X Appeal - How Pinarello made the world's fastest bike even smoother

Always rapid, now relaxed. We discover how the Dogma X combines performance with a welcome level of plushness.

Pinarello Dogma X
(Image credit: Roby Braggotto)

I’ve always coveted Pinarello’s Dogma ever since watching Bradley Wiggins, Chris Froome & Co. climbing podium after podium with Team Sky and Ineos Grenadiers thanks, in part, to their Dogma 65.1 Think 2s. Those early Dogmas were iconic machines, surreal Daliesque concoctions that looked like they’d been forged organically in the white heat of battle. What followed, of course, was an ambitious succession of race-bred refinements, culminating in Pinarello’s current masterpiece, the Dogma F. To a fanboy like me, it’s performance personified.

Which is exactly why I’ve never bought one. Yes, I’ve pressed my nose up against the cold, glass windows of countless high-end bike shops, fantasising about ownership, but I’ve never pulled the trigger.

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Pinarello Dogma X specifications
FrameAsymmetric, laid up with high-tensile, high modulus Torayca T1100 1K Carbon
Frame sizes11 - from 43 to 62
Shimano Di2 buildShimano Di2 with Princeton Grit 4540 or DT Swiss ERC 1400 wheelset
Sram AXS buildSRAM AXS with Princeton Grit 4540 or DT Swiss ERC 1400 wheelset
Campgnolo buildCampagnolo Super Record Wireless with BORA WTO 33 wheelset

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Simon Fellows