Paris-Roubaix might have been a few days ago now but here’s the Pinarello Dogma K8-S that Team Sky’s Ian Stannard raced to third place. We got the chance to see it at Sky’s Service Course (the team’s logistics HQ) in Belgium yesterday, complete with authentic Paris-Roubaix mud!
The key feature of the K8-S is the DSS 1.0 (Dogma Suspension System), a shock between the seatstays and the seat tube with travel that relies on flex in the chainstays.
Team Sky asked Pinarello to develop this model specifically for the cobbles. The rear brake is direct mount although the front one is a standard centre-mount design.
You can see the result of all the chain slap on the flattened driveside chainstay.
A sticker on the top tube gives the point in the race and the length of each section of cobbles.
The bike is fitted with a Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 electronic groupset with satellite shifters fixed to the drops to provide extra gear changing options.
Stannard rode Paris-Roubaix with a 53-tooth outer chainring and a 44-tooth inner ring. There are no steep hills on the course so smaller gears aren’t needed.
Team Sky riders use Stages power metres and Stannard uses 175mm cranks.
The wheels are Shimano Dura-Ace C50s, the 50 referring to the rim depth in millimetres, fitted with 27mm-wide FMB Paris Roubaix tubulars. These are incredibly popular among the pro teams for the cobbled Classics. Team Sky buy them a year in advance just to make sure they get the number they need.
Fizik has made Arione saddles with extra padding for some riders, including Ian Stannard.
The handlebar and stem are both aluminium.
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 over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.