Ineos Grenadiers's Pinarello Dogma F is the type of bike it seems a shame to send over the harsh cobbles of Paris-Roubaix. Designed with Pinarello's famous Italian style and panache, it looks beautifully fast. Before the bike got battered through the Arenberg Forest and covered in the dust of Northern France in Michał Kwiatkowski's pre-race recon, we got a closer look at the Amstel Gold Race winner's trusty steed. Freshly polished by well-versed Ineos mechanics and with tyre pressures tuned to the heavy pavé, it's a bike that does far more than just look good.
The Polish rider's 5.7ft height means he rides a small frame, and the stem is suitably slammed to help him shift in to an aero tuck. That's about as far as Kwiato goes in terms of optimising his position for aero gains, as he keeps his shifters relatively straight, not conforming with the growing trend in the peloton of shifters tilting inwards. The bike has a striking red, blue and white paint job which is simple and classic.
Kwiatkowski had a new Shimano 54t chainring on his bike, a relatively common size in the WorldTour. This lowers the risk of any chain drops that we've seen in some teams running older chainring iterations with the new groupset. The little ring will likely get no use in the Hell of the North this Sunday with its flat parcours.
The Polish rider also was using the new Dura-Ace 9200 power cranks to measure the big wattages he'll throw down this weekend.
Kwiatkowski had a line of sandpaper on the front of his brake leaver, presumably to aid grip over the cobbles. These are the new Dura-Ace 9200 shifters featuring improved hood ergonomics. The increased hood length allows more space for grip and more security for riders, something that will be an asset in the Hell of the North.
Ineos were all using 28mm Continental Grand Prix 5000 S TR tubeless tyres which are said to have improved durability and puncture protection due to better sidewall protection – much needed on the cobbles. The increased robustness doesn't mean the GP 5000 S TRs compromise on rolling resistance and weight though, with Continental claiming to have reinvented its approach to tubeless tyres with a two-ply model. The claims have merit too, with Sonny Colbrelli winning the Hell of the North last year on these tyres – Kwaito will hope to follow a similar path in 2022. We're big fans of the tan walls, too. The Polish rider's mechanics told Rouleur he would be riding with 3.5 bar (51psi) in the front tyre and 3.8 bar (55psi) in the rear.
Kwiatkowski will be using the Dura-Ace C50 wheels at Paris-Roubaix.Fizik sponsor the Ineos Grenadiers and Kwiatkowski was using the Fizik Antares Versus Evo R3 Adaptive Saddle. It features one of Fizik's tried and tested saddle shape but blends in 3D technology for comfort in a range of positions. This will be crucial in Roubaix – a race of over six hours.Kwiatkowski had his bar tape double-wrapped to tackle the cobbles. While some of his teammates had opted for gel pads underneath the bar tape too, the Polish rider's bars didn't have too much bulk. A brand owned by Pinarello, the team use a MOST bar and stem as well as a Garmin head unit.The rubber sleeve on the forks and mount on the saddle mean the bike is ready to have a transponder and number added on race day.