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Pinarello Prince 2002 franeset(4 posts)

Pinarello Prince 2002 franesetpet
Jun 3, 2002 5:15 PM
I'm considering the Pinarello Prince and would like to have commends on the frameset. I've heard both good and bad reviews, with the commends like heavy frame, not a good climbing bike, not as stiff and lousy ride quality? It seems that reviews varies....

Thanks a million for any commends,
re: Pinarello Prince 2002 franesetGreenFan
Jun 3, 2002 5:26 PM
I can't comment firsthand on the Prince (I have a Paris), but everyone that I have talked to that owns a Prince loves it. If someone has told you differently, they're probably trying to sell a competing brand. I can say that that my Paris is an absolute build quality, paintwork, light, stiff, climb friendly, descent friendly, cuts corners like a scalpel, and very stable at slow speeds as well as fast. Hope my 2 cents helps.
What are you going to do with it?MXL02
Jun 4, 2002 5:00 AM
Whenever I see questions like this, it goes back to the basic issue: it depends on what you are going to do with the bike, race, leisure ride, club ride, etc. what your weight and age are, what your experience is, etc. In general, and believe me there will be lots of varying opinions, aluminum frames are light, quick, and responsive, but rough riding, especially for heavier riders. That is why you are getting so many differing opinions. Racers would tend to prefer a frame like the Prince, while Recreational riders, especially heavier riders, would not. The only person I know with one is a recreational rider, albeit a very serious one, about 30 to 35 y.o., weighs about 160, and he loves it.
The only way to know for sure is to ride one yourself.
re: Pinarello Prince 2002 franesetjimPz
Jun 4, 2002 6:00 AM
I purchased a Prince 2002 frame this February, beeing laid off, I have about 2500 miles, My bike, with some olde Campy 9 speed components, weighs 17 pounds. There are lighter bikes out there, but not many.
I'm 46, weigh 180 & ride hard, but don't race anymore.
I love the handling of this bike, it IS a stiff bike, but the carbon stays take the edge off of the roads. I had a Giordana Ti (litespeed) for the past several years which road great & wasn't a noodle by any means, but I just wanted something stiffer.
IF you want a stiff, fast, light race oriented ride, go for it. Try & find a shop that can let yopu try one.
That said, 2 things to watch out for.
Withs a carbon post, the Pinarello seatpost clamp does not hold well. The bolt is too short & only threads into the clamp body, not the nut. If you put enough torque on it, to hold, you'll strip the clamp. Get a slightly longer bolt or a different clamp. If you build it up yourself, they give you a campy cable guide for under the bottom bracket. It does not fit well (neither does a Shimano one) I found an old Cannondale one that fit perfect. If the shop builds it, it's their problem.