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Can it get any better?

Life doesn't always go as planned. Sometimes it goes better. The Dogma 2 was officially introduced to the world in 2011 after it was ridden to victory in the Tour. Little did Pinarello plan on it also carrying two other riders to stage wins in the earlier three weeks of the race. Three wins is better than one. These wins were the first professional wins for the Dogma 2, the latest iteration of Pinarello's lauded frame.

While the Dogma 2 doesn't deviate from the general asymmetric design of its predecessor, the engineers studied and restudied the action and reaction of forces on the frame during the two years it has sat on the top-tier of Pinarello's line. Through FEA (Finite Element Analysis) they discovered that the asymmetry could be even more beneficial in balancing side to side frame deflection, and the redesign reflects this discovery. For example, the top tube on the Dogma 2 has been moved slightly to the right to further the equilibrium. Although the asymmetric design is so well-designed it is hard to notice from a distance, upon closer inspection, the subtle differences stand out. Different tube shapes and section sizes are used for each side of the bike.

Pinarello didn't stop with looking at side-to-side frame flex. It also took a look at the aerodynamics and stiffness of the front end of the bike. The headset bearing has been moved a full 1.5inches lower which allows a larger diameter steerer tube at the fork crown. This slight reconfiguration garners a 19% increase in front end stiffness for even better braking and steering control. Placed into this steerer tube is a smoother, more aero fork. Adding to the smoothness and aerodynamic efficiency of the frame are the fully internally routed cables.

The Dogma 2 was molded from Torayca 60HM1K carbon fiber cloth. Next to the 65HM1K which has been reserved for the Think 2, this is Pinarello's top-tier weave. It was designed by Torayca, a Japanese composites manufacturer that has been working closely with Pinarello for years. It is a full 5-tons per square centimeter stronger than what Pinarello used in the original Dogma. It retains the 1000 fibers per strand of the 55HM1K. A stronger weave and more rigid cloth means that Pinarello was able to use less material in critical areas of the frame-this reduces the weight of the frame. It saves 30grams over the previous iteration-every gram counts.

The Torayca 60HM1K carbon weave features Nanoalloy technology. Enbedded within the carbon fibers are alloy particles. If the frame succumbs to a hard crash, these alloy particles are designed to "explode." By doing so, they absorb the kinetic energy of the crash so that the carbon doesn't . Internally tested, the Dogma 2 was found to be 23% more impact resistant that the Prince Carbon, which does not have Nanoalloy technology. Additionally, the carbon is less likely to splinter.

Carbon fiber may be laid in several ways. Pinarello uses a polystyrene form as a base for the lay-up rather than the more traditional inflatable balloon. This allows not only for precise lay-up on par with the FEA testing, it also means that the laminate is more evenly compacted when the mold is pressed, resulting is less wrinkling, trapped gas, or bubble of resin. Don't worry, your frame is filled with foam. Once molded, the form is removed with a solvent. The result is that the inside finish of the frame is nearly as smooth as the outside whereas other manufacturer's frames bear mold marks.

The Pinarello Dogma 2 Road Bike Frame is available in sizes 42, 44, 46.5, 50, 51.5, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57.5, 59.5, 62 and in the colors: White movistar, White/red, White/silver/black, Red/white, BoB, and Black/red/white.

The frame comes standard with an Onda 2 asymetrical carbon fiber fork, a Pinarello integrated 1-1/8" to 1.5" headset, and a Dogma 2 carbon fiber seatpost. It requires an Italian bottom bracket and a braze-on front derailleur. One detail of interest is that the head tube on all sizes is 5mm taller than a comparable Dogma Carbon. Please Note: the Dogma 2 is built in two distinct versions - one for mechanical derailleurs (which we have here) and one specifically designed for electronic systems. This mechanical Dogma 2 is ready for your standard cable-operated shifting systems. Of course it can be used with electronic systems as well, although it won't be configured for internal wire routing.

  • Upgraded 1.5in lower headset bearing for a larger diameter steerer tube at the fork crown for excellent braking and unmatched steering
  • Internally routed cables cut wind resistance and add a clean look to an already beautiful bike

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"Its not bragging if its true"

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

Cyclist seem to accept fraud like its commonplace these days. This bike claims to be handmade in Italy. Turns out its ok in Italy to call something "hand made in Italy" if it was painted there. So don't buy this bike if you want a bike hand made in Italy.

The next problem was that the headset bearings were bad. This is because when they bearings are pressed into the frame it takes a huge amount of lateral pressure on the bearing body and they are not designed for it. I was really confused by the lack of engineering in such an expensive bike.

My other bikes include a Time RXR Ulteam, and a Look 595, so I know how much better a real handmade European bike is. I found that this bike was heavy and not comfortable at all. Super stiff and unforgiving. It is also a bit heavy.

The only thing that this bike has going for it is that it is beautiful. If that is worth the insane price tag, then go for it.

If you want to buy a bike that is Handmade in Italy and is stiff, responsive, light, AND beautiful, try a Colnago C60.

I hope you didn't get ripped buying a knock off.

It was purchased at my LBS. Not a "knock-off". But I have replaced it with a LOOK 695 I-pack and could not be happier! Light, stiff, comfortable, AND pretty! The dogma was only pretty and stiff as hell.

Alan, you have odd comments here. You say that you are disappointed in the craftsmanship, but don't say a word why, but then you say it is beautiful. What are you talking about??

Its pretty but it rides like crap and is poorly made. Not complicated!

Alan I wholeheartedly disagree with your assessment. I purchased this frame with a SRAM Red group and Mavic Cosmic Carbone SLE rims and have had no issues. It is built fantastically and the faster you go the better it rides (hills are a breeze as well). Everyone including every single current racer I have spoken with loves it. I am an avid cyclist of 41 years ( including 10 years of racing) and ride roughly 4000 miles a summer and this bike handles every road condition I have ran into (including city riding). I am also a proud owner of a 84 Pinarello Montello w/ Columbus SLX , a full Campy Super Record group and Ambrosio tubular rims. I do all the work on both bikes and find them easy to work on. I agree with MIKP1132855 assessment of your post. It makes no sense.


Dogma does it darn good

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

I've put 7,000 miles on my Dogma2 since last spring and I've never felt a more solid frame underneath me. It eats up road harshness. It eats up anything you hit on the road and dispels it throughout the frame. I raced it over in Belgium in the summer of 2012 and it withheld the thrashing I put it through in U23 and 1.12B kermesses. Not did it only withstand the wringer. It thrived.

Dogma does it darn good
It doesn't get any better than this

It doesn't get any better than this

I traded in my Pinarello Dogma for a Pinarello Dogma2. It is fast, comfortable, light, agile, handles well and looks great.

It climbs fast and it is the most stable bike I've ever ridden...particularly down hill.

If it has one fault, it's that it often feels like I am going slow when I am actually going fast. The truth is in the computer.

If you want the best, this is it.

BTW....My other bike is a BMC...also with Lightweight Standard III wheels and Campy Super Record. The Dogma2 is the "hands down" winner!