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Pinarello today announced its latest road racing flagship, the Dogma F12. Despite the fact that the company has conspicuously skipped over “11” in the progression of Dogma models, this new Dogma F12 looks to be more of an incremental improvement over the previous F10, rather than a quantum leap forward.
As with the F10, Pinarello intends for the new Dogma F12 to be a capable all-rounder, instead of pigeonholing it as an aero machine or lightweight climber. Visually, it’s not hugely different from the F10, either, despite what the nomenclature might otherwise suggest.
The wavy-profile fork blades and seatstays carry over mostly intact, but there’s now an additional kink in the top tube, as well as a pronounced cutout in the down tube that’s presumably in place to provide some aerodynamic shielding for water bottles. Two mounting positions are on tap for the seat tube bottle, too, and Pinarello is sticking with the Kamm tail “FlatBack” tube profiles that were introduced a few years ago. Overall, Pinarello claims a 7.3% reduction in aerodynamic drag relative to the F10, for a power savings of 8W when traveling at 40m/h. Further details on how those figures were generated were not immediately available, however.
Pinarello also claims a 10% increase in lateral frame stiffness (presumably at the bottom bracket) over the F10, thanks to a switch to Torayca 1100 carbon fiber and a redesigned chainstay profile, and cable routing is now fully internal, including through the cockpit and headset area, for a cleaner profile.
Accompanying the new Dogma F12 is Most Talon Ultra integrated cockpit, which is bolstered with its own set of heady claims: “10.3% lighter, 8.6% stiffer, and 5% more [aerodynamically] efficient” than the Most Talon Aero. Valid claims or not, it’s a moot point since the Dogma F12’s integrated internal cable routing will essentially require the Most Talon Ultra cockpit, regardless. Sixteen different combinations of stem length and bar width will be available, though, so the chances are good that interested buyers will be able to find one to fit.
Pinarello will offer the Dogma F12 in thirteen sizes both rim-brake and disc-brake versions, with the latter incorporating Pinarello’s “ForkFlap” fairings that are claimed to help divert oncoming air around the brake calipers, and 12mm front and rear thru-axles. Claimed weight for the rim-brake frame is 820g (unpainted, unspecified frame size), while the disc version is slightly heavier at 840g. Both versions are approved for tires up to 28mm-wide.
One thing that hasn’t changed relative to the Dogma F10? The F12 will still be outrageously expensive. Retail price for the rim-brake frameset is £5,000 (the disc version costs an additional £200), and the new Talon Ultra cockpit by itself is £750. Complete builds start (start!) at £9,000, topping out at £12,000. International prices are to be confirmed.