by Brian Turner
Pinarello took advantage of the Giro d’Italia’s stop in Treviso, home of Pinarello, to unveil their 2016 lineup. Team Sky riders Richie Porte, Ellia Vivianni, Salvatori Puccio and even general manager Sir Dave Brailsford made appearances on presentation stage with Fausto Pinarello.
The big unveiling of the night was the Dogma F8 Disk [sic]. The F8 Disk has the same characteristics as the Dogma F8—geometry, materials, stiffness and aerodynamics—but gets upgraded with hydraulic disc brakes. It uses Shimano’s flat-mount brake caliper system. Four years in the making, the Dogma F8 Disk will be Team Sky’s frame of choice later this year, starting in August, in two races of their choice and in the 2016 season, as the UCI has allowed a season-long test for disc brake bikes at the WorldTour level.
The Dogma F8 remains the same, but gets colour updates. The fluo green on black and fluo yellow on black are the most eye catching of the bunch. The white/black on red and black/red on white make more classic, but fast looking paint schemes. Along with the colour updates, the F8 gets anodized graphics, which are new and exclusive to Pinarello.
The much talked about Dogma K8-S, with its lightweight suspension system and flat chainstays, made an appearance. It will be available in four colors, black-on-black, fluo, red and Team Sky.
The other big announcement of the night was the introduction of Pinarello’s new Gan line. Gan means garden in Hebrew, alluding to the Garden of Eden and paradise. Pinarello’s new high-middle range frame takes it lead from the Dogma F8, but with the Gan’s carbon layup offers a slightly softer, less-aggressive ride than the Dogma F8. The Gan lineup also comes in at a lower price point. The Gan line also offers a wide range of sizes including four easy fit sizes for women.
Pinarello also used the event to announce a reboot of of their “sleeping brand” Most. The Talon Aero Carbon 1K integrated bar and stem, Jaguar XFC Aero 1K bar and the Tigerultra Aero steam, all new for 2016 have been designed using CFD (computational fluid dynamics) to optimize the aerodynamics and integration with the frame, resulting in an overall performance boost to the bike.