The day after Alex Dowsett pulled on his third national championship time trial jersey, Pinarello, his Movistar team’s bike sponsor, announced that they have a new bike for him. And the rest of us, too…
Named the Sibilo, news of the bike has come as a surprise to many given that Pinarello only launched a new time trial bike last month, with the Bolide at the Giro d’Italia. It’s quite a shock.
The first question has to be: why on earth are they launching a second WorldTour-level race bike? And the only logical conclusion is that the Bolide, which Team Sky use, was made as an exclusive bike for the team with British Cycling’s help and knowledge, meaning that Pinarello couldn’t just roll that bike out to Movistar, its second professional squad.
To my eyes at least, the Sibilo looks quite different in design to the Bolide and it’s only when you put the two bikes back to back do the differences and similarities really start to stand out.
First and most obvious difference is the brakes. Whilst the Bolide has the front brake integrated into the nose cone and crown of the fork, the Sibilo has taken this a stage further and tucked them behind a cover and brought the front of the fork up to match. This suggests a more conventional Campagnolo brake may have been used, whilst the pictures don’t show the ‘airbrakes’ of the Bolide.
At the rear, the change is even more obvious as the brake is mounted not in the traditional place on the seat stays but behind the bottom bracket. Arguably, this is a neater solution but one that mechanics aren’t big fans of as it can’t be adjusted on the fly.
Pinarello has opted to go with a 1 1/8″ headset on both top and bottom bearings. This represents a good compromise of aerodynamics and stiffness. With the brake cover/nose cone running up to meet the stem, you’ll also notice a Vision logoed stem in place, again this differs from the Sky version and is slightly bulkier but has what looks like the same Pinarello Most bar mounted to it.
Getting into the details, you’ll find the frame is made from 65HM1K carbon, features a BB86 bottom bracket, has horizontal rear drop outs and is UCI approved.
With full cable integration, it’s a surprise to see that the Super Record battery is still mounted on the underside of the downtube – the rumour was that Campag already had an internal battery much like Shimano.
So it’s a super-sleek TT machine just like its non-identical twin, the Bolide. How do you choose between them? It’s probably just a case of whether you prefer green or blue.