An opportunity presented itself over the weekend. I was browsing my Instagram feed when I came across a deal from a bike shop on the East Coast selling what appears to be a demo Pinarello Dogma K8-S with Ultegra build and Fulcrum Quattro carbon wheels for a really good price.
I got super excited and started researching the bike. It appears to be a race bike with a little bit of an added comfort in the form of an elastometer shock and an ability to accept tires up to 30mm. The only thing it lacks are disc brakes, but my biggest attracting for them was the larger tire clearance, which this bile provides as well.
I have been riding a Pinarello Gan K Disc, which a lower-end derivative of Dogma F8. My Gan K has been by far the most amazing bike I have ever had. I have done centuries and double centuries on it.
After giving the idea of buying this bike a couple of hours worth of thought, I decided to pull the trigger. I did a lot of research and it appears like size 54 is the right size for me. I also called and visited 2 local bike shops that are Pinarello dealers and they recommended the same thing.
I know it is a little crazy to order such a bike over the Internet. First, I have never ridden it. But I have 1,500 on Gan K, which appears to be its "cousin". Secondly, I have no experience with this bike shop. But they seem to be reputable, so it is a good sign.
From the first glance, it appeared to be a reputable shop. I have bought three bikes online -- Pinarello Gan K Disc, Colnago CLX 2.0, and Bianchi Infinito CV. All three turned out to be awesome bikes with Pinarello being the best.
I hope this turns out to be a positive and great experience! More to come!