Launched early in 2017, the Pinarello F10 is the bike that will be raced by Team Sky at the Tour de France this July. We took Danny van Poppel’s F10 into the studio earlier this year and collected the Dutch rider’s bike measurements and considered his choice of components.
Team Sky has one of the largest budgets ever seen in pro cycling and, because its quest for “marginal gains”, the product suppliers are always pushed to eke out every advantage possible for the riders. The F10 is the result of this long collaboration…
Photo: Yuzuru Sunada
Danny van Poppel’s Pinarello F10
Bike sizing info
Manufacturer’s size: 55cm
Saddle height (from BB): 780mm
Handlebar height: 908mm
Drop: 122mm Reach: 580mm
Saddle setback: 80mm
Pro since: 2013 Age: 23
Height: 183cm Weight: 78kg
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The new ‘win code’ stripes and dashes are part of Team Sky’s paint scheme for 2017; these represent wins by the team over the years. After Danny van Poppel’s victory in the prologue of the Jayco-Herald Sun Tour, it was jokingly asked if another line would be added. The answer came without even a grin, “Yes. That’s the plan.”
That was February and, by then, there was one particular bike with the new dark R9150 Dura-Ace cranks: the one that was being raced by Chris Froome. When the Pinarello F8 frame was unveiled a few years ago, there was much hype about how it was created in partnership with Jaguar… no longer a sponsor of Team Sky. Needless to say there was little reference to the car company in January 2017.
This is a meticulous build but as the mechanics have to build so many bikes for this team, Gary Blem admitted: “It’s helpful that they come together with a minimum of fuss.”
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It seemed as though the internet stopped a little when the new F10 dropped early in January 2017. It provoked plenty of discussion and the consensus was positive.
We can applaud Pinarello for releasing a bike and actually having the product ready to race the very same week.
We were lucky enough to get a glimpse of this new beast and even with some very sparkling new parts from Shimano that no other team were able to get their hands on (in January).
The F10 frameset screams: tech!
It’s an obvious evolution of previous Pinarello bikes but with one main modification in mind, aerodynamics.
Everything from the fork to the rear end has been changed to make this bike friendlier in the wind tunnel, even the water bottle cages are set into the frame to allow air to flow smoothly over the top of the rider’s water bottle, apparently saving some valuable watts.
Although the bike is very much an aero product it still keeps that trademark Pinarello look.
The new Shimano groupset is integrated into the frame with the new junction box sitting inside the down tube.
Danny van Poppel’s new F10 was adorned with Shimano 9150, fresh from the factory; it’s such a rare groupset, in fact, that Sky was the only team with it on their bikes. The groupset is refined and transformed, delivering a sleek design from Shimano with slim derailleurs, lightweight design and integration on a level not seen before.
The highlight for me is the new junction box, held neatly in the frame. We talked to Sky’s mechanic, Gary Blem, about it and he gushed. “We are excited about the bike and the guys love it,” he said.
“The Dura-Ace was easy to install and leaves a better look. The cranks? We are expecting the new ones are waiting on Stages to have new crank arms.”
A previous bike shop owner I worked for was big on bike fit and he once mentioned that Sky had stems for their riders in one millimetre increments. I thought it was an urban myth but Danny’s bike is fitted with a “141mm stem”. It is etched into it.
Having a range of stems in minor increments is a big investment and it’s awesome to see that Pro is trying to give riders every advantage that they can get.
The team is obviously all about the small gains it can make and this is just part of that approach. The handlebars are Sky branded Pro components which again adds a unique touch with the blue theme being all over the bike, not just the frame.
The ever trusted Shimano Dura-Ace C50 wheel keeps the bike rolling, these loose ball bearings hubs are a little more low-tech than some used by other teams but they are race proven. Newer 9100 wheels will be fitted later in the year.
It is no wonder that a team which has such a dialled-in race set-up would be on the Continental Competition Pro Ltd, the most popular tyre in the peloton.
– By Lachlan McKillop