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Pinarello Mercurio Sora Complete Road Bike - 2016

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Item # PIN002I

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Item # PIN002I

Italian gravel.

Maybe more than any other manufacturer, Pinarello has demonstrated a brazen willingness to deviate from classic tube and frame shapes. Instead of the more traditionally shaped frames underwriting the brand's legacy, contemporary Pinarello stays, forks, and top tubes tend to "flow," using engineered curves to dispel road noise and boost stiffness. The Mercurio Sora Complete Road Bike is the venerable manufacturer's latest adventure in flowing tube profiles, and it represents the brand's first foray into what may be construed as gravel bike territory.

The frame is constructed from a targeted lay-up of 24HMUD carbon, which is spec'd to withstand 24 tons of pressure per square centimeter. It's not quite as light and stiff as the carbon used in the Dogma line. And it's not supposed to be. Rather, the 24HMUD used here is meant to strike a balance between rigidity, low weight, chatter-devouring smoothness, and price. It excels on all fronts, as it's stiff and light enough to meet the needs of everything short of Euro pro sprinters and climbers but still keeps the price to a point where a dedicated self-sponsored racer could even pick one up as a commuter/all-terrain adventure bike.

That's not to say it's a slow-plodding, unwieldy gravel bike, though. In addition to benefiting from Pinarello's high-modulus carbon expertise, the Mercurio has the same Onda fork shape that was developed in conjunction with Jaguar for the Dogma F8. The only differences are that it's made from slightly heavier material (the same 24HMUD used in the frame) and built-up on the non-drive side in order to account for braking forces. The stack and reach also put the rider in a more aggressive position than we're used to seeing on bikes billed as urban noodlers, and those dimensions just add to the list of items suggesting Pinarello was out to create a bike that could literally do it all, not just grind gravel, knock across potholes, or fuel a spirited tempo ride.

In addition to that racing pedigree, the above-mentioned tube shapes and frame lines are another signature aspect of Pinarello frames. Instead of the sinuous, wavy stays on bikes like Illes Balears' old Pinarello/Opera frames, the Mercurio's use of outside-the-box lines extends from the rear drop out to the head tube by way of a dramatic seat stay/top tube arc. While there may be elements of vibration damping underlying the design, we admit to loving it based on looks alone.

The frame's silhouette also provides increased tire clearance. We've managed to fit up to 28mm tires on it, which puts it in the range of bikes used for commuting, sure, but that's also the median size for tires raced on the hellish stones of Roubaix on the second Sunday of April. The slack head and seat tube angles further recommend the frame for riding hard on unforgiving terrain like gravel and cobbles. While the head tube is similar to Pinarello's Razha endurance frame, the seat tube is even a bit slacker, providing a bit of added stability without compromising any of the frame's general racing aggression.

The Mercurio is built up with a mix of Shimano Sora and Pinarello's own Most cockpit components. This is, by no means, on par with the build kit guys like Froome and Stannard are riding, but it does keep the price low and allow for a relatively painless entry into the world of disc brakes. When the upgrade bug does come biting, the frame's Think2 routing gives you a virtual carte blanche: mechanical, electronic, hydraulic — let your ambitions run wild, because Pinarello has all the angles covered.

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
Toray 24HMUD carbon fiber
Fork:
Onda disc
Fork Material:
Toray 24HMUD carbon fiber
Headset:
1-1/8 - 1-1/2 in
Shifters:
Shimano Sora
Front Derailleur:
Shimano Sora
Rear Derailleur:
Shimano Sora (9-speed)
Crankset:
50 / 34 t Shimano Sora
Bottom Bracket:
Italian threaded
Cassette:
12 - 25 t Shimano Sora
Brakeset:
Shimano mechanical disc
Brake Type:
mechanical disc
Rotors:
160 / 160 mm
Handlebar:
Most Xylon
Bar Tape:
Cinelli Cork
Stem:
Most
Saddle:
Most Leopard
Seatpost:
Most alloy
Wheelset:
[rims] Alex Rims R500
Hubs:
centerlock disc
Skewers:
quick-release
Tires:
Vittoria Zaffiro
Tire Size:
700 c x 25 mm
Pedals:
not included
Recommended Use:
gravel, road endurance
Manufacturer Warranty:
2 years on frame
Actual Weight:
Black, 54cm: 9330g

sizing chart

Mercurio size by rider height

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Geometry chart

Pinarello

Geometry Chart

 

Mercurio
 

Seat Tube

(c-t)

Effective Top Tube

(eTT)

Stack

(S)

Reach

(R)

Head Tube

(HT)

Head Tube Angle

(HTo)

Seat Tube Angle

(STo)

Bottom Bracket Drop

(BBD)

Chainstay

(CS)

XS 42cm 51.5cm 51.7cm 36.2cm 12.5cm 70o 74.5o 67mm 41.3cm
S 45cm 53.5cm 52.9cm 37.6cm 13cm 72o 73.5o 67mm 41.3cm
M 50cm 55cm 54.3cm 38.8cm 14.5cm 72o 73.5o 67mm 41.3cm
L 54cm 56.5cm 56.5cm 39.7cm 16.5cm 73o 73.5o 67mm 41.3cm

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