Pinarello have unveiled the latest update to the Dogma family, the new F12.
Pinarello have enjoyed a lot of success with the Dogma over the past decade, both on the race scene and on the sales front. With a recipe this successful they won't want to mess with it too much, and the F12 is visually a clear continuation of the Dogma line.
But having worked so closely with a Pro team famous for their obsession with "marginal gains" it's no surprise that the new model is stiffer, lighter and more aero than its predecessor.
The bar has been raised significantly for road race bikes in the past 18 months, the latest Venge in particular is a tour de force of tech and rideability. So Pinarello have a lot to prove with the F12, and from our first look it certainly appears to be a bike that can appeal to the head as much as the heart.
These will be the race bike of choice for Team Ineos (nee Sky), and the F12 will be available in both disc brake and rim brake versions (the rim brake calipers are now direct mount), no doubt reflecting the team's desire to keep their options open.
This is the first generation of Dogma to be designed with disc brakes in mind, and this is reflected in improved stiffness throughout the bike. There's just a 20g penalty for the disc frameset over the rim version.
Aero is of course where it's at, and the F12's distinctive new frame and fork contribute to a 7.3% reduction in drag compared to the previous F10. It also features new integrated aero bars, the Talon Ultra. This latest generation of the Talon tidies all the cables neatly away inside the bar and routed through the stem (although you can still fit your own choice of bar/stem if you prefer).
Also, as you'd expect with the latest generation of aero road bikes, tyre clearances have been increased, and you can now accommodate tyres up to 28mm wide.
The Italian threaded bottom bracket (as opposed to press-fit) has been carried over from the F10 (and F8 before it), always a welcome sight for mechanics and riders alike.
The Dogma's typically divisive looks are present and correct, now with a distinctive kink in the top tube carried over from their Grevil gravel/adventure frame. Initial reactions online are following the usual love/hate split - this is a bike that will generate a lot of strong opinions, and as always it's great to see something different.
Weights are quoted at 820g for the rim brake frame and 840g for disc (unpainted).
The F12 will be available from late June as both frameset and complete bike builds. Initially supplies will be limited, and colour options will be the classic red/black shown above, or stealthy BoB (black on black). A full range of colour options will follow later in the year.
The Dogma F12 (rim brake) comes in at £5000 frame only, with the Dogma F12 Disk at £5200. The Talon Ultra bars are an additional £750.
There will also be a wide range of top-level complete bikes available, including Campagnolo (of course!), Shimano and the new SRAM eTap AXS groupsets, with a refreshingly varied choice of wheelset options.
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• BB and Chainstay reinforced, giving 10% increased stiffness
compared to F10
• Disk Version - fork twisting during braking has been reduced by 40%
• Rim Version - now with direct mount brakes
• Integrated bars reduce weight by 10.3% compared to previous Talon Aero
• Integrated handlebar increases stiffness by 8.6% compared to Talon Aero
• Designed for complete integration with all groupsets (mechanical and electronic)
• Headset spacers allow a stem stack range of up to 40mm
• Also compatible with non-integrated stem/handlebar setup for maximum versatility
• Tyre clearance up to 28mm.
• 13 frame sizes for both model versions (Rim and Disc)
• Head Tube stack has been reduced by 5mm (from size 530 up) to allow a more aggressive position
• 16 integrated handlebar sizes available
Pinarello have designed the F12 from scratch with disc brakes in mind, which has enabled them to build in a lot more stiffness than the outgoing F10 model.
But they've not cut any corners, and have gone to the considerable time and effort to develop a rim brake version too (now with direct mount calipers). No doubt this decision was influenced by Team Ineos (nee Sky) and their preference for rim brake options, but it's not simply a case of slapping a different brake mount on - the frames and forks are constructed very differently to ensure consistent stiffness, handling and ride quality throughout the range.
Completely hidden cable routing makes for an incredibly sleek bike, and whilst the design impetus comes from the aero benefits there's no denying it makes for an especially sleek look:
The design is distinctively Pinarello - you'll love it or loathe it, there's rarely any middle ground. For the many who do love it, the swoopy Italian-designed frame has become iconic. The F12 now sports a top-tube kink carried over from the Grevil gravel/adventure bike, alongside the updated profile of the curvy fork and seatstays:
Compared to the Dogma F10 Pinarello are promising 5% less drag with the New Talon Ultra integrated handlebars and 7.3% drag reduction with the new fork and frame, giving 8 Watts saving at 40km/h.
It's an exceptionally clean and well integrated front end, and highly adjustable (and if for any reason the Talon aero bars don't suit, the F12 will also happily accept other brands):
The new Talon Ultra bars are remarkably neat, with cables completely hidden from view, for maximum aero benefit: