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Real or Fake?

Posted: Tue May 14, 2019 5:28 pm
by ajresnikoff
Does anyone know if China is putting on fake serial numbers on Pinarellos these days? I'm trying to figure out if a bike that I want to buy is real.

Thats the bike.

and can someone tell me if they think these Lightweights are real?

Re: Real or Fake?

Posted: Tue May 14, 2019 5:37 pm
by jlok
not sure but they feel like fake to me. plus, the dishing of rear wheel looks questionable... I wouldn't bet on Pinarello when there are so many fakes.

Re: Real or Fake?

Posted: Tue May 14, 2019 5:37 pm
by Weenie

Re: Real or Fake?

Posted: Tue May 14, 2019 5:45 pm
by Shrike
Look most legit to me :lol:

Re: Real or Fake?

Posted: Tue May 14, 2019 5:51 pm
by ajresnikoff
Here is another image of the Lightweight wheels

Re: Real or Fake?

Posted: Tue May 14, 2019 5:58 pm
by TobinHatesYou
Just Google “Most Lightweight wheels” and you’ll have your answer.

Re: Real or Fake?

Posted: Tue May 14, 2019 6:00 pm
by kgt
edit: Sorry. I see that the spokes are bonded so they are probably ok. In general it is almost impossible to replicate LWs for cheap.

Re: Real or Fake?

Posted: Tue May 14, 2019 6:31 pm
by itsacarr
If I am not mistaken there definitely was a co branded set of lightweights from like 2013 or something.

Re: Real or Fake?

Posted: Tue May 14, 2019 7:36 pm
by ms6073
ajresnikoff wrote:
Tue May 14, 2019 5:28 pm
Does anyone know if China is putting on fake serial numbers on Pinarellos these days?
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Bar codes are easy to generate so what you should do is simply contact Pinarello and check the serial number to make sure it's real: RULES TO DETECT A FALSE PINARELLO

Frankly, I would be more concerned about what appears to be a serious misalignment of the rear triangle. I know Pinarellos use asymetric stays, but in the image above, am I the only one that thinks the rear wheel is seriously offset to the non-drive side stay?

Re: Real or Fake?

Posted: Tue May 14, 2019 7:49 pm
by jbaillie
itsacarr wrote:
Tue May 14, 2019 6:31 pm
If I am not mistaken there definitely was a co branded set of lightweights from like 2013 or something.
I think they ran from about 2008 to 2012. A bit of info here: https://www.cyclingweekly.com/news/prod ... ello-92999

The wheels on that particular bike do look real, as was mentioned before it's not really economical to reproduce the bonded spoke design, so you wind up with knockoffs that look more like this:
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Re: Real or Fake?

Posted: Thu May 16, 2019 9:44 am
by fxx
jbaillie wrote:
itsacarr wrote:
Tue May 14, 2019 6:31 pm
If I am not mistaken there definitely was a co branded set of lightweights from like 2013 or something.
I think they ran from about 2008 to 2012. A bit of info here: https://www.cyclingweekly.com/news/prod ... ello-92999

The wheels on that particular bike do look real, as was mentioned before it's not really economical to reproduce the bonded spoke design, so you wind up with knockoffs that look more like this:
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Your pic is outdated, this would be more convincing with the correct decals. Image

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Re: Real or Fake?

Posted: Fri May 17, 2019 6:04 pm
by Belshazzar
That looks legit to me. The serial number reads like Pinarello should. It's got the little stickers around the BB cups and the bottom bracket guide is correct, with the right logos molded in. Most of the knockoffs I've seen fail in the little details. The biggest giveaway is usually 3k carbon weave where it should be 1k.

Re: Real or Fake?

Posted: Sat May 18, 2019 4:31 pm
by froze
If you don't buy any brand name bike from one of their authorized dealers you will not get a warranty on it, plain and simple, so take the worry out of whether or not you're getting a legit Pinarello and go to one of their authorized dealers...unless you don't care about all of that and only want to buy the cheapest one you can find, and that's fine, just don't complain it's fake and you have no warranty.

By the way; any product you buy on Amazon you better ask the community if the seller you're buying from is an authorized dealer, if it's not whatever you buy will not be warrantied by the brand company you bought. Apparently there is a ton of fakes for everything now sold on Amazon and it get very tiring trying to find the right seller that is an authorized dealer for that product. Amazon should not be selling this stuff but the consumer wants it for the cheapest price, so Amazon is fulfilling that need...but the customer should be informed on Amazon that these products are not sold from authorized dealers and you may not have a warranty, but Amazon doesn't mention that stuff at all which is wrong in my opinion.

Re: Real or Fake?

Posted: Sat May 18, 2019 4:31 pm
by Weenie