2019 Pinarello Bolide TR+
There is no question that you could do a pretty good job racing on a Pinarello Bolide time trial bike. In fact, in 2017 Cameron Wurf destroyed the Kona course record on a regular TT Bolide. So now that Pinarello has created the Bolide TR+ triathlon specific bike, you can get all the Tour de France-winning aerodynamic benefits while enjoying changes that have been made to help the triathlete be more comfortable and better prepared.
Quite rightly, Pinarello felt there was no need to start from scratch since the Bolide has found so much success, but they recognize that they could make specific changes to the design that would help the Bolide TR+ be the ideal bike for the ambitious triathlete. First place to start was the geometry since it needed to be tweaked to make the bike more comfortable for longer distances without compromising the aerodynamics. The dedicated triathlon geometry means that things like the head tube were lengthened by 35mm and the seat tube angle moved forward to 78° to allow the rider to get into an ergonomically relaxed position that would still be wickedly aero. Combined with the aero TT bar and the ability to add 40mm spacers under the extension and 10mm spacers under the pads, you shouldn’t have any trouble dialing in your position.
The bottom bracket was dropped to give greater stability. And since the designers were no longer bound to stick to the UCI’s regulations like the 3:1 tube ratio, they could do things like lengthen the depth of the fork legs to improve the aerodynamics of that leading edge. In addition to wind tunnel testing, they used a computational fluid dynamics simulator that included a human dummy to also make certain that the bike and rider could work as an aero whole.
So, it’s no surprise that this is an aero bike. But looking a little more closely, you’ll notice something a little more surprising in that the Bolide TR+ is a disc brake tri bike. This isn’t the first time disc brakes have appeared on a tri bike, but it is something a little less common and still under debate. Really, though, it makes complete sense when you realize how having disc brakes helps the frame design get even more aero, since things like the fork and the rear monostay can all of a sudden be revised and refined to provide a sleeker face to the wind since brake blocks no longer need to be accommodated. With the 160mm rotors and flat mount disc brakes, you can count on having the ultimate stopping power even if you are racing in a sudden thunderstorm powering down buckets on you. The frame has also been optimized to work with 28mm wide tires, so you can run a grippier, more aero wheelset that will encourage you to attack all corners even in the wet.
The Pinarello Bolide TR+ is the top of the range tri bike made with Torayca T1100 G UD carbon fiber, which is super light and incredibly strong. They have also created the Bolide TR using slightly heavier, though no less strong, UD carbon if you want to try saving a little money. But this is the version you want particularly if you will be doing many more triathlons with a lot of climbing in them. Both versions enjoy an extensive amount of storage integration. There is a top tube box and a down tube box where you can store your fuel and any repair kits and tools you need. The entire design has been optimized to remain aero, and the two boxes can be removed easily if you are racing a shorter triathlon that doesn’t require so much kit.
Pinarello didn’t design this bike in a vacuum, rather they listened to the needs of pro and amateur racers, which included making sure the bike remained easy to assemble and disassemble before and after races, since most triathletes are regularly traveling to their races.
Leaving nothing to chance and trying to think of every improvement possible means that the designers have made the Pinarello Bolide TR+ the perfect triathlon bike. Lightweight, easy to handle, and secure in the braking, this is a bike that will help you smash everything from your personal bests to race course records.