Bike Test: Pinarello Dogma F8 (2015) RIDE70
This brand with plenty of heritage continues to reinvent itself. The Dogma F8 was another innovative creation released in 2015. Read the review of this Pinarello as it appeared in our magazine…
“Anyone who has observed cycling in the last 25 years or more would recognise the strong influence of Pinarello on the race scene. In certain areas of Australia, it is also clear that this investment in marketing (and R&D with some of the most prolific performers in professional cycling) has paid off: despite the cost, there are plenty being ridden in bunches around our fair land.
“Not everyone will notice the benefits Pinarello claims it has gained by being able to use Jaguar’s CFD facility during the design process of the F8.
“And it’s wrong to suggest that, just because this frame uses conventional calipers (in this instance, Campagnolo Super Record, dual pivot front and rear) that the frame doesn’t feature integrated braking. Asymmetric frames aren’t new to Pinarello but the wind tunnel testing by Jaguar resulted in additional off-centre tweaks, including one at the rear brake bridge “to guide airflow cleanly around the brake caliper”. This quote is, of course, from the press release. How would I know if air rushed over the rear better than the Dogma 65.1 used by Wiggo and Froomey to win the Tours de France of 2012 and 2013?”
Build report in brief
Not happy with a standard seat collar, the Dogma employs a wedge to secure the seatpost with two 2.5mm grub screws tightened through the rear of the seat tube. These screws are only tightened to 4Nm which is significantly less than ‘standard’ (5Nm for carbon posts) but it has a coarse edge which contacts the seatpost and should prevent it from slipping.
The wedge also has two grooves for the grub screws to fit into, providing a flat surface for the screws to sit on. Such a design is important so the grub screws lock into position without the risk of moving.
It is the little things which make big differences when riding a premium bike and this is a prime example of where Pinarello has considered the bike’s long-term use.
Click the image above to see the review as it appeared in #RIDE70 (November 2015).
- Ever wondered why ‘Froomey’ dips his head so often when riding? He actually explained that it helps him breathe a little better… but perhaps he also likes having another look at what is a particularly attractive frame.
- The raised left ridge of the carbon above the brake bridge has been added for aero benefits: the CFD modelling found that air turbulence around the brake caliper can be minimised.
- Built with mechanical-shifting Campagnolo gears, the test bike didn’t need to take into account battery placement and the cables are all tucked away tidily.
- The seatstays still have a little bit of a dip but no longer the significant wave of the Dogma 65.1.