Giovanni Pinarello first opened a bike factory in 1952 in Treviso, where Pinarello is still based, and success in the racing world soon followed.
In 1960 Guido de Rosso rode a Pinarello to victory in the Tour de l’Avenir; Fausto Bertoglio won the 1975 Giro d’Italia and Giovanni Battaglin the 1981 edition on Pinarellos; Alexi Grewal took Olympic gold in 1984, and Pedro Delgado won the 1988 Tour de France and Miguel Indurain his handful of Tours, all on Pinarellos.
Fast-forward to the present day and Pinarello already had a race-winning superbike in the form of its Dogma2. Despite the fact that it was described by no less than Mark Cavendish as ‘perfect’, Pinarello’s engineers sought to improve it – to give Team Sky the best bike possible for the Tour de France.
In the video below, Cycling Plus Editor Rob Spedding takes a look at that bike – the Dogma 65.1 Think2.
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Frame: 65HM1K carbon
Fork: Onda 65HM1K carbon
Gears: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2
Brakes: Shimano Dura-Ace
Wheels: Shimano Dura-Ace C50
Finishing kit: Fizik Arione CX Carbon saddle, PRO Vibe S carbon bar, PRO Vibe S stem, Continental Dogma 60.1 Special Edition tyres
This article was originally published in the Superbike supplement of the current issue (267) of Cycling Plus magazine. It comes free with both the print and SD digital editions, along with four videos of superbikes from Pinarello, Colnago, Specialized and Scott. A HD digital version of the supplement featuring all ten superbike videos is on sale now through iTunes priced 69p.