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Pinarello launch the Bolide TR+ and TR triathlon bikes

Team Sky's TT bike of choice has been given a tri-specific makeover that says goodbye to the UCI, with added fuel boxes that improve the aerodynamics of the frame...

Pinarello claim to have made their Tour-winning, hour record-holding Bolide even faster, by launching a triathlon version they've dubbed the Bolide TR+

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This is Pinarello's first tri-specific bike (although former pro cyclist turned triathlete Cameron Wurf in the video below has been using a modified version of the regular Bolide for a while) and the main changes are the integrated storage options and the addition of disc brakes, something we've seen on numerous tri bike launches this week ahead of the Ironman World Championships. 

Pinarello BOLIDE TR+ - Cameron Wurf - Road to KONA from Pinarello on Vimeo.

Pinarello say the storage boxes actually lead to an aerodynamic improvement compared to the TT Bolide, and the TR+ has spent plenty of time in the wind tunnel to refine aerodynamics. The geometry has been tweaked for tri, with a 35mm increase in the headtube to improve ergonomics and an 8mm lowering of the bottom bracket to make for better stability. The seat tube angle is a mean 78°, and the chainstays are super short at 395mm to ensure maximum power transfer. The tyre clearance has been made bigger, able to take up to a 28mm tyre on a 30mm rim. 


On the top-end TR+ Pinarello claim they are using the best carbon in the world, Torayca T1100G UD with Nanoalloy that's favoured by the aerospace industry, while the TR uses T700UD carbon fibre. As you may have expected you'll need pretty deep pockets to get your hands on either version, with the Bolide TR available as a complete bike with a Sram Force groupset and Fulcrum Racing Quattro Carbon wheels for £7,500. A Shimano Ultegra Di2 version is £9,500, while the top-of-the-range TR+ with Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 will set you back a cool £11,000. 

While the Italians have gained a bike, they're currently dealing with the less positive loss of the Tour de France trophy, stolen from their stand at the NEC in Birmingham: “We are obviously devastated about this. We accept full responsibility, and (we) have personally apologised to Geraint. Obviously we all hope that the trophy can be recovered”, said Pinarello's managing director Richard Hemington... 

Arriving at in 2017 via 220 Triathlon Magazine, Jack dipped his toe in most jobs on the site and over at eBikeTips before being named the new editor of in 2020, much to his surprise. His cycling life began during his students days, when he cobbled together a few hundred quid off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story) and bought his first road bike - a Trek 1.1 that was quickly relegated to winter steed, before it was sadly pinched a few years later. Creatively replacing it with a Trek 1.2, Jack mostly rides this bike around local cycle paths nowadays, but when he wants to get the racer out and be competitive his preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking - the latter being another long story.  

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RobD | 5 years ago

While TT bikes aren't usually the prettiest, some of these tri bikes have been truly hideous, I guess they do the job, but you'd think they'd get a bit more creative with the paint jobs to disguise/take advantage of the hideous shapes.

Derk Davies | 5 years ago

But pinnerello will never make a disc brake bike?

David Arthur @d... replied to Derk Davies | 5 years ago

Tim K wrote:

But pinnerello will never make a disc brake bike?


Really? They've been offering disc brake road bikes for years and years

fenix | 5 years ago
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It might be effective but it's not the prettiest of bikes.

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