Ahead of Sunday’s Paris-Roubaix, Team Sky riders have a new weapon at their disposal in the form of a new adaptive suspension system fitted to their Pinarello Dogma K8-S bikes.
Launched two years ago, the K8-S model was characterised by an elastomer insert suspension system, fitted at the seatstay–top tube junction.
While novel, this design gave added compliance even when not required, such as when riding on smooth roads.
To this end, Pinarello has collaborated with HiRide to develop the eDSS 2.0 (Electronic Dogma Suspension System), something the Italian brand is hailing as “a revolutionary system in the cycling world”.
The new system is designed to adapt the suspension depending upon the terrain, meaning that it will give lots of travel on the cobbled sectors and minimal travel on the smooth road sections of Sundays monument.
According to Pinarello the system consists of “six axis accelerometers and gyroscopes able to read the road and to understand the dynamics of the vehicle, by adapting the suspensions at all types of terrain, from asphalt to more rugged cobbles, in few milliseconds.”
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Fausto Pinarello said: “I am very happy with this new and ambitious project that PinarelloLab developed with the collaboration of HiRide.
“The introduction of an electro-hydraulic control system establishes an important step forward in the technological evolution of our bikes, improving performance and increasing safety.”
It will be interesting to see if this new tech gives Ian Stannard an edge in the Hell of the North.
Team Sky’s head of operations, Carsten Jeppesen attests that the “eDDS2.0 is a fantastic innovation on our bikes, it gives to our riders the best of both worlds: stiffness on normal road and comfort on the cobbles.”
According to Pinarello, the new system was fitted to Ian Stannard’s bike and raced at Scheldeprijs on Wednesday.