Pinarello has kept their legendary Prince name in circulation for well over a decade. The first-generation Prince was a Dedacciai SC61.10a aluminum bike. It was introduced just after Jan Ullrich won the ’97 Tour de France (on a Pinarello), and it is best known for being the bike that spawned the aluminum-main-frame-mated-to-carbon-seatstays craze of the late 90’s.
The second-generation Prince was known as the Prince SL. Introduced in 2003, it pushed the alu/carbon hybridization to its absolute limit. Carbon was lighter, carbon was better at absorbing high-frequency vibration, carbon had a superior fatigue life. Pinarello helped lead the charge in 2005 with the introduction of their F4:13 carbon fiber frame, which they soon followed up with the Paris Carbon. Pinarello took the lessons they learned in developing these bikes and matched them up with recent developments in composites technology. The end result was a cost-is-no-object carbon thoroughbred so refined they couldn’t resist the temptation to give it their most beloved name: the Prince Carbon, the third-generation Prince they’ve designed to outstrip the greatness of the two generations that preceded it.
Like its name suggest, the Prince Carbon Di2 Bike flaunts a carbon fiber frame. The cables and wiring are strategically placed to give the bike a clean look. The battery is located below the water bottle cage on the downtube and is attached at an additional boss below the cage and the lower bottle boss. The control box sits under the handlebars on the brake cable and shows battery life left as well as the means to recalibrate the system if required. The bike can go over 1000 miles in single charge. One of the most high-tech, high-end modes of transport, it is truly a class apart.
The Prince Carbon is built from carbon fiber sourced strictly from Japanese textile giant Toray, a supplier to virtually every aerospace company worldwide.The Prince Carbon is built with an Onda FPX fork. Unlike the standard Onda fork, Pinarello built a second ‘wave’ into the ‘S’ shape of the FPX. This redesigned shaping serves to further reduce vibrations and increase comfort on any road surface. In addition, the FPX is also completely built from 50HM1K carbon to reduce weight. The Prince Carbon also comes with a Pinarello integrated headset and a Pinarello carbon fiber seatpost.
Weighing in at 16 lbs, Pinarello Prince Carbon Di2 Bike is priced at $15,900. A limited edition, with only 23 being brought to the US market, this bike is one exclusive creation. Currently only 15 are available, so you had better hurry to make your purchase.