Prince Disk Ultegra Di2 Complete Road Bike
We can remember a time when the Prince was the top model in Pinarello's internal brand hierarchy, and although it's been surpassed by the Dogma F10 in recent years, if the Dogma was the GC team leader in cycling parlance, the Prince would certainly be a hard-working, loyal domestique. It shares similar racing geometry and many frame details that set the Dogma apart, however, it's made from a slightly heavier carbon lay-up, significantly bringing down the barrier of entry. Essentially, the Prince takes the dream of Pinarello ownership and makes it a reality for more cyclists. Don't be fooled into thinking that this Prince Disk Ultegra Di2 Complete Road Bike is a budget bike, far from it. In fact, if you are the self-sponsoring racer and demand high performance but can't abide by the correspondingly high price, this is your machine.
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 package, is Shimano's powerful Ultegra disc brakes, providing more confidence and control. Pinarello's house brand MOst handles cockpit duties while fellow Italian brands Fulcrum and Vittoria take care of the rolling stock.
- A Pinarello disc road bike for the self-sponsored racer
- Race geometry and frame details similar to the GT-winning Dogma
- T700 carbon fiber from the experts at Toray is light and stiff
- Italian threaded bottom bracket is creaking free and easy to maintain
- Tire clearance of up to 28mm soaks up chip seal road
- Shimano's Ultegra R8000 is the workhorse drivetrain
- Powerful disc brakes add power and confidence
- Pinarello's recent record in grand tours makes it the peloton's GC expert