Prince Disk Ultegra Complete Road Bike
Although it's been nearly 13 years since Óscar Pereiro was credited with winning the Tour, we remember it like it was yesterday when the bike he piloted, the Prince, was Pinarello's range-topping machine. Now superseded by its Dogma F12, the Prince is still heir to the throne and shares the same construction techniques, racing geometry, and frame details, with a slightly heavier carbon lay-up, significantly bringing down the barrier of entry, but no less part of a royal family. We certainly value how the Prince takes the dream of Pinarello ownership and makes it a reality for more cyclists. The Prince Disk Ultegra Complete Road Bike takes a great bike and makes it even better with the inclusion of Shimano's excellent Ultegra drivetrain and powerful disc brakes.
Pinarello offers the Prince in a multitude of options, and the standard model (featured here) is built from T700 carbon compared to the Prince FX's T900. Both materials are slightly heavier than the Dogma's T1100 carbon, but they arguably have a more comfortable ride quality and are undoubtedly lighter and stiffer than the carbon used in bikes that were winning the Tour a few years back and certainly more so than when the Prince was made of Scandium. T700 might be the heaviest carbon material used in Pinarello's racing stable, but the difference between the Prince and the Prince FX is only around two dozen or so grams.
As we alluded to above, the Prince is technically a step below the Dogma in terms of Pinarello's pecking order, yet the Prince certainly doesn't pull any punches when it comes to design, even sharing some features. It's got the Dogma's asymmetrical construction, those tell-tell aerodynamic touches at the dropouts and the head tube, and although this model sports mechanical Ultegra, Di2-friendly Think2 E-Link port on the downtube is there for future upgrades. The flatback tube shaping carries over from Dogma to Prince, too, so the latter frameset enjoys the same aerodynamic advantages of a rounded leading edge and a truncated trailing edge. You'd be excused for assuming this is simply a Dogma made from slightly heavier material, we certainly did when we first threw a leg over its top tube.
Rounding out this excellent build, is Shimano's powerful Ultegra hydraulic disc brakes, providing more modulation, confidence, and control while descending. Pinarello's house brand MOst handles cockpit duties while fellow Italian brands Fulcrum and Vittoria take care of the rolling stock.
- Pinarello's disc brake race for the self-sponsored cyclist
- Race geometry and frame details mirror its GT-winning Dogma
- T700 carbon fiber from the experts at Toray is lightweight and responsive
- Italian threaded bottom bracket is creak free and easier to maintain
- Tire clearance of up to 28mm soaks up road imperfections
- Shimano's Ultegra group is precise and smooth
- Powerful hydraulic disc brakes add modulation and confidence
- Pinarello's instills GT technology on a bike many can afford