All New Pinarello Dogma FS | Team Sky’s Full Suspension Road Bike For Paris – Roubaix

All New Pinarello Dogma FS | Team Sky’s Full Suspension Road Bike For Paris – Roubaix


– The Pinarello Dogma. It’s a model that we first
saw from the Italian brand back in 2002, back when it was made from magnesium. It’s first proper launch though came in 2009. The Dogma 60.1. In the ten years since, it has undergone all sorts of upgrades and evolutions and we
have got an exclusive first look at the latest model. This is the Pinarello Dogma FS. (high energy music) It’s probably not gonna take you too long to work out what FS
stands for when you take a look at this. It is full suspension. This is the bike that
five of Team Sky’s riders are going to be using this coming Sunday at the 2019 Paris-Roubaix. It’s a bike that has been designed to be at it’s best over the worst
roads that Northern France has to offer. As such, I think that compliance,
comfort and bike handling were most definitely at the top of Pinarello’s design spec-sheet. Before we get onto the actual suspension part of this bike, there are a few slightly
more subtle design features to the new Dogma FS here. First up, there’s a slightly more relaxed head angle at the front there and there’s
also longer chain-stays than you would have on the standard Dogma. Reason for both of those
is extra compliance but also better bike handling
over the rough stuff. These chain-stays are
also designed to give 11mm of vertical movement. Now with most modern carbon bikes, there is a degree of compliance
there at the chain-stays but since most of them have normally got a rigid piece of carbon for the seat-stays between the rear-wheel axle
here and the seat-tube, that compliance is not
used to full capacity. I know, what you really want to know about though, is the suspension. Well it’s provided by
suspension experts HiRide. It has been used on Pinarello’s
previous K-series models. This particular system is
called ESAS which stands for Electric Smart Adaptive System. And the rear suspension, you may well have seen in the past on the previous K-10S model. However what you won’t have seen before is the front suspension and
that is because it is brand new. It’s basically like a
head-shock type system here with 20 mm of travel provided
by a metal spring which is hidden inside the head-tube. It’s got hydraulic damping and lock-out and it adds a not unreasonable 300 grams of total weight to the bike. And the smart part of the
system is a whole load of sensors which are located
here in the seat-tube. They will constantly monitor
the terrain and the conditions that the bike is riding over
and it reacts remarkably quickly to the differing terrain. So it takes just one
tenth of a second for the entire suspension system to
be locked or indeed unlocked. No real need then for a rider to make on the fly adjustments but
if they want to they can. There’s a button here on the
down-tube which they can use to adjust it or indeed
if they’ve connected it via Amplus or Bluetooth you can always control the suspension
using your head-unit or the app on your smartphone. Now there is three options when it comes to the suspension settings. You can either have race mode, tourist mode or custom mode. With tourist most it takes
much less of an impact for the suspension system to kick in. With race mode it takes a lot more. Custom mode as you can
probably guess means that you decide yourself
how sensitive you want the whole thing to be. All of the sensors are located
inside the smart battery which as mentioned is
here in the seat-tube and held in place by the
two bottle-cage bars. Now for suspension it’s
obviously a brand new thing to the world of road bikes
but it is not a new thing to the company HiRide. They have a history of providing
the necessary algorithms to the automotive industry to
provide their smart suspension system so it’s safe to say they’re a company that
knows what it’s doing when it comes to suspension. The down-tube here as many
of you will have noticed takes a lot of the characteristics from the Bolide Time Job Bike or the Dogma F10 and it’s got a concave trailing edge here which helps with the
integration of the bottle-cage and the bottle from an
aerodynamics point of view. Now I know a lot of
you will be questioning whether you at home need
to have full suspension on your road bike if you’re not riding the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix. But it will absorb all the imperfections of a normal road too which might not just make you more comfortable, it could actually make you faster. So our brains are programmed to associate high frequency vibration with speed. So for example, if you’ve got your tires pumped
up to a 120 psi or 8 bar, it feels like you’re going fast. But the reality is that generally
when things are smoother, you’re going faster. Take for example running wider
tires at a lower pressure. Rather than bouncing
around all over the place, the tires will absorb the
small vibrations of the road, keep you in contact with the ground more and that will be faster. And let’s take a really extreme example, you may remember that a few
years ago we tested different types of bikes over the
cobbles of Paris-Roubaix and the outcome of that
was that the mountain bike was the fastest despite it
being the least aerodynamic position and the heaviest. The suspension and the
bigger tires absorbed all of the vibrations
and that made it faster. Pinarello claimed that this bike over the Carrefour de l’Arbre, one of the hardest
sectors of Paris-Roubaix, is about ten percent faster
than a standard rigid road bike. Now you can take some
manufacturer’s claims with a pinch of salt
but given our own test of different bikes and also what we know about compliance and
comfort over cobblestones, I wouldn’t be at all surprised
if that’s very accurate. And I guess the proof’s
gonna be in the pudding. This coming Sunday, Dylan van Baarle will be using this bike, Luke Rowe will be on one, as will Owain Doull, Gianni
Moscon and Ian Stannard so we’ll see how they get on. Beyond the different frame, the rest of the group
set and wheel et cetera is fairly standard Sky
equipment so they’ve got the Shimano Dura Ace DI2 throughout, the Fizik Arione saddle up on top there. The Most stem and bars just here. They are running FNB tires though in 27 mm for the Paris-Roubaix. Right, let us know what you think at home about full suspension on road bike. Is it something you’d
consider or do you not think you would ever need full suspension when you’re out riding on the road? As ever you can let us know
your thoughts in the comment section just down below. And if you would like to see that video where we compare the different bikes over the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix, you’d be able to find it just down there.