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want feedback on the Pinarello Paris(3 posts)

want feedback on the Pinarello Parisjoeblack
Apr 9, 2003 8:21 PM
How does the Paris ride compare to the OCLV 120? I pick the OCLV because it is my favorite among my test rides. Anyone know the actual weight of the frame/fork?
re: want feedback on the Pinarello Parisrussw19
Apr 9, 2003 9:04 PM
The Paris isn't really light by today's standards... It's also a few years old now. I have one and I LOVE IT! But it was Pinarello's top bike in like 97, 98, and 99. In 2000 they put out the Prince. But the Paris was never really designed to be light. It was designed to win Tours de France. It is a all day stage racer. It's nice and stiff, but still comfy. It's not for everyone, as it really was designed for slightly bigger riders like Jan Ullrich and Bjarne Riis. It was not a climbers bike even in it's day. I can say it rides like an aluminum bike. Not a carbon bike. I can't say you wouldn't like it, but it's not a carbon bike. I would honestly say it rides more like a traditional steel bike like an SLX frame more so than a carbon frame.

I have a Paris and a Colnago Ovalmaster. Both ride different, but I like the Paris a little better. Two factors in that are that it fits me slightly better and I have Record 10 on the Paris and Dura-Ace on the Ovalmaster. I like Record much better and I am sure that makes a difference on the bike overall.

My Paris was a frame built for an ex-Banesto rider, but it never got used. It also has the Pinarello decals all around and not the Banesto decals, so I was told that means it never got sent to the team. They would have covered the seat and down tube decals with their own if it got to them. If you have a chance to pick one up, they rule.

About the weight, I didn't weigh mine when new... but with a Record set up American Classic wheels, and my training tires and heavy Look pedals complete it's around 17.8 pounds. It could be lighter, but not too much. Mine is a 55cm. As a guess, Frame is about 3 lbs. I have the Aria fork and it has a steel (Nivachrome I think) steerer, but get an Ouzo Pro or Ouzo Peleton fork and it will be like a half pound lighter.

Hope this helps you out,
Russ
Paris Has Been Replaced by Marvelmerckxman
Apr 10, 2003 5:01 PM
I have a Marvel, and it's fantastic.