We’ve known for the last few weeks that an announcement was imminent from our friends at Pinarello that they’d be releasing their first-ever carbon fiber frame. They’ve used the occasion of the Rimini bike expo to show it off to the public for the very first time. It’s known as the F4-13, and to us it looks like a million bucks. The technical details are -- for now -- fairly sketchy. One glance confirms some critical details: You’ll get the same Onda fork and Onda seatstay you find on the Dogma bikes and the Prince SL. Interestingly, Pinarello has decaled it with an ‘FP’ sticker and they state that it will use an MOst bottom bracket. But unlike the Dogma FP and the Paris, the F4-13 will use a standard bottom bracket -- you’ll thread your Campy, Shimano, or FSA bb right in the frame.
The retail price of the F4-13 will be in the $2500-$2800 range for frame, fork, headset, and seatpost. It’s been made abundantly clear to us that the purpose of the F4-13 is not to supplant the Dogma FP from the top of the Pinarello food chain. You will not see Fassa Bortolo in the Giro and the Tour on an F4-13. Apparently, the only way you’ll knock Alessandro Petacchi off his Dogma FP involves cold dead fingers….or something like that. Anyway, the purpose of the F4-13 is to provide Pinarello aficionados with a viable carbon option -- it will be doubtlessly be lighter than the magnesium Dogma FP, it will share a nice bit of its Petacchi-approved stiffness, and its Onda fork/stay combo is sure to keep the ride smooth on lousy road surfaces. And for those of you who keep tabs on such details, the F4-13 is made in Pinarello’s Treviso factory.
You’ll see more details from on our site as we get them. In the meantime, we’re counting on seeing our first shipment of these in late May/early June.
Other news -- we’re having a nice sale on a small selection of some of our best loved frames. All pricing on our site is accurate to reflect sale pricing, and highlights include the following:
Eddy Merckx Carbon MXM: Reg. $3700, on sale for $2999
Opera Bike Leonardo: Reg. $3300, on sale for $2299
Opera Bike Giorgione: Reg. $2500, on sale for $1999
Pegoretti 8:30am: Reg. $1600, on sale for $1299
Pinarello Marvel: Reg. $1950, on sale for $1499