In recent decades, no bike model has enjoyed the grand tour success of Pinarello's Dogma line, and with the release of the Dogma F12 Road Frameset--not to mention the rise, in Bernal, of what looks like SKY/Ineos's next Tour winner--Pinarello looks poised to continue that dominance into the next generation of cycling talent. As usual, the gains between Dogma generations don't necessarily overwhelm when considered individually, but they're cumulative effect is impressive when framed in a competitive context. The aerodynamic gains alone net a claimed 1 second gain across a single kilometer when travelling at 25mph, meaning that the bike may be built for the top pros in the world, but even we humble category racers can unlock the benefits it affords. Pinarello credits the overall aerodynamic gains to various locations of the bike. Using the corresponding components of the Dogma F10 as a reference point, the new integrated Talon Ultra bar/stem unit accounts for 5% and the fork and frame combine for 7. 3% gains. We've long become accustomed to aerodynamic tube and fork shaping, but the Talon represents Pinarello's most dedicated foray into wind-dodging cockpit components, an ever-expanding trend in the industry. The frame isn't just about dodging wind, though. Its main job is to sit under you and transfer watts, and its combination of low weight, do-it-all racing geometry, and boosted stiffness ensure it'll do just that. Stiffness is always a key for race bikes, and Pinarello ensures gains in that department, too, specifically at the bottom bracket, which boasts a claimed 10% increase in stiffness. This is coming on top of bike whose asymmetric geometry also reinforces the drive side for increased stiffness, and it does it all without adding any unnecessary grams compared to the F10. All told, this makes the Dogma F12 versatile enough that it's Ineos's choice for everyone from the pure mountain goats like Bernal to the scrappy rouleurs like Rowe and the puncheurs like...
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