2019 Pinarello Crossista+
It’s not that Pinarello hasn’t been making great cross bikes raced by some amazing athletes for some time now, it’s just that they haven’t actually gotten much publicity for it. That may be about to change with the release of the Pinarello Crossista+.
For this latest release, Pinarello have two versions of the Crossista, with this Plus option distinguished by the fact that they have used their top of the line T1100 1K with Nanoalloy Technology carbon, the same carbon used for the elegant and drool-worthy Dogma F10. That ensures it will be lightweight and super durable, two things that are especially important in cross racing. Shouldering a bike and running up a steep hill or long section of stairs is tough enough without having to lug a super heavy bike along with you.
In fact, Pinarello’s designers seem to have wanted to throw all the best of everything at this bike to make it as light and nimble as their top road bikes, while retaining the wide-tire durability and practicality that go a long way to easing the difficulty of cross racing. So the aggressive geometry offers sharp handling that encourages hard accelerations for those more technical courses. Then they have looked at the requirements of shouldering your bike, and designed the top tube with a slight asymmetry intended to make it more comfortable to shoulder, while also happening to work well with the overall asymmetry of the frame to keep the rigidity under load.
And if you have had seatpost slippage in the past on cross bikes, Pinarello has the answer with their specially designed seat clamp. Taking a leaf out of the new Prince design, they have made it to offer greater clamping force while the wedge design offers reduced and evenly distributed forces on the post. Placing the clamp screw itself on the top of the top tube just in front of the seatpost ensures easy access and will reduce the amount of mud and guck that is such a pain when obscuring and compromising the seatpost screw. The seapost itself has received quite a bit of attention too because they have given it an aero shape to go along with the aerodynamic lines of the frame, and have made it specially to absorb the vibrations caused by hauling ass over rugged, rooted courses.
Since you will be riding this over everything from grass to mud to rutted rooty terrain, the tire clearance needs to be sufficient. Pinarello hasn’t let us down there. For anyone looking to race this beauty, you will easily be able to fit 700c x 32mm as defined by the UCI regulations, or if you are looking to use this as a winter trainer or just have a hell of a lot of fun on it, you can slap up to 42mm tires on and just have a blast.
Internal cable routing will help everything stay as clean as possible over those sloppy courses, and work with the tube shapes to keep everything aerodynamically efficient. And if you are interested in running this with a single chainring, Pinarello has made that neatly possible as well. The Pinarello Crossista+ is available in six sizes, and will be about the best looking bike on any start line.
Frame: Carbon fiber T1100 1K with NANOALLOY Technology
Fork: Pinarello Onda Crossista+ disc
Rear Stay: Carbon
Fork Axle: 12mm Thru x 100mm
Steerer Tube: 1 1/8” - 1 1/2”
Headset Included: Yes, Pinarello drop in bearings
Bottom Bracket Type: 70mm | Italian threaded
Cable Routing: Internal, mechanical or electronic
Front Derailleur Mount: Braze on
Front Derailleur Pull Type: Bottom pull
Front Derailleur Swing Type: Bottom swing
Wheel Size: 700c
Max Tire Clearance: 42mm
Brake Type: Flat mount disc, 160mm max
Seatpost Diameter: Aero
Seatpost Included: Yes
Seat Collar Included: Yes
Rear Axle: 12mm Thru x 142mm
Sizes: 49cm | 50.5cm | 52cm | 54cm | 56cm | 58cm |
Colors: 451 Carbon Matte
*Specs are subject to change. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
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, within 10-days of receiving your bike or frame to receive the extended warranty totaling 5 years.