Chris Froome to race custom-painted Pinarello Dogma F12 X-Light this weekend

Froome to race custom-painted Dogma F12 X-Light at the Saitama Criterium this weekend.

Chris Froome Dogma F12 Xlight for Saitama Criterium

Pinarello has released a limited-edition version of its Dogma F12 X-Light to celebrate Chris Froome’s return to the peloton this weekend at the Saitama Criterium, a mere 14 weeks after he was seriously injured following a crash on a recon ride for the Critérium du Dauphiné. 

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The special-edition Dogma F12 X-light has been custom-painted to commemorate all of Froome’s grand tour victories — one win at the Giro, two at the Vuelta and four at the Tour de France, for those that are counting. Each win is represented by a coloured stripe. 

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Rhino decals have been an ongoing theme on Froome’s bikes for some years now.
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A rhino decal also adorns the headtube. This has been an ongoing theme on Froome’s bikes for some years now and is a nod to his heritage and support for the charity Unite for Wildlife. 

The Dogma F12 XLight launched back in June. It is the premium upgraded version of the Dogma F12 that itself launched in May. 

The frame is built with Torayca T1100G UD material fibres, which Pinarello claims are “much different from the traditional T1000 1K” fibres used in its other frames. This and other upgrades saves 60g over the regular X12, bringing the total claimed weight of the frame to “below 800g”. 

There is no pricing or availability information provided in the press release for this bike. In fact, it’s not actually made clear whether or not it’s even going to be available to the public.  

However, there is a reference to the bike being available in 11 sizes, from 44cm right through to 59cm-sized frames, suggesting it may be made available at some point. We have asked Pinarello to confirm. 

Should it be made available to the public, we can probably assume it will be extraordinarily expensive given the ‘stock’ version of the frame (the frame!) commands a £6,000 price tag. 

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What do you think of the F12’s custom finish? Are you excited to see Froome’s return? Or does that rhino logo on the headtube lend the bike a Suziki Jimny-like quality