New Pinarello Dogma F8Xlight being ridden by Froome and Geraint Thomas for the key Tour stages

If you thought the normal Pinarello Dogma F8 was a special bike, then let us introduce you to the Pinarelly Dogma F8Xlight, the super-lightweight climbing bike that Chris Froome and his closest Team Sky domestiques are riding in the mountains at the Tour de France.

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For the most part this new bike is very similar to the standard Dogma F8 having the same geometry and apparently the same stiffness and aerodynamics. The main difference is that the bike uses a new pre-impregnanted carbon-fibre with a lower resin content and a new lay-up. Pinarello says that it then uses a slower and more controlled molding process to create the frame using new molds.

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Pinarello has managed to save 80g from an already very light frame

The result is a frame that apparently weighs just 780g for a size 53 (80g lighter than the Dogma F8), while the fork weight is cut to 340g. With such a light frame weight, we wouldn’t be surprised if the Team Sky mechanics were forced to drop a few lead weights down the seat tube in order to make Froome’s bike comply with the 6.8kg UCI weight limit.

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If you’re already thinking about reaching for your wallet, then you might want to move quickly, with Pinarello only planning on producing 200 Dogma F8Xlight frames, in either Team Sky blue or red and black. And with a handful of those already in the back of the Team Sky bus, we expect the remaining number to sell out quickly.