Oct 23 2012

Tested the Best

What better way to spend a gloomy Saturday than riding other people’s bikes that I could never afford? So off I went to Invita Sport for their “Test the Best” event.

I took a spin on all the top-of-the-line models of Pinarello, Wilier Triestina, and Bianchi. Here are my thoughts, in the same order in which I rode them:

  • Bianchi Oltre: My favourite of the day. Light, stiff, and responsive. Combining this frame with Campagnolo Super Record EPS groupset is pretty much the ultimate ride.
  • Wilier Triestina Zero.7: Extremely lightweight. Riding it immediately after the Bianchi though, it feels a little bit more flexy and less responsive.
  • Pinarello FPQuattro: It’s the baby brother of their Dogma series, so I could tell the difference in weight, especially riding it after the Zero.7. It’s good ride though, and is more up my alley budget wise. This one had Shimano Ultegra Di2, which works very well, but the Flightdeck configuration put the upshift and downshift buttons next to each other, which is a minor annoyance when riding with gloves. This is one area where Campy EPS is better.
  • Pinarello Dogma2: A pleasure to ride! I would rate this about even with the Oltre, with about the same price tag too.
  • Wilier Triestina Cento1SR: The brand new top-of-the-line racer from Wilier. It looks like a million bikes, and rides like one, (and cost almost as much). But personally, it doesn’t feel as snappy as the Oltre and Dogma2. Despite disparaging remarks from the bike shop mechanic about SRAM, I actually enjoy the ergonomics and positive shifting of the SRAM Red groupset on that bike.
  • Inside the store, there were enough cakes, cookies, cocktail shrimp, and prosecco for everyone. Thanks to Invita for putting this event together.

    So to recap:
    The good: I now know what I want for my next bike.
    The bad: I now know what I want for my next bike.

    Start saving up again, eh?

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