Team Sky has joined forces with Pinarello and new innovation partner Jaguar to launch the brand new Dogma F8 race bike.
The Dogma F8 will be debuted at the Critérium du Dauphiné and its major test will come a month later at the Tour de France as Team Sky aim to make it three wins from three.
The eighth generation of the award-winning Dogma range was designed by Pinarello in partnership with Jaguar, who provided their aerodynamic knowledge and virtual innovation centre to deliver this revolutionary model.
Working to fixed ‘hard points’ such as wheelbase and geometry, Team Sky worked alongside Pinarello and Jaguar’s engineers to improve the aerodynamics of the frame profiles, and reduce the drag of every single component.
The research process brought about huge advances in performance and wind tunnel tests show the new Dogma F8 is 26.1% more aerodynamic than the Dogma 65.1 and 6.4% more aerodynamic when including a rider. The frame set alone is 40% more aerodynamically efficient.
Team Sky Team Principal Sir Dave Brailsford has been delighted with the results, and said: “Cycling is a very competitive sport where every fraction of a second matters.
“With the experience and knowledge of Jaguar’s performance engineers, combined with Pinarello’s world-class reputation in frame building and Team Sky’s elite level expertise, we have created an excellent bike.
“Our riders will start the Tour de France on the fastest bike we’ve ever used.”
Chris Froome agrees and was full of praise for the bike after road testing it in Nice.
He said: “The difference was obvious when I first rode the Dogma F8. It is obviously lighter and feels more rigid, so that all the power from your legs is transferred to the road without any flex or movement.
“This is a bike on which I know I can win another Tour de France. I am going to be doing everything possible to make that happen.”
Head of Technical Operations, Carsten Jeppesen, believes the F8 is the culmination of a long and productive relationship with the Italian bike manufacturer.
He said: “Our partnership with Pinarello began before the team even started. Over the years, the collaboration has increasingly built. The riders’ feedback and input from our technical staff is essential in creating new products for the team and in improving the existing ones.
“The new Dogma F8 was born from this close collaboration, amplified by Jaguar’s world-class aerodynamics engineering ability and together we all delivered a much more balanced, light, aerodynamic and ultimately fast bike."
Pinarello’s priorities for the new Dogma F8 were that the bike’s handling had to be at least as good as the acclaimed Dogma 65.1, its weight was reduced (it was – by 120 grams, or just over 9%), and its stiffness further improved (achieved partly thanks to an even better grade of Torayca T11001K carbon fibre from supplier Toray).
Pinarello CEO Fausto Pinarello was pleased to achieved those objectives and is confident the new Dogma F8 - flagship of the Pinarello range - is the fastest frame they have ever designed.
He said: “The best bike in the world, I think, has got even better, and Jaguar helped us to deliver that.
“We always look for new technology that improves our bikes. It was a pleasure working with Jaguar on the aerodynamics. They bought a great deal of cutting-edge aerodynamic expertise which increases Team Sky’s chance of winning the Tour de France and means all Dogma F8 customers will get a superior bicycle.
“The best test however is the feedback from the riders. Chris Froome was very enthusiastic when he first rode the Dogma F8. He knows this a bike capable of winning the Tour de France.”
Jaguar Land Rover’s Global Brand Experience Director, Mark Cameron, was equally proud of the results, and said: “Jaguar has supplied support vehicles to Team Sky since its first season in 2010.
“Our partnership is based on shared values of performance, innovation and technology. We are delighted to develop the relationship, and become an innovation partner. This should be the first of many opportunities to support Team Sky technologically in the future.”