pinarello logoOne of the biggest frame manufacturers in Italy, Pinarello has enjoyed a surge in popularity in the UK since 2010, when the Pinarello Dogma became the bike of choice for Team Sky in their inaugural season, and as that bike has developed, so has the team, going on to win three Tours de France with Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome.

History

Formed in 1952, Pinarello is a relative spring chicken in the world of Italian bike manufacturing compared to the likes of Bianchi (founded 1885) and Wilier (founded 1906), but has a story dating back much longer.

The company’s founder was Giovanni Pinarello, the eighth of 12 brothers born in the north eastern Italian town of Catena di Villorba in 1922, only five miles from Pinarello’s current headquarters in Treviso. Pinarello started making bicycles in a local factory at the age of 15, but gave that up to embark on a seven year professional riding career from 1946 to 1952.

Despite a handful of race wins, Pinarello’s professional career is perhaps best remembered for his “win” of the Maglia Nera (or black jersey) in the 1951 Giro d’Italia, a jersey that was given to the rider that finished last in the general classification.

In 1952, Pinarello was again promised a place in the Giro d’Italia, but at the last minute was require to give his place up to a new rider on his team. In compensation, the team gave him 100,000 lire in compensation, money that he put towards setting up a small workshop.

Over the next couple of decades the company slowly began to grow, sponsoring its first professional team in 1960, winning the first Tour de l’Avenir in 1961 with Guido de Rosso, and finally taking its first Giro d’Italia in 1975 with Fausto Bertoglio and the Jolly Ceramica team.

Pinarello would have to wait until 1988 to win its first Tour de France (courtesy of Pedro Delgado), by which time Giovanni Pinarello was beginning to hand over control of the company to his son, Fausto, who still controls the reins today.

1988 was also that the Pinarello first teamed up with Team Reynolds, which would later become Banesto, Caisse d’Epargne, and finally Movistar, a partnership that would last a staggering 26 years until Movistar switched onto Canyon bikes in 2014.

The 1990s was arguably Pinarello’s most successful decade in the pro ranks, winning every Tour de France between 1991 and 1997 courtesy of Miguel Indurain, Bjarne Riis, and Jan Ullrich alongside many other victories.

Bikes

The flagship of the Pinarello range is the Pinarello Dogma, a bike that comes in a few different variations.

At the very top of the tree is the Pinarello Dogma F8, the bike that is used by Team Sky in all but a couple of races during the season. This is designed as the perfect all-rounder, coming with an aerodynamic design, while also being light enough to keep weight down for the mountains too. This is also available with disc brakes as the Pinarello Dogma F8 Disk.

For more endurance focused riders, the Pinarello Dogma K8 might be a better choice, which comes with slightly altered geometry and flat chainstays for a more compliant back end, and is also available with a rear suspension system in the form of the Pinarello Dogma K8-S.

Below the flagship Dogma are a number of other models which offer plenty of variety in ride quality and feel to cater for all different sorts of riders.

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Co-engineered with Jaguar, the Pinarello Dogma K8-S is the weapon Team Sky used to tackle the cobbles

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The Pinarello Dogma F8 is the eighth iteration of Pinarello’s range-topping Dogma frame that first launched in 2010. Since then it has won four Tours de France and countless other…

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Peter Sagan shows off his new bike before the 2013 Tour de France

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With disc brake-equipped road bikes soon to make an appearance in the pro peloton, Pinarello has announced details of a disc brake version it’s top-of-the-range F8 race bike, the imaginatively named…

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It glows in the sunshine and looks unique, lined up with the other Sky Vuelta a Espanã bikes in Logrono. The white Pinarello frame has blue decals on one side,…