Tech of the week: three Pinarellos, five pro bikes and Tour tech for you and me
There’s always a host of new bikes launched around the Tour. Last week it was Pinarello’s turn to launch three new Dogma models
Three new Pinarello Dogmas in one week
First up was the disc version of the Dogma F10. The rim brake version is ridden by Team Sky and brand owner Fausto Pinarello has previously said that the company wasn’t interested in disc brakes as high-end bikes don’t need them. Now it’s interested; we tell you why.
There's also the new rim brake Dogma F10 X-Light, which Pinarello says is the fastest Dogma yet. The X-Light has shed 60g from its frame weight, down to a claimed 760g with the fork at 340g. Just what you need if you're taking in the odd col.
Pinarello’s final new machine announced last week was the Dogma K10. It’s an endurance machine with a longer wheelbase, slacker angles and the spacing for 28mm tyres, while inheriting the F10’s aero features. But unlike most endurance bikes, it doesn’t offer a disc brake option – yet.
More pro bikes
We’ve been running through the pro peloton’s bikes over the course of the Tour de France. Last week it was the turn of Romain Bardet’s custom Factor O2 with its top tube emblazoned with the motto “Take the risk or lose the chance”.
We also had a look at the Trek Emonda SLR ridden by Alberto Contador. Dan Martin’s Specialized S-Works Tarmac is the 2018 rework of the brand’s race bike, which in its previous version had the most Grand Tour wins of any machine. To complete last week's pro bike videos, we had Chris Froome's Bolide time trial bike (oops, that's four Pinarellos now) and four-time World Time Trial Champion Tony Martin's Canyon Speedmax.
We’ve also had news that Mavic will continue to provide neutral service to the Tour de France until 2022, a role it’s fulfilled ever since 1973.
Cures for Tour withdrawal
If you miss the Tour action, you can always buy Chapter 2’s limited edition TDF 17 frameset, decorated with the key climbs and stage profile from last Wednesday’s Stage 17 over the Galibier to Serre Chevalier.
Last week we also had some suggestions for Tour de France tech that you could get your hands on yourself to use on your next sportive. And we’ve recommended 12 sportives that you might want to ride between now and early September and given you our tips if you’re looking to buy a second hand bike.
We’ve also had the usual round up of deals, with 12 clothing deals including kit from Castelli, Giro and Sportful. And we have found seven discounts from Decathlon and our picks from across the on line dealers in Sunday Trading.
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Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.
He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.
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