Interbike 2015 - Wiggins' Hour Record Pinarello Bolide
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Sep 19, 2015  hits 40,012

Sir Bradley Wiggins' Pinarello Bolide in all its majesty.
Sir Bradley Wiggins' Pinarello Bolide in all its majesty.

This is the Pinarello Bolide that Bradley Wiggins used to set the UCI Hour Record, riding an amazing 54.526 kilometers. Pinarello had this bike displayed front and center of its Interbike 2015 booth. This rig is the epitome of a bespoke, purpose-built machine. It was made for one specific rider, and for one specific event. Have a look at the gallery below for the ins and outs of this beautiful piece of engineering art.



  • Sir Bradley Wiggins' Pinarello Bolide in all its majesty.
  • The mechanical and aerodynamic simplicity of a track bike always impresses me.
  • And from the non-drive side, this bike is almost nonexistent. But fortunately, the best modern tri bikes are achieving this level of cleanliness as well.
  • I don't know the make of this crank, but it looks to be a custom job, possibly by the UK firm who made the olympic track bikes.
  • The Bolide fork has been customized for track purposes, with no dropout, and a bolt-on wheel for zero added frontal area.
  • Most modern bikes space the fork blades OUT to reduce pressure drag. This method prevents air from being air caught between the fork legs and the spinning wheel, giving it more room to breathe. But this bespoke Pinarello reduces pressure in the opposite way, by simply closing that gap entirely. It looks like there's less than 2mm of clearance all the way up the fork. That's only possible because they know exactly which wheel he would use for the event. Stated another way, this fork was built to be used only with this particular front disc. That's the level of customization of the bike. Wow!
  • The other amazing piece of custom kit on the bike was this 3D-printed titanium handlebar. It has absolutely zero adjustment, because it was printed to hit Wiggins' exact known fit. 3D printing of titanium is relatively new, and still quite expensive.
  • The other amazing piece of custom kit on the bike was this 3D-printed titanium handlebar. It has absolutely zero adjustment, because it was printed to hit Wiggins' exact known fit. 3D printing of titanium is relatively new, and still quite expensive.
  • The other amazing piece of custom kit on the bike was this 3D-printed titanium handlebar. It has absolutely zero adjustment, because it was printed to hit Wiggins' exact known fit. 3D printing of titanium is relatively new, and still quite expensive.
  • Yes, he really went that far in an hour. Nearly 1k per minute.
  • This bike absolutely deserved such grand attention. Well done, guys.

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