Pinarello Dogma 65.1 Think 2/Campagnolo Record EPS Complete Road Bike $9,999.00
Pinarello and Campagnolo. The two icons stand as both the pinnacle and base of the deeply rooted foundation of Italian cycling. Nothing compares to their commitment to preserving the sport's history, while at the same time valiantly marching ahead with an eye toward innovative perfection. This culmination of Italian racing heritage is expressed to the fullest with the Pinarello Dogma 65.1 Think 2/Campagnolo Record EPS Complete Road Bike. There's no better representation of Italy's finest.
With the original Dogma reaching the top of the asymmetrical design pedestal, Pinarello's engineers were still possessed to relentlessly press on towards race-tuned perfection. In fact, it seems that Pinarello made this its destiny, tirelessly refining what many already called perfect. This dedicated team of frame designers went at it again, working with professional cycling teams around the world in order to rewrite those asymmetric conventions, developing perhaps the pinnacle of bicycle frame innovation with the new Dogma 2.
Rather than digging even deeper, and risk damaging the cornerstone of Pinarello engineering in its quest to create the next Dogma successor, the Italian engineers reached out to their Japanese carbon fiber suppliers at Torayca and flatly challenged the composite giant to improve upon its flagship 60HM1K cloth. The end result? The Dogma 65.1 Think2, hewn from Torayca's all-new 65-ton 65HM1K Nano-alloy Carbon Fiber -- a carbon that's more rigid and reactive than anything that Pinarello has ever used on a bike frame. A full 65-tons per square centimeter, to be exact. The increased rigidity allows Pinarello to use less carbon fiber in key areas, thereby lowering the weight of the Dogma and dispelling myths that the Dogma is not a bike for climbers. The 65.1 Think2 frame even played a key role in the dominance of Team Sky riders at the 2012 Tour. And nowhere was this debut more emphatic than under Wiggins, who put on a spectacular show of Maillot Jaune panache and team spirit leading out teammate Cavendish on the Champs Elysees for the stage win.
Even with the new cloth, the Dogma 65.1 Think2 follows in the same mold and distinct identity of the Dogma 2, which, of course, retained much of the asymmetrical shaping of its predecessor. And while the bloodlines of the Dogma are very much intact, Pinarello continues to push the envelope to further enhance the frame's formula. Once again, it has succeeded in the creation of a bike that is stiffer, lighter, and even more responsive than its predecessor. Furthermore, carefully engineered internal cable routing on the new Dogma 65.1 allows for you to easily choose between either mechanical or electronic shifting systems, without any penalty to the bike's aesthetic or its aerodynamic profile. Gone are the days of separate Dogma frames for each system. Instead, the 65.1 features interchangeable cable stops at the frame openings that are capable of being intuitively swapped out should you prefer SRAM Red for one season, then Campagnolo Super Record EPS the next.
During the two years in which the original Dogma sat atop the Pinarello family of frames, Pinarello studied and restudied the forces in action as a rider sprints on the pedals, pulls on the handlebars, and muscles the bike through corners. FEA (finite element analysis) confirmed that the Dogma's asymmetrical design was beneficial in leveling the variances in frame deflection from one side to the other. However, Pinarello knew that it could take the asymmetry to new levels with the Dogma 2 -- continued in the Dogma 65.1. One big change is in the top tube, which has been moved slightly off-center towards the right side of the bike in order to further this effort towards equilibrium.
In addition to this, Pinarello addressed another area for potential improvement -- the aerodynamics and stiffness of the front end of the bike. This Dogma is fitted with a 1.5-inch lower headset bearing, which allows a larger diameter steerer tube at the fork crown. The resulting benefit for you is a 19% boost in front end stiffness, which translates to predictable braking and a more precise steering feel. Another part of the fork redesign includes smoother, more aerodynamic fork legs, and a sculpted crown that integrates seamlessly into the reshaped down tube. With this much attention to the asymmetrical design aspects of the Dogma, it's easy to overlook it from a distance. Only when you're close enough to touch it will you really be able to discern the subtle differences. The left and right sides of the bike bear different tube shapes as well as general tube sizes. You're able to see these differences in the top tube, the fork legs, and both seatstays and chainstays.
As with the 60HM1K carbon fiber, Torayca is again using its Nano-alloy technology on the 65HM1K. Alloy nano-particles are embedded into the carbon itself. Upon significant impact (i.e. a final turn crash at the State Criterium Championship), these particles 'explode.' In other words, they absorb the kinetic energy of impact forces so that the carbon itself won't have to. The other advancement of note on this Dogma is the actual manufacturing process employed in its construction. Pinarello starts with a polystyrene form as a base for the initial layup of material -- a method which is significantly more precise, as each layer is placed exactly where it is designed to be according to the FEA testing. In this regard, it's a more reliable and consistent method than molding with an internal bladder. The use of polystyrene also results in even compaction of the laminate, with less wrinkling of the carbon material or trapped gas or resin that causes structural weak spots over time. The form is removed with a recoverable solvent. A cross-section of this Dogma frame will reveal a surprisingly smooth finish that nearly matches the outside.
The frameset was built up with Campagnolo's Record EPS (Electric Power Shift) 11-speed drivetrain. If you haven't been following the story of Campagnolo electronic, know that EPS is the current, no compromises electronic group from the artisans in Vincenza. It's been in development for over 20 years, it's already won ProTour races, and it's handled not only the abuse of the cobbled classics, but it's also faced down extreme heat, cold, rain, and snow.
The group mixes Campagnolo's incredible Record 11 D skeleton brake calipers (dual-pivot front, single-pivot rear), super-light Record compact crankset (50/34t rings), and Record cassette (11-25t) with electronic Record Ergopower levers and derailleurs. The Ergopower levers are identical in shape and feel to Campagnolo's mechanical Ergopower, giving you a click you can feel and hear as you shift.
Moving to the wheels, the Dogma 2 was built with set of Reynolds' acclaimed 58 Aero Whites -- a Reynolds flagship. The 58mm deep rims have been cased with Vittoria's Open Corsa EVO CX III 23mm tires. The handlebars and stem finishing the bike come from the top end of 3T's collection. The bars are the Ergonova LTDs, which are known for being some of the lightest and strongest bars on the market. The stem is also from 3T's flagship collection, the ARX LTD. And to continue with the Italian theme throughout, Fi'zi:k's Aliante Braided Carbon saddle perches atop the Dogma 2's proprietary aero carbon fiber seatpost.
The Pinarello Dogma 65.1 Think 2/Campagnolo Record EPS Complete Road Bike is available in the color Black/white gloss and in 12 sizes from 42 to 62cm. The frame comes standard with the road-dampening Onda 2 asymmetrical carbon fiber fork, a Pinarello integrated 1-1/8x1.5in headset, and a Dogma 2 carbon fiber seatpost.
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