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Pinarello Dogma F: lighter, more aero and more personal

24 Jun 2021
Verdict:

Latest Dogma ditches the number but embraces the data to trim weight and watts while offering a personalised sizing system

Price: 
£12,000 (built with Sram Red eTap AXS and DT Swiss ARC 50 wheels)

Pinarello has unveiled its latest Dogma F road bike and it's called... the Dogma F.

That's right, the iconic Italian brand has ditched the model number on its premier product as all its budget went into creating the do-it-all bike, shedding weight, changing shapes and attempting to bring the perfect fit to every rider.

Pinarello is pushing the idea of balance in the new model, emphasising that the Dogma F is for all riders and all terrain and rubbishing the notion of aero bikes and climber's bikes, 'because real-world riders aren't specialised'.

Is that a dig? It might be, but to us the rationale seems logical.

The new bike comes just in time to carry Ineos Grenadiers to third place at the Tour de France. So, what the F has changed?

 

Better everywhere, again

Despite insisting that weight wasn't a focus for the Dogma F, Pinarello claims the full disc frame module is 11% lighter than the F12 Disc, with a size 53 bike (built with Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 and DT Swiss ARC 50 wheels) said to weigh 6.8kg, although that is without pedals and cages installed. The rim brake equivalent built up similarly is apparently comfortably below the UCI minimum weight limit.

That trimming mainly comes from material innovations and re-egineering auxillary parts rather than the frame itself, which Pinarello has capped at 850g since the Dogma F8.

Alongside the top spec Toray carbon – Torayca T1100 1K with Nanoalloy Technology, the same that's used in the most advanced race cars and aircraft – 3D-printed titanium has been deployed on a mass production bike for the first time to shed grams.

Weight savings come right across the board though, with a cumulative 265g supposedly saved by refinements in the seatpost, headset, fork, cockpit and thru-axles. Despite the weight loss, Pinarello says it has still managed to make it 12% stiffer around the bottom bracket compared to the F12.

 

The prime focus of the bike is the handling, something Pinarello emphasises is always the case, and this incarnation has an updated Onda fork that the brand says has been designed separately for the disc and rim brake models of the bike.

That brings us onto aerodynamics. The shape of the fork legs are inspired by Pinarello's Bolide TT bike and are said to work like sails, favouring forward movement in crosswinds, with stronger wind providing a bigger benefit to the rider.

Pinarello says the refined shaping of the Dogma F means drag only starts having an effect halfway along the frame – which is asymmetrical to account for the drivetrain and add to the balancing act analogy – with an improved rear triangle to 'harmoniously' channel the airflow out the rear.

All in, those changes, Pinarello says, make the Dogma F disc version 4.8% more aero than the F12.

 

Spoilt for choice

The highlight of the Dogma F's launch campaign is the quote, 'We will never use T-shirt sizes to measure our bikes'.

There are actually 352 available iterations of the Dogma F, with customers able to choose from 11 frame sizes, 16 handlebar sizes and two setback options on the seatpost, ensuring the best possible fit for each rider – a process that Pinarello likens to getting a tailored suit.

The new bike is available in a choice of disc or rim brake (although the rim brake version won't be available until the beginning of 2022), and in Sram, Shimano or Campagnolo guises, plus in three different colour options: 'plutonium flash' – silver and black; 'eruption red' – red and black; or 'black on black' – unsurprisingly, black on black.

Key data vs F12

Weight saving 265g (complete disc frame, size 53)
Stiffness +12% (on bottom bracket)
Aerodynamics +3.2% (rim), +4.8% (disc)
Watts 1.3W saving at 40km/h, 2.6W asving at 50km/h

For more information visit pinarello.com

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