56.5cm Pinarello Asolo Athena c.1991 Classic Road Bike
✓ Original 1990s Race Bike
✓ Lightweight - 9.9 kg
✓ Hand-Built in Italy
✓ Professionally Serviced
The Pinarello story is a magnificent one, from Giovanni Pinarello taking the Maglia Nera (Black Jersey for last place) in the 1951 Giro D’Italia to the dominance of Pinarello in the cycling world today. It truly is a fairy tale, from being left out of the 1952 Giro and taking the opportunity to open his own tiny workshop in Treviso, Italy, and from there Giovanni built the Cicli Pinarello brand from the ground up. Bit by bit the success came, and with a reputation for taking the underdogs and turning them into champions, slowly but surely Pinarello went from minnows to the giants they are today.
The 1990s was the decade that Pinarello truly dominated, and it was during that time that the Asolo model was introduced. At the start of the 90s there were only 3 bikes available in the Pinarello catalogue; Asolo, Treviso & Montello (the latter being the top model), but do not be tricked into thinking the Asolo was ‘entry level’. Every frame was produced to the same high standard and shared their trademark ride quality of a ‘proper’ racing bike, only the tubing used differed from model to model. The Asolos were built initially from Columbus Cromor and then Dolmen tubing, made especially for Pinarello by Dedacciai, both of which yielded only a touch heavier frames than the Columbus SL & SLX frames ridden by the Pinarello team icons such as Pedro Delgado or Giovanni Battaglin.
This Pinarello Asolo we believe to be from 1991, most likely built from Dedacciai Dolmen tubing, and as you can see from the weight this is a genuine lightweight - just topping the 9kg mark on the scales. This Pinarello is no exception to Pinarello’s high level of quality, and it rides exactly as you’d expect, fast, responsive and turning heads at every opportunity.
The spec is as you would see in the catalogue at the time, it’s fantastic to see such an original bike that’s now almost 30 years old. The Campagnolo Athena kit is wonderful stuff, similar to Pinarello, Campag didn’t allow any old kit to be produced in the 1990s. The market was becoming highly competitive by this point so everything not only had to perform well, but also had to look good, and Athena components sure do that.
The bike's been taken apart, inspected & re-built in our workshop so we know everything's working as it should. The frame is straight & true without any dents or dings - please inspect the photos for cosmetic condition, we've photographed the bike in detail so you can see the exact condition before purchasing.
Seat Tube (ctc) - 56.5 cm
Top Tube (ctc) - 55 cm
Head Tube - 146 mm
Standover - 81.5 cm
Era - 1990s
Country - Italian
Tubing - Likely Dedacciai
Weight - 9.915 kg
Frame No - 847L
Brakes - Campagnolo Athena Monoplaner
Brake Levers - Campagnolo Athena
Chainset - Campagnolo Athena - 52/39 - 170 mm
Shifters - Campagnolo C-Record Syncro II
Rear Derailleur - Campagnolo Athena
Front Derailleur - Campagnolo Athena
Freewheel - Sunrace - 7 Speed - 13-25
Chain - KMC
Pedals - Not supplied
Bottom Bracket - Campagnolo
Hubs - Campagnolo Athena
Rims - Rigida Ultimate Power Clinchers
Tyres - Michelin Hi-Lite SuperComp H.D - Clinchers - 700c x 20c
Headset - Campagnolo Athena
Handlebars - 3TTT Podium - 39 cm (ctc)
Stem - 3TTT Record 84 - 100 mm Extension
Saddle - Selle Italia Turbo
Seatpost - Campagnolo Croce d'Aune - 27.2 mm
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