Pinarello is an Italian brand of bike that is known for making ultra-high performance bikes and pushing the boundaries of technical capabilities. As a result they win many of the toughest races in the world. The events that led to the formation of the company, however, were more inauspicious than the current level of success would indicate.
Pinarello was founded in 1952 by Giovanni Pinarello, a professional cyclist who was capable, but whose biggest claim to fame was winning the Maglia Nera in the 1951 Giro d'Italia. This is the award given to the rider who finishes last. Back then it was a sought-after accolade for riders at the back of the pelotonne, and Giovanni wore the title with pride.
The following year he wanted to race in the Giro again but had to give up his place to top rider Pasqualino Fornara who had been fired from Team Bianchi. As compensation Giovanni was given 100,000 pounds. He used this to start a bike workshop in Treviso, Italy, and Pinarello the bike brand was born.
Pinerallo bikes were all handmade at the time, and were starting to build up a following in the cycling community. They started to win races, but the big one didn't come until 1988 when Pedro Delgado won the Tour de France. This was a time when Giovani's son, Fausto, entered the business. He would eventually take the reins, overseeing the most successful period in the brand's historey.
In the 1990s they dominated the sport, notching up Tour de France wins from 1991 to 1997 with three different riders. One of those riders was Jan Ullrich, who also won the road race in the 2000 Summer Olympics on a Pinarello. Some less successful years followed until Pinerallo got involved with Team Sky, a new professional cycling team. Between 2012 and 2015, three more Tour de France victories were claimed, bringing the overall total to 12.
This is an astonneishing record that is only matched by the quality of bikes that they offer. Road, mountain, triathlon, track, cyclocross, city and children's bikes are all available. There are various price points and options, but Pinerallo’s technical excellence and advanced engineering are features of every model.
In addition to road bikes you can get mountain bikes, triathlon machines and cyclocross bikes. For recreational cyclists who want to ride a bike with the Pinarello badge there are city bikes. A children's bike, the Speedy T6 road bike, is also available.
Pinarello has been involved in the sport of cycling since the 1960s, particularly through its sponsorship of road racing teams. It has sponsored many teams in that time, and most recently has a successful partnership with the British professional team, Team Sky.