2017 Pinarello Dogma K8-S
Though we probably all enjoy riding on pristine, smooth roads, most of us probably are facing a wide variety of pretty shitty asphalt, or even perhaps prefer to take the gravel roads less traveled. If that sounds familiar, then the Pinarello Dogma K8-S will quickly shoot to the top of your list of desired bikes.
You might think suspension on a road bike is pretty silly if not just a brassy marketing ploy. But what’s the whole point of suspension? Yes, it softens the bumps that travel through your bum, but really it enhances performance since flowing over the bumps without losing contact with the ground surface is the way to keep your speed up, especially in cornering. It’s the same thing with mountain biking; suspension really only incidentally makes a ride more comfortable, but what you really want is not to be bouncing all over the place. Get your traction and get going. Meanwhile, the front triangle of the K8-S can boast the same top-quality carbon fiber that makes the F8 and F10 Dogmas. That means that you can still enjoy the same crazy strength to weight ratio of those racing frames.
Pinarello sticks with its exceptional asymmetric design for the carbon layup. It means that the regions that take the brunt of the pedalling forces, like the drivetrain side for instance, receive a layering of the Toray T1100 1K carbon fiber that will increase its ability to withstand the forces, while allowing for a reduction in material used in other regions. You can also look to take advantage of the attention to the aerodynamic details that Pinarello and their collaboration with designers at Jaguar have lavished on it. You’ll be getting the Flat Back shaping on the down tube, seat tube, and seat stays, to help you cut through the winds, while the geometry has been adjusted with a longer wheelbase and a moderately more upright riding position to give the bike more comfort and stability when raced over your local gravel trails.
The Italian threaded bottom bracket gives the K8-S the classic solution for any fan of Pinarello frame design. It will allow you to have a lot of crank choice when building up the frame, and won’t offer up the same maintenance challenge that press fit BBs often have. The tapered 1 1/2 to 1 1/8 headset will increase strength and stability in steering. Keeping the lines clean and aero, all cable routing is internal, and the frame is compatible with all mechanical and electric groupsets. The frame can accommodate tires up to 30mm wide, so you can really turn this into the gravel grinder of your dreams. Since it comes in 10 sizes, it’s unlikely you won’t be able to find the fit that will suit you for those long endurance events that this bike will inspire you to want to do.
With the Dogma K8-S, Pinarello has developed a lightweight suspension system to work with the carbon chainstays as the perfect pivot point to keep you riding the rough stuff in complete comfort.
Frame: Torayca T1100 1K Dream carbon
Fork: Torayca T1100 1K carbon Onda
Rear Stay Material: Carbon
Headset Included: Yes, integrated
Steerer Tube: 1 1/8” - 1 1/2”
Bottom Bracket Type: 70mm | Italian threaded
Cable Routing: Internal, electric or mechanical compatible
Front Derailleur Mount: Braze-on
Front Derailleur Pull Type: Bottom pull
Front Derailleur Swing Type: Bottom swing
Brake Type: Direct mount
Seatpost Diameter: Aero
Seatpost Included: Yes, Pinarello carbon
Seat Collar Included: Yes
Rear Axle: QR x 130mm
Sizes: 44cm | 46.5cm | 50cm | 51.5cm | 53cm | 54cm | 55cm | 56cm | 57.5cm | 59.5cm |
Colors: 32 Black On Black, 29 Carbon Red, 30 Carbon Yellow Fluo, 31 White, 33 Red Carbon, MyWay (custom colors)
Weight: 990g | 2.18lbs
Be sure to register your Pinarello on their website, pinarello.com
, within 10-days of receiving your bike or frame to receive the extended warranty totaling 3 years.