Team Sky’s Pinarello Dogma 65.1 Think 2 has had a new lick of paint for the 2014 – but you’ll have to be eagle-eyed to spot the subtle makeover.
We spotted Team Sky riders on bikes with two different paintjobs in 2013, with Bradley Wiggins riding a black and blue Dogma at the start of the season, and Chris Froome and co using a predominantly black model at the Tour de France.
The 2014 Dogma 65.1 Think 2’s paintjob is largely unchanged from the machine we saw Wiggins riding in Majorca but, in a distinctly understated makeover, this year’s bike now has a blue band on both fork legs, rather than just the right-hand side.
Pinarello has been Team Sky’s bike sponsor since the British WorldTour outfit’s inception in 2010 and last year signed a contract extension to extend that partnership to 2016.
The team will continue to ride the Dogma 65.1 Think 2 – initially introduced at the 2012 Tour de France, where Bradley Wiggins became the first Briton to win the race, and ridden to glory by Froome 12 months later.
The frame gets its name from the 65Ton HM 1K carbon fibre from which it is made, while Think 2 refers to its ability to accept both a mechanical and electronic groupset. Pinarello’s trademark wavy fork and seatstays are said to boost ride comfort, while the fork crown is integrated with the downtube to smooth airflow and, Pinarello say, improve aerodynamics.
The bike’s spec also remains much the same for 2014, with a Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 9070 groupset paired with the Japanese company’s wheels. The C50 hoops pictured above will get plenty of use throughout the season, thanks to a combination of a mid-depth, aerodynamic rim and a low 1,396g claimed weight, though expect to expect to see something shallower and lighter still swapped in for when the road tilts skyward.
Those wheels are wrapped in Veloflex tubular tyres, while PRO, a subsidiary of Shimano, continue to provide the handlebar and stem (the Pinarello Dogma 65.1 Think 2 uses its own proprietary seatpost), and Fizik supply the saddles. One spec change, however, sees the team swap from SRM to Stages as its power meter provider, with data recorded and displayed on a Stages-branded Garmin computer.