It’s not often you think of a professional cycling team such as Team Sky as a matchmaking service, but that is the role it helped play in the development of the recently released Pinarello Dogma F8.
The Italian marque had a lot of help with the aerodynamics from another team sponsor, Jaguar.
But the question is, is the Dogma F8 the result of a match made in heaven or a marriage of convenience? Based on initial results, the former. On the bike’s debut, 12 days after launch, Chris Froome rode the Dogma F8 to victory on the Col du Béal in the Critérium du Dauphiné.
In our view, the new Dogma F8 is a massive aesthetic enhancement on the outgoing Dogma 65.1; the stylised curvature in the 65.1 has been replaced by a design that looks far more purposeful and aggressive.
At the Dauphiné, we got up close and personal with Froome’s brand new Dogma F8 to look at the technology and some of the customisation that’s crept into the Tour de France champion’s setup.
First up, the frame. Pinarello has developed a truncated aerofoil tube in new Torayca T1100 1k carbon. The tube profiles are dubbed FlatBack and are one of a number of aerodynamic enhancements around the frame, such as integrated seatpost clamp, internal cable routing and even the position of the bottles on the bike (the seat tube has three bottle holder fixings giving riders two mounting options, the lower one being more aero). However great care was taken to protect the ride characteristics of the bike – a specific request from the team apparently – and this 560mm frame matches the precise geometry of Froome’s previous 65.1.
The fork is radically different from that on most road frames. It was lifted largely unchanged from the Bolide time trial bike and curves out at the legs to minimise air turbulence.
Much of the componentry on Froome’s bike remains similar to the 65.1 we saw at last year’s Critérium du Dauphiné. Electronic Shimano Dura-Ace componentry dominates. His use of Osymetric rings remains (the mechanics will be pleased) and they’re driven by a Dura-Ace 9000 crank.
There are some sharp touches to the bike. The faceplate on the satellite climbing shifter is removed leaving the buttons exposed. Look inside the crank and Sky mechanics have fitted a make-do chain catcher to fill the void that the K-Edge catcher can’t because of the oval rings.
Elsewhere, Team Sky’s new sponsor Stages provides power measurement through its left-hand crank system, and a Garmin translates the readings.
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