Highlights of Italian bike company Pinarello’s stand at this year’s Eurobike trade show in Germany included the Graal time trial bike, Kobh mile-munching machine, Paris and Quattro.
Designed in collaboration with Team Sky, the catchily-named Kobh 60.1 borrows technology from the company’s popular Dogma 60.1 but has been built for longer distances.
Design changes over the Dogma include more relaxed seat and head angles, larger tyre clearance to allow for wider diameter rubber, and slimmer seatstays for improved comfort.
Curved Onda chainstays have been abandoned on the Kobh in favour of regular stays, but the frame does use Pinarello’s asymmetrical design, which aims to balance out the pedalling loads which on most bikes are concentrated on the right-hand (drive) side. The right-hand seatstay, for example, is visibly thicker than the left.
Pinarello’s new carbon Quattro sits underneath the company’s Prince, Paris and Dogma bikes, and above the FP3, but shares design features with those higher-end models including an asymmetrical rear triangle and tapered fork.
According to Pinarello, the 2011 Graal “is the new technological jewel for time trial”. It’s available in two versions – a Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 compatible frame with internal cabling and integrated battery holder in the chainstay, and a standard frame with internal cable housing and slimmer chainstays.
The carbon stem and base bar on the Graal bar are integrated into one piece, and the down tube has angular ‘cuts’ along each side for extra aero effect.
Pricing and availability for all these models is still to be confirmed.