2017 Pinarello Dogma K8
Since Pinarello has long been a sponsor for top level professional cycling teams, they have had the chance, indeed the obligation to design bikes that could cope with all sorts of extreme situations and road surfaces. The Dogma K8 is the heir to the first bikes that Pinarello was designing to help riders like Juan Antonio Flecha race the cobbled classics. Comfort and durability ride hand in hand with lightweight performance for the Pinarello Dogma K8.
Made with the same Torayca T1100 1K nanoalloy carbon that are used onthe Dogma K8-S and F8, as well as the F10, means that this is a frame that not only takes comfort seriously, but saves weight doing it. The frame has a carbon layup that will absorb unwanted road chatter, 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 cobbles, or indeed taken out on some gravel trails. Fancy doing the Boulder-Roubaix? This is the bike for you. 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. Offering all the snappy race-worthy qualities of the F8, the K8 has received the same aerodynamic attention of the F8, which means you’ll be getting the Flat Back shaping on the down tube, seat tube, and seat stays, to help you cut through the winds, which are pretty common on those open flatlands that define many of the cobble classics for which this bike is inspiration.
If you are asking yourself what the difference is between the K8 and the K8-S, just look at the rear seat stays. With the K8, you’ll get the monostay that Pinarello has long used, while with the S you’re getting some pretty fab road bike rear suspension. But don’t click over to the S version just yet, since the suspension inevitably adds a bit of weight, and Pinarello says the monostay version of the K8 is actually a touch more stiff. A lot of the credit for the torsional rigidity according to Pinarello goes to the FlexStays chainstays design. So unless you are really taking this out regularly on the kinderkopf type of cobbles that are found in the middle of the Arenberg forest, you may like the mix of comfort and rigidity that the non-suspension K8 offers.
As any classic Italian frame ought, the K8 comes with an Italian threaded bottom bracket. No worries about any hassles that oftentimes accompany press fit options. 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 electronic groupsets.
For anyone looking to buy a bike that will be perfect for a Gran Fondo one weekend and crit racing the next, the Pinarello Dogma K8 will offer a perfect package. And since it comes in ten sizes, you will likely find an excellent fit for the ideal ride of your life.
Frame: Torayca T1100 1K nanoalloy carbon
Rear Stay: Carbon
Fork Axle: QR x 100mm
Headset Included: Yes, Pinarello drop-in
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
Wheel Size: 700c
Brake Type: Caliper
Seatpost Diameter: Aero
Seat Collar Included: Yes
Rear Axle: QR x 130
Sizes: 44cm | 46.5cm | 50cm | 51.5 | 53cm | 54cm | 55cm | 56cm | 57.5cm | 59.5cm |
Colors: 901 Carbon Red, 903 Carbon Sky
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 5 years.