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First Look: New Pinarello Dogma XC Race Bike for Pidcock and PFP

May 11, 2023
by Betsy Welch  
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What do the women's marathon, short track, and cross-country mountain bike world champion (that's one person) and the men's cross-country gold medal Olympian have in common?

Until recently, they didn't have a team mountain bike.

This year, Ineos Grenadiers rider and world champion Pauline Ferrand-Prévot and multi-disciplinarian teammate Tom Pidcock will hop off their BMC frames and onto a brand new, full suspension Pinarello Dogma XC development bike.

The bike will officially debut at the opening round of the UCI Cross-Country World Cup in Nové Město, Czech Republic this weekend, although both riders have already been spotted riding — and winning — on it.

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Ferrand-Prévot won the French Cup XCO race a few weeks ago, and Pidcock last weekend's Swiss Cup on the bike, which was then camouflaged. According to Pinarello, further testing will take place throughout 2023 with both riders continuing to be heavily involved in its development.

"To be working with Pinarello on developing the bike is super cool," said PFP. "It was exciting to receive and test the bike, my first impression is they’ve developed a remarkably fast bike. It has a good mix of lightness, responsiveness and rigidity, and allows you to really put the power down. Pinarello’s engineers are constantly asking us for feedback and it’s fun being part of the bike’s progression."

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Frame Details

As part of the Italian brand’s renewed focus on MTB, Pinarello began developing the bike in autumn 2022 and underwent an intense period of testing with Ferrand-Prévot, Pidcock, and the Ineos Grenadiers’ technical team. The brand recruited a dedicated internal MTB R&D and kinematics team that analyzed Pidcock’s feedback and data from his two previous years of mountain bike testing and competition.

The study highlighted the requirements Pidcock felt were needed to produce a race bike capable of competing at the very highest level and being able to withstand his and Ferrand-Prévot's powerful riding styles.

Pidcock requested extreme stiffness in the rear triangle and bottom bracket to offer maximum reactivity, simple yet progressive kinematics to optimize travel and rebound, the ability to match suspension travel to the unique demands of each circuit, and lightness paired with exceptional drive and handling capabilities to excel on technical descents.

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While both Ferrand-Prévot and Pidcock will both race the same frame and components, each of their Dogma's will come with a personal paint job. The gold flourishes on Pidcock’s bike are a tribute to his gold medal-winning performance at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, while the rainbow stripes on Ferrand-Prévot’s model honor her four World XC Championships victory in Les Gets, France, last August (she also won the gravel).

With regards to Nové Město, both Pidcock and Ferrand-Prévot are well-versed in winning in the Czech Republic. Pidcock is the defending XCO champion having beaten Vlad Dascalu to victory there in 2022, and Ferrand-Prévot has two wins at the hallowed venue.

“I’m really looking forward to trying this new Pinarello Dogma XC out at Nové Město," Pidcock said. "I got my first look at it back in March and my initial impressions were positive. It handles brilliantly, is super-responsive, and ultimately is fast.

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A modular shock mount allows the bike to be set up with either 90 or 100mm of rear travel depending on the shock size.
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The brake line and derailleur housing are routed through the headset, but there's still a port in the side of the frame for the electronic suspension.



Technical Specifications

• Carbon fiber front and rear triangle, Ergal aluminum hardware
• Asymmetric frame
• Split rear triangle design (patent pending)
• Seatpost compatible with seatpost dropper & internal cable routing
•Geometry developed for two travel options:
- Front: 100mm – Rear 90mm (with 190x45mm rear shock)
- Front: 120mm – Rear 100mm (with 210 x 50mm rear shock)
• Maximum crankset arm length: 175mm
• Compatible with Stages power meters


• TiCr internal cable routing
• TiCr integrated headset with 60° internal stopper
• Boost Standard, 12mm diameter conical thru axle, compatible with UDH
• Seatpost diameter: 30.9mm
• Chain line: 55mm
• Standard flat mount 160mm, compatible with 180mm (adapter needed)
• Standard mount rear shock with 90° inverted fixing points
• Maximum tire clearance: 29 x 2.35 inches
• Two bottle attachments

The Dogma XC will be available commercially in March 2024, and a hardtail frame is in development.





