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Those who follow road cycling closely know that Team INEOS is fanatical about selecting products that achieve marginal gains and help its riders perform best during competition. You might have also noticed that, up until this point, most of its riders have chosen rim brakes over disc. Keep in mind that these riders get paid to race for a living and Froome, Bernal, Thomas, et al make it their jobs to maintain single-digit fat percentages and light it up on the climbs, so every gram saved, and fast wheel changes during the heat of battle, matter. That being said, we have seen some of its team riders embracing discs and with only a 20-gram weight penalty between it and the rim version and a night and day difference in power, modulation, and control, along with an aero benefit, we'll gladly choose the disc version every time. We truly believe in 2 to 3 years' time, the disc versus rim debate will be a moot point and the entire peloton will be scrubbing speed on dedicated rotors.
Pinarello wasn't always on board with discs, however, and many of its previous versions were simply repurposed rim brake models that had previsions for calipers added to the frame and fork, not optimal if you want to maximize weight savings, responsiveness, and ride comfort. With the F12 Disk, it's designed from the top-down as a disc brake machine and is constructed using an optimized layup of its Carbon Torayca T1100 1K Dream Carbon with Nanoalloy Technology. In doing so, it achieves the proper strength to withstand high braking forces. We can report the frame weight is reduced relative to the F10 Disk, and only bothers the scales at an impressive 840 grams (unpainted), again only 20 paperclips more than the rim version. Pinarello's mastery of T1100 1K Dream allows it to further refine the layup, reducing redundant material and increasing the efficiency of the carbon to save weight and achieve its desired ride characteristics.
The new fork wasn't immune to the update wand either and gets an impressive 40-percent increase in torsional stiffness compared to the F10 Disk. You'll simply descent faster and brake later with the confidence of the more powerful and better-controlled braking. Additionally, its shapes and profiles receive further refinements to improve this critical leading-edge component. Pinarello claims a drag reduction of 7.3 percent, which equals a savings of 8 watts at a real-world speed of 40kmh, compared to the F10, certainly enough to affect the outcome of a race. Returning highlights include the ForkFlap, a design queue we've seen imitated on more and more competitors disc brake aero forks.
We'd also be remiss if we didn't mention the increase in torsional and lateral stiffness at the bottom bracket by some 10 percent. Strong, powerful riders on the team such as Christian Knees and Ian Stannard will certainly appreciate this, and you'll be sure to notice it on the local bergs and cols that make up your favorite cycling loop. That additional stiffness doesn't come at the expense of ride quality, however, and we're also happy that F12 Disk can now accommodate up to a 28mm wide tire which adds oodles of grip and comfort while decreasing rolling resistance.
Besides better braking, perhaps our favorite feature with the F12 Disk is its ability to pair with the updated Most Talon Ultra integrated handlebar. The setup provides ultra-clean looks and watt saving internal cable routing meaning no housing is exposed to your eyes or the wind. The numbers are also impressive: 8 percent stiffer, 5 percent more aero, and 10 percent lighter than before.