Why Ollie Chose Rim Brakes For His New Pinarello Dogma F12

– This absolute beauty is my brand new Pinarello Dogma F12 with rim brakes. In GCN colors. It’s the exact same model
as ridden by Team INEOS in the Tour de France and it’s available in both rim brakes and disc brakes. Now, I’m going to tell
you all about my new bike and why I chose rim brakes specifically, I’m going to give you
all the measurements. I’m going to tell you the weight of it, but before I do, make
sure you subscribe to GCN if you haven’t already, and
also click the little bell icon ’cause it gives you notifications and it helps support the channel. (relaxed electronic music) Right, before we go any further, I’d better take my GCN water bottle out and my saddle bag off just to make the bike look a bit prettier. Pinarello are one of our bike sponsors here at GCN, and with that
comes the very lucky option for the presenters to pick
the model that they want. Now, Opie and Hank both
chose the F12 Disc. Jay Powers has gone for the Grevil+ bike. And I’ve gone for the F12 as well because road riding is my main passion. But, I chose the rim brake version. This is for a number of reasons and the first one is weight. Now, rim brake bikes still weigh less than disc brake bikes, it may not be much, it may only be a few hundred grams and the difference may mostly
be psychological in my head. But to me, it still matters. Most of the riding I do is on open roads with other cars and traffic. So I don’t like taking unnecessary risks on the