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Does Geraint Thomas's (Sky) Pinarello Dogma 2 look familiar? It should - it's last year's bike but as is usually the case, it's now being used to kick off the next season at the Tour Down Under.
Sky's 2012 bikes soldier on into the 2013 Tour Down Under
This article originally published on BikeRadar
Typically, teams at the Adelaide race who are still using the previous season's sponsors bring last year's machines as a last hurrah before there's sufficient stock of new gear to justify switching over. While Thomas' bike might not be new, it's still nothing to scoff at – and it's the legs that do the talking, anyway, as he proved with his stage 2 win.
Thomas is using a stock 56cm Pinarello Dogma 2, covered in Sky's standard gloss black and blue livery. Even without that color scheme, though, it would be hard to mistake the bike for anything other than a Dogma of some sort, with its trademark swoopy lines and curiously squiggly seat stays and fork.
Pinarello says those bends – and the unusually asymmetrical design used throughout the frame, from head tube to rear dropouts – are essential to the bike's ride quality. We were as skeptical as anyone, but after testing the more recent Dogma 65.1 Think2 model, we're inclined to agree.
Otherwise, Thomas' bike build is expectedly high-end but not exactly remarkable. As with other Shimano-sponsored teams, Sky doesn't yet have enough of the new Dura-Ace Di2 to equip all its riders – and it's definitely an all-or-nothing proposition given the move to 11-speed. So Thomas' bike makes do with the 7970 edition plus his usual SRM power meter.
Shimano has pushed for complete sponsorship agreements more aggressively recently, so the wheels come from Osaka, too, while the cockpit components are from the affiliated PRO catalog.
Wrapping things up are a Fizik Arione CX saddle with braided carbon fiber rails, impressively supple-yet-durable Veloflex tubular tires, Elite bottles and cages, and Shimano Dura-Ace PD-9000 pedals.
Total weight falls at the upper end of the peloton, with the bike tipping the scales at 7.76kg (17.11lb) with the computer head.
Complete bike specifications
Frame: Pinarello Dogma 2, 56cm
Fork: Pinarello Dogma
Headset: Pinarello tapered 1 1/8-to-1 1/2"
Stem: PRO Vibe Carbon, 130mm x -6°
Handlebars: PRO Vibe 7s Anatomic
Tape/grips: PRO Smart Silicon
Front brake: Shimano Dura-Ace BR-7900 w/ Shimano carbon-specific pads
Rear brake: Shimano Dura-Ace BR-7900 w/ Shimano carbon-specific pads
Brake levers: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 STI Dual Control ST-7970
Front derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 FD-7970
Rear derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 RD-7970
Shift levers: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 STI Dual Control ST-7970
Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace CS-7900, 11-25T
Chain: Shimano Dura-Ace CN-7900
Crankset: SRM Wireless PowerMeter Shimano Dura-Ace Compatible, 175mm, 53/39T
Bottom bracket: Shimano Dura-Ace SM-BB7900
Pedals: Shimano Dura-Ace SPD-SL PD-7900
Wheelset: Shimano Dura-Ace WH-9000-C50-TU
Front tire: Veloflex Carbon tubular
Rear tire: Veloflex Carbon tubular
Saddle: fi'zi:k Arione CX w/ braided carbon rails
Seat post: Pinarello Dogma 2
Bottle cages: Elite Custom Race (2)
Computer: SRM PowerControl 7
Rider's height: 1.83m (6' 0")
Rider's weight: 70kg (154lb)
Saddle height, from BB (c-t): 795mm
Saddle setback: 85mm
Seat tube length, c-t: 575mm
Seat tube length, c-c: 530mm
Tip of saddle nose to C of bars (next to stem): 599mm
Saddle-to-bar drop (vertical): 126mm
Head tube length: 165mm
Top tube length: 565mm
Total bicycle weight: 7.76kg (17.11lb) w/ computer head