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Pro bike: Geraint Thomas's Pinarello Dogma 65.1 Think2

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Geraint Thomas (Sky) piloted this Pinarello Dogma 65.1 Think2 to 8th place at this year's Ronde van Vlaanderen

Geraint Thomas (Sky) piloted this Pinarello Dogma 65.1 Think2 to 8th place at this year's Ronde van Vlaanderen (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Big asymmetrical chainstays on Geraint Thomas's (Sky) Pinarello Dogma 65.1 Think2 frame

Big asymmetrical chainstays on Geraint Thomas's (Sky) Pinarello Dogma 65.1 Think2 frame (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Sky switched this year from SRM to Stages power meters

Sky switched this year from SRM to Stages power meters (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 cranks with 53/39T chainrings for Geraint Thomas (Sky)

Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 cranks with 53/39T chainrings for Geraint Thomas (Sky) (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Thin strips of grip tape add extra hold to the already-stout Elite Ciussi aluminum bottle cages

Thin strips of grip tape add extra hold to the already-stout Elite Ciussi aluminum bottle cages (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Shimano 50mm-deep Dura-Ace carbon tubular wheels were a popular choice at this year's Ronde van Vlaanderen

Shimano 50mm-deep Dura-Ace carbon tubular wheels were a popular choice at this year's Ronde van Vlaanderen (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Veloflex Arenberg tubular tires for Geraint Thomas (Sky). Team mechanic Gary Blem wouldn't disclose the inflation pressures

Veloflex Arenberg tubular tires for Geraint Thomas (Sky). Team mechanic Gary Blem wouldn't disclose the inflation pressures (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Geraint Thomas's (Sky) anatomic-bend bars are turned slightly upward

Geraint Thomas's (Sky) anatomic-bend bars are turned slightly upward (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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PRO produces stems for the Sky team in custom lengths

PRO produces stems for the Sky team in custom lengths (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Geraint Thomas's (Sky) view from the cockpit includes a PRO aluminum bar and stem, a Garmin Edge 510 computer (on a blacked-out K-Edge mount), and double wrapped tape

Geraint Thomas's (Sky) view from the cockpit includes a PRO aluminum bar and stem, a Garmin Edge 510 computer (on a blacked-out K-Edge mount), and double wrapped tape (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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…and the matching wiggly fork

…and the matching wiggly fork (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The distinctively wiggly rear end of Pinarello's Dogma 65.1 Think2…

The distinctively wiggly rear end of Pinarello's Dogma 65.1 Think2… (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Not many people may have expected Geraint Thomas (Sky) to put in such an impressive performance but those in the know fully anticipated it, particularly given his excellent finishes this season so far

Not many people may have expected Geraint Thomas (Sky) to put in such an impressive performance but those in the know fully anticipated it, particularly given his excellent finishes this season so far (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The massive Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 9070 front derailleur somehow manages to look a little less bulky against the backdrop of the big frame tubes and deep-section wheels

The massive Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 9070 front derailleur somehow manages to look a little less bulky against the backdrop of the big frame tubes and deep-section wheels (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Shimano Dura-Ace dual-pivot brake calipers with carbon-specific pads

Shimano Dura-Ace dual-pivot brake calipers with carbon-specific pads (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Sky's team livery is simple but easily recognizable

Sky's team livery is simple but easily recognizable (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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There's so much padding on the saddle that it's nearly impossible to keep the cover from wrinkling

There's so much padding on the saddle that it's nearly impossible to keep the cover from wrinkling (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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More cushioning comes from the flexible carbon fiber shell on Geraint Thomas's (Sky) extra-padded fi'zi:k Arione saddle

More cushioning comes from the flexible carbon fiber shell on Geraint Thomas's (Sky) extra-padded fi'zi:k Arione saddle (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Sky team mechanics use these little rubber balls to keep cable housing from rubbing on the frames

Sky team mechanics use these little rubber balls to keep cable housing from rubbing on the frames (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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A simple chain catcher for Geraint Thomas's (Sky) Pinarello Dogma 65.1 Think2 at Ronde van Vlaanderen

A simple chain catcher for Geraint Thomas's (Sky) Pinarello Dogma 65.1 Think2 at Ronde van Vlaanderen (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The head tube on Pinarello's Dogma 65.1 Think2 reminds us of the Moai statues on Easter Island

The head tube on Pinarello's Dogma 65.1 Think2 reminds us of the Moai statues on Easter Island (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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A big Pinarello logo is on the bottom of the down tube for the finish line photos

A big Pinarello logo is on the bottom of the down tube for the finish line photos (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The lawyer tabs are still intact on Geraint Thomas's (Sky) Pinarello Dogma 65.1 Think2 fork

The lawyer tabs are still intact on Geraint Thomas's (Sky) Pinarello Dogma 65.1 Think2 fork (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The K-Edge logos are blacked out on the team's Garmin mounts but there's no denying that its CNC-machined aluminum construction is far sturdier than what Garmin produces

The K-Edge logos are blacked out on the team's Garmin mounts but there's no denying that its CNC-machined aluminum construction is far sturdier than what Garmin produces (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Geraint Thomas (Sky) has had team sponsor fi'zi:k produce for him a special Arione saddle with an absolutely incredible amount of padding - easily three times the thickness of a standard version and much, much softer

