PERFECTION GOT BETTER
I had previously spent a lot of time on a Dogma F8 (rim brake), which was hands down one of the best bikes I've ever ridden. The bike was plenty stiff when i stood up to stomp on the pedals, yet surprisingly compliant and smooth over rough surfaces compared to other race-caliber bikes. The most distinguishing feature of the F8 was the way it cornered during high-speed, technical descents. Whereas some other race bikes are *too stiff* that the fork would start chattering during hard cornering, the F8 stayed completely planted. Not that I ever would, but I felt like i could take my hands off the bars at 40 mph due to its stability.
Fast forward to the F10 Disk... I was able to really put this bike to the test equipped with Shimano Dura Ace 9170 Di2 at the Gran Fondo Pinarello in Treviso, Italy, which featured about 9000 feet of elevation (and subsequent descent). The F10 Disk took all the things I loved about the F8 and got disc brakes.
I'll be the first to admit i've been pretty curmudgeonly about the whole road disc movement... I consider myself a fairly capable descender and have never melted carbon rims or anything of that sort. Disc brakes will inevitably be heavier, so what gives, right? In a word, performance.
I really shocked at how much better of a descender i was on disc brakes. Whereas on a rim brake bike with carbon wheels I'd have to start braking pretty early and hold firm pressure throughout the corner to scrub speed, i found myself testing how late i could hold speed and brake going into corners due to the far superior braking power. Just as important as the actual braking power was the confidence in which I knew that it was there. Everyone has experienced that feeling while riding carbon rims that you're just not quite sure if you're going to get the braking you need. While i can't make any claims about how much faster you'll be on this bike than any other bike, I know for a fact that you'll be a faster descender on this one than your current rim brake bike. I was one of probably 20 or so riders in the Gran Fondo who had the privilege of previewing the F10 Disk early, and found myself flying past other F10 rim riders while descending. If you were waiting for a good reason to make the switch, thru axle standards have stabilized for the time being with 12x100 front and 12x142 rear so that you have the freedom to run pretty much any set of road disc wheels you choose.
Inevitably, any conversation about a Pinarello would likely come back to its seemingly exorbitant pricetag... Crazy, I know. But this bike is legitimately a pleasure to ride. I dont think I'm exaggerating when i say that this bike will make you ride more because its that much fun. If you're looking for one of the best road disc bikes on the market, you've found a very worthy candidate above.