Team Sky’s Bernie Eisel is using a Pinarello Dogma F8 Disk equipped with Shimano disc brakes in the Eneco Tour in Belgium.
It now looks like Sky has become the first top-level WorldTeam to follow suit.
World cycle sport’s governing body the UCI confirmed back in April that hydraulic disc brakes would make their first appearance in the professional peloton this year under an experimental programme ahead of an anticipated full roll-out in 2017.
Teams could nominate two races in which they’d use disc brakes in August and September of this year.
The bike is based on the standard Dogma F8 that Team Sky riders use regularly. The new Dogma F8 Disk is said to retain the “main characteristics” of the regular Dogma F8 in terms of the geometry, frame material, stiffness and aerodynamics.
The frame uses Shimano’s new Flat Mount brake calliper system (you can use adapters to make it compatible with other brake systems).
Pinarello has stuck with conventional quick release axles rather than adopting the thru-axles like a handful of other bike brands.
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Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now pushing 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.