The Dogma F8 is the latest version of the flagship road racing machine from Team Sky bike partner Pinarello.
The eighth generation of the award-winning Dogma range was designed by Pinarello in partnership with fellow Team Sky partner Jaguar, who provided their aerodynamic knowledge and virtual innovation centre to deliver this revolutionary model.
Team Sky worked alongside both 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 that the new Dogma F8 is 26.1% more aerodynamic than the Dogma 65.1 and 6.4% more aerodynamic when including a rider.
The new Dogma F8 is 120 grams lighter than the acclaimed Dogma 65.1 and it’s also stiffer thanks to an even better grade of Torayca T11001K carbon fibre supplied by Toray.
Chris Froome was full of praise for the bike following his first outing on the new model.
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.”
The Dogma 65.1 is the latest version of the award-winning road machine from Team Sky bike partner Pinarello.
Team Sky have used the Dogma since the team were founded in 2010 and Pinarello have continued to work alongside both riders and mechanics to help improve the bike each year.
While the Dogma 65.1 uses the same asymmetric frame design as the Dogma 2, the latest bike is both stiffer and lighter than its predecessor. To improve on the award winning Dogma 2 frame, Pinarello asked their partners Toray for collaboration in improving an industry leading 60HM1K carbon fibre. The result was a totally new and exclusive 65Ton HM 1K carbon fibre that is not only stronger, but also more rigid and more resistant than any previous variety.
The Dogma 65.1 debuted at the beginning of the 2013 season and was used by Chris Froome as he claimed his first Tour de France title.
The Bolide is the flagship time trial machine, designed in partnership between Team Sky and Pinarello. The bike debuted at the 2013 Giro d’Italia in the hands of Bradley Wiggins and replaced the highly successful Graal model.
For over a year Pinarello Lab technicians and engineers worked in close collaboration with Team Sky to improve the time trial bike which swept the 2012 Tour de France, the result was the Bolide.
Pinarello technicians went so far as to investigate the impact of air flow on every single component using intense attention to detail and this extraordinary labour of love allows the Bolide to reduce the total aerodynamic impact by 15% compared to the Graal.
The Bolide uses airfoil tube sections and profiles which are designed to ensure the lowest aerodynamic resistance in all wind conditions and can also generate a forward thrust in certain conditions.
The use of a “concave back” on the seat tube allows a closer position of the rear wheel and significantly improves the air flow in that area. The brakes are completely integrated to reduce aerodynamic resistance and the internal cable routing optimizes the interaction between the airfoils and the air flow.
An integrated handlebar gives a unique continuity with the frame and greatly reduces the resistance in comparison to a traditional stem and bar. Electronic shifter controls are integrated into the handlebar, which further reduces turbulence in the frontal area of the bike.
Fausto Pinarello, President of Pinarello said: “We have worked very hard together with Team Sky on this project. We had a dream three years ago to work together with Team Sky and create the best products with the team. After the success of the Dogma K, which exceeded our expectations, we wanted to do something more.”
The Pinarello story
While Pinarello prides itself on leading the pack in modern bike design, it has remained true to its family roots, and the story of the company known as 'Cicli Pinarello,' stretching back to 1952, is synonymous with cycling history in the second half of the twentieth century.
It is a story of humble origins and hard work; of romance and of glorious success.
Giovanni Pinarello was born, the eighth of 12 brothers, in Catena di Villorba in 1922. Like so many rural Italians, he developed a passion for cycling, began racing, and in 1947, aged 25 and after over 60 victories as an amateur, he turned professional, scoring five wins over the next seven years.
His career as a pro' cyclist overlapped, however, with his new vocation - building bicycles. In fact, Giovanni took his first steps as a frame-builder when he was just fifteen, and helped in the Paglianti factory; but the Pinarello family's connections with the industry stretched back even further, to 1922, when Giovanni's cousin, Alessandro, made bikes from a small factory.
In 1952, as his professional career came to an end, Giovanni opened his own factory in Treviso, where Pinarello is still based to this day. But the opening of the factory owed rather a lot to a major disappointment. Giovanni was forced to give up his place in his country's national tour, the 1952 Giro d'Italia, for a promising young Italian rider, Pasqualino Fornara. His sponsor, Bottechia, offered him a small fortune, 100,000 Lire, to miss the race - a sum of money that was invested in the Treviso factory and store.
As he began building bikes, Giovanni Pinarello's connections with the world of professional cycling proved crucial; he knew that by working closely with the top cyclists and teams he would be able to develop race-winning bikes, and that the resulting publicity would cement his reputation as a leading frame-builder, and help his company to grow exponentially.
In 1957 the small la Padovani team raced on Pinarello bicycles, and in 1960 Pinarello took a step into the world of big-time professional racing with his sponsorship of the Mainetti team. Six years later came a first international win - Guido de Rosso's victory in the Tour de l'Avenir.
And in 1975 came success in the big one as far as Italians are concerned - the Giro d'Italia, courtesy of Fausto Bertoglio.
In the 1980s Pinarello confirmed itself as one of the world's leading bike manufacturers by winning some of the top races, including the 1981 Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a España; the 1984 Olympic road race in Los Angeles; and in 1988 the biggest of all bike races, the 1988 Tour de France, thanks to Pedro Delgado.
Then, of course, came Indurain in the 1990s, who, as well as his five Tour victories, won the Giro on two occasions, the Olympic time trial, world time trial and claimed the hour record - all on Pinarello bikes.