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Race worthy.

Pinarello's top-tier Dogma frames are known for their asymmetrical construction, but that doesn't mean that the rest of the line is left out of the award-winning design. Take the FP Quattro, for example. This mid-tier ride benefits from the technology of its siblings and new for 2012 was given an even bigger slice of the features that set the Dogma apart from its peers. They then took the FP Quattro frame and paired it with Shimano's Ultegra Di2 electronic groupset to create an affordable, race-ready bike worthy of the Pinarello name.

The previous iteration of the FP Quattro utilized an asymmetrical Onda fork and seatstays. New in this latest version, is a re-designed downtube. The re-design adds stiffness to the entire frame but especially to the drivetrain side which helps to balance the ride of the bike. And looking at the Pinarello line, you'll see that the Quattro's big brother, Paris, received the same upgrades. And that only makees clear sense knowing that the same molds are used for both frames. So what is the difference? Well, while the Paris was constructed using 50-ton HM carbon, the Quattro uses a slightly heavier 30-ton HM carbon, which also lowers the pricepoint of the frame considerably.

Pinarello knows that designing a light, stiff frame is pointless if ride quality is compromised. The FP Quattro features a thicker head tube and over-sized steerer tube that tapers from 1 1/8 to 1 1/4inch to help the bike track better as well as remaining stiff and nimble for fast descents. Additionally the cable routing is completely internal which enhances the already aerodynamic frame.

The FP Quattro is resplendent in a complete group set of Ultegra Di2. While considered the little brother of Dura-Ace, Ultegra actually benefits from trickle-down technology from its big brother. To that end, it features all of the technology of the DA groupset with only a minimal weight penalty. It is oftentimes considered the workhorse of the Shimano line. Functionally, Ultegra maintains the same 3000kilometer battery life, shifter button placement, and ease of adjustment as Dura-Ace. And while all of that is important, it is the electronic servo motors that provide smooth and immediate shifting. Additionally, the rear derailleur features more micro-stops for precise tuning. The cable harnesses are also simpler, and fully waterproof, without any additional sleeves or preventive weatherproofing.

The gearing is compact, with a 50/34t crankset and an 11-25t cassette. This provides a great range that helps you tackle your punishing local climbs without compromising your ability to pace comfortably in your big ring on group rides. The Fulcrum Racing 5 wheels make a fantastic everyday wheel. Fulcrum is Campagnolo's way of having a wheel brand separate from the Campy name. To be a bit more slippery in the wind, the spokes are bladed. The tires are Pinarello-branded Continental Ultra-Sports. The MOst components start with the Jaguar XA ergonomic compact-bend aluminum handlebar. The tops are ovalized for comfort, and the 80mm reach combined with 130mm drop gives you several hand position choices in a small space. The MOst TigerAlu stem is stiff, thanks to the oversized aluminum tube, and it sits at an 80-degree angle. The MOst Ocelot saddle is perched atop the MOst C-Alu carbon-wrapped aluminum seat post. The cranks, handlebar, and stem are all sized to match the frame.

The Pinarello FP Quattro/Shimano Ultegra Di2 Complete Road Bike comes in a racy black and silver, and in twelve sizes to ensure you're able to find the perfect fit.

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