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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 666 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 68, they'll try to make sure that it's 685 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 697 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 shopglobalcyclingnetwork

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