Posted Thursday 29th September 2011 –
No doubt in some way down to the success of Team Sky we’ve seen an increasing number of Pinarello’s at this years sportives and the new 2012 Rokh based on their Century Ride Geometry looks to be aimed firmly at the performance minded sportive rider.
The Rokh is based on Pinarello’s Century Ride Geometry which was first developed for the Kobh in conjuction with Team Sky for use in the Northern Spring Classic races such as Paris Roubaix where rider comfort over the rough courses is an important factor. The sloping geometry used in the Rokh offers a slightly greater stack height for a given reach, accomplished by increasing the fork length and rake slightly to raise the front end, to give a slghtly less agressive rider position than their out and out race bikes. The bikes also feature curvilinear seat stays which Pinarello say increase vertical compliance without sacrificing lateral stiffness and therefore smooth out the road surface to some extent.
The frames are made from Pinarello’s 30HM 12K carbon and feature the curvey ONDA forks along with the use of the asymmetric frame designs from their higher end race machines that compensates for the uneven forces acting on the frame due to the drive train being offset to the right side. Weight comes in at 1225g for a 54 sized frame.
A number of spec and colour options are planned although all may not be available in the UK. There’s likely to be a choice of Shimano 105, Shimano Ultegra (in standard and electronic options) as well as a Campagnolo specced bike as well. Prices will start at around £2,500
As well at Red, Black and White standard colours Pinarello also have the bikes available in a choice of British Cycling, Team Sky and Team Movistar colourways.