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Pinarello and Jaguar co-engineer cobble bike for Team Sky

07 April 2015

Team Sky partner, Jaguar has co-engineered the world’s first bespoke bicycle for challenging terrains with bicycle manufacturing experts, Pinarello.

The Pinarello DOGMA K8-S bicycle, which all eight Team Sky riders used at the Tour of Flanders on Sunday 5th April, possesses a new lightweight suspension system (DSS 1.0, Dogma Suspension System) and flexible flat carbon chain stays (FLEXSTAYS) to create a pioneering suspension pivot in the rear triangle to ensure perfect riding comfort over rough terrains.

Pinarello’s priority was to create an innovative frame that could improve rider isolation from the challenging road surfaces and help reduce rider fatigue.

Taking key insights from the pioneering aerodynamics of the DOGMA F8, the first collaborative project for Jaguar, Pinarello and Team Sky, Jaguar’s engineers have applied their advanced aerodynamics knowledge and experience in ride and vibration analysis, to help create an overall performance increase of 4.6 percent, plus a 50 percent improved comfort for the riders over rough terrains compared with the previous DOGMA K model.

“The Pinarello DOGMA K8-S looks as good as the DOGMA F8, and from the moment you get on it, you realise the difference straight away, especially on the cobbles,” says Team Sky’s Sir Bradley Wiggins. “I’ve never ridden anything like it on cobbles before, which is the most extreme terrain you can ride a bike on. The way it feels, its aerodynamics, stiffness, and improved flex in the rear, is game-changing for cycling.

“This is the first time anyone has gone out there, looked at the demands of the cobbles, and made a bike specifically for that job. It was really noticeable in testing between the guys on the K8-S to the others that weren’t. It gives us lots of confidence and a huge advantage on the cobbles.

“The level of innovation and thinking outside the box, largely down to Team Sky and the automotive expertise from Jaguar, is streets ahead of other teams and manufacturers out there.”

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