The storied history of the mighty Pinarello bicycle brand begins with young racing cyclist Giovanni ‘Nani’ Pinarello, who in 1951 famously contrived to finish last in the 34th Giro d’Italia, thus claiming the coveted “Maglio Nero”. In that year Fiorenzo Magni took the pink jersey and Louison Bobet was the undisputed king of the mountain stages, but the pair were joined on their victory laps of the famous Vigorelli velodrome in Milan by young Nani, resplendent in his black jersey!
The following year Pinarello had to give up his team place for that year’s Giro to another rider, in lieu of a generous compensatory payment from the team which he used to open his first bicycle workshop in Treviso. Throughout the ’60s Pinarello produced handcrafted racing bicycles, and began to support racing cyclists with sponsorship deals. 1961 saw the first victory for Pinarello when Guido de Rosso won the Tour de l’Avenir. In 1975 Gino Bertoglio rewarded Pinarello with their first outright win in the Giro d’Italia. An achievement which was repeated in 1981 by Giovanni Battaglin. In 1988 Pinarello Senior introduced son Fausto (no prizes for guessing the inspiration for his name!) to the family business, and in the same year Pedro Delgado became the first rider to win the Tour de France on a Pinarello.
By the ’90s Fausto would take the helm when founding father Giovanni retired. Sponsorship of major cycling teams culminates in a decade long period of successes for both Deutsche Telekom and Fassa Bortolo. In addition to steel frames built by master craftsmen including Dario Pegoretti, Pinarello introduced frames made from magnesium, closely followed by carbon fibre creations. The ‘Dogma’ line of frames and bicycles was introduced, and successive iterations would be ridden to major Classic and Tour wins by the likes of Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome of Team Sky. Most recently, Elia Viviani won a gold medal in the 2016 Olympic Omnium on a special Pinarello Pista.
Top Pinarello models
Pinarello Prestige S, made of Columbus KL tubing.
Pinarello ‘Tre Cime’, Columbus SL.
Pinarello Super Record Special, Columbus SL tubing, Campagnolo Super Record gruppo.
Pinarello ‘Treviso’, Columbus SL tubeset, Nuovo Gran Sport gruppo.
Pinarello ‘Italia’, Columbus SL tubes, Gran Sport gruppo.
Pinarello Pista ‘Amatore’, Columbus SL tubes.
Pinarello Pista ‘Bassano’, Columbus SL tubes.
Pinarello ‘Catena Lusso’, Columbus Aelle R tubing.
Pinarello ‘Montello 85’, Columbus SLX.
Pinarello ‘Treviso N.R.’, Columbus SL tubeset, Nuovo Gran Sport gruppo.
Pinarello ‘Treviso Victory’, Columbus SL tubeset, pantographed Campagnolo Victory gruppo.
Pinarello ‘Prologo’ TT, Columbus Matrix tubing, curved seat tube and curved forward sloping top tube, Nisi disc rear wheel, 26” front wheel.