Pinarello Prince FX Ultegra R8050 Di2 Bicycle
For 2019 Pinarello brings back the Prince nameplate to the road bike line-up with models optimized with details and material that best match the intended use of each bike, all drawing more from the advances of the Dogma F8 than the GAN series bikes, which the Prince options leapfrog in the line-up. The race oriented Prince FX frame and fork features a more aggressive riding package and lightweight T900 carbon fiber. Pinarello has also introduced new and vibrant colorways with the Prince series, which quickly serves to differentiate from other models and adds a little panache to line-up.
There are a also few notable Dogma F10 technologies in the Prince FX. First, you will notice the more aero Fork Flap design on the Onda Prince Disk 1⅛ - 1½", tapered fork, which has proven to clean up the airflow around the dropouts. The Prince also has the TwinForce seatpost clamp used on the Dogma F8/F10series bikes, as well as the Think2 cable management system with the new E-Link™ port in the downtube for integrated battery charging. There are also influences direct from the Dogma F8 that aren't visual, but are found in the details of the full frameset's asymmetrically engineered carbon lay-up. These enhancements truly set the Prince FX far above the GAN series bikes, which used a more simplified version of the F8 design and lower grade carbon fiber.
Besides the updated Think2 System with E-Link, the Prince FX also has other new features, such as the 3XAir™ option for seattube bottle cage mounting with two positions available for better aerodynamics. The tubeset and seatpost shapes themselves are the more aero FlatBack design, and the downtube works to shroud bottle cage placements from passing airflow. The shapes also contribute to the overall torsional rigidity of the design, using the asymmetric engineering principles to offset the power transfer requirements of the right side drivetrain. This concept, carried through from the front fork dropouts, back through the frameset to the rear wheel dropouts, ensures that drivetrain efficiency is maximized directly through the rear hub. There is very little loss of energy from lateral flex, which also improves the overall ride quality in terms of handling, steering precision, and stability. The Prince FX becomes a worthy heir to the Dogma F10 standard at a more accessible price point.
This Prince FX bicycle is perfectly matched with the 2nd generation 11-speed Ultegra R8050 Di2 shifting system and R8000 non Di2 components. The E-tube Di2 system is fully modular, easy to service, diagnose, set-up, and charge. Obviously the front and rear derailleurs are the R8050 Di2 options, both optimized for the R8000 physical drivetrain. The FD mates perfectly with the new offset of the chainrings, as well as offering great clearance for framesets with larger tires. The RD features the MTB inspired Shadow design and new linkage system. An internal seatpost battery is used, and the control and charge is set-up via the E-Link insert in the downtube. All routing is internal, clean, simple, and accessible. With R8050 the Dual Control levers are electronic shifting with mechanical rim braking.b. The R8050 levers are sleeker, with a new pivot point for the brake lever, with an advanced textured hood. This is the most minimal Dual Control lever design Shimano has offered. The R8000 dual pivot rim brake calipers have been optimized for the cable pull design of the lever, has better clearance, more power and a better feel. The best just get better.
The 50-34T R8000 crankset, Italian thread external bottom bracket cups, chain and 11-28 cassette round out the physical drivetrain, which delivers exceptional mechanical precision and consistency, as well as durability, that works so beautifully with the performance requirements of Di2. This is most impressively seen in the stiffness and machining of the large chainring, which must not only withstand the impressive shifting power that enables the Di2 front derailleur execute perfect shifts under any load or chainring combination, but also must run smoothly, quietly, and ensure proper chain retention.
Pinarello taps into their MOst brand kit items for this Prince FX build. See the simple and comfortable shaping of the Jaguar XC 3K Aero carbon handlebar, the stiffness and aero properties of the forged aluminum Tiger Ultra 3K carbon/alloy stem with matching spacer kit, as well as the fantastic grip and feel of MOst's synthetic bar tape. The FlatBack aero seatpost is considered part of the frameset, and it carries the popular and versatile fit of the Fizik Antares R7 saddle. A long-term relationship with Fulcrum brings the Prince FX their lightweight but resilient and stable Racing 3 wheels w/ 700x25 Vittoria Zaffiro Pro clincher tires.
In short, the 2019 Prince FX Ultegra R8050 Di2 Bicycle has a truly performance driven a build and specification sheet that, along with the T900 frameset, actually delivers solid value as well. For those with strong sense of Pinarello's history, the nameplate will be both welcome and nostalgic, but this is a complete bike that reflects the needs and desires of cyclists today- and tomorrow, and shows how the company truly taps into their experiences with Team Sky and professional cycling to offer premium engineering and design from the Dogma series as well as high-grade materials in a bike that is attainable and eminently rideable by a greater percentage of cyclists today. Combine that with the usual distinctive and detailed Pinarello graphics and finish, and royalty everywhere should take note.
- Complete rim brake road bike with Ultegra R8050 Di2 with performance and comfort, accessible price point, drawing directly on top-level engineering/materials
- Ideal for the cyclist who puts miles and hours, and wants the performance of Di2 in a responsive, compliant rim brake design that can fit 28mm tires
- Design features and specific aspects from Dogma F8/F10 framesets, including TwinForce seatclamp system
- High strength Torayca T900 carbon fiber laid up with dropout to dropout asymmetric engineering in shape and lay-up
- ICR internal routing with Think2 system E-Link portal, 3XAir™ downtube bottle cage bosses for two position options to optimize aerodynamics
- F10/Bolide inspired aerodynamics Onda disk brake fork with Fork Flaps
- Flatback tube profiles, seatpost design for greater aerodynamics
- 100mm fork / 130mm frame dropouts for quick release hubs
- Shimano 11-spd Ultregra R8050 Di2 / R8000 drivetrain, cable actuated rim brakes, internal seatpost E-tube battery, integrated with E-Link
- Fulcrum Racing 3 wheels w/ 700x25 Vittoria Zaffiro Pro clincher tires
- Kit: MOst Aero Jaguar XC 3K carbon bar and Tiger Ultra 3K stem with aero spacer system, bar tape, with Fizik Antares R7 saddle
- Sizes: 51.5, 53, 55, 56, 57 cm
- Color: Sky/Navy, BOB