Pinarello has shaken up the endurance road bike market with the introduction of its Dogma X model. This new addition aims to offer an unparalleled blend of performance and comfort for those who relish extended periods of cycling. With features like enhanced tire clearances, a shorter reach compared to its predecessor, and an all-new seat stay design, the Dogma X is capturing attention and raising expectations.
Perhaps the most talked-about feature of the Dogma X is its innovative X-Stays seat stay design. This structure consists of an added 'X' made of carbon fiber that joins the seat stays and results in a lower point of contact on the seat tube. The advantage? Pinarello asserts that the design disperses vibration across two points on the seat tube, enhancing rider comfort without compromising on frame weight or stiffness. It’s a novel approach aimed to give cyclists a smoother, yet still efficient ride.
Pinarello turned to high-grade Japanese T1100 1K carbon fibre from Toray to construct the Dogma X. This choice of material is cited to offer unrivaled stiffness and reduced weight, outclassing competitors. On the other hand, X Series models, like the new X9, X7, and X5, will use a slightly lower grade of Toray carbon, albeit with a minor weight penalty.
Not only has Pinarello revealed the Dogma X, but it has also introduced new models to the existing X Series, namely the X9, X7, and X5. Each of these models will feature Pinarello's Endurance+ geometry, aiming to create a more relaxed riding posture. Interestingly, unlike the Dogma X, the X Series models will not feature the unique 'X' seat stay bridge, making them slightly less rigid.
For those keen on technicalities and numbers, the Dogma X models are available with various groupsets including Shimano Dura-Ace, Sram Red, and Campagnolo Super Record WR. Wheel options include Princeton's 4540 Grit wheelset and Campagnolo Bora's for the Super Record models. Prices range from $15,500 to $16,000 depending on the configurations, giving potential buyers a wide array of choices.