Over the Top.
It takes something awfully special to improve upon Pinarello's F10. The ride quality, weight, and looks are beyond reproach and put the bike in a class of its own. We have however, become smitten since riding disc brakes on the road. The performance advantage in all-conditions cannot be argued, but we don't want to lose any of the wonderful ride feel or add an anchor to our lightweight steed. Since the Dogma F10 Disk Frameset is, well, still an F10, Pinarello ensures that we don't have to.
On the surface, it might appear that Pinarello simply adapted disc brake mounts to the existing F10 frame. This couldn't be further from the truth, since adding the mounts and reinforcing those areas would negatively effect the ride quality and take on a weight penalty. Pinarello has experience transforming their previous superbike, the F8, from rim to disc, so the exercise wasn't too foreign to them.
The F10 was already one of—if not the—favorite all-around road bike here at Competitive Cyclist, and the addition of disc brakes takes it over the top. Pinarello, already experts in asymmetric carbon layup design in drivetrain applications, now applies this technique into handling disc braking loads. This results in creating areas of the frame that are durable and completely apt at handling the disc brake stresses that they'll see without overbuilding the entire frame, adding unnecessary weight, or making the ride overly harsh. Though the frame is significantly redesigned, Pinarello continues the use of an Italian threaded bottom bracket shell, which is easier to install, maintain, and keep creak-free than the PressFit standard.
The Onda fork is also redesigned to meet the demands of disc brakes. Thru-axles are used to secure the wheel to the dropouts, increasing the stiffness and allowing for out-of-the saddle climbing efforts and sprinting with nary a brake rub. Pinarello adds fork flaps, essentially mini fairings, to the trailing edge of the dropouts to further increasing stiffness and enhance the aerodynamics. A 12mm thru-axle is also used out back to secure the rear wheel.
Like the standard F10, this bike has clearance for tires up to 25mm. This is, after all, a road racing bike, and 25mm tires offer the best balance of aero efficiency and rolling resistance. This isn't as much clearance as other disc brake drop bar bikes on the market, and many might be disappointed by the lack of space for tires, but an F10 did win Strade in 2017 piloted by Sky's Kwiatkowski on Continental Competition 25mm tubular rolling stock. We doubt the majority of you looking at this frameset have ambitions to build this into your gravel grinding rig, but the bike does have some gravel riding in its pedigree.
The beautifully balanced geometry from the F10 carries over, and it has proven itself capable enough to carry riders comfortably into the third week of a stage race yet so confident on the descents that you feel like cornering hard enough to blister a tire. The addition of discs encourage you to push your speeds downhill even more with all of that braking power available at your fingertips.
- Tour-winning superbike now with disc brakes
- Pinarello's flagship frameset for all-conditions
- Perfectly dialed race geometry is surefooted and comfortable
- Asymmetric design is lightwight and responsive
- Features Toray's top, Japanese-made carbon composite
- Aerodynamic tubes originally developed in partnership with Jaguar
- Internal routing for mechanical and electronic drivetrains
- Thru-axles anchor wheels and add stiffness