Team Sky’s “game changing” DOGMA K8-S cobble bike

Cover: Team Sky © Team Sky


When Sir Bradley Wiggins, Geraint Thomas and Ian Stannard head to the line on Sunday, April 5th at the Tour of Flanders they’ll be riding what Team Sky calls the “game changing” Pinarello DOGMA K8-S. Developed by Jaguar and Pinarello, the DOGMA K8-S was created with a goal of isolating riders from challenging road surfaces, such as the cobbles, and reducing rider fatigue in the process.

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Pinarello DOGMA K8-S Photo: © Team Sky

In March, Sir Bradley Wiggins and Christian Knees, compared the previous DOGMA K frame with the new DOGMA K8-S on the cobble sectors of the last 130km of the Paris-Roubaix route.

The Pinarello DOGMA K8-S looks as good as the DOGMA F8, and from the moment you get on it, you realise the difference straight away, especially on the cobbles.

I’ve never ridden anything like it on cobbles before, which is the most extreme terrain you can ride a bike on. The way it feels, its aerodynamics, stiffness, and improved flex in the rear, is game-changing for cycling.

This is the first time anyone has gone out there, looked at the demands of the cobbles, and made a bike specifically for that job. It was really noticeable in testing between the guys on the K8-S to the others that weren’t. It gives us lots of confidence and a huge advantage on the cobbles.

– Sir Bradley Wiggins, Team Sky

Utilizing Jaguar’s advanced aerodynamics knowledge and experience in ride and vibration analysis, Team Sky is citing an overall performance increase of 4.6% and 50% improved comfort for the riders over rough terrains from the previous DOGMA K model.

The DOGMA K8-S

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  • 990 g frame including rear suspension
  • New lightweight suspension system (DSS 1.0, Dogma Suspension System)
  • Flexible flat carbon chain stays (FLEXSTAYS™) that create revolutionary pivot point for the perfect riding comfort
  • Dogma F8 aerodynamic fork  with 47mm rake

The DOGMA K8-S can reshape the world of road racing. The DOGMA K8-S absorbs only the necessary shocks of the road to allow you to keep pedaling regularly with optimum power and precision. It is the perfect bike for the cobbles.”

– Fausto Pinarello, CEO of Pinarello

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We’ve been able to knit together Pinarello’s world class knowledge in bike design and Jaguar’s industry-leading technological and engineering expertise, with a proven winning team of riders and experts in human performance, to come up with something truly ground-breaking.

The DOGMA F8 was the first real breakthrough of this partnership, and we’ve now taken it a step further. The DOGMA K8-S is a significant jump in terms of a bike’s impact of performance. It’s rare for one small design innovation to make such a large difference. This is one of those situations.

The Classics have been a big goal for us this season and with Ian Stannard’s win at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Geraint’s win at E3 we’ve had a great start. Anything can happen in these races, which makes them so exciting, but this bike will give us the best possible chance of continuing our success.”

– Sir Dave Brailsford, Team Sky Team Principal

All images courtesy of Team Sky


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