Prototype Pinarello Dogma K8 tested by Luke Rowe at Ghent-Wevelgem

Non-suspension version of K8-S spotted

It’s less than a year since Team Sky first rode the cobble-flattening Pinarello Dogma K8-S at the 2015 Paris-Roubaix, but the team might soon be aboard another new bike as Luke Rowe was spotted riding a prototype model at Ghent-Wevelgem.

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The bike looks to be a prototype version of a new Pinarello Dogma K8 (without an S), which looks to have a similar frame to the Pinarello Dogma K8-S but without the rear suspension system. In fact this makes it look much more like the plain old Pinarello Dogma F8 rather than the Italian brand’s top-end endurance bike.

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Luke Rowe rode the new bike to 22nd in Ghent-Wevelgem, Team Sky’s best finisher

Although we’ve yet to receive official word from Pinarello about the new bike, from appearance we cann guess that it is designed to straddle the gap between the Pinarello Dogma K8-S that Team Sky use for Paris-Roubaix and the Tour of Flanders, and the Dogma F8 that they use for every other race in the calendar.

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Like the K8-S, we expect the Pinarello Dogma K8 to have the same front triangle as the F8, while the rear chainstays should be Pinarello’s FlexStays, which have a flatter profile to help them to absorb vibrations. As for the seatstays, without the suspension they give the rear end an appearance that’s very similar to the F8, but look to have a slightly curved profile when viewed from the side and meet the seat tube further up.