The Pinarello Dogma F8, as favoured by Team Sky and Team Wiggins

Product Overview

Overall rating:

Score 9

Pinarello Dogma F8

Pros:

  • Handling
  • Ride

Cons:

  • Safe ride
  • Looks might not appeal to all

Product:

Pinarello Dogma F8 (video)

Manufacturer:

Price as reviewed:

£9,799.00

Latest Deal

Loading
This product is featured in: Aero bikes: a complete buyer’s guide.

The Pinarello Dogma F8 is the eighth iteration of Pinarello’s range-topping Dogma frame that first launched in 2010. Since then it has won three Tours de France and countless other major races.

The Italian manufacturer now works exclusively with Team Sky and develops its bikes in tandem with them and the experts they have at their disposal.

The result of these collaborations is a £10k superbike designed to pull in the best engineering around aerodynamics, rigidity and comfort.

Frame

4Z8A9574 copy

The Dogma F8 has an asymmetric profile

The aim was to create the fastest bike in the world, according to Fausto Pinarello, and a collaboration between Team Sky, Pinarello and Jaguar was created to bring all their expertise into one room.

4Z8A9543 copy

Pinarello claims that its ‘Flatback’ tube profile reduces drag

The process was guided by carbon expert Dimitris Katsanis, who designed and built the UKSI track bikes used by British Cycling through three Olympic campaigns.

>>> Icons of cycling: UK Sports Institute track bike

Torayca T1100 1k carbon-fibre features throughout the frame — it’s costly but helps to maintain high stiffness levels in key areas — while the down tube’s FlatBack profile aids aerodynamics.

The reworked Bolide forks deserve a special mention. Designed to improve airflow by separating the fork and wheel elements, i.e. each blade and the wheel, they have a very different, yet very stable feel when out of the saddle. Rumours suggest the frame is made in a separate factory to ensure quality.

Specification

4Z8A9567 copy

The rear brake is hidden behind the asymmetric seat stays to improve aerodynamics

Full Dura-Ace Di2 is the ideal complement to the frame; it looks great and the ergonomics of the hoods feel pretty good too.

>>> Six things no one ever told you about Shimano Di2

4Z8A9545 copy

Shimano Dura Ace Di2 levers

Pinarello uses its own integrated stem and handlebar branded MOST, which I did swap out due to sizing (I needed a longer stem).

The MOST unit is, of course, more than adequate and is certainly fitting for a bike like this.

4Z8A9557 copy

The cables are internally routed

The wheels are Fulcrum Racing Zero Black with ceramic hubs. A good wheelset then, but the ceramic bearings couldn’t cope with gritty winter roads and quickly became noisy.

Ride

4Z8A9549 copy

The Dogma F8 is equipped with Dura Ace Di2

For a superbike that’s built to be fast across all road terrains, I was surprised at the comfort levels of the F8. While it remains hugely stiff it doesn’t beat you up along the way, a good thing considering some of the roads in the UK.

4Z8A9540 copy

You can do what you like with this bike and it will shrug it all off. Which is part of a small niggle that I feel this bike has — it lacks spark.

>>> Should you hire a bike or take your own when you go abroad?

It descends beautifully, doesn’t falter in a sprint and is light enough to be a climbing companion, but it does this without the flair or excitement you’d expect from something of this price and calibre.

Perhaps this is the price you pay for the ‘fastest bike in the world’.

Value

Pinarello Dogma F8 studio image

Alright, I admit… it’s hard to justify spending £10,000 on any bike, let alone recommend it as a great-value-for-money option.

But if you had the cash to splash and wanted a money-no-object dream bike with a proven pedigree, the Dogma F8 would surely have to be on your shortlist.

It really is one of the best bikes out there, but with many companies producing showstoppers, like the new Scott Foil or Canyon’s Aeroad, it’s sure to have stiff competition in 2016.

