Geraint Thomas’ pro bike: Pinarello Dogma F

The Pinarello Dogma has become one of the most iconic bikes in the WorldTour peloton and has been Ineos Grenadiers' bike of choice for the Vuelta a España

Clock08:30, Friday 15th September 2023

The Pinarello Dogma has become an iconic bike in the pro peloton through its partnership with Ineos Grenadiers. Since teaming up together in 2009, the team and Italian brand have soared to seven Tour de France victories, three Giro d’Italia titles, and triumphed at the Vuelta a España two times.

At points during the 2010s, the British team’s star-studded roster was almost unbeatable, including Geraint Thomas who took one of those Tour de France titles in 2018. Having first joined the team in 2010, the Welshman is still one of its star riders, battling for general classification success at the Grand Tours.

He came heartbreakingly close to adding to his Tour de France title earlier in the season at the Giro d’Italia, seemingly in prime position to win the race until Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) agonisingly stole the victory in the penultimate-stage time trial.

Read more: Giro d'Italia stage 20: Primož Roglič dominates mountain time trial

With that heartbreak behind him, Thomas took to the start line at the Vuelta a España earlier this month, once again atop his trusty Pinarello Dogma F, a bike we got our hands on earlier in the season at the Tour Down Under.

Pinarello’s premium race bike

The Dogma F sits at the top of Pinarello’s offering and is made from Toray carbon fibre, renowned for being a Japanese military-grade material.

Over the years the bike has retained its iconic shape, but this year it has a new colourway with a unique diamond fade on the top tube, a sleek design which we’re big fans of.

The frame was joined by Shimano’s Dura-Ace C50 wheels, the Japanese brand’s latest offering and one of the most common wheelsets in the pro peloton. As the name suggests, they have 50mm depths and were set up tubeless with Continental Grand Prix 5000 S TR tyres in a 28mm width on the rear and a 25mm on the front. Back when Thomas won the Tour de France in 2018, 28mm tyres were rarely used, now they’ve become the most popular choice.

Shimano groupsets dominate the WorldTour peloton

As do the majority of the teams at WorldTour level, Ineos Grenadiers uses Shimano’s groupsets, specifically the highest tier Dura-Ace.

For his Tour Down Under set-up, Thomas had a 54/40t chainset, with an additional K-Edge chain guide to prevent the chain from dropping. At the rear it’s paired with an 11-34t cassette with an extended rear derailleur hanger, providing a nice wide range of gears.

The cranks are 172.5mm long and are joined by Shimano Dura-Ace pedals, and the crankset also has an in-built power meter.

Read more: Complete guide to road bike groupsets

Finishing components

As he has been for years, Thomas used the Fizik Arione R1 saddle, clamped to the seatpost with a 3D-printed titanium clamp.

Pinarello’s in-house brand Most provided the integrated bar and stem, in a 42cm width. That’s fairly wide, especially compared to the narrow bars some riders use in pursuit of aero gains.

The bike also had a Most computer mount and Elite Leggero bottle cages.

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