Richie Porte's first official outing aboard his new Pinarello Dogma F12 in Ineos Grenadiers colours was slightly different from expected. With the 2021 Tour Down Under being transitioned into the Santos Festival of Cycling - a National Road Series race - due to COVID-19, the Tasmanian slotted into the Garmin Australia National Team, alongside a smattering of other Aussie pros who were home for the southern summer.
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Traditionally in Adelaide, Porte would be chasing the overall win, which he's achieved twice, but this year, alongside EF Education Nippo rider Jimmy Whelan, he served as a domestique, grabbing bottles and driving the pace on the front of the field. Having said that, he did keep his crown as the king of Willunga Hill, winning the third stage from Mclaren Vale to Willunga.
After a few years with BMC, and then Trek, Porte is back to Pinarello on a similar setup to what he was riding in 2015. The team has maintained most of the same sponsors since Porte left, back when they were still Team Sky: they are still on Pinarello, Shimano, and Fizik, with Continental tyres and Kask helmets.
Porte is on the latest and greatest Dogma F12, though the British team still uses the direct-mount rim brakes, despite the frame being available with discs.
Beyond just swapping from discs back to rim brakes, the Australian rider is also going from SRAM's Red eTap AXS drivetrain to Shimano's Dura-Ace Di2 R9150. At the front, Porte is running the brand's crank-based power meter, which is paired to a Garmin Edge 830 computer.
In fact, the Garmin Edge computer will be the only sense of familiarity for Porte, as his frame swaps from Trek to Pinarello, wheels change from Bontrager to Shimano, groupset goes SRAM to Shimano and even stopping power goes from disc to rim. He's even swapped his entire wardrobe, with his shoes changing from a custom-made pair of Bontrager's XXX road shoes to Northwave, his sunglasses from Koo to Oakley and his kit from Santini to Castelli.
The Shimano power meter still requires a magnet stuck to the frame to calculate cadence and watts, but the F12 has a chain suck protector where the magnet would traditionally be glued to the frame. So, the mechanics have instead opted for a K-Edge Pro Braze-on Chain Catcher with Universal Powermeter Magnet, killing two birds with one stone.
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Ineos is one of many teams running custom direct-mount derailleur hangers, with the British outfit opting for svelte looking 3D-printed hanger over the beefy bright and anodized versions at the back of some bikes in the peloton.
Since Porte last swung his leg over a Pinarello, bike brands across the board have trended towards one-piece integrated cockpits, building the cockpit around a proprietary bar and stem combo which hides the cables from the wind. Porte's Pinarello is no different, with the Italian outfit's in-house component manufacturer Most providing it's Talon Ultra bar and stem combo. Porte is also running the integrated computer mount upfront and sprint shifters mounted on the drops
While Ineos has been known to don Lightweight wheels, Porte rode Shimano's Dura-Ace C40 tubular, finished with Continental Competition Pro LTD tyres.
With Porte using a Bontrager Aeolus saddle last year, it's no surprise with his swap back to Fizik that he's opted for the snub-nosed Vento Argo R1 short-nosed saddle for 2021.
Tech Spec: Richie Porte’s Pinarello Dogma F12
- Frameset: Pinarello Dogma F12
- Front brake: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 direct mount caliper
- Rear brake: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 direct mount caliper
- Brake/shift levers: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 R9150 Dual Control Lever
- Front derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 R9150
- Rear derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 R9150
- Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace, 11-28T
- Chain: Shimano Dura-Ace
- Crankset: Shimano Dura-Ace Dual-Sided Power Meter Hollowtech II
- Bottom bracket: FSA PressFit30
- Wheelset: Shimano Dura-Ace C40 tubular
- Tyres: Continental Competition Pro LTD 25mm tubular
- Handlebars: Most Talon Ultra
- Handlebar tape: Most UltraGrip Evo
- Stem: Most Talon Ultra
- Pedals: Shimano Dura-Ace
- Saddle: Fizik Vento Argo R1
- Seat post: Most Carbon Aero
- Bottle cages: Elite Vico Carbon
- Rider height: 1.72 m
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