It’s fair to say that the return of Egan Bernal to the forefront of the men's professional peloton is a welcome sight to the world of cycling. After the Colombian rider’s horror crash in January 2022, which made many question if he would ever return to racing at all, the Ineos Grenadiers rider was getting stuck into the action at the Vuelta a San Juan Internacional in Argentina last week.
He did so aboard a stunning Pinarello Dogma F, painted in the unique orange, blue and red team colourway for the Ineos Grenadiers, with some subtle details on Bernal’s bike which are a nod to his glittering palmarès. Aside from the paintwork, Bernal’s bike is largely the same as the 2022 Ineos Grenadiers edition of the Pinarello Dogma F as the team sticks to Shimano as their componentry and wheels supplier.
The bike features a blue and red base colour, with diamond patterning going along the top tube into orange and pink which matches the Ineos Grenadiers 2023 team jersey. Bernal's bike has one yellow and one pink stripe on above the usual Pinarello logo to show he has taken victory in both the Tour de France (2019) and the Giro d'Italia (2021) in his career. Bernal was also using a Fizik Antares saddle.
Bernal has opted to use an integrated bar and stem combination by Most – a brand owned by Pinarello – called the Most Talon. Despite Bernal being a rider suited to climbing, this is an aero-profiled bar and stem which helps route the hydraulic hoses fully internally into the frameset. Interestingly, the mechanics have not sealed Bernal's handlebar tape with the usual black electrical tape, instead it looks like they have used glue to hold it in place.
Bernal has an out front mount to hold his Garmin. The Pinarello Dogma F features a distinctive kinked Onda fork which is said to aid both aerodynamics and bike handling.
As a Shimano sponsored team, all of the Ineos Grenadiers team bikes are fitted with the newest 12-speed Shimano Dura-Ace R9200 groupset, and it looks like Bernal has got his hands on a crankset with an integrated power meter – there was a shortage of this crankset last year. Bernal's bike had a big 54t chainring which is quickly becoming the standard in today's peloton. It looks like Bernal was using an 11-34t cassette on the rear to give a huge range for varied terrain.
The hoods on the new Dura-Ace groupset are said to have improved ergonomics and textured patterning on the shifters to help ensure shifting is precise even when using gloved fingers.Bernal's bike had Elite Leggero bottle cages and bottles in team colours. The Ineos Grenadiers team soigneurs have labelled the bottle with Bernal's name, presumably because the Colombian rider will have a particular preference about what sort of energy mix he uses out on the road.
Bernal was using Shimano Dura-Ace R9200 C50 TL carbon wheels with a 50mm rim depth on his Dogma F, opting for this slightly deeper model rather than the alternative C36 model that Shimano also offers. The wheels are dressed with tubeless Continental GP 5000 S TR tyres.
Frame: Pinarello Dogma F
Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace R9200
Wheels: Shimano Dura-Ace R9000 C50 TL
Tyres: Continental GP 5000 S TR
Handlebars: Most Talon
Stem: Most Talon
Bar tape: Most Superlight
Saddle: Fizik Antares
Bottle cages: Elite Leggero