Prince Ultegra Di2 Complete Road Bike
With the Dogma F10 sitting at the top of the Pinarello heap, it's easy to overlook some of the other great bikes in its portfolio like the Prince Ultegra Di2 Complete Road Bike. Sharing many of the same frame features, tube shapes, and race-ready geometry of its Tour winning Dogma, the Prince differentiates itself by using a slightly heavier carbon lay-up. This does, however, lower the price of admission significantly and we honestly think spending the extra money on go-fast wheels, coaching, or a powermeter will pay heavier dividends if you're looking to go faster. It's simply a price-conscious bike for the self-sponsoring racers who want high performance but still need cash for travel, race entries, clothes, and the like.
The Prince is available in multiple 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're still lighter and stiffer than the carbon used in bikes that were winning the Tour back when the Prince was still made of Scandium. The T700 is the heaviest material in Pinarello's racing stable, but the difference between the Prince and the Prince FX is only around two dozen grams.
Though it's technically a step below the Dogma in terms of Pinarello's pecking order, the Prince certainly doesn't pull any punches when it comes to design. It's got the Dogma's asymmetrical construction, the aerodynamic touches at the dropouts and the head tube, and the Di2-friendly Think2 E-Link port on the downtube. 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.
- A fast bike for the self-sponsored racer
- Race geometry mirrors the GT-winning Dogma
- Light, stiff T700 carbon fiber from the experts at Toray
- Italian threaded bottom bracket is creak-free and easy to maintain
- Tire clearance up to 28mm adds some cushion
- Shimano's Ultegra Di2 drivetrain shifts with precision
- Pinarello's grand tour success is a testament to its design