Italian bicycle manufacturer Pinarello is celebrating its 11th Tour de France win, the latest with Chris Froome's victory in the 2015 edition, by releasing a replica collection of the custom painted "rhino" Dogma F8 that the Briton ride into Paris at the weekend.
The DOGMA F8 - TDF2015! - Carbon T11001K - 869 Rhino Paris, to use its full name, has a predominantly yellow paint finish with the word Froomey written across the top tube and a rhino adorning the head tube, a nod to Froome’s Kenyan roots but also to show his support for Unite for Wildlife, a charity that was set up to put an end to the illegal wildlife trade.
And if yellow isn’t your colour, fear not, Pinarello is offering the same design in a wide range of colour options, including blue, red, black and more, each with colour matched seatposts, saddles and bar tape. The equipment build remains unchanged. There's also a polka dot version as well, because of course Froome won that jersey as well as the yellow.
Talking of equipment, the bike is built with pretty much identical equipment to that used by Team Sky. A Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 groupset is complemented with Dura-Ace C50 carbon fibre clincher wheels and Vittoria Corsa CX tyres, and a PRO aluminium stem and handlebar.
A regular Dura-Ace chainset replaces the Osymetric chainrings that Chris Froome uses. A Pinarello aero seatpost is painted in matching colours and so is the Fizksaddle. There’s also yellow bar tape and a set of Dura-Ace SPD-SL pedals to complete the package.
This is the first Tour de France win for Pinarello’s latest Dogma F8, the eighth generation of the Dogma, and the first to be influenced by aerodynamics. The previous Team Sky wins in France were aboard the previous Dogma 65.1. Pinarello worked with Team Sky partner Jaguar to develop the aero profiles of the F8 and put it through wind tunnel testing.
As well as improved aerodynamics, the new F8 shaves up to 120g from the frame weight compared to the old Dogma 65.1 and ramps up the stiffness factor. Despite such a radical makeover, the frame sticks with a traditional Italian threaded bottom bracket.
We don’t have a price for this new bike, but with a regular F8 frameset costing £3,895, don’t expecting it to be approaching anything evening remotely affordable.
More at www.pinarello.com
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.