We’re excited to announce the arrival of the brand new, from the ground up, Pinarello Dogma F8. As the name implies this is the 8th iteration of Pinarello’s flagship model over the years. This latest model is a major departure from the previous seven aesthetically but thankfully retains or improves upon the ride as that has always been the hallmark of this frame. The frame was developed mainly by Team Sky (with the help of automaker Jaguar) for the purpose of building the ultimate Tour winning bike. Many areas have been touched and improved upon. It’s said to be faster due to a more aerodynamic shape, lighter, stiffer but also more comfortable.
But as always, instead of just taking their word for it, we received a large batch of frames and built what is most likely the first one to hit the road for Tony Little. Below are his first thoughts on the bike with more to follow as we get the miles in.
Right now we have a 51.5, 53, 54, 55 and 57.5 frame in the showroom. Come take a look or give us a call to reserve one today.
Pinarello is one of very few companies in the cycling world that has held my attention since I was young. I was raised in an Italian family who also cycled, so the italian brands like Pinarello, De Rosa, Faggin, Colnago, Rossin, Campagnolo, and others were indoctrinated at a young age. Through my younger years I never picked up road riding despite being exposed to it, and instead found solace in sagebrush, singletrack, and dirt. It wasn’t until I was almost 19 when I finally decided to give road riding a shot to improve my fitness on a Mountain Bike.
In 2002 I was 19 years old watching the Tour De France. Obviously Lance was big news in America at that time, but I couldn’t help but be attracted to the Italians. For some reason, to me at least, they just exuded style. Their composure and riding style was unlike anything I had seen before, especially the Fassa-Bortolo team. Fassa had a simple kit design, good colors, and best of all, Pianrello’s with Campagnolo componentry adorning them. ’02 was the first year the Dogma came out; a Magnesium front triangle mated to a carbon rear. I can remember spending hours looking at that bike online figuring out a way I could afford one. Unfortunately, the Dogma wasn’t priced at a poor college kids income bracket, so for the next 8 years I would continue to look at them from a distance in hopes that one day I’d be able to finally purchase one.
Fast forward to 2014. I’m 31, and the Pinarello Dogma F8 is my seventh one. Granted, I’m guilty of being somewhat of a fanboy of the Pinarello marque, but not without just reasoning. In those 8 years it took me to purchase my first Dogma, the bikes I owned weren’t junk; De Rosa, Look, Ridley, Specialized, Cannondale, and Cinelli were all in my arsenal at some point. But, from the first time I rode my first Dogma, I’d never experienced a bike that handled so ridiculously well. Sure, it wasn’t the lightest bike around at the time, but nothing up until that point could do everything extremely proficiently and absolutely decimate the descents and sprints.
While the Dogma 60.1 was amazing bike, the 65.1 was the improvement it needed. A tapered headtube mixed with a new blend of carbon finally gave the bike the climbing prowess it lacked compared to some of the other bikes available, while keeping ride characteristics and geometry the same. Those ride characteristics are comprised of the aforementioned descent decimating handling, a ride quality that you can trust your lower back with, and the ability to climb with the lightest bikes available. Sure, some bikes may have an overall lower weight, but in terms of creating something that excels in all respects, the Dogma has few, if any, rivals in that category.
As you can see, I clearly give the outgoing Dogma a lot of praise, which is why when I first heard of a new, completely redesigned and aero Dogma being developed, I got somewhat skeptical. Although I’ve always really liked the way the Dogma looked, I also appreciate a more subtle, simple shaped frame. Aero bikes have never really been my thing and some manufacturers concepts for aero bikes have been downright hideous, and I really hoped that Pinarello hadn’t destroyed the aesthetic of their flagship ride.
I finally got my first real look at the new bike on May 28th on the Team Sky Facebook page. Ok, so not ‘traditional’ by any means, but not bad! There are some strong hints of aerodynamic influence throughout the frame, but Pinarello was able to keep the entire bike balanced. No huge fairing on the front and wimpy tubes in the rear; the bike looks fast, stout, and planted.
So, the real test… how does it ride? I asked Chad at Above Category long before I even had a hint of what the bike looked like that I wanted one, and I was one of the lucky few to get a small batch first release and maybe even the first to build and ride it. In short, it rides the same in some areas (which is a good thing), and better in others. Pinarello kept the same geometry as the 65.1 Dogma, and as a result (and much to my enjoyment) the bike handles just as well as it did before. Something that’s been drilled into my head from years of riding motorcycles at the track is apex’s, and I largely base my opinion of a bikes handling capability by how well it’s able to track smoothly into that corner apex and out to the exit apex (thanks, Ken Hill). The Dogma does this with ease, and technically, a bit faster thanks to it’s improved aerodynamics.
Also the same is the way the bike rides on flats. These things charge! I’m sure you’ve read those reviews in every magazine that claims that the bike shoots forward with ease on every pedal stroke, but that’s really the experience the Dogma gives you. That said, I believe the thing that really sets this bike apart from a lot of other stiff, light bicycles is the Dogma does it with a smoothness that will make you think you’ve flatted. During my first ride on the F8 I had to check a few times to see if I’d punctured because the bike was so damn smooth, even more so than my 65.1. This is also on the same setup (saddle, tires, wheels, bars, stem) as my old bike so I could really experience the difference in frame alone.
The improvement in climbing to me comes at a bit of a surprise only because the bike was largely developed with lowering drag coefficients in mind.
Ok, a little better, and the same so far. Now, the real improvement: Climbing. The improvement in climbing to me comes at a bit of a surprise only because the bike was largely developed with lowering drag coefficients in mind. However, the way Pinarello got this thing to be such a firm platform to crush up hills with would make you think they worked exclusively with the skinny climbers of Team Sky during development. The forward motion of the new F8 on climbs in a noticeable improvement, not unlike the progress seen from the 60.1 to the 65.1.
Those are my simply my initial thoughts, based on my first couple rides, I’ll be writing a follow up to this in a few months after I have some significant time on the F8. For now, here are some more of our photos of the F8.