First impressions of the new Pinarello F7: Beautiful, balanced, but needs better wheels and tyres

Spot-on handling, mellow when you need it to be, but the wheels and tyres need to step up

A red and black pinarello F road bike
(Image: © Will Jones)

Early Verdict

Beautiful handling characteristics and a great all rounder, but held back by the wheels and tyres


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    Handling is nothing short of wonderful

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    Aesthetically lovely

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    Comfy, for a race bike


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    In-house wheels are narrow and heavy

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    Tyres lack grip

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Pinarello has just overhauled its road range. Gone are the Prince (fast road) and Paris (endurance) models, replaced by the new F and X series. The F is there to cater to what Pinarello is dubbing its ‘Beat’ target market (as in beating other riders; competitive riding), while the X is there for ‘Play’ (as in… uh... play; playing). Head to our new-Pinarello news piece to see all the inner machinations of both the new ranges.

I was lucky enough to escape the appalling January weather in the UK and head to Spain to see the full range in the flesh, and spend some time aboard an F7, kitted out with the Shimano Ultegra Di2 build.

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Will Jones
Tech Writer

Will joined the Cyclingnews team as a reviews writer in 2022, having previously written for Cyclist, BikeRadar and Advntr. There are very few types of cycling he's not dabbled in, and he has a particular affection for older bikes and long lasting components. Road riding was his first love, before graduating to racing CX in Yorkshire. He's been touring on a vintage tandem all the way through to fixed gear gravel riding and MTB too. When he's not out riding one of his many bikes he can usually be found in the garage tinkering with another of them, or getting obsessive about tyres. Also, as he doesn't use Zwift, he's our go-to guy for bad weather testing... bless him.

Rides: Custom Zetland Audax, Bowman Palace:R, Peugeot Grand Tourisme Tandem, Falcon Explorer Tracklocross, Fairlight Secan & Strael