Pinarello have been tailing their new Andromeda e-MTB since the summer. Today we've seen the whole bike for the first time, and they've also announced a second e-MTB, the Rokh Hybrid 7.7.
Let's have a look at the Andromeda first. This is the flagship model of the two-bike range (is two bikes a range?) with a T700 carbon frame. "Pinarello, who is always careful to the market needs, decided to enter the eBike market, since some years in very strong expansion, with a very high range bike designed specifically for most enthusiast bikers", says the Pinarello website. You get their gist. "Pinarello evolved the concepts studied and developed with the Dogma XM and Dogma XC in a hardtail electric bike dedicated to the trail."
So it's a bike based on Pinarello's existing XC hardtail bikes. The Andromeda isn't the same though: the front end is a bit slacker and the front of the bike slightly longer, and the chainstays are a bit longer too to make room for the motor.
Pinarello have opted for the Shimano STEPS e-MTB motor, with an external 500Wh battery. The carbon frame is nicely formed around the battery, so the look is quite integrated even if the battery is a standard down-tube mounted unit. That's paired with a Shimano XT mechanical drivetrain, and the bike uses standard axles rather than the stiffer Boost standard that's becoming increasingly common. The maximum tyre size is 27.5 x 3".
We don't have full spec of the bike yet, nor a UK price or landing date. Though obviously, if you have to ask you probably won't be able to afford it.
The other bike that Pinarello have announced is the Rokh Hybrid 7.7, and it's a fairly different beast. It uses a Bosch Performance Line CX motor in place of the Shimano unit, for a start, and that's bolted onto a 6061 T6 aluminium alloy frame. It's slightly longer and lower in terms of geometry than the Andromeda, but not as slack at the front: a 71° head tube angle, compared to 69° for the carbon bike. You get a 120mm Fox fork at the front, and a Shimano drivetrain. The Rokh Hybrid will take up to a 27.5 x 2.8" tyre; again it's standard axles rather than Boost.
We'll keep our ear to the ground as regards pricing and availability for these bikes in the UK, and we'll update you when we know.