Posted by Editoress on 04/2/15
Jaguar has deepened its Innovation Partnership with Team Sky by co-engineering the world's first bespoke bicycle for hugely challenging terrains with bicycle manufacturing experts, Pinarello.
The Pinarello Dogma K8-S bicycle, which all eight Team Sky riders will debut at the Tour of Flanders on Sunday, April 5th, possesses a new lightweight suspension system (DSS 1.0, Dogma Suspension System) and flexible flat carbon chain stays (FLEXSTAY) to create a pioneering suspension pivot in the rear triangle to ensure perfect riding comfort over rough terrains. This is the first-ever road bike approved by the UCI for competition.
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 & technology-leading work on the Dogma F8, the first collaborative project for Jaguar, Pinarello and Team Sky, 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 Pinarello Dogma K8-S looks as good as the Dogma F8, and from the moment you get on it, you realize the difference straight away, especially on the cobbles," said Team Sky's Sir Bradley Wiggins.
The reigning UCI World Time Trial Champion added: "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."
Fausto Pinarello, CEO of Pinarello, said: "The Dogma K8-S can reshape the world of road racing. The Dogma K8-S absorbs only the necessary shocks of the road to allow you to keep pedalling regularly with optimum power and precision. It is the perfect bike for the cobbles."
The Dogma K8-S has been subjected to several months of laboratory and practical tests, using accelerometers, powermeters and GPS instrumentation, to ensure rider safety and performance efficiency of the new frame.
In March, Sir Bradley Wiggins and Christian Knees, tackled the long and regular cobble sectors on the last 130km of the Paris-Roubaix route, where comparative tests were undertaken with the previous Dogma K frame.
"The experience Jaguar has developing vehicles over widely varying surfaces across the world has helped us to understand what may be required for cobbled surfaces," said Tim Donovan, Vehicle Dynamics at Jaguar Land Rover.
Canadian prices have not yet been announced.
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