Pinarello F10 Disk

Re­fined han­dling now with even bet­ter stop­ping

Canadian Cycling Magazine - - CONTENTS - re­viewed by An­dre Cheuk

Hav­ing long been a fan of the han­dling of Pinarello bikes, from the Dogma 65.1 through to the F8, I was ea­ger to try the F10 Disk. Disc brakes prom­ise greater con­trol and more safety at higher speeds on the road. But, hav­ing rid­den more than a few disc-equipped road bikes, I knew that rim- and disc-equipped mod­els from the same brand don’t al­ways feels the same. A com­pany needs to ad­dress ad­di­tional and dif­fer­ent forces on a frame with disc brakes com­pared with its rim-brake equiv­a­lent. Some­times things are lost in trans­la­tion. I won­dered, does the F10 Disk feel like its sib­lings? Still feel like a Pinarello?

The F10 Disk obliged from the first ride, re­tain­ing the sig­na­ture Pinarello han­dling: a mix­ture of sharp, in­stan­ta­neous re­sponses that man­ages to stay just on the right side of sta­bil­ity. On the F10 Disk, I rel­ished ev­ery time the road curved, en­joy­ing the in­tu­itive han­dling that comes from sub­tle hip shifts to drop the bike into line. Yet the bike never crosses the line into twitch­i­ness; the F10 Disk does not pun­ish you for mo­men­tary lapses in at­ten­tion.

The ad­di­tion of disc brakes only mag­ni­fied the ex­pe­ri­ence. The abil­ity to pull the brakes pre­cisely at the last pos­si­ble mo­ment, while main­tain­ing con­trol, and to carry max­i­mum speed through turns is the kind of fun that never gets old. Roads that I had rid­den hun­dreds of times sud­denly seemed new again as I found slightly dif­fer­ent lines to cor­ner bet­ter.

Pinarel­los are sold as frame­sets in Canada, but my test bike was out­fit­ted with the lat­est Shi­mano Dura-ace 9170 Di2 hy­draulic disc groupset. It’s a setup that I rec­om­mend highly, if your bud­get al­lows, which, if you are con­sid­er­ing this frame, is prob­a­bly at least close. The power and mod­u­la­tion of Shi­mano’s flag­ship hy­draulic disc brakes are clearly su­pe­rior to their rim brake coun­ter­parts. It re­ally is no longer pos­si­ble to ob­ject to disc brakes on a per­for­mance ba­sis. On grounds of es­thet­ics or tra­di­tions, sure. But you’d be deny­ing re­al­ity to ar­gue that ro­tors don’t of­fer bet­ter per­for­mance.

The F10 Disk does seems to en­cour­age a more seated style of climb­ing, churn­ing gears in a Froome­like man­ner if you will, in con­trast to other Pinarel­los I’d rid­den pre­vi­ously. I wasn’t any slower up any of my usual climbs, com­pared with my Strava times or my usual ride part­ners. The bike didn’t feel heavy as I rode, even though the disc ver­sion car­ries a very mi­nor weight in­crease.

The F10 Disk doesn’t take ad­van­tage of the added space a disc con­fig­u­ra­tion can al­low for wider tires. The bike won’t take any­thing big­ger than 25-mm tires, which you might con­sider a miss. Then again, the Pinarello F10 Disk is a pure road bike. It’s far too nice to take on gravel; it is prob­a­bly just as well that big­ger tires can’t be fit­ted.

In pair­ing the flag­ship frame with disc brakes, Pinarello has found a com­bi­na­tion that com­ple­mented and en­hanced the han­dling they are known for, cre­at­ing a racer that is wor­thy of con­sid­er­a­tion for fans of the Ital­ian mar­que.


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