Egan Bernal’s Pinarello Dogma F12 X-Light | Tour de France 2019 Pro Bike
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Egan Bernal’s Pinarello Dogma F12 X-Light | Tour de France 2019 Pro Bike

– This is a climber’s bike
in every sense of the term. It is the brand new
Pinarello Dogma F12 X-Light of Team Ineos’s Colombian
climbing sensation, Egan Bernal. (heavy metal music) I know a lot of you will
have already watched Ollie’s first look at the
new Dogma F12 back in April, so I’m not going to go
through it in great detail the changes over the F10
in the way that he did but I am going to go over a
few of the highlights now. Firstly and most obviously,
it’s the concave downtube here. Now without the bottles in, it’s hard to see what that achieves but when they are in, it all
becomes incredibly integrated and it the means that the
air flows around the frame and bottles much more smoothly
and it’s more aerodynamic. Now at the front there, the forks have also changed
fairly significantly from the F10, all again with
a view to extra aerodynamics. Now that includes these little bits here behind the quick releases at the bottom and also the fact that there’s
a much longer trailing edge at the top of the fork, much
deeper from front to back. The other very visible change over the F10 is this bowed toptube here. But slightly less visible is the fact that they’ve now got direct-mount brakes, as opposed to the single-mount
ones from the F10. Egan, as you can well see,
has opted for rim brakes but there is also a disc
brake option available. At the front, the cockpit, it is a Most Ultra Talon
integrated bar and stem, which Pinarello specifically designed for the brand new F12. As you can see, all of the
cables are hidden from view, except that one for the front brake there. He’s gone for a 13 centimeter-long stem, which I’ve just measured, and the bars are measuring 40 centimeters. center-to-center on the drops. Reasonably narrow but by
modern standards of pro riders, not the narrowest. Also on those bars is a
proprietary Garmin mount with a two-bolt design, which fixes it underneath the bars. Now I’m sure you’re wondering
what the difference is between the Dogma F12
and the Dogma F12 X-Light that we have here and you’ve
probably figured it out because the clue is in the title. This is bike is lighter. One of the ways that they’ve saved weight on the X-Light versus the standard F12 is by not having any paint on it. As you can see, it’s pretty
much bare carbon fiber. But the main way is the
fact that they’ve used T1100 G1K aerospace carbon fiber. That has a unidirectional weave, which means that they can
make it still strong enough but shed vital grams. And since the big difference between the standard
F12 and the F12 X-Light is the fact that it’s lighter, I think we should move the
scales part of this pro bike a bit earlier in the video. 6.66 kilos. It’s a devilishly light bike, isn’t it? Ollie just gave me that one, so blame him if it you didn’t like it. Now as a lot of you will know, that means that this bike is under the UCI’s minimum
weight limit of 6.8 kilograms so I’ve just been having a chat with chief mechanic at
Team Ineos Gary Blem about whether he’d be putting
artificial weight on this to meet that requirement. And his answer was no, they try not to put artificial weight in a certain part of the bike because it can throw
off the balance of it. So rather that do that, they will instead maybe put
some heavier bottle cages on, as opposed to these super
light ones from Elite, the Leggeros, that you can see there. They’ve currently got
titanium bolts back here on the seat clamp, which
they can change out for something heavier, too. So they will basically make sure they get over that 6.8 kilogram mark by changing out bits that won’t
affect the bike in any way. (heavy metal music) And it was also
interesting in that he said they won’t stop at 6.8, they’ll try to make sure
that it’s 6.85 kilograms on their scales, so 50 grams over, just in case there’s any discrepancy of what the UCI are using when they measure the bike
before the start of the race. Something else interesting that he said was the fact that when you clean the bike, there can, despite
using an air compressor, still be some water inside
or around parts of the bike, which can add little bits of extra weight so they will make sure that
they do the weigh-in again in the morning after it’s all evaporated. (heavy metal music) Now to give you a comparison, when Ollie measured the
normal F12 bike back in April, it came out at 6.97 kilograms, so there’s about 300 grams
difference between the two. 100 of that can be accounted for by the difference in the frame sets Probably a lot of the rest
of it can be accounted for by the fact that that bike had
much deeper section wheels. Here, Egan Bernal has currently got the Shimano Dura-Ace C40
carbon wheels on here. And it’s Shimano, of course, who provide the rest of the groupset too, beyond just the wheelset. Here at the front, he is running
170 millimeter-long cranks. He’s 1 meter, 75 too, so
that is reasonably short by that factor. He’s got 39 by 53 tooth chainrings. It’s Shimano Dura-Ace DI2 throughout. At the rear here on the cassette, he’s got an 11 up through to 30 but that could of course change, based on steeper climbs coming
up here later in the race. On the wheels are glued
Continental’s brand new Competition Pro Limited tubular tires, with lower rolling resistance,
amongst other improvements. They are in the 25 millimeter size there on this particular bike. Beyond that, we have got
a K-Edge chain catcher just down here to prevent the
chain from being dislodged and getting between the
frame and the inner chainring and also integrated into that is a magnet, which is needed for
the Shimano power meter that was integrated into the cranks there. And the final Shimano parts
are the pedals, Dura-Ace. These are the PD-R9100 model. At the top here, he’s
running a Fizik Antares carbon fiber-railed saddle. And you’ll notice behind it,
they’ve got some kind of mount. I think it’s for a kind of
data transponder of sorts but I’m not entirely sure on that one. One of the details that I most
love about this bike though is the finishing off of the bar tape. I love the fact that there’s no tape used to stick it at the end but rather, just a subtle piece of glue. It’s incredibly neat and
tidy, I’ve got to say. I’m sure you will all agree with me in thinking that that is
a stealth looking bike. Very interested to see
how Egan Bernal gets on at the Tour de France this year. Right, I’m almost finished. I was about to finish until
Peter basically saved me. The man behind the camera reminded me that I need to do a freehub test. I’m going to do that right now. Sound test, should I say. You ready, I’m going to do it properly. (whirring) Happy now? Just before I finish, one more thing that I missed out are these two marks that
you might have noticed on the Fizik saddle here. I’ve been speaking to Ollie and he’s been looking at a few other bikes that have something similar and apparently it’s down
to helping the mechanics get the saddle in exactly the right place when they’re using their measuring jigs. Right, that’s about it. If you have enjoyed looking at this bike, please give us the thumbs up on the icon just down below. If you’d like to get yourself some GCN French-related merchandise, you can find that over on And if you can’t get
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