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JAGUAR has joined the ranks of car builders who also pro­duce bi­cy­cles.

But un­like the ex­er­cises in de­sign by the likes of Mercedes-Benz and Volk­swa­gen, Jaguar’s in­no­va­tion part­ner­ship with bi­cy­cle man­u­fac­tur­ing ex­perts, Pinarello has re­sulted in the world’s first be­spoke frame built for very chal­leng­ing ter­rains for Team Sky’ rid­ers.

The Pinarello Dogma K8-S bi­cy­cle, which all eight Team Sky rid­ers de­buted at the Tour of Flan­ders on Sun­day, pos­sesses a new light­weight sus­pen­sion sys­tem (DSS 1.0, Dogma Sus­pen­sion Sys­tem) and flex­i­ble flat car­bon chain stays to cre­ate a pi­o­neer­ing sus­pen­sion pivot in the rear tri­an­gle to en­sure per­fect rid­ing com­fort over rough ter­rains.

Pinarello’s pri­or­ity was to cre­ate an in­no­va­tive frame that could im­prove rider iso­la­tion from the chal­leng­ing road sur­faces and help re­duce rider fa­tigue.

Tak­ing key in­sights from the pi­o­neer­ing aero­dy­nam­ics and tech­nol­ogy-lead­ing work on the Dogma F8, Jaguar’s en­gi­neers have ap­plied their ad­vanced aero­dy­nam­ics knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence in ride and vi­bra­tion anal­y­sis, to help cre­ate an over­all per­for­mance in­crease of 4,6% and 50% im­proved com­fort for the rid­ers over rough ter­rains from the pre­vi­ous Dogma K model.

The reign­ing UCI World Time Trial Cham­pion Bradley Wig­gins said: “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.”

He added it is the first time a bike has been made to meet “the de­mands of the cob­bles”.


The Dogma K8-S frame weighs 900 g and has a be­spoke light­weight sus­pen­sion sys­tem and a flex­i­ble flat car­bon chain that keeps the rider and the power on the level when rac­ing over cob­ble stones.

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