Pinarello is developing a MTB for Tom Pidcock
Tom Pidcock's renewal with the INEOS Grenadiers team was one of the big signings of the year, but it has once again highlighted the fact that Pinarello, the team's main equipment sponsor, does not have a mountain bike for their star rider. Now the brand confirms that the project is in development and Pidcock will have a new mountain bike soon.
Pinarello prepares a mountain bike for Tom Pidcock
The phenomenon of multidisciplinary cyclists, such as Pidcock, Van der Poel or Kata Blanka Vas, who are able to win in three different disciplines in the same year, is something that is very attractive for fans, for teams and above all for sponsors, who now see how their brands reach a much wider audience.
But sometimes it also puts some bike manufacturers specialized in a very specific cycling niche in trouble. Just what has happened to Pinarello, which in recent years was very much focused on the most exclusive road bikes, and with the arrival of Pidcock at INEOS Grenadier had to develop a bike for CX in record time, with which the British has already won a World Championship, and now faces the challenge of having ready a mountain bike with which Pidcock revalidate his Olympic Gold in Paris 2024.
We could already sense that Pinarello was working on something like this, no brand should like that its star rider is winning races with a competitor's bike, (here you can see in detail the BMC with which Pidcock is competing in MTB) but the truth is that there was no official confirmation until now.
A Pinarello mountain bike will be released before 2024 and INEOS Grenadier could have a mountain bike-only team
Just before the Nove Mesto XCO World Cup, we heard Pidcock say that Pinarello was "maybe" developing a mountain bike for him, and now it's Fausto Pinarello himself who has confirmed it.
In a recent interview published on the Italian website tuttobiciweb.it, Fausto Pinarello stated that Tom Pidcock had already asked them for a mountain bike in order to compete in the last Olympic Games.
“Yes, before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, but you can't develop a bike overnight. For sure in Paris 2024 he will have a Pinarello. I don't know if it will be ready for the 2023 season or if we will deliver it the week before the race, but that's the goal."
"Until now we didn't have a real tester to invest in, but with him and the team the course is set".
About the INEOS Grenadier team, there are rumors that it could set up a specific mountain bike structure with which it would be more present in the calendar. Fausto was also asked about this.
"I also heard this rumor and the one that says they want to expand with a women's team. We would like to, we are ready."
Pinarello is not new to MTB and could have been advancing its work
It is worth remembering that Pinarello is not new to MTB and in the past they have already produced hardtail and carbon full mountain bikes, such as the Dogma XC Full or the more recent Dogma XC 29 MTB, and we can even find an e-MTB for Enduro in their catalog. But Fausto himself recognizes that they abandoned that modality to focus on the road.
Now that they have taken up the project again, the goal is still to make their mountain bike model as unique and recognizable as possible. And we have a feeling that the SR Suntour electronic suspension system that Pidcock has been testing for the past year could be part of the new Pinarello.
We already know that they are working on a bike that will be unveiled in a year's time at the earliest and the current trend suggests that electronic suspensions will be more widespread in XCO by then. So maybe this Suntour electronic system will be part of Pinarello's new mountain bike.
Pidcock's plans for this year and Paris 2024: winning in many different categories
You could say that Pidcock is rushing Pinarello, but the legendary bike manufacturer might be too keen for the British rider to have all its equipment available as soon as possible.
If we go through the wish list that Tom Pidcok has in mind to go straight into cycling history, we discover that the first thing would be to win the triple crown this year. That means winning the CX World Championships, which he has already achieved, the mountain bike World Championship, next August in Les Gets, and the Road World Championship in September in Australia. If he succeeds, he would be the first cyclist to do so in the same year.
He also has a medium-term plan, and for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games his goals are no less ambitious and he has already declared that he would like to fight for medals in mountain bike, road and time trial.
Any bike manufacturer would be willing to pay anything to compete for so many titles with a single rider, hence Pidcock's million-dollar renovation and the rush with which Pinarello is developing new bikes.