Until recently, a £12,000 price tag would placed on a car, or even some futuristic prototype of a concept race bike. The thought of a £12,000 road bike would have been ludicrous as recent as a few years ago! However, with recreational cycling enthusiasts now spending several thousands of pounds on road bikes, it’s little surprise that Team Sky have developed a bike that is worth exactly that…£12,000.
It’s called the Pinarello Dogma F8, and it was designed in conjunction with British Sports Car manufacturer Jaguar. Evidently this amazing piece of design and engineering comes equipped with electronic Shimano DR2 gear system and lightweight wheels. This bike is technologically superior to any other bike on the Tour de France circuit, it isn’t one for the purist cyclists amongst you. Should bikes be this advanced or are we detracting from raw athleticism and cycling grit? I don’t think so, the improved performance of the bike enhances the potential time a rider can complete a stage in, thus pushing them harder to fulfil the bikes potential…the Tour de France will ALWAYS be a gruelling competition no matter what bike they’re on (so long as it’s engineless of course)!
This bike is described as an assured piece of kit, with predictable handling and breathtaking speed. It is amazing to look at and definitely warrants its place on The Tour…this said, a couple of it’s riders have taken serious tumbles during The Tour already, resulting in early exits for Brits Mark Cavendish and Chris Froome! It may be an impressive bike, but it hurts just as much when you fall off it!
Telegraph, (2014). How good is Team Sky's £12,000 bike? Retrieved 15th July, 2014, from http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/active/recreational-cycling/10951773/Pinarello-Dogma-F8-review-a-Porsche-911-on-two-wheels.html