bölts – 1997 Tour de France

As of this date, 11 Tours de France have been won on Pinarellos….. more than any other bicycle-maker, by my count.


(Photo: Olympia Photo)

In 2004, Alessandro Petacchi won a record 9 stages in the Giro d’Italia, for Fassa Bortolo, on a Pinarello.


This is my ’96 Pinarello Treviso…(now in need of restoration)  constructed from GPX tubing, a custom Columbus tubing mix which is reportedly SL front triangle with EL rear triangle, chromed forks and chainstays.   Groupset is Campagnolo, 8-speed 13-26, crankset 52/39, Record and Chorus.  Saddle is Selle Italia Turbomatic 2, on a Campagnolo seatpost. ITM Eclypse handlebar stem.  Wheels are Mavic Open Pro clincher 700C x 23, 32/32 spokes on Campagnolo Record hubs.

Model: Treviso, manufactured circa 1996.

Model: Treviso, manufactured circa 1996.







Fausto Pinarello, known as “FP”, is the son of Giovanni.

Bradley Wiggins with Fausto Pinarello.

Bradley Wiggins with Fausto Pinarello. (Photo: Scott Mitchell/Team Sky)


This is my 2008/9 Pinarello FP5, with carbon fibre frame.  Groupset is Campagnolo Veloce 10-speed 12-25, Ultra-Torque compact 50/34 crankset, skeleton brakes.  Pedals are Keywin Titanium axle.  Handlebars ITM K-Sword carbon, Deda Einstein stem.  Fizik Arione saddle on Pinarello MOST seatpost.  Wheels are 2011 Mavic Ksyrium Elite 700c x 23 clincher.

The ride is nice, accelerates well, feels natural at speed, cornering especially is natural & quick…but not too quick!IMG_7883

No Dogma yet… maybe when I can climb like Froome or sprint like Petacchi 😉

Hope you enjoyed!


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