Geraint Thomas (Sky) has had team sponsor fi'zi:k produce for him a special Arione saddle with an absolutely incredible amount of padding - easily three times the thickness of a standard version and much, much softer (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Team mechanics use heat shrink tubing to join the Di2 wire and brake housing together into one neat package

Team mechanics use heat shrink tubing to join the Di2 wire and brake housing together into one neat package (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Sky's Pinarello Dogma 65.1 Think2 frames feature threaded bottom bracket shells

Sky's Pinarello Dogma 65.1 Think2 frames feature threaded bottom bracket shells (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Full Shimano Dura-Ace all around for Geraint Thomas (Sky)

Full Shimano Dura-Ace all around for Geraint Thomas (Sky) (Image credit: Jonny Irick)

This article first appeared on BikeRadar.

Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) rode to his best-ever finish at this year's Ronde van Vlaanderen, scoring an outstanding eight-place result among a field full of top riders. That he did so well was even more impressive given that he injured his back in an early crash. Thankfully, at least his Pinarello Dogma 65.1 Think2 was set up for a long, hard day on the road.

As we've come to expect from Team Sky's race bikes, they're visually rather mundane with just a few bits of light blue to punctuate what's otherwise a straight gloss black frameset. Save for the characteristically curvy rear end and fork blades – and, of course, the enormous Pinarello logos – there's little visual flash to speak of.

Apparently, Sky would rather its race results do the talking and indeed, a few technical details suggested that Thomas's bike was ready for the challenge of the day. Present and accounted for were the usual double-wrapped tape and slighter larger-than-normal 25mm-wide Veloflex Arenberg tubulars (inflated to pressures that team mechanic Gary Blem preferred not to disclose).

Out back, however, was a thoroughly customized saddle from team sponsor fi'zi:k to help the Sky rider deal with the pavé. Thomas's special perch used a standard Arione carbon fiber base and braided carbon fiber rails but was covered with a layer of padding that was both incredibly generous and remarkably soft – so much so that even with fi'zi:k's enviable manufacturing capabilities, it was impossible to keep the cover from wrinkling.

Another custom touch is the unusual 121mm-long stem – exactly 1mm longer than what PRO normally offers to the public. PRO supplies the team with several custom lengths, and although they use similarly shaped extensions to the standard Vibe model, the team stems differ even further from stock fare in that they use sturdier one-piece, four-bolt handlebar clamps instead of the interlocking 'Puzzle Clamp' that everyday riders get.

Otherwise, the build is quite standard-issue with a full Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 9070 group (without supplemental shift buttons), 50mm-deep Dura-Ace carbon tubular wheels, Dura-Ace SPD-SL carbon-bodied pedals, and an anatomic-bend aluminum PRO handlebar. Stages Cycling now takes over power meter duties from former supplier SRM, the Garmin Edge 510 computer is fixed to a blacked-out K-Edge mount, and a pair of Elite Ciussi aluminum cages hold tightly on the bottles with the additional help of a few strips of grip tape.

Total weight as shown is 7.54kg (16.62lb).

Complete bike specifications
Frame: Pinarello Dogma 65.1 Think2, 56cm
Fork: Pinarello Onda Carbon
Headset: Pinarello integrated, 1 1/8-to-1 1/2in tapered
Stem: Custom PRO forged aluminum, 121mm x -6°
Handlebar: PRO aluminum anatomic, 40cm (c-c)
Tape: PRO Smart Silicone, double wrapped
Front brake: Shimano Dura-Ace BR-9000 w/ Shimano carbon-specific pads
Rear brake: Shimano Dura-Ace BR-9000 w/ Shimano carbon-specific pads
Brake levers: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 STI Dual Control ST-9070
Front derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 FD-9070
Rear derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 RD-9070
Shift levers: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 STI Dual Control ST-9070
Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace CS-9000, 11-28T
Chain: Shimano Dura-Ace CN-9000
Crankset: Shimano Dura-Ace FC-9000, 175mm, 53/39T, w/ Stages power meter
Bottom bracket: Shimano SM-BB9000
Pedals: Shimano Dura-Ace SPD-SL PD-9000
Wheelset: Shimano Dura-Ace WH-9000-C50-TU
Front tire: Veloflex Arenberg tubular, 25mm
Rear tire: Veloflex Arenberg tubular, 25mm
Saddle: Custom fi'zi:k Arione w/ braided carbon rails, carbon fiber shell, and extra padding
Seatpost: Pinarello carbon
Bottle cages: Elite Ciussi (2)
Other accessories: Garmin Edge 510 computer, K-Edge Garmin mount

Critical measurements
Rider's height: 1.83m (6ft 0in)
Rider's weight: 70kg (154lb)
Saddle height from BB, c-t: 801mm
Saddle setback: 72mm
Seat tube length (c-t): 575mm
Seat tube length (c-c): 560mm
Tip of saddle nose to center of bars (next to stem): 581mm
Saddle-to-bar drop: 132mm
Head tube length: 165mm
Top tube length (effective): 565mm
Weight: 7.54kg (16.62lb, with computer and cages)