As a number of regular forum followers might recall, in the past I had a bit of head/heart choice to make over my new bike - Pinarello FP Quattro or Specialized Tarmac Expert SL3. In the end the Tarmac won out and I haven't really looked back.

However, the salesman I spoke to at the Road Cycling Show last year did say to me that if you have a Pinarello itch, you won't stop till you scratch it.

He was a wise man!

I recently got an invite to an event held by Team Sky, which involved having a few ex-team bikes for sale.

I went along, obviously, although not 100% sure that I'd buy anything. However after sitting next to the Sky truck on the rollers and then looking along the line of bikes from the likes of Rowe, EBH, Stannard, Hayman, Knees, etc well that itch was still there!

After a really helpful chat with the fitting guy from Sky and some advice on wheel choice and a spare stem to make it fit me - I am now the proud owner of this:

It was one of Bernie Eisel's ex-bikes. The condition is excellent with just a couple of marks on the forks and one on the top tube but that all adds to the authenticity to me.

As you can tell from the pic I think I'll need to fit the 20mm shorter stem!

Can't wait to take it for a spin, although I know I'll never do it justice Wink

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Nice bike and the heritage makes for a good story - are they able to tell you anything about what races it was ridden in, etc? And do you get any guarantees at all?

posted by homercles [15 posts]
14th May 2013 - 10:41

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homercles wrote:
Nice bike and the heritage makes for a good story - are they able to tell you anything about what races it was ridden in, etc? And do you get any guarantees at all?

Thanks.

You get a certificate to prove it was an offical Sky bike, etc.
Not sure on the warranty side of things, I went with the feeling that they are highly maintained bikes. Any issues I'd get in contact with Sky I guess. They were very helpful.

Evidently the first time they have done something like this, usually it's just an online 'sale' so no chance to sit on the bikes.

The charger and cable for the Di2 came in a Sky/Rapha musette of course!

I have used Bernie's contact form on his own website to see if I can get any more info, although I doubt it.

posted by Super Domestique [1605 posts]
14th May 2013 - 10:56

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Blimey! Are you even back on the bike yet?

Does it have Eisel's name on it? That is very cool. I received an invite to the event, together with the request that it shouldn't be spread about on the intertelly!

You tried it out yet?

Last night I would have considered trading a very loud baby for a really nice bike.

posted by notfastenough [3235 posts]
14th May 2013 - 11:43

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I'm not personally a huge fan of Sky and I probably would choose other bikes over the Pinarello but knowing that you are riding one of Bernie's race used bikes is cool as fuck.

It's smart that and I really hope you get to find out which race is was used in.

I reckon some of Wiggins' recently used bike would probably be best left alone...

posted by farrell [1482 posts]
14th May 2013 - 11:45

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notfastenough wrote:
Blimey! Are you even back on the bike yet?

Does it have Eisel's name on it? That is very cool. I received an invite to the event, together with the request that it shouldn't be spread about on the intertelly!

You tried it out yet?

His name is at the front end of the top tube, you might make out the sticker (red flag).

It'll have my username added the opposite end of the top tube, like my other bikes.

I felt it would be ok to mention, seeing as its after the event. Apologies to Sky if I got that wrong! Too late now.

As for being back on the bike, well not properly. A few turbo spins and a couple of mtb 'round the block' trips.

posted by Super Domestique [1605 posts]
14th May 2013 - 11:50

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Just to add, I haven't exactly been a fan of Sky, as they don't always 'race' in the exciting sense of the word.

However I do have a soft spot for Pina (Sky could easily move bike supplier next yr anyway). That soft spot goes back to Big Mig tbh.

That said, the Sky staff were great to deal with.

I did see Matt Hayman's bike which tempted me as he really took time out at the aforementioned Road Cycling Show to talk to my son, explaining different nutrition tips, etc. I didn't fit his bike though but was over the moon when the fitter said he had one of Bernie's that would.

I will, however, be cheering Sky on from now on.

posted by Super Domestique [1605 posts]
14th May 2013 - 11:57

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To the moderators - if you feel it's better to delete this thread please do.

posted by Super Domestique [1605 posts]
14th May 2013 - 12:01

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How much?

posted by Tom Amos [244 posts]
14th May 2013 - 12:02

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How much that set you back?

posted by SammyG [295 posts]
14th May 2013 - 12:02

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Where was my invite.... Crying

Not that I can ride uprights, I would have liked to go see all their stuff.

Out of interest, without going into exact detail, how much off "market value" did you get that beast?

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posted by Gkam84 [8902 posts]
14th May 2013 - 12:06

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Let's just say it wasn't cheap but it was significantly cheaper than trying build a replica one .

posted by Super Domestique [1605 posts]
14th May 2013 - 12:08

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Gah they have removed the SRM crankset!

posted by SammyG [295 posts]
14th May 2013 - 12:24

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Super Domestique wrote:
To the moderators - if you feel it's better to delete this thread please do.

I may be missing something here but why isn't this up for discussion? Interesting thread!

posted by Tom Amos [244 posts]
14th May 2013 - 13:18

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Tom Amos wrote:
Super Domestique wrote:
To the moderators - if you feel it's better to delete this thread please do.

I may be missing something here but why isn't this up for discussion? Interesting thread!

As notfastenough rightly points out the invitation asked not to publicise the event online. My take on that was pre-event. I thought post-event would be ok. Nothing was said about not telling anyone etc on the day / at the point of sale.

However, if the mods felt it better to delete the thread, in that they thought it better not to mention it ever happened then they should feel free to do so and I'd accept that.

Hope that makes sense.

posted by Super Domestique [1605 posts]
14th May 2013 - 13:26

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Gkam84 wrote:
Where was my invite.... Crying

Not that I can ride uprights, I would have liked to go see all their stuff.

Out of interest, without going into exact detail, how much off "market value" did you get that beast?

I got the same invite but my pockets are nowhere near as deep as SD's are Wink

I think you had to be on Sky Pro-cycling Team website email list to get an invite.

Looking at the ball park figures they were quoting when the email went out you got a nice piece of cycling hardware at a very reasonable price SD.

Now, if your Tarmac SL is feeling unloved let me know Big Grin

Did Nightrider 2013 and 2014 for Parkinson's UK. Might just have one last go in 2015.

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posted by jova54 [622 posts]
14th May 2013 - 13:27

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Super Domestique wrote:
Tom Amos wrote:
Super Domestique wrote:
To the moderators - if you feel it's better to delete this thread please do.

I may be missing something here but why isn't this up for discussion? Interesting thread!

As notfastenough rightly points out the invitation asked not to publicise the event online. My take on that was pre-event. I thought post-event would be ok. Nothing was said about not telling anyone etc on the day / at the point of sale.

However, if the mods felt it better to delete the thread, in that they thought it better not to mention it ever happened then they should feel free to do so and I'd accept that.

Hope that makes sense.

Ah - I hadn't meant to insinuate that you shouldn't be posting *after* the event - although re-reading my post it does look that way!

I'm sure it's fine now. Unfortunately I can't liberate £50 at the minute, never mind funds for that...

Last night I would have considered trading a very loud baby for a really nice bike.

posted by notfastenough [3235 posts]
14th May 2013 - 13:38

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No worries.

I wasn't blaming you. More concerned I had not got the right view of it.

posted by Super Domestique [1605 posts]
14th May 2013 - 13:45

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