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135 Comments
  • 87 9
 At this point they're not even pretending. Let's start bike development in autumn 2022 and have it race ready in under a year, simply by taking any generic flex-stay design and slapping a pina bulge over the copied homework. But it still doesn't stand out enough, so add some confusing cable tourism to it. Can't wait for the prices on this.
  • 71 0
 Didn't you read the article? It is tailored to PIdcock's specifications for maximum reactivity and lightness paired with exceptional drive!
  • 23 1
 @SJP: about three standard deviations away from the average Pinkbike readers size
  • 99 0
 @SJP: Can you imagine being the person who, likely late in the project had the courage to say: "The reactivity and lightness we have so far is excellent...but what if we paired it with exceptional drive?"

I imagine they were immediately promoted and that everyone clapped.
  • 11 0
 @SJP: now with MOAR electrolytes!
  • 13 0
 Tom reflecting on first prototype: The drive is...good I suppose. But not exceptional.
Pina engineers: hold my espresso
  • 5 0
 @baca262: it's what Pidcock craves!
  • 14 4
 At this point they're not even pretending. They just repost the same comments without even looking at the bikes and the lemmings pile on the "likes"...

Lol. You guys are looking at the pics on a 300 pixel iPhone from 2007 aren't you? I knew it.

Seriously though, maybe have look at the bike. On what planet is that a copy and paste job.

The rear triangle is two completely different triangles. The tire is pushed right up to the seatstay, no connection between the chain stays.The two triangles aren't even the same shape. Different on each side of the bike.

The bottom bracket is pretty unusual.

The top tube and head area are obviously a bit weird looking.

There's a comment on here wondering which asian pre-made catalog this came out of. Come on. You need your eyes checked if you think that one makes sense
  • 2 0
 @tacopop: surprisingly no comments about headtube being too steep, and seattube being not steep enough
  • 1 0
 @baca262: IT'S WHAT PLANTS CRAVE!!!
  • 2 0
 You know this will be the Ferrari of pricing
  • 1 0
 Nothing will ever beat this advert they did.

youtu.be/PZ9_4rcenEA
  • 40 0
 When the endorser (sponsored athlete) says “it’s a really good bike… …honestly”, it just doesn’t sound believable
  • 7 0
 Unless it's absolutely awful, at which point language turns to "development" and "evolving design", what else would you expect them to say?
  • 67 0
 “it’s a really good bike… …honestly” said totally deadpan is a glowing review from a Yorkshireman. Not sure the rest of the English speaking world will quite get that though...
  • 85 0
 @AyJayDoubleyou: this.
'aye, it'll do'
'could be worse'
'I've seen worse'
'not the worst I've seen'
'nowt wrong with that'
'probably could have done better myself, but not much'

All top tier compliments from Yorkshire, but to the rest of the world they seem either back handed or just straight up passive aggressive.
  • 5 0
 @inked-up-metalhead: He probably said all those things too, and the editor not speaking Yorkshire, cut it thinking exactly that
  • 5 0
 @ROOTminus1: too true. Too true. All while necking 3 cups of strong yorkshire tea and half a pack of choccy digestives.
  • 8 0
 @inked-up-metalhead: I find Yorkshire pudding passive aggressive. It's not direct enough to say, "Hey, I'm not pudding."
  • 16 0
 @rrolly: saying that to someone from Yorkshire is pretty much a war crime, be careful. And in Britain, puddings are more often either savory or literally Christmas pudding. Steak pudding from the chippy is a national delicacy.

Though some people use pudding in the same way some use dessert, as in, 'would you like some pudding?' while meaning any form of dessert, not just pudding like Americans know. And now I've typed pudding so many times It doesn't even seem like a real word.
  • 3 0
 @inked-up-metalhead: hahaha - beautiful
  • 2 0
 @inked-up-metalhead: Americans think that Pies are cakes
  • 3 0
 @pigman65: and biscuits go with gravy...
  • 4 0
 @pigman65: @Tambo: and we all know they're wrong. We've been eating pies with gravy and biscuits with tea longer than they've been a country.
  • 5 0
 @inked-up-metalhead: and you can't eat pudding if you haven't eaten your meat.
  • 4 0
 @whistlingcoyote: *you can't have any pudding
  • 31 0
 Pidcock again Fairbrothering from Germany to Czech
  • 13 0
 'Fairbrothering'. Like it.
  • 6 0
 This should be a thing. "Bikepacking" has never sat right with me, so I'm calling it fairbrothering from now on
  • 15 1
 It's like they took the last gen Epic, added some "Italian" to it, and probably boosted the price even more.

