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The success of Pinarello’s Dogma is essentially unprecedented. Ever since Pinarello’s partnership with Team Sky began in 2010, the Dogma has been the most lusted after, the most prestigious and winningest bike in the peloton. Each successive model has upped the ante, only making the Dogma more sought after. And this trend sees no signs of abating. The new Dogma, the F10, is the best Dogma yet.
Words: Ben Edwards
It was the Dogma 65.1 that was the first truly special Dogma in our minds. It created a beautifully refined and discriminating ride quality: comfortable and damping, yet with the high-end performance to win a Tour. The Dogma F8 kicked the high-end performance up another notch, adding a kinetic response to power input beyond what the 65.1 was capable of; but it did limit the bike’s refined ride with a bit more road chatter. Now we have the follow-up: the Dogma F10.
Looking at the marketing materials, it’s clear that Pinarello wants riders to know the Dogma F10 is about ramping up the F8’s already formidable high-end performance characteristics. The bike makes gains over the F8 in the three areas that typically define race-day capabilities—stiffness, weight and aerodynamics—while endeavoring to retain the same handling characteristics.
The weight and stiffness gains are advertised as a 55-gram saving from an 875-gram size 53cm F8, while the new F10 is 7-percent stiffer. These incremental gains are from further optimizing the materials and layup. The aerodynamic improvements come without following the trend to an integrated bar/stem combo and internal cables. With the bar/stem combo offering the low hanging fruit of drag savings, Pinarello had to dig deep into its playbook to shave drag. Influenced by the Bolide TT bike—a bike that set the world hour record with Brad Wiggins and has helped Chris Froome win the Tour de France—the F10 focuses on two areas: the down tube and the fork.
The fork has what Pinarello rather unflatteringly calls a Fork Flap just behind the dropout. It’s a reduced version of what the Bolide TT utilizes but still very obvious. It reduces drag around the quick-release lever by creating unified dropout/QR shape to the wind. It’s a little difference in an important area, reducing overall fork drag by 10 percent. The down tube represents a large portion of a frame’s drag, and without easy drag savings from a bar/stem combo, Pinarello rethought this area completely to make a faster bike.
With interaction from the rider and the need for a water bottle it was a much more complex task and the solution Pinarello created was a concave portion on the trailing edge of the down tube where the water bottle nestles. The result is a 12.6-percent drag reduction at the down tube. It also created a spot in which Pinarello has placed the Di2 junction box, the cleanest Di2 setup in the peloton. These drag numbers—10 percent at the fork and 12.6 percent at the down tube—are “local” numbers, so the global drag savings versus the F8 are lower overall, but gains nonetheless. These are made even more impressive considering the use of a traditional bar and stem.
We’d love to tell you we hopped on this bike and instantly felt 7 percent more powerful at the pedals, 12.6-percent faster on the flats and climbed like Basque gods thanks to the 55 grams Pinarello eliminated; but as discerning as we like to think we are, those type of numbers are, to use an overused term, marginal; especially considering the Dogma F8 was already so phenomenal on the limit. What the Dogma F10 does that we found so incredible, so magical, is it takes the bleeding-edge performance of the F8 and combines it with the beautiful ride quality of the Dogma 65.1. Which, rather ironically, is the ride quality Pinarello makes no effort to call out in its marketing.
The bike has every ounce of the F8’s blistering response to power, the same beautiful, aggressive geometry balanced perfectly by the bike’s lateral stiffness, yet feels more composed on the edge, less ragged than the F8, more forgiving and enabling of pushing limits. In this era of Asian manufacturing, aerodynamics and test-bench metrics, the Pinarello Dogma F10 proves to us there is still magic to be found. Other manufacturers may know the right equations to put on the white board, the right suppliers and manufacturers to make a great bike, but Pinarello has made a magical bike. It checks the objective boxes, but does the subjective phenomenally well, instilling metrics with a ride quality that can’t be found on a test bench or in the wind tunnel. It’s a ride quality we can only imagine has been found thanks to Pinarello’s 75-year history.
PRICE: $13,500 (complete); $5,950 (frameset)
WEIGHT: 15.5lbs/7.05kg (w/o pedals or cages)
BUILD: Shimano Dura-Ace 9150 Di2, MOST bar, stem, seat post and saddle, Fulcrum Speed 35 wheels, Vittoria Corsa tires.