A first ride review of the new Pinarello Dogma F: An exceptional bike, but the gains are too marginal

Utterly sublime handling, good looks, and lithe climbing feel, but differences to the old model are so small it's hard to justify on paper

A blue Pinarello Dogma F stands on a rock
(Image: © Future)

Early Verdict

A true standout bike in terms of handling characteristics and climbing performance, but insufficiently different from the old model to warrant an upgrade


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    Truly remarkable handling

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    Featherweight and whippy uphill

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    Much improved cockpit


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    It's very, very expensive

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    It's not really much better than the old one on paper

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As per my reflections on the tech trends I expect to see ahead of the Tour de France I find myself yet again penning things in a departure lounge. Press launches are predominantly a chance for brands to show off their latest wares in a carefully crafted environment, and this is never more true than for a flagship bike. The outgoing Dogma F had been a bit of an outlier in its time insofar as it was a ‘one bike’ solution to Ineos Grenadiers' racing needs. Pinarello is quick to point out that other brands have decided to follow suit in recent times, but regardless of what everyone else is doing the new Dogma F takes over as a like-for-like single bike solution for climbing, aero, and Classics duties. 

All the changes and the more technical aspects of the bike are detailed in our new Pinarello F launch story, but for those of you unwilling to get stuck in the weeds of carbon moduli, the headline figures are a 108g weight saving, 40g of which comes from a new cockpit, a 0.2% improvement in the drag coefficient, and an increased tyre clearance up to 30c. As we are increasingly seeing, the changes to bike models are becoming ever more iterative and marginal. 

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Will Jones
Senior Tech Writer

Will joined the Cyclingnews team as a reviews writer in 2022, having previously written for Cyclist, BikeRadar and Advntr. He’s tried his hand at most cycling disciplines, from the standard mix of road, gravel, and mountain bike, to the more unusual like bike polo and tracklocross. He’s made his own bike frames, covered tech news from the biggest races on the planet, and published countless premium galleries thanks to his excellent photographic eye. Also, given he doesn’t ever ride indoors he’s become a real expert on foul-weather riding gear. His collection of bikes is a real smorgasbord, with everything from vintage-style steel tourers through to superlight flat bar hill climb machines.