Over the end of last week, the cycling community got together once more at Rouleur Live to see some very cool bikes and tech. One of the showstoppers exhibited at the Truman Brewery in London was Pauline Ferrand-Prevot's World Championship-winning Pinarello Dogma XC HT - and we took a closer look at this absolutely world-class bike.
The Dogma XC first broke cover in May this year, when we spotted a prototype of it ridden by Tom Pidcock and Ferrand-Prevot – followed by an official announcement the bike is coming to the markets in March 2024.
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From May onwards, most of us have been left convinced that despite having had such a long break from making mountain bikes, Pinarello has really got things right with the Dogma XC. The final doubts of it vanished at the latest at the World Championships in Scotland in August 2023, when Pauline Ferrand-Prevot took the Women's Cross-Country World Champion title, marking her fifth XCO world title, following the win of the XCC title the day before.
The bike Ferran-Prevot rode to history books was the Dogma XC HT, and although cross-country tracks are ever more technical, it seemed like this hardtail was the best weapon for the job.
2023 Pauline Ferrand Prevot Pinarello Dogma XC HT Rouleur-5.jpg, by Suvi loponen
2023 Pauline Ferrand Prevot Pinarello Dogma XC HT Rouleur-4.jpg, by Suvi loponen
Onto the bike, and its frame is built to be one of the stiffest mountain bike frames available and this is done by that very interesting-looking bottom bracket area that features triangular bracing to aid the cause.
The rear end is then asymmetric and shaped in order to counterbalance any forces that are applied to the drivetrain, so the left-hand side of the rear end has been reinforced to better balance energy transfer when hard on the pedals.
You will then spot a set of prototype Princeton P1 carbon rims wrapped in some Continental Ruban tyres, which also happen to be prototypes.
2023 Pauline Ferrand Prevot Pinarello Dogma XC HT Rouleur-6.jpg, by Suvi loponen
The integrated cockpit is provided by Pinarello's in-house component brand Most. This has been included to further shed weight and the cables are totally integrated. There's also a stopper built into the headset to stop the bars from over-rotating should Pauline take a spill.
The drivetrain is Shimano XTR with 36T chainring at the front and 10-51T cassette, and there is a stages power meter for more data. The brakes are also Shimano XTR, with 160 mm rotors.
2023 Pauline Ferrand Prevot Pinarello Dogma XC HT Rouleur.jpg, by Suvi loponen
The fork comes from SR Suntour in the form of an Axon Werx 34. So there's a carbon crown for further weight savings and burly (for XC) 34mm stanchions but what's cool is that this comes with the brand's prototype TACT electronic system that adjusts the suspension's compression settings on the fly, similar to RockShox Flight Attendant. Everything is finished with a Fizik saddle and ESI grips.
2023 Pauline Ferrand Prevot Pinarello Dogma XC HT Rouleur-1.jpg, by Suvi loponen
This bike will be available on the market and we're told that it'll be available early-ish next year, however, we don't yet have a definitive date.
What do you think of this bike? Let us know in the comments below!
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