Thursday, March 31, 2011
Beware of Fake Pinarello Bikes
We issued this alert back in January. Pinarello has now issued a new warning on imitation Pinarello bikes entering the markets. According to Pinarello they originate from online stores, mostly from Asia.
A Pinarello Dogma for half the regular retail price or even less? Lots of road race enthusiasts are attracted by such prices and there are number of cases in Europe and North America with buyers actually purchasing such fake Pinarello’s. Most of them originate from Asian internet sites but as the company is warning – these are not the same bikes as the originals. They are made from inferior materials and then painted and labeled with fake Pinarello transfers. Next to quality issues the buyers of such bikes are also faced with warranty problems as Pinarello is of course not offering its regular after sales service on the imitation Pinarello’s.
Fausto Pinarello says: “It’s not just a sticker that makes a Pinarello but unfortunately some people think so. They are found mainly online and are fake bikes, copies of our frames, made with inferior materials compared to the Toray carbon which we use on our top models. Structurally they are not only less efficient, but they are also more fragile and hence at risk of failure which can cause injury to the rider. We ask all road race enthusiasts to pay greater attention and today, begin to campaign in order to raise the awareness across all cycling media productions worldwide. Pinarello does not sell online; we prefer that the client has direct contact with us or with our resellers; this ensures and guarantees a high quality bike at the time of their purchase.”
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