When you champion the pursuit of design perfection, it's difficult to imagine the nigh-insurmountable challenge of innovating and improving year after year, but somehow the Pinarello engineers have made this their calling. The original Dogma was the pinnacle of asymmetric design, setting the bar extremely high, and leaving even Pinarello wondering if they could possibly improve upon it. But the Dogma 2 again re-wrote those asymmetric conventions, prompting Green Jersey winner and world champion Mark Cavendish to famously call the Dogma 2 a 'perfect' frame.
Rather than digging even deeper and risk damaging the cornerstone of Pinarello engineering in their quest to create the next Dogma successor, the Italian engineers reached out to their Japanese carbon fiber suppliers at Torayca and flatly challenged the composite giant to improve upon its flagship 60HM1K cloth. The end result? The Dogma 65.1 Think2, hewn from Torayca's all-new 65-ton 65HM1K Nanoalloy Carbon Fiber -- a carbon that is more rigid and reactive than anything that Pinarello has ever used on a bike frame. A full 65 tons per square centimeter, to be exact. The increased rigidity allows Pinarello to use less carbon fiber in key areas, thereby lowering the weight of the Dogma and dispelling myths that the Dogma is not a bike for climbers. The 65.1 Think2 frame even played a key role in the dominance of Team Sky riders at the 2012 Tour de France; nowhere was this debut more emphatic than under Bradley Wiggins, who put on a spectacular show of Maillot Jaune panache and team spirit leading out teammate Cavendish on the Champs Elysees for the stage win.
Even with the new cloth, the Dogma 65.1 Think2 follows in the same mold and distinct identity of the Dogma 2, which, of course, retained much of the asymmetrical shaping of its predecessor. While the bloodlines of the Dogma are very much intact, Pinarello continues to push the envelope to further enhance the frame's formula, and has once again succeeded in the creation of a bike that is stiffer, lighter, and even more responsive than its predecessor. Furthermore, carefully engineered internal cable routing on the new Dogma 65.1 allows for you to easily choose between either mechanical or electronic shifting systems, without any penalty to the bike's aesthetic or its aerodynamic performance. Gone are the days of separate Dogma frames for each system. The 65.1 features interchangeable cable stops at the frame openings that can be intuitively swapped out should you prefer SRAM Red for one season, then Campagnolo Super Record EPS the next.
During the two years in which the original Dogma sat atop the Pinarello family of frames, the company studied and restudied the forces in action as a rider sprints on the pedals, pulls on the handlebars, and muscles the bike through corners. FEA (finite element analysis) confirmed that the Dogma's asymmetrical design was beneficial in leveling the variances in frame deflection from one side to the other. However, Pinarello knew that they could take the asymmetry to new levels with the Dogma 2 -- continued in the Dogma 65.1. One big change is in the top tube, which has been moved slightly off-center towards the right side of the bike to further this effort towards equilibrium.
In addition to this, Pinarello addressed another area for potential improvement -- the aerodynamics and stiffness of the front end of the bike. This Dogma is fitted with a 1.5in lower headset bearing, which allows a larger diameter steerer tube at the fork crown. The resulting benefit for you is a 19% boost in front end stiffness, which translates to predictable braking and a more precise steering feel. Another part of the fork redesign includes smoother, more aero fork legs and a sculpted crown that integrates seamlessly into the re-shaped down tube. With this much attention to the asymmetrical design aspects of the Dogma, you could easily overlook it from a distance. Only when you're close enough to touch it will you really be able to discern the subtle differences. The left and right sides of the bike bear different tube shapes as well as general tube sizes. You can see these differences in the top tube, the fork legs, and both seatstays and chainstays.
As with the 60HM1K carbon fiber, Torayca is again using its Nanoalloy technology on the 65HM1K. Alloy nano-particles are embedded into the carbon itself. Upon significant impact (i.e. a final turn crash at the State Crit Championship), these particles 'explode' -- in other words, they absorb the kinetic energy of impact forces so the carbon itself won't have to. The other advancement of note on this Dogma is the actual manufacturing process employed in its construction. Pinarello starts with a polystyrene form as a base for the initial lay-up of material -- a method which is significantly more precise, as each layer is placed exactly where it is designed to be according to the FEA testing. In this regard, it's a more reliable and consistent method than molding with an internal bladder. The use of polystyrene also results in even compaction of the laminate, with less wrinkling of the carbon material or trapped gas/resin that could cause structural weak spots over time. The form is removed with a recoverable solvent. A cross-section of this Dogma frame will reveal a surprisingly smooth finish that nearly matches the outside.
The Pinarello Dogma 65.1 Think2 is available in 12 sizes in a wide array of colors, including the official paint scheme of Spain-based Team Movistar. The frame comes standard with the road-dampening Onda 2 asymmetrical carbon fiber fork, a Pinarello integrated 1-1/8 to 1.5in press-in headset, and a Dogma 2 carbon fiber seatpost. It requires an Italian bottom bracket and a braze-on front derailleur.
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