Will this bike win the 2014 Tour de France? We’ll find out in July
With the 2014 Tour de France little more than a month away, defending champion Chris Froome and the rest of his Team Sky teammates have a new weapon — the just released Pinarello Dogma F8. Developed in conjunction with Team Sky car sponsor Jaguar, this race-ready rig is claimed to be 40 percent more aero than its predecessor, the Pinarello 65.1 Think2.
The revamped frame incorporates what the Italian bike maker is calling FlatBack tube shaping, which looks a lot like the Kamm tail shaping used by Trek and others. During the design process, engineers built a mannequin in the shape of 2012 Tour winner Bradley Wiggins, then spent excessive time in the wind tunnel perfecting the frame shape. The final frame selection was picked from a group of 70.
Using computational fluid dynamic analysis, engineers developed an aero-shaped seatpost, new more aero fork design, and revised downtube shaping to better interface with water bottles. The frame will be available in 13 sizes. Exact pricing is not yet available.
“The first thing I noticed was the weight,” said Froome. “They’ve managed to get the weight right down… Riding the bike you can feel the rigidity. When you push on the pedals the power goes straight through to the bike, it doesn’t flex or move. Whatever power you are putting into the pedals goes onto the road.”
Our friends at the Global Cycling Network were at the bike’s worldwide launch and filed this report.
For a closer look at what is an undeniably ultra-sexy looking bike, here’s some high quality bike porn direct from Pinarello.