In my experience Pinarello holds the title for most expensive, least ridden bikes out there. They know their customer base well.
  • 18 4
 Which Chinese carbon catalogue does this one come from?
  • 16 0
 Pinarello. Painted in Italy so it can have enough value add to put a 'Made in Italy' sticker on it.
  • 6 0
 Their own design with some interesting features. Better bike review here: marathonmtb.com/2023/05/11/a-closer-look-at-the-pinarello-dogma-xc-bike-of-pidcock-and-ferrand-prevot
  • 5 0
 @handynzl: I just can't. Brandolini's law...that is all.
  • 3 0
 @Tambo: Brandolini's Law? Thank you for introducing me to it.
  • 1 0
 @Tambo: perfect!
  • 14 0
 For anyone wondering, ergal=7075
  • 13 2
 Flat mount rear brake.... so dumb. Otherwise fairly play for this category.
  • 9 3
 I'd rather have flatmount than inaccessible postmount screws.
  • 2 0
 minimum order for post mounts was like a 100 pieces and they only needed 2 bikes Wink
  • 10 2
 I'd like to see why Tom decided to run the 2.2 tire instead of the 2.4 he was already using and winning. And why the hell the bike don't have capacity to run anyhting wider than 2.35. It is very good to see Suntour onboard with those projects, even if it's not boasted around!
  • 2 26
flag cuban-b (May 11, 2023 at 8:08) (Below Threshold)
 Makes me wonder why anyone would ride an xc bike in general
  • 31 3
 Because the pre existing mold they bought in Taiwan wasn't wide enough.
  • 3 0
 Because the continental race king is only 2.2 wide
  • 4 0
 Huh. Surprisingly normal. Thats not even nearly as wild as one could have expected considering Pinarellos previous designs. The geometry looks to be decidedly oldschool though.

Any details on the Suntour suspension? Looks like it's electronically controlled.
  • 4 0
 While we all sit in our moral biker "core" bunker of what good is and what's good for the sport. We seem to be missing the obvious here. I don't believe Pinarello are trying to sell units of this bike, they're doing it because they sponsor/partner with one of the most successful cycling teams of all time. PFP and Pidders win stuff and they're missing out on brand coverage worth way more than the cost of developing a bike.

Maybe its a rush job, less inspired than it could be but its a commercial decision in my mind rather than giving BMC amazing free promotion
  • 8 2
 Sorry but not the bike I would like to see on the back of my Grenadier in my imagination!
  • 12 7
 Looks like it has one of those new smaller motors.

That explains a lot of results of these two riders Big Grin
  • 3 5
 Seems like an empty mud bucket for saving frame weight. A motor is no match for these riders and will soon be lapped and might even DNF.
  • 6 0
 ChatGPT at its finest just crushing the bike industry PR.
  • 8 4
 Lol what?
The fork Lockout cable goes inside the frame only to go through the headset to come out of the stem?
  • 10 0
 No that cable goes to the shock. It’s an automated system. The rider doesn’t control the lockout.
  • 3 0
 @Fortuneteller:
Well that makes more sense.
  • 5 0
 I can't even imagine what the RRP on that thing would be!
  • 3 1
 RRiP!
  • 3 0
 The 2022 Dogma F 25th Anniversary is $27000cdn. Dogma F disk frameset is $10k.

