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Upon its unveiling, the Pinarello Dogma Carbon proved to be the most coveted frameset in recent (and not-so-recent) memory. If test riding one made you dizzy with desire, it seemed that simply being near one did the same. Is it the asymmetric tubing design Is it the scintillating paint Is it the handling or the Torayca 60HM1K carbon The answer is "yes" -- it was all of those things in the aggregate. Layered on top of it was the instant palmares of Team Sky and Caisse d'Epargne once the 2010 season kicked off plus the figurative resurrection of the thing that wooed so many of us into bike racing in the first place -- a white-hot love affair with something gorgeous and italiano. With the introduction of the KOBH, Pinarello takes the amazing form of the Dogma Carbon and re-fashions it for the worst of the Spring Classic pave. KOBH is pronounced "cob", short for cobblestones. It's no mistake that the bike was launched in the week leading up to the 2010 Paris-Roubaix. The details that distinguish it from the Dogma Carbon are ones that make it better suited for a mud-sodden Belgian apocalypse, and outside of them it's otherwise identical in design, construction, and execution to the Dogma Carbon. The most visually distinct difference of the KOBH is its seatstays. Instead of the double-S-bend Onda seatstays you've seen in the last few generations of Pinarello carbon frames, here you get flatter, radial curved stays. If they look mildly familiar, it's because they should. This same basic design is what you first saw from Cervelo in their R3, then again in their RS, and once again by Ridley for their best-selling Excalibur. The curvature of the thin-yet-wide stays is made to promote vertical compliance. Pinarello's take on the flat, radial stays, though, are a step beyond: Pinarello calls them AFS, short for "Asymmetrical Frame System" which means that even though they look complete different from the Dogma Carbon's stays, they share one critical commonality: They're a...