This article first appeared on Bikeradar.
The reigning champion of the Tour de France, Chris Froome will roll off the start in Leeds, England Saturday aboard a new Pinarello Dogma F8, a curvaceous Italian machine with some interesting aerodynamic flair and a mix of professional polish and handmade alterations.
Truncated aerofoil tubing - called FlatBack in Pinarello parlance - a tidy integrated seatpost clamp, internal cable routing and a bowlegged fork borrowed from the company's Bolide time trial bike all suggest aero gains over Froome’s previous 65.1.
While the majority of the machine features showroom-level parts, there is also a bit of DIY handiwork present, from the blacked-out Osymetric chainrings and K-Edge Garmin mount to the partially disassembled Di2 climber switch next to the stem.
But functionality is clearly the top priority regardless. Built up with Shimano Dura-Ace C50 wheels, the bike flirts with the UCI legal limit minimum weight of 6.8kg, tipping the BIkeRadar scale at 15.08lb / 6.84kg.
Power-meter duties are handled by Stages, the small single-crank device that measures wattage output at the left leg and doubles it for a single power number.
Will this add up to another Tour de France win? Time will tell.
Complete bike specifications
Frameset: Pinarello F8
Headset: Pinarello integrated, 1 1/8-to-1 1/2in tapered
Stem: PRO alloy, 120mm
Handlebars: PRO Vibe, 40cm
Brakes: Shimano Dura-Ace 9000
Shift/brake levers: Shimano Dura-Ace 9070 Di2
Front derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 FD-9070
Rear derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 RD-9070
Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace CS-9000 11-28t
Chain: Shimano Dura-Ace CN-9000
Crankset: Shimano Dura-Ace FC-9000, 172.5mm
Power meter: Stages
Pedals: Shimano Dura-Ace
Wheels: Shimano Dura-Ace C50
Tyres: Veloflex Carbon tubulars
Saddle: fi'zi:k Antares
Seat post: Pinarello F8
Computer: Garmin Edge 510
Bottle cage: Elite Custom Race
Other accessories: K-Edge Garmin mount (blacked out)
Rider's height: 1.85m (6ft 1in)
Reach, saddle tip to bar: 59cm
Drop, saddle top to handlebar top: 12cm
Saddle height: 80cm
Stem length: 124mm