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Strange Pinarello bike(12 posts)

Strange Pinarello bikeBAi9302010
Dec 30, 2001 8:10 AM
I was watching a tape of stage 8 of the 1999 TDF and I noticed this funny looking bike that Alex Zulle was riding. I've also seen pictures of Miguel Indurain and Abraham Olano using it. Is it supposed to be more aerodynamic or something (it doesn't lok like it is)?

There is a picture in the photo gallery of another bike that Pinarello made a few years back, that has a tail that goes over the rear wheel.
OlanoBAi9302010
Dec 30, 2001 8:15 AM
This is a picture of Abraham Olano on it.
OlanoTJeanloz
Dec 30, 2001 8:26 AM
It's called the "Sword" (or actually whatever the Italian word for sword is). It was a time trial specific bike (obviously) designed first for Big Mig, and later used by Riis, Ullrich and many other good TT riders. There's a famous scene of Riis doing the bike toss of one.

I could be wrong, but I don't believe that they were ever sold to the public, and the design is now illegal for UCI racing.
Pinarello Spada/IndurainBAi9302010
Dec 30, 2001 10:25 AM
Its the Pinarello Spada, I think? Mig's bike looked a little different though.
Bjarne Riis photo?BAi930210
Dec 30, 2001 10:29 AM
Is this thephoto you were talking about?
another of RiisBAi930210
Dec 30, 2001 10:30 AM
where's the pic of him throwing the bike off the road?nm.jba
Dec 30, 2001 11:28 AM
Pinarello Espada.JS
Dec 30, 2001 12:28 PM
The original bike had a wheel fairing extending from the seat tube back over the rear tire. When the bike was first introduced at the "99" tour the UCI tech inspectors said no,no to that fairng so the bikes were quickly flown back to the Pinarello factory for a little "rework" into the bike you see Riis riding in another post.
Oops, meant "97" tour (nm)JS
Dec 30, 2001 12:30 PM
NM
The Sword--tossed?guido
Dec 30, 2001 9:53 PM
Why did Riis toss the bike? Looks like Olano's on the verge of going over the front on his.

They did a nice graphics on the monocoque, though.
Final TT of 1997 TDFzelig1
Dec 31, 2001 1:40 AM
Having won the prior year, the 1997 TDF was Ullrich's coming out party as he was stronger in the TT's and the mountains. Riis complained early on about a lack of team support but later was instrumental in defending Ullrich's jersey when Festina went on the attack. This led up to the final TT stage where Riis wasn't going that well and then had a mechanical problem. The Telekom car stopped and seemed to fix the problem but a few hundred yards down the road Riis came to a stop, the problem apparently not fixed and threw the bike on the shoulder as he waited for the team car (replaced by a more conventional Pinarello). A long and frustrating tour fo Bjarne.
no front deraileurBAi9302010
Dec 31, 2001 9:34 AM
He threw the bike after the chain fell off twice because he didn't have a front deraileur.