Pinarello Super Record 1984
Have you ever heard of Alexi Grewal? Probably not, but he is the guy who won the 1984 L.A. Olympics Men's road race on a Pinarello Montello.. But he wasn't the only cyclist to ever win a race on a Pinarello. Indurain, Pereiro, Ullrich and Riis are just a few of the men who achieved victories on a Pinarello, thereby making it one of the most iconic brands ever made..
Pinarello was founded in 1952 in Treviso in Italy, where it is still based today. Giovanni Pinarello started building frames in 1940 at the Italian workshop of Paglianti. But it didn't really start until 1952, when Giovanni started cycling professionally in addition to being a frame builder. His sponsor, Bottechia, offered him 100,000 lire to focus on his bicycle trade. And so it all began, Giovanni then started building his iconic Pinarello company.
By 1957, Pinarello bikes were competing at Italy's national level. By the mid-1970’s the top Jolly Ceramica team was riding Pinarellos and the bikes were becoming very well known. By 1988 Pinarello stood atop the podium at the prestigious Tour de France with Pedro Delgado’s victory for the Reynolds team. This team later became the Banesto team which won the Giro d’Italia twice and had five consecutive Tour de France victories with Miguel Indurain.
Enough with the history lesson, let's go back to the bike I'm selling. I bought this bike a couple of months ago in Delft, it belonged to Marco. Marco told me that he had bought the bike in 1984. His two brothers and him all bought the same Pinarello, so they could get some extra discount. Unfortunately, Marco didn't turn out to be such a fantastic cyclist and as a result, the bike ended up in the attic. According to Marco, he has used the bike for no more than 700 km, which, considering its state, could very well be right.
The bike is still in a very good condition considering its age. It has some touch ups here and there, but nothing disturbing. The only downside is the decals that peel off a little, which is a well known problem with Pinarellos. In addition, one of the rubbers also has a crack, but since these are the original rubbers from 1984, I decided not to replace them. The frame itself is made out of stiff and reliable Columbus SL tubes, and has a lot of pantographes, as you would expect with a Pinarello. Everything here is period-correct. Campagnolo provides the Campagnolo Triomphe groupset and hubs. Mavic clincher rims, a Selle Italia Turbo saddle, and a 3TTT stem & handlebar make this bike feel truly special.