Pinarello Sibilo TT bike launched

Pinarello launch brand new Sibilo time trial bike with integrated brakes, Movistar will race it at the Tour de France

by David Arthur   June 24, 2013  

You hang around for ages waiting for one new time trial bike from Pinarello and you get two, hot on the heels of the Bolide, Pinarello have now launched the brand new Sibilo time trial bike. It will debut between the legs of Alejandro Valverde at the Spanish Time Trial Championship, and then be used by Movistar at the Tour de France.

This isn't a replacement for the Bolide - launched with much hype and hooplah at the Giro, both appear on the UCI’s approved list of bicycle frames. Pinarello have confirmed to us today that Team Sky will ride the Bolide and Movistar the Sibilo. It appears that Pinarello have seemingly developed two time trial bikes for the different teams, the Bolide most likely with input from Team Sky.

The Sibilo was only given the seal of UCI approval on the 6th of June. The bike does look a substantial step forward from the Bolide and has more in common with the direction other manufacturers are taking with their time trial bikes. With the very straight lines there’s just a hint of Canyon’s Speedmax and Cannondale’s Slice about it. There’s a noticeable lack of Pinarello’s distinctive curves, the pursuit of aerodynamics trumping any aesthetics concerns. There's also a much different brake integratation design.

The Sibilo uses airfoil shaped tubes designed to reduce frontal surface area and decrease drag. Up front they’ve kept the bike narrow, with 1 1/8in top and bottom headset. The brakes are integrated into the frame, the front smoothly concealed within the fork and the rear brake is mounted low down in the frame, on the chainstay behind the bottom bracket. This placement of the brakes is vastly different to that taken in the Bolide.

They’ve worked with Vision to develop a handlebar and stem that is smoothly integrated into the frame, creating a very clear and smooth line from the front of the stem to the aero seat tube. The seatclamp is hidden inside the seat tube. The downtube is curved around the front wheel as is the seat tube, while the seatstays meet the seat tube just about the rear wheel.

All cables are routed internally and they’ve mounted the Campagnolo EPS battery to the belly of the downtube. Odd that they haven’t sought to make use of Campagnolo’s newly released internal battery. The front mech mount is completely removable so a single ring can be fitted.

Campagnolo have also moved to a BB86 Press-Fit bottom bracket standard on this frame, a step away from the Italian threaded bottom bracket shells used on most of the other bikes in their range.

Pinarello claim they’ve optimised the construction and carbon layup of the tubes to not only improve aerodynamics, but also improve stiffness compared to the Graal. Part of how they’ve achieved this is by using asymmetric chainstays similar to those found on the Dogma. The frame has been made from Toray 65-ton high modulus 1k weave carbon fibre.

No word on pricing or availability yet.

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Lovely!

Interesting the pic shows Movistar branding not Sky too!

posted by Super Domestique [1598 posts]
21st June 2013 - 14:40

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Looks alot like the BMC time machine with those seat stays.

posted by 6654henry [56 posts]
21st June 2013 - 14:45

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Is this what Castroviejo just won the Spanish National TT title on today if Valverde was riding one? Maybe a day too late for Dowsett but it didn't matter anyway...

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posted by pschristian [5 posts]
21st June 2013 - 14:52

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Is it possible that Movistar has had this developed and then asked Pinarello to brand it so they stick to their sponsor contract?

posted by Jaltham [67 posts]
21st June 2013 - 14:52

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pschristian wrote:
Is this what Castroviejo just won the Spanish National TT title on today if Valverde was riding one? Maybe a day too late for Dowsett but it didn't matter anyway...

Great avatar btw Cool

posted by Super Domestique [1598 posts]
21st June 2013 - 14:54

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its good to see normal forks on a pinarello for once

posted by beej.a [40 posts]
21st June 2013 - 15:46

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So, does this mean that Sky will still be on the Bolide?

Currently going slower than I'd like...

posted by stealth [184 posts]
21st June 2013 - 20:29

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Just how many different frames do Pinarello have on the market now? There's at least 3 Dogmas, 3 TT bikes, about 8 different ones at Halfords.. Is the Prince still on sale? I make it about 15 so far.

posted by Nick T [793 posts]
21st June 2013 - 22:32

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I'm sure that British Cycling helped develop the Bolide with Pinarello especially the air brake system, so it's likely you'll only ever see Team Sky using that particular model. I think this is the same bike for everyone else just without the bits they developed with BC.

posted by maboyctu [12 posts]
23rd June 2013 - 14:37

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maboyctu wrote:
I'm sure that British Cycling helped develop the Bolide with Pinarello especially the air brake system, so it's likely you'll only ever see Team Sky using that particular model. I think this is the same bike for everyone else just without the bits they developed with BC.

yep, different bars, different brakes, and different forks.

posted by ALIHISGREAT [110 posts]
24th June 2013 - 11:05

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possibly, Bolide developed for use with Shimano kit & Sibilo for Campag?

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posted by Grizzerly [119 posts]
24th June 2013 - 17:43

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