The bike everyone expected to be named the Pinarello Dogma F14 has arrived. Yet having ditched its numerical suffix, this latest iteration of the platform that propelled Team Sky and Ineos to wins so numerous we can’t be bothered to count them will henceforth be known simply as the Dogma F. It promises to be the definitive infallible Dogma.
So, what’s new? Or perhaps what’s not so new? Has the last bastion of rim-brakery fallen? Not quite yet. As certain sections of the community will rejoice to discover, this latest Dogma continues to be available with either rim brakes or discs, depending on your preference.
Unsurprising, seeing as the previous bike was so successful both in the professional peloton and the wilds of the retail market, the new Dogma mostly concerns itself with improving upon what came before.
First released in 2000 and now seven versions in, the latest bike is visually very similar to its predecessor. Nevertheless, the new Dogma F Disc frame kit is reportedly 11% lighter than the F12, partly due to increased use of 3D-printed titanium. Evident across areas including the seatpost and Talon cockpit, this has seen 265 grams jettisoned from these and other areas.
The Onda fork has also been redesigned from the ground up with entirely different structures depending on whether it’s intended to accommodate a rim or disc brake calliper. Fans of the Dogma series may even see a hint of the slightly more wavy form of the older generation Dogma 65.1, with its iconic comfort-boosting curved fork design.
Given that the disc brake version has come within a couple of hundred grams of the UCI’s 6.8 kg weight limit once fitted with cages and pedals, the Tour de France will reveal whether this has tempted Ineos into using it more frequently.
Either way, both styles are reportedly a useful 12% stiffer around the bottom bracket. Tube profiles, although subtly reshaped, remain similar, while Pinarello’s adherence to the efficacy of an asymmetrical frame continues to see the drive-side reinforced compared to its less put upon sibling.
The keen-eyed may have noticed that the junction box for Shimano Di2 has disappeared from the downtube. It appears that in its disc iteration, the new Dogma F is strictly wireless only.
With that in mind it's no surprise that the version we saw was equipped with Sram Red AXS, however we expect that we may see future bikes specced in Shimano yet-to-be-seen Dura-Ace update – heavily tipped to be wireless.
An infallible choice
Unlike brands that split their lines between aero and mountain-specific models, the F-series has always attempted to provide the best performance across a range of terrain. Pinarello’s sole focus, making it faster through the air, is unsurprisingly a high priority.
According to the brand’s white paper on the subject, although the human eye sees a similar profile to the old version, the wind now sees one that’s 4.8% less attractive. An improvement slightly less pronounced on the rim brake version, this still benefits from a 3.2% upgrade in aerodynamics.
That's down to numerous incremental gains, but most noticeably compared to the F12 is the dropped seatstay, which really makes the Dogma F cut are more aerodynamic profile, where previously it may have teetered between endurance road and aero.
Other unique Pinarello traits also remain. So while the Pinarello F isn’t made to measure, it continues to come about as close to a fully tailored fit as any superbike manages. To achieve this, Pinarrelo offers it in 11 frame sizes paired with 16 different handlebar configurations and two seatpost setback options.
Adding up to 352 possible combinations, you’ll probably want to enlist the help of a bike fitter to navigate your way through all the permutations. Although that’s very much true of any bike costing north of £1,499. (NB the Dogma F is notably more expensive than that).
Giving riders a fit almost as tailored as that enjoyed by Bernal, Ganna, Thomas, or Pidcock, their use of the bike is likely to see the new Dogma continue as the world’s most widely lusted after bicycle. Enjoying almost unquantifiable advertising benefit from sitting on the front of the peloton stage after stage, this summer will prove whether this latest Dogma can add another Tour de France win on its first outing. Either way, it’s likely to win Pinarello a few more converts.
Complete builds will be available from September 2021.
Currently pricing is as follows:
Frameset only (rim & disc) £5,400
Dogma F Dura-Ace Di2 | MOST Ultrafast 40 Carbon Wheelset, £11,000
Dogma F SRAM RED e-tap | DT Swiss ARC 50 Carbon Wheelset, £12,000