JAGUAR’S BICYCLE FOR COBBLES
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.