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Tour de France pro bike: Chris Froome's Pinarello F8

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Chris Froome's Pinarello F8

Chris Froome's Pinarello F8 (Image credit: Ben Delaney/Immediate Media)
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Veloflex tubulars are often seen in the Tour de France, sometimes with their own brand, as here, and sometimes with another brand hot-badged on

Veloflex tubulars are often seen in the Tour de France, sometimes with their own brand, as here, and sometimes with another brand hot-badged on (Image credit: Ben Delaney/Immediate Media)
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Fizik is rolling out new saddles at the Tour de France, but Froome has an 'old' Antares

Fizik is rolling out new saddles at the Tour de France, but Froome has an 'old' Antares (Image credit: Ben Delaney/Immediate Media)
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The Stages power meter on the left crank measures left-leg power, and doubles the number for a wattage readout

The Stages power meter on the left crank measures left-leg power, and doubles the number for a wattage readout (Image credit: Ben Delaney/Immediate Media)
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The F8 sports a wide chain protector behind the small chainring

The F8 sports a wide chain protector behind the small chainring (Image credit: Ben Delaney/Immediate Media)
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Product from companies that don't sponsor the team get the blacked-out treatment

Product from companies that don't sponsor the team get the blacked-out treatment (Image credit: Ben Delaney/Immediate Media)
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Pinarello has a clean solution to making a single frame for both mechanical and electric drivetrains: tidy covers for unused ports

Pinarello has a clean solution to making a single frame for both mechanical and electric drivetrains: tidy covers for unused ports (Image credit: Ben Delaney/Immediate Media)
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The ovalized rings may not be pretty, but Froome has found success with them

The ovalized rings may not be pretty, but Froome has found success with them (Image credit: Ben Delaney/Immediate Media)
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The F8 fork has a bow-legged stance, which supposedly minimizes turbulence

The F8 fork has a bow-legged stance, which supposedly minimizes turbulence (Image credit: Ben Delaney/Immediate Media)
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Many of the Team Sky Garmin's are stickered over with Stages, the power meter Sky uses. Not this one

Many of the Team Sky Garmin's are stickered over with Stages, the power meter Sky uses. Not this one (Image credit: Ben Delaney/Immediate Media)
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Removing the faceplate keeps the functionality without the bulk. Also note the blacked-out K-Edge Garmin mount

Removing the faceplate keeps the functionality without the bulk. Also note the blacked-out K-Edge Garmin mount (Image credit: Ben Delaney/Immediate Media)
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Many riders have found Shimano's climber switch to be bulky. When you are Chris Froome, you can do something about it

Many riders have found Shimano's climber switch to be bulky. When you are Chris Froome, you can do something about it (Image credit: Ben Delaney/Immediate Media)
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Each Team Sky stem is marked to exact length - not the claimed standard 10mm increments

Each Team Sky stem is marked to exact length - not the claimed standard 10mm increments (Image credit: Ben Delaney/Immediate Media)
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Even on a carbon superbike, sometimes the humblest solutions are the best, such as electrical tape to keep the valve stem from rattling

Even on a carbon superbike, sometimes the humblest solutions are the best, such as electrical tape to keep the valve stem from rattling (Image credit: Ben Delaney/Immediate Media)

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
Chainrings: Osymetric
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)

Critical measurements

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