The venerable Italian road brand Pinarello is re-entering the mountain bike market with the new Dogma XC 9.9, a carbon fiber hardtail frame.

The company also is introducing a new road frame, the Dogma 65.1 Think 2, which is claimed to be stronger and lighter than previous Dogma frames, with integration for electric or mechanical groups.

Officials at Gita Sporting Goods, Pinarello’s U.S. distributor, were not immediately available to comment on the new bikes’ availability or expected pricing.

The Dogma XC

The company dipped its toes into the off-road market with some lugged steel hardtails in 1990 or earlier, and also showed a few models of carbon “Pina” mountain bikes more recently.

But Pinarello appears to be more serious about the market now with the Dogma XC 9.9, which is built with some unusual new technology. The frame’s seatstays attach to the seat tube above the toptube, and the seatclamp is integrated into each of the stays with a four-bolt system. The design reduces vibrations, according to a Pinarello statement.

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