Pinarello's new Dogma XC hardtail was thrust into the spotlight at last night's World Championship cross-country short track (XCC) race on a flat-out course at Glentress, Scotland. Pauline Ferrand-Prévot rode the previously unseen hardtail to its debut race victory exploding up the climb on the last lap to take the top spot and earning the rainbow strips. Pidcock also took the new bike to a men's elite podium.
Pauline Ferrand-Prévot pushed for the development of a hardtail to give a second bike in their arsenal and complimenting Pinarello's Dogma XC FS which was released earlier in the year to compete with the best XC mountain bikes.
Ferrand-Prévot said, “The new DOGMA XC hardtail frame is stiff, fast, light, and responsive, and it feels great to ride. I've been flying on this bike, especially on the climbs. I requested a hardtail version as I work towards the 2024 Paris Olympic Games, and I’m grateful to Pinarello for developing this frame and delivering it so quickly.”
Pinarello are famous for their bold asymmetric frame designs on their road and gravel bikes however the Dogma XC FS cross-country mountain bike was relatively understated. The same can't be said for the Dogma XC HT, with the bold asymmetric dropped seat stays and unique bottom bracket area.
Pinarello has beefed up the left-hand side stays which Pinarello says better counterbalance the higher forces being applied on the opposite side of the drivetrain when sprinting.
The bottom bracket shares the same unique triangle bottom bracket design which is said to greatly increase the stiffness of the bottom bracket area.
The frame itself is made from Toray Carbon Fiber and is designed around a 100mm fork. Pinarello's TiCR routing uses the custom designed, fully integrated Most cockpit and headset to organize the internal cable routing, including stealth dropper routing. There are also ports on the side of the headtube for the Suntour Tact electronic suspension system which is raced by both Ferrand-Prevot and Pidcock.
The front end features a 60-degree internal stopper which limits the bars from over-rotating. The boost rear end is SRAM UDH compatible and 1X drivetrain specific with the clearance to fit up to a 40t chainring. Tire clearance is stated to max out with a 2.3in tire fitted.
Pinarello hasn't provided any details on the geometry of the new hardtail. It's probably safe to expect the official numbers to be somewhat similar to the Dogma XC FS bike which has a 67.5-degree head angle, a 75.17 to 75.5-degree seat angle (depending on the frame size), and a 455mm for a medium bike. By our rough measurements from the provided studio imagery, it looks like the hardtail may be marginally more conservative at around 68-degree head angle and 70-degree seat angle.
Pinarello also hasn't issued any official weights for the frameset or complete bike either.
Specs and availability
There is no word on when us mere-mortals will be able to get our hands on a Dogma XC HT hardtail of our own. Don't expect anything anytime soon though as Pinarello are still to list the full-suspension bike on their website, a bike that was released three months ago.
Presumably, this XCC short-track race is the beginning of the team's 2024 Olympic preparation. If that's the case then we can expect both bikes to be available to buy before the Paris Olympics, as any equipment used at the Olympic Games must be commercially available.
We will of course bring you full details as and when they become available.