While a number of teams are aboard brand new bikes this year, Team Sky and their leader Chris Froome will be sticking with the trusty Pinarello Dogma F8 that they rode in the 2014 and 2015, hoping that it will deliver Froome to his third Tour de France triumph.
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Although the frame remains the same for 2016 it has been updated with a cool new custom paintjob which features rhino decals first seen at the 2015 Tour de France. Having grown up in Kenya, Froome has a passion for the wildlife, and is an ambassador for the charity United for Wildlife. However we’d also like to think that the rhino decals are indicative of his riding style, when he drops his head and charges past his rivals (just not necessarily into them…).
For 2016 Froome is continuing to use his favoured Osymetric chainrings. The science behind non-round chainrings may be not be accepted by all, but Froome is obviously convinced, having used Osymetric rings ever since his victory in the 2013 Tour de France.
One thing however that Froome doesn’t seem quite so convinced by is the ability of the Osymetric chainrings to actually hold onto a chain. To try and prevent any unfortunately timed chain drops, the Team Sky mechanics have built up a bulky improvised chain guard around the bottom bracket and chainstay.
The other main improvisation on Froome’s Pinarello Dogma F8 is with the shifters. These have been stripped down with their outer casing removed. This is not only to shed a few grams, but also because Froome prefers the feeling of having the two shifting buttons very close together.
Apart from the chainrings, the rest of the drivetrain is Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 (although not the latest R9100 version) with an 11-28t cassette and a Stages power meter attached to the crank arms.
The Shimano sponsorship extends to the wheels, which are Shimano Dura-Ace C50s, a very common choice in the pro peloton, while the 15g Leggero bottle cages are from Elite and bars and stem are from Pro, both Shimano in-house brands. The stem is 121mm (or at least that’s what the sticker says), either showing a very precise approach to bike fitting or an attempt to gain a psychological advantage over the opposition.
The only two bits of finishing kit where the bike strays away from Shimano are the saddle and the tyres. The saddle is a Fizik Antares 00 with carbon rails, while the tyres are Continental Competition Pro Ltd tubular tyres.