Definitely curious what the price of this is going to be. Ha ha
  • 11 9
 Is it a press release? what is the geo? With all due respect roadies are already terrible at designing road bikes, don't let them design any mtb. It looks like for this one they did not even try!!
  • 8 0
 I'm really curious, could you elaborate on what you mean by roadies are already terrible at designing road bikes?
  • 6 0
 @f00bar: While that does resemble a dog hunching into a poo, it also looks pretty fast, which is a good thing for a road bike
  • 3 4
 @f00bar: That's a sweet looking bike... If you think it's ugly then you have lots to learn about aerodynamics.
  • 1 1
 @billreilly: most road bikes don't have those ugly bumps, it has obviously more to do with design than with aerodynamics
  • 2 3
 @f00bar: its not about aerodynamics completely, but it's definitely not about design. The bumps on the fork are about stability, it moves the fork offset to the center of the fork arms instead of being at the bottom. If you have ever ridden a pinarello compared to other road bikes with similar geometry numbers, they are incredible stable at speed.
  • 1 0
 @billreilly: I mean something being aerodynamic doesn't make it look sweet. The 4th gen Toyota Prius is very aerodynamic but it doesn't mean it isn't ugly.
  • 2 0
 "The brake line and derailleur housing are routed through the headset, but there's still a port in the side of the frame for the electronic suspension"

Thanks, I hate it.
  • 3 0
 Beautiful bike, Interesting seat clamp, the slot appears on the side and only clearance for a 2.35.
  • 5 0
 Quite a few carbon bikes have a slot on each side instead of one at the front or back. Helps spread stress more evenly.
  • 1 6
flag betsie (May 11, 2023 at 4:09) (Below Threshold)
 @inked-up-metalhead: Hadnt really noticed before, only got 7 carbon bikes from 5 manufacturers from road to Dh bikes, all front and back. (n+1)
  • 2 0
 @betsie: yeah it's not all of then by a long stretch, but I have seen it multiple times before.
  • 5 0
 @betsie: and that was a wierd flex BTW. There's probably 50 manufacturers of carbon frames, 5 isn't a large sample size.
  • 2 1
 @inked-up-metalhead: often it's done because the top tube or seat stays will get in the way of the cutting tool used to make the slot. Sometimes you will have front to back on the larger frame and side to side on the small.
  • 1 5
flag betsie (May 11, 2023 at 7:01) (Below Threshold)
 @inked-up-metalhead: so you dont know the complete sample size?
I only quoted from the ones I have here (Trek, Specialized, Santacruz, Fuji, Bordman) and from what I have experience of.
If you could share the data then that would be amazing (not really as I only made an observation).
  • 3 0
 No decals on suspension. Because they don't sponsor or is it something else?
  • 1 0
 Looks like Suntour, maybe electronic? They make great stuff, would love to see them on some bikes.
  • 4 0
 do we have to send them a pm for price? Big Grin
  • 1 0
 If you're allowed to have one, they come to you.
  • 6 3
 I always want my mountain bikes to have the names of fracking companies on the seat tube.
  • 6 0
 "I always wanted pro tour team jerseys to have the tourist boards of countries with questionable human rights practices on the chest"

That's sponsorship for you
  • 1 0
 @ROOTminus1: is a toilet manufacturer really better?
  • 2 1
 You’ll be gutted to hear then how bad rubber tyres and their manufacturing are for the environment but I’m sure you don’t use these products or have the companies names displayed on your bikes or cars if you did. No point trying to take the moral high ground we’re all pretty much hypocrites
  • 1 0
 @Bertrude: that's quite the defeatist attitude ya got there.
  • 4 0
 That was a pretty uninspiring video
  • 1 0
 The only reason this bike exists is because Tom is is world class road and mtb rider. Hardcore roadies will buy the mtb and hardcore mtb will buy the road bike, that is the marketing plan.
  • 1 0
 Pidcock rips. I just hope they build a frame that can handle it. These XC bikes really have to balance strength and weight for the newer, technical courses. Saw a video recently of Avancini breaking a frame off a small drop.
  • 3 0
 That hardware on there, is, almost premium section of my local hardware store.
  • 1 0
 That hole + gusset structure at the bottom bracket seems gratuitous. Sure it communicates "STRUCTURE" but in composite I'd think you'd be better served with a larger overall section and add a few layers of material.
  • 1 0
 I think this bike, were it not for the brand name it's got printed on it, would be the last option those buying it as a Pinarello would consider. It would seem unreliable, weird and flexy. It might a fine bike though.
  • 1 0
 Suntour works undercover for Pidcock. He's on the same setup for more than 2 years with the automatic/electronic suspension system.
  • 3 1
 I wonder if this will hit the sales of gravel bikes now that a roadie brand makes xc bikes?
  • 2 0
 wheels ....
p1racetech.com
possibly a Princeton CarbonWorks offshoot
  • 3 0
 to be expected with pinarello, it's ugly
  • 4 1
 They make the ugliest road bikes. This isn't any better.
  • 2 0
 That video was painful to watch for some reason. It was almost like watching the bad acting of a elementary school play.
  • 5 5
 Curious as to what percentage of Pink Bikers actually own or even want to own a pure XC / XCO bike:
15%?
10%?
5%?
1%?

