We put the Pinarello Fpuno Carbon bike through its paces in our four ride review.
Last year we really liked the standard FPUno, with its aluminium frame and distinctive Onda carbon rear stays. For 2013, Pinarello is now offering its first full carbon bike for less than £2,000. The bike has been slimmed down to 8.38kg, over a kilo lighter, helped by a smattering of MOST-branded finishing kit. The carbon post, aluminium compact drop bar and tidily finished stem all keep weight down and comfort high
The frame shape is classic Italian race-bike style, and matching a long top tube with a 120mm stem gives an aggressive but stable ride position. The tapered steerer makes the front end stiff and sharp to turn in, creating a confident ride quality. The all-carbon frame is fluid over the rough but not soft when you stamp on the pedals, and the FPUno’s superior handling makes for a bike that’s much better than the sum of its parts
Pinarello put the FPUno on a diet for 2013, and it has lost over a kilo. Combine that weight loss with the sharp, snappy shifts from the Veloce drivetrain, and this bike will take hills in
its stride. Veloce is the equivalent of Shimano’s 105, and it’s slightly lighter too, which is a bonus.
The MOST WildcatF3 wheelset is mid-range in terms of weight, but the Conti Ultrasport tyres they’re shod in offer tenacious grip in the wet
The FPUno is well suited to big rides, and we loved its smooth, fluid nature over rough surfaces. Campag’s snappy-shifting Veloce uses a well-chosen gear combination that’s more than enough to satisfy your speed urges while still leaving enough in the tank for epic days in the saddle. The longer ride position and stable handling make it well suited to longer distances, and the slimline but comfortable saddle adds bags of comfort too
Contact www.pinarello.com, www.yellow-limited.com
Size tested 550 (58cm)
Sizes available 430, 440, 460, 490, 510, 530, 550
Seating MOST Carbon post, MOST Ocelot saddle
Handlebar/stem MOST Xylon bar, MOST Tiger alu stem
Gears Campagnolo Veloce
Brakes Campagnolo Veloce
Wheels MOST WildcatF3
Tyres Continental Ultrasport
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