Bike of the Week: Pinarello Dogma F
The Next Generation of Speed
Pinarello’s Dogma has been at the top of the racing podium for years, and now the next generation of Dogma is here. Simply named the Dogma F, at first glance this most recent iteration of the Italian racing brand’s flagship bike doesn’t appear to depart much from the Dogma F12. But under closer inspection Pinarello’s engineers have made numerous watt and weight saving alterations to the design to make the new Dogma F an entirely new yet familiar experience.
The most notable change to the frame aesthetically is a new aerodynamically optimized dropped chainstay design. This is aimed at improving ride comfort through increased seatpost flex, while also offering increased aerodynamic gains. The new design, paired with a redesigned downtube and seatpost shape means the new Dogma F is 4.8 percent more aerodynamic than the previous Dogma F12.
When designing a pure race bike, Pinarello has always made one model rather than opting to design a pure aero bike and a pure lightweight climbing bike. Their reasoning? Their riders have to ride it all, so their bike should be designed to tackle every kind of riding and do it well. Therefore this newest generation of the Dogma isn’t just about aerodynamic gains, but weight savings as well. The frame is made of TORAYCA T1100 1K carbon with Nanoalloy Technology which is used in top automotive and aerospace applications. This new carbon increases frame stiffness and efficiency without sacrificing the smooth ride quality we’ve come to expect from Pinarello. All in all, there is a 12 percent increase in bottom bracket stiffness from the previous Dogma F12. But not only is this new breed of Dogma stiffer and more efficient, the disc frame saves 265 grams, or in other words, is 11 percent lighter than the previous Dogma F12.
All these numbers and data are great to show that there are measurable changes to the new Dogma F, but what do all these numbers and changes mean for the ride of the bike? Don’t worry, the same dreamy, smooth, responsive feel that the Dogma is known for is still very present in this latest generation. If you want to experience it for yourself we have a 56 built on our show floor available to test ride.