images courtesy of Pinarello

Working together with the suspension techs at HiRide, Pinarello has revamped the tiny suspension damper in their Dogma K8-S Classics race bike bringing electronically controlled hydraulic damping to the bikes that Team Sky will race at Paris-Roubaix this coming weekend. The version 2.0 damper update is said to greatly boost the performance of the lightweight road suspensions system, both in the move away from the prior elastomer damper and of course in the automatically locking out of travel on the fly – for zero power loss on the smooth sections of road in between the race’s notoriously brutal pavé sectors, then fully opening the 10mm of travel of the K8-S when the riders hit the cobbles again…


Two years after launching the rear suspended road racer, Pinarello are back on the cobblestones with a new electronic Dogma Suspension System (eDSS) that takes advantage of the flexible carbon chainstays to isolate the racer from some of the rough vibrations and impacts that are completely unavoidable when racing at high-speed in a pack over the rough cobblestones of northern France and Belgium.

courtesy of Team Sky, photo by Russ Ellis of Cycling Images

The setup has been fitted to Team Sky’s existing Dogma K8-S race bikes and already race tested this week at Scheldeprijs in Belgium by Ian Stannard.

The priority of the new suspension project was of course giving the Team Sky racers the best of both worlds – locked out or fully open suspension – without the need to think about it. So the eDSS 2.0 automatically manages the lock out based on sensor input of the impacts transmitted through the frame. To make it work Pinarello has incorporated a system of 6-axis accelerometers and gyroscopes into the frame that detect the terrain type and adapt suspension character, all in a matter of a few milliseconds.

While the tech has just recently been finalized, Pinarello says it will be made available to buyers of the Dogma K8-S and K8-S Disc in the very near future. In the words of Fausto Pinarello “I am very happy with this new and ambitious project… The introduction of an electro-hydraulic control system establishes an important step forward in the technological evolution of our bikes, improving performance and increasing safety.”


  1. I appreciate technology and innovation (I have a disc brake road bike!!!), but this seems like overkill for 10mm (but probably closer to 5mm in the real world) of travel.

  2. Looking forward to seeing the first pile-up and this little thingy (battery? controller? reservoir?) being torn off the damper’s base!

    • In that pileup, some rider gets his fingers caught between the shock and the sensor and gets a brutal injury, cries to the UCI, who then bans suspension from road bikes in any UCI race.

  3. Seems silly, but for a team that is all about the “marginal gains”, if they’re going to be using this system it’s only smart to figure out how to disable it when not needed. It’s all but identical to the Moots YBB, and I’m sure it makes a difference.

  4. Clearly the comments are from folks lack innovation in their daily life but are happy to buy when all is said and done!

  5. Here’s the thing to all the nay sayers (and I don’t give a flick either way)… This is a pro team, a good one too (growing scandals aside). In this team are pro riders. That bit again, PRO riders. So these are guys that race bikes for MONEY… their living to be precise.

    What’s my point? Well, if they are giving it a go, for whatever marginal gains it might give them, then there’s apparently some merit to it.

    So, unless you too put it where it is to earn your crust on the back of two wheel, you don’t have to like it, ride it or even look at it; ideally, your opinion on this is probably, well, pointless.

    • Marginal gains totally discredited. Pro riders paid to ride what they are paid to, not a validation of a product or ‘innovations’ worth. Apart from that, spot on.

      • Yes and no. There are still riders (a decreasing amount I would guess these days with carbon bikes having a harder to replicate aesthetic) that ride frames from other makers ‘rebranded’ in their official colours – because they don’t like what they have been offered. I also don’t buy into this argument 100% (more like 80%), simply because if something is not going to do the job to a baseline, they will not use it; their salary and net worth to a team is based on performance, so if it’s going to slow them down in some way, they are not going to use it.

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