Treviso, May 30 2003--For the two time trials in the Giro d'Italia, on Sunday
May 25 from Merano to Bolzano and on the last stage on Sunday June 1st in Milan,
Cicli Pinarello has made special bikes for the two leaders of the Fassa Bortolo
team, Dario Frigo and Aitor Gonzalez, which have been designed to optimise their
performances against the clock.
The Treviso based company has always paid special attention to the frames
destined for time trials. Everybody remembers the "Espada" made for Miguel
Indurain and his hour record attempt in 1994 when he set a distance of 53.040km.
After the record Indurain used a road version of the bike in the time trial in
1995 and 1996 before retiring from racing. Other similar frames were
subsequently produced and used by several riders sponsored by Pinarello until
2000 when the new UCI rules were introduced and stopped the use of prototype
bikes, which had always captured the interest of thousands of bike fans.
The Montello bike supplied to Frigo and Gonzalez is a monocoque frame
designed to be used both in time trials and on the track. It's a "new generation"
frame because it was conceived following the new UCI rules, which require a
triangular structure with tolerances based on the thickness of the elements
which make up the frame's triangle.
The Spanish Aitor Gonzalez, riding the Pinarello time-trial bike wins the first
Giro's time trial, the 15th stage - Merano-Bolzano - on May 25th.
The prinicipal characteristic of the frame is its extreme aerodynamic shape
and elevated rigidity. This was obtained by carefully designing the profile of
the tubes and the positioning of the components. For example the rear brake is
placed very low on the rear stays to increase the aerodynamic flow above, were
it would be more exposed to the airflow. Thanks to these details it has been
possible to recover almost 70% of the advantages of the old frames used before
the change in the UCI rules.
The aerodynamic qualities of the frame are continually tested and proved in
wind tunnel and road tests as is Pinarello's long standing tradition. The frame
used by Dario Frigo and Aitor Gonzalez weighs between 1.200kg/1.350kg
respectively and is equipped with Shark Pinarello Full Carbon forks made from
very light and very rigid carbon fibre. They perfectly combine with the frame to
give impressive performance.
The two frames are fitted with Campagnolo Record 10 speed gears, Mavic Cosmic
Carbon SSC wheels, Vittoria Crono tubulars, Deda Elementi Aero Blue bars, Selle
Italia saddle, Look pedals and Elite carbon bottle cage.