Leading up to the kickoff of the Pro Tour season, Pinarello has unveiled their newest race bike. Going straight from the F8 to the F10, as is typical, the new bike promises to be better in almost every way. In addition to better looks, the frame builds in a few new features in increase the aerodynamic advantage while carbon tech keeps the weight low and the stiffness high…
Many of the new additions to the F10 frame come by way of their Bolide TT frame. One of those details comes in the form of their Fork Flap design which is said to better direct the flow of air around the back of the front wheel to reduce drag and improve handling. Additionally, the F10 uses a concave downtube which offers a big performance increase in aerodynamics between the downtube and water bottles. This detail has already generated some controversy as Velocite claims that both the Bolide TT and the new F10 violate their patents on the downtube design – more on that in another post.
Along with aerodynamic tweaks, the frame builds in electronic control into the downtube. Called E-Link, the housing for the control unit makes for a cleaner design rather than having something hanging off the stem.
Thanks to the addition of Torayca 1100-1k carbon fiber in addition to other, the frame ends up 6.5% lighter but 7.1% stiffer. Claimed weight for a 53cm frame is 820g.
Offered in 8 stock colors including Team Wiggins and Team Sky editions, the F10 is also part of their My Way program which allows further customization of paint, decal, and other color options.