Pinarello GRAAL time trial bicycles as usedd by Team Sky on Sunday in the TTT. Photos by Mark Pinsent, courtesy of La Gazzetta Della Bici.
Pinarello's description of the GRAAL:
"GRAAL is Pinarello’s new technological jewel for time trials.
The invaluable experience gained with DOGMA coupled with the grand tradition of Pinarello time trial bikes, and the new Pinarello Lab construction techniques SOE System (Simulation Optimize Evolution) contributed to the design of the new forms and the advanced technology employed in this extraordinary project. Compared to its predecessor, FM1, GRAAL has completely new geometries, steeper seat tube angles and a vertical seat post.
The new tube sections are created with computer, including the waves on the down tube, designed to minimize weight and maximize performance. The front brake is situated behind the fork, to further increase the aerodynamic coefficient. GRAAL is available in two versions: one specifically designed for Shimano Di2 electronic shifting with cables run fully inside the frame and battery perfectly integrated into the rear chainstay. The second version, for mechanical drive trains, also has internal cables but no battery housing thus the chain stays are thinner.
To complete the project, we created a handlebar that perfectly integrates with the frame and forms a single body with it. The ANURA handlebar has internal passage for both electronic and mechanical cables to achieve clean forms and aerodynamics. Width 410 mm C/C and handlebar coupling equivalent 120 mm, 105 mm, 90 mm. Interchangeable extensions (various widths and tilt angles), adjustable in height and length. Adjustable pads. The GRAAL frame and ANURA handlebar are made of Torayca 60HM carbon fibre with 1K finish and Nanoalloy technology. The GRAAL frame is available in 6 sizes."
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