For all the flash and zoot that accompanies this high-profile Italian pairing, there’s something about the Pinarello Dogma 2/Campagnolo EPS Super Record 11 Complete Road Bike that is stealth. It’s a bike that hides its bona fides in plain sight. It’s a looker, with sumptuous curves, a lustrous finish, and electronic shifting. The Black on Black finish gets more interesting as you study it, and it has an intriguing red ring around the lower end of the head tube, as if the bike is glowing in standby mode. This color concept doesn’t call attention to itself like the Movistar or Team Sky versions do. Instead this highly-refined finish speaks with a quiet, muscular confidence even when standing still. And when you stomp over a short rise, shift effortlessly across the cassette, and carve the descent like your bike is on rails, people will take notice and you’ll have an ear-to-ear grin as those behind you scrabble to keep up.
Keeping your body in position over the bike is a MOst Panther saddle sitting atop the Dogma 2’s proprietary aero carbon-fiber seatpost. The Panther is a sculpted beauty with carbon-fiber rails and a Lorica cover. It weighs in like a climber, a claimed140g.