We test out Pinarello's range-topping, race-ready Dogma 2
Fast-forward to this year and getting our hands on a test bike certainly wasn't easy. When you look into it a bit further, you realise that Pinarello isn't the biggest company (it is still a family-run business) and it would seem that it is struggling to keep up with demand for these frames - but why is that?
All becomes clear as soon as you head out for the first time: this frame is a work of genius. Dogma 2 fits into a very small group of bikes that truly make you want to attack the road. Going fast isn't enough; you need - and, in fact, will positively want - to get out of the saddle and smash it down the road until the lactate in your legs makes you sit down again - it's that good.
What has Pinarello done to get this feel? Frankly, I think we'd all like to know, as would the company: it scores highly for stiffness, weight and even aerodynamics, yet there is something else too; an extra something.
The Dogma 2 is not only great in a straight line, it's tidy around the corners too. With an oversized lower headset bearing - at 1 1/2in - it makes for a rigid front end that holds a line well, especially when really leaning on it. Combine this with the aerodynamics and stiffness and it makes for a truly inspiring first outing.
As you can imagine, the pinnacle of the Pinarello range doesn't come cheap, starting at £3,950 for the frameset and rising to £4,200 for the black on black with internal electric cabling.
Torayca 60HM1K carbon
Campagnolo Super Record
42, 44, 46.5 sloping, 50-62cm standard
Yellow Limited, www.yellow-limited.com