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Bradley Wiggins has confirmed that he will once again return to indoor racing with a focus on the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio but not before finishing out his road career with Team Sky. We hopped over to Mallorca, Spain for an up-close-and-personal look at Wiggins' Pinarello Dogma 65.1 Think2.
While Wiggins may be the only knighted road cyclist in history, his Pinarello is quite the standard machine. Save for the decidedly understated team livery, it's little different from what anyone with a spare US$12k can purchase off the shelf.
Wiggins stands at a lanky 1.9m (6ft 3in) tall so his 812mm saddle height, 100mm saddle setback, and 177.5mm-long crankarms are no surprise. As is typical for cyclists of this caliber, however, Wiggins rides an undersized frame measuring just 56cm that allows for an unusually low front end, particularly when paired with the custom 137mm-long PRO stem that's slammed down atop the headset cover.
The build kit is Shimano supplied nearly across the board, including a complete Dura-Ace Di2 9070 group with a satellite shifter next to the stem for climbing, a PRO aluminum cockpit with upturned compact-bend handlebars, and a mix of Dura-Ace wheels depending on the situation. Wiggins' machine was set up with C35 clinchers for a training ride when we caught up with it at the team hotel but 50mm-deep carbon tubulars and Veloflex tires are more typical for race mode.
Lightweight nods are limited to a fi'zi:k Arione CX saddle with carbon fiber rails and Speedplay's feathery Zero Nanogram pedals. In addition to saving weight, Team Sky head mechanic Rajen Murugayan says the pedals' more generous adjustability and rotational float also help Wiggins with some lingering knee issues. Related to that, Wiggins also notably switched last year from his long-standing Osymetric non-round chainrings to standard Dura-Ace round ones.
The entire team has changed power meters, too, moving from SRM to Stages. While there is some debate on the reasoning behind the move, the Stages meters' user-replaceable batteries should make life easier on the mechanics. Likewise, the Stages meters' lower cost should mean that the team will have more of them to go around so they won't have to swap as often – if at all – as before.
We unfortunately didn't have a scale on hand at the team hotel but given known weights of similar builds, we expect Wiggins' machine to be right at the UCI-mandated 6.8kg (14.99lb) minimum when in full race trim.
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