What does the PB comment section think? I'm genuinely curious...
  • 11 2
 its much larger than you think and its growing , that is the reason you see more and more here on pinkbike, their data and metric are spot on and tell them what the readership wants
  • 10 0
 I think it's good to have xc content on here. I've got a pure xc bike and an enduro bike, race and follow both disciplines.
  • 2 0
 Does it count if my backup mtb is a 90s XC hardtail?
  • 1 0
 big difference between "want to own" and "want to pay 15K for". I assume every bike nut on the site would "want" one if they're giving them away.

I'd even pay a *small* amount of money for one.
  • 2 0
 XC bike here with 120mm f/r. Love the quick snappy feeling of an xc bike it tight switch backs both climb and descent. So yeah, in support of XC content on pinkbike
  • 2 0
 Why is the bottle mount so far up?? Why not have it lower so you have more clearance?
  • 3 2
 Gawd. The rear shock looks like an after thought. I wonder if it is glued, bolted, or riveted to the top-tube?
  • 5 1
 The shock mount on the top tube is movable (bolted on) so they can switch from a 190x45 shock to a 210x50 so they can change the rear suspension travel from 90mm to 100mm. So actually it was a considered thought, not an afterthought.

Better details here marathonmtb.com/2023/05/11/a-closer-look-at-the-pinarello-dogma-xc-bike-of-pidcock-and-ferrand-prevot
  • 1 0
 Nothing new or crazy about swappable shock mounts. You're a canuck but you've never seen a rocky instinct/altitude?
  • 3 0
 Looks like a Cervélo
  • 2 0
 Is ffp not with red bull anymore?
  • 1 6
flag kz32sy (May 11, 2023 at 5:02) (Below Threshold)
 Redbull no longer putting money into XCO. Hence the only way to watch XCO will be by paying for GCN
  • 2 1
 Yes this is the correct market for headset routing. Bikes that don't get worked on by their owners.
  • 2 0
 this is what an e-bike is. engine hidden inside rib cage.
  • 1 0
 @betsywelch photo album is set to private; can't click through to individual pics
  • 1 0
 Whenever I see Pidcock or PFP, I immediately think: look at that powerful riding style...or not.
  • 2 0
 split seat-stay? i wonder how much that rear triangle flexes.
  • 2 0
 A Pinarello with SR Suntour. I've officially seen it all.
  • 1 0
 This bike came out in like 2014. Don’t know if it ever went into production tho.
  • 1 0
 90% of those comments aged well.................
  • 1 0
 head angle copied from their road geo?
  • 3 3
 Could well be the most sucessful race bike of the year, that's what really mattters.
  • 1 0
 Get a drop bar on this badboi
  • 1 0
 Where is the second bottle? Downtube?
  • 2 0
 In the pits.
  • 1 0
 Fuck the bike, i wanna see Piddock descending !
  • 1 0
 headtube looks like the new RaceInc. RA20. nice
  • 1 0
 I still like the BMC bikes better.
  • 1 0
 If I was a foot shorter, 40kg lighter....and rich, I'd be tempted.
  • 1 0
 "I will BREAK you!!!" - Ivan Drago
  • 1 0
 Beautiful it ain't.
  • 2 2
 I block XC content, yet here it is... why?
  • 1 0
 blocking road bikes should do the job Wink
  • 4 7
 1991 called, it wants it's head angle back
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