The Pinarello Dogma XC.
I jokingly quipped to Ben "I could race that at Winding Trails"
Without missing a beat he replied "Go ahead".
I was a little taken back by this; me riding a Dogma XC with full XTR, Fox CTD fork and DT Swiss 1450 wheels. A little different from my mantra of "Jam Econo".
One problem is this is contrary to my yearly goal of riding only SS or fixed this year.
Technically I ride geared bikes all the time when I'm test riding repairs, so if riding the Dogma XC was considered "work"...
Pete asked me "Are you going to ride the Pinarello"
I rode it home from work cutting through the Res. Not having a spare tube I took it rather easy. My first thought was the bottom bracket was a little low as I struck my pedals on some rocks. But the cranks are 175 mm and I ride 170 mm on my own mountain bikes. so it might just be me not being used to them.
The next day I met Josh and TJ over at Winding Trails for some Recon laps.
The center of gravity is low on the frame as is the standover height; one of the few 29ers, if not the only, that I've ridden that has a suitable top tube length without compromising the ol' wedding tackle. This helps the Dogma XC rail corners. The handling is sublime. The best compliment I can give it is I didn't think about it. I just got on it and rode.
The carbon has a solid, direct feeling, yet some compliance. This was most evident, along with the well mannered handling, when I hopped back on my bike. In contrast I had to really man-handle Aspasia to get her around the course, something I had never noticed before.
Who is the Dogma XC for?
It's a well thought out, great handling bike (except for the single water bottle mount); if you're a XC rider of discerning taste and means, this might be the bike for you.
If only it came in a singlespeed...