Originally built as their TT bike for Team Sky, the 2019 Pinarello Bolide TR+ expands that model’s use case by adding storage and a few other tricks. The frame itself remains very similar, but switches to disc brakes to thanks to careful shaping of lower and upper storage boxes, they say the overall aerodynamics actually improve, creating a more efficient bike. Oh, and now it has disc brakes…

Above, the basic glamour shot promo video. Below, pro triathlete Cameron Wurf shows off his new ride and explains why it matters:

new Pinarello Bolide TR for triathlon gets disc brakes and more storage compared to the Bolide TT bike

Thanks to triathlon’s less stringent rules, Pinarello was able to add cargo containers on the frame that helped the air slip by and put food and other important stuff at easier access. Tube profiles keep their “Flatback” aero shaping, and the seatpost integrates a rear clamp system to hold more bottles, etc.

new Pinarello Bolide TR for triathlon gets disc brakes and more storage compared to the Bolide TT bike

Disc brakes clean up the front end of the Bolide, though the rim brake version did a very good job of integrating the brake arms into the frame’s shaping. They also make plenty of room for 700×28 tires. Thru axles and 160mm rotors come stock front and rear. It uses a full sized tapered steerer for big stiffness when you’re yanking on the bullhorns for a sprint.

2019 Pinarello Bolide TR plus with SRAM Red eTap and SwissSide deep section wheels

Throughout the fork and frame, you’ll still find Pinarello’s asymmetric shaping from left to right. Two frame versions are on offer – the higher end Bolide TR+ with Torayca T1100G UD carbon filled with their NanoAlloy technology, and the standard Bolide TR with Torayca T700 fibers.

2019 Pinarello Bolide TR plus with Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 and SwissSide deep section wheels

Look for complete bikes to be available later this year, with multiple black and red color schemes and your choice of Shimano Dura-Ace or SRAM Red builds, many with SwissSide deep carbon wheels.



  1. On one side it is nice to see what is possible with technology. On the other side it is the simple question whether this is still sport or some kind of material competition.

  2. Is all this “storage” being added to tri-bikes really necessary? Because I can ride 125 miles, and aside from water, carry most of what I need. Or is it just an excuse to add a fairing?

    • A triathlete might be fueling every 20 minutes or so. That would be (does math) about 15 goo packets. And they’re not wearing cycling jerseys with voluminous back pockets.

    • you have to consider that top Iron-man competitors put out a lot more watts (energy) than mere mortals. That energy needs replacing.Add to that the fact that they did not fuel during the swim and they still have a marathon to run.

    • You have to factor in that in an IM you have the 2.4mile swim before hand and the marathon after. So you are making up for calories lost in the swim then trying to get in enough for the bike and the run where you just tend to . There is no doubt that some people pack too much given most races have at least one bag drop – though obviously these can he missed and at some events aid stations can run dry or only have energy drinks or gels an athlete might not get on with. Some of the storage is perhaps more useful during training?

  3. I really like the tech into covering the front disc brake. I like that Pinnarello and BMC have come up with some good ideas to create free speed in this area.

    • This front fairing is gone from the commercial bike no? I don’t get that front housing is so little integrated. It literally ran in between the spokes and the fork.

    • Training is only free if your time has no value. I guarantee that for someone who qualified for Kona, the price in $ of reducing drag by, say 5w is less than the cost in training hours to increase their FTP (or whatever measure of power) by the same amount.
      Despite the comment section assumptions, most everyone that starts at Kona is in better shape than any of us will ever be.

  4. When I see a bike like this I wonder why the manufacturer didn’t just go one small step further and put in mounts for fenders. It just seems like they are turning their backs on a potential market segment. It wouldn’t be much trouble, they wouldn’t need to change the basic bike they made at all, just have some way to add fenders. I’m not trying to single out this bike or this manufacturer, I see it from most manufacturers.

  5. Bike conditions at Kona were about perfect, and Wurf set a new course record on this bike. That’s a nice feather for Pinarello to have in their cap. But Andy Starykowicz was also under the previous course record on an Orbea Ordu Team, as was Michael Weiss on a Diamondback Andean. Both those models are available from $3999 (full ride-ready bikes, not just framesets). It goes to show, you don’t have to spend mega$ to have a competitive ride, and that it’s the engine which matters most in the end.

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