If you go down to your local Halfords today, you might see a fleet of Pinarellos taking pride of place on the shop floor. Last month we reported on the news that bicycle retailer Halfords would be selling Pinarellos, the choice of Bradley Wiggins and his Team Sky outfit, and today marks the day when a range of nine road and city bikes will be available in selected branches of Halfords.
Halfords have worked with the Italian manufacturer on a select range of nine models, six road bikes and three city bikes. As of today, the Pinarello nine bike range will be sold in Halfords’ new stores in Chingford, Nuneaton and Farnborough. These new stores feature newly designed displays in what is described as a ‘bright and open interior’. If you don’t live near these stores, you will be able to buy online for a home delivery.
So, let’s take a look at the nine bikes they’ll be selling then. The range features bikes priced from £799 up to £2,549 with the equally priced FPQUATTRO and Rokh. The Rokh is based on the Kobh, a bike favoured by Team Sky for the rough roads and cobbles of races like Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix, but uses a lower modulus carbon fibre, 30-ton high modulus 12k. This is a bike aimed at the endurance/sportive market, as comfort is a key factor with the frame's design.
The FPQUATTRO is Pinarello’s mid-range bike, it sits beneath the Dogma and Paris in its lineup of models. It has the unique wavy forks that make Pinarello’s so distinctive, and has a frame made from 30-ton high modulus 12k weave carbon fibre with a tapered head tube and internal cable routing, two features that are found on the top-end Dogma. It’s a UCI approved model so it’s race-ready. Frame weight is a claimed 1,100g for a size 54cm.
The FPDUE (£2,349.99) has all the styling cues of the higher end models and includes a tapered head tube and wavy fork and seat stays. Cables are routed internally, and the carbon fibre used is of the 24-ton high modulus 12K weave variety. Frame weight is a little higher at 1,120g for a size 54.
The most affordable carbon Pinarello in the range is the FPUNO Carbon Veloce (£1,999.99). This frame is made from 24-ton high modulus uni-directional carbon fibre with a tapered head tube and the same wavy forks and seat stays as higher up the range, and the same sculpted head tube that gives the frame a muscular appearance.
Finally, the most affordable road bike in the range is the FPUNO Aluminium Tiagra. It’s made from 6061 T6 aluminium and the tubes are hydroformed to give the frame the Pinarello signature appearance, with carbon fibre seatstays and chainstays and fork. It even carries the similar asymmetric features on the frame and fork of the full carbon models higher up the range. It’s built with a full Shimano Tiagra 10-speed groupset.
For hitting the city streets the Catena Vintage is a chromoly framed fixed-wheel bike costing £799.99, with a very retro look.
Costing the same is the ‘Only the Brave’ a single speed that has a distinctive stepped top tube and kinked seat stays, owing something to the wavy forks and stays of the road bikes. It’s fitted with a flat handlebar and deep-section aluminium rims.
Head over to www.halfords.com/Pinarello for more info.
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.