Verdict

Pinarello has really done something special here. It has produced a brilliant all-round road bike, with aero properties to benefit any rider, without hindering the performance or qualities that a regular Tour de France-winning bike should have. Thankfully you can select spec when purchasing bikes from Pinarello. For me I’ll have those wheels out or at least lose the ceramic bearings. I rode this bike in Majorca fitted with a set of Mavic R-Sys wheels, and they felt a much better match. I really do mean it when I say I’m disappointed in the safe ride of the F8, but that has always been the case with top-end framesets from Pinarello. It’ll do everything you want except thrill. Admittedly, it will work for most riders but if I was choosing my best bike for the best days, I’d want a bit more excitement

Details

Miles ridden:560
Weight:7.05kg / 15.54lb

Frame:Pinarello Dogma F8
Fork:Pinarello ONDA F8

Seat:Pinarello Air 8
Shifters:Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 9070

Front Derailleur:Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 9070
Rear Derailleur:Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 9070

Cassette:Shimano Dura Ace 11 speed, CS 9000 11-28
Chain:Unlabelled

Brakes:Shimano Dura Ace
Chainset:Shimano Dura Ace, FC 9000, 11 Speed 50-34

Bottom bracket:Italian threaded
Wheelset:Fulcrum Racing Zero Black, hub ceramic USB

Tyres:Vittoria Open Corsa CX 23-622
Handlebar and stem:Most Talon carbon

Saddle:Selle Italia Most Catopuma Carbon
Contact:Contact: www.yellow-limited.com

  • Max Smith

    The pricing would not be an such an issue if the product was not so way under guaranteed by either Pinarello or the US importer Gitabikes . They are happy to take your money but at year three , you are 100 percent on your own. This needs to be taken in consideration by anyone wishing to put down good amounts of money for a frame. I’ve fallen foul of this ( for a purchased new, low mileage and unabused frameset) . Buyer be wary , go with a frameset that has good multi year support. In the US , Pinarello is not that product.

  • llos25

    Because if you look closely there is a rear wheel stand made out of thick wire.

  • ken wood

    Ok, nice bike apart from the Shimano group but more important why is it not falling over in the first photo?

  • roddders

    A review written by someone with limited experience or even a clue about cycling. Blaming the wheels for bad maintenance, hardly a fault of the bearings! And what does this mean;
    ‘Rumours suggest the frame is made in a separate factory to ensure quality.’
    Are frames made in separate factories better quality than frames made in the same factory?
    Less of the click-bait and lame reviews, get your act together and employ some proper journalists and do some proper journalism.

  • TG

    Not worth £5k!

  • Durian Rider

    Made in china frame. Ive ridden these and they do ride nice but 10k for a chinese made ‘euro’ bike means the veblen good factor is as strong as ever.

  • Andrew Bairsto

    I do not hate this bicycle I have given my honest opinion and by the looks of it I not alone if the bike was 6k about what it is worth then I sure people would buy it but being ripped of is not in the humans culture .

  • Key thing here – IN YOUR OPINION. If someone can afford to spend 10k, then so what?

    Haters gonna hate…

  • Andrew Bairsto

    For a start IMO it is ugly it is 4k overpriced (at least)as for the car in my country there are places with no speed limits.I have just bought the wife a brand new Mitsubishi and it did not cost anywhere near as much as this monstrosity.

  • Josh Tambini

    I thought the same thing…if you tot it up you must be paying at least £7k for the frame alone. I don’t believe it can be that good!

  • Luke Toms

    £10k Bike and the wheel set could have been better. where has the money gone. paying for the name. Poor.

  • Samuel Clemens

    Is it just me or is that thing fugly? That’s a category into which I put Trek’s Madone and Specialized’s Venge, too. Personally, I prefer a bike that has some semblance to the machines of old (and I admit it, I ride an S-Works Tarmac which is on the edge of that definition).

  • Anthony

    Remember Andrew, you can’t ride a bank account; money spent on bicycles is money well spent.

    If after reading this you’re still raw about it, go have a good cry about it – tissues are quite cheap. Then, you can subsequently find something else to bitch about, like people buying any car nicer than a Kia. I can just imagine your drivel now: “£100,000 for a Porsche? It’s only as fast as the speed limit”. Dolt.

  • Tony Short

    Fulcrum Zeros are rebadged Campagnolo Shamals

  • Andrew Bairsto

    10k you have to be joking one other thing it is only as fast as the rider who rides it alone it is a stationary object.

  • Michael Dutton

    Normally if you are purchasing at this level, bike shops will allow you to specify different gruppo and wheelsets, however at least with electronic shifting you don’t get the whole brake shifter moving.

  • Don Jackson II

    Would be much better with Campagnolo gruppo and wheel set.