Prince Ultegra Road Bike
In Pinarello's internal brand hierarchy, the Prince Ultegra Road Bike slots in just below the revered Dogma lineup. It's got a race geometry and many of the signature features that set the Dogma apart, but it's made from a slightly heavier carbon lay-up. The net effect is that the Prince brings Pinarello race tech out of our dreams and into our hands. Since we've situated in terms of Pinarello's hierarchy, it's easy to think the Prince is a budget bike for racers who value "high performance" but can't accommodate the correspondingly high price. That's not the case; the Prince is a race bike through and through, every bit equal to the pedigree of its namesake.
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. And the Prince sacrifices only around two dozen grams to the Prince FX's T900 carbon layup.
The Prince receives Pinarello's advanced asymmetrical construction, aerodynamic touches at the dropouts and the head tube, and the Di2-friendly Think2 E-Link port on the downtube. The flatback tube shaping not only makes for a subtly aggressive and performance-oriented silhouette, but also improves the aerodynamic advantages of the Prince with 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.
- High-performance carbon road-bike for self-sponsored racers
- Pinarello's asymmetrical construction transfers power efficiently
- Aerodynamic tube-shaping smooths airflow around the frame
- Ultegra drive train offers racing-pedigree at accessible price point
- Frame clearance for 28mm tires makes room for comfort
- Pinarello is a proven multiple stage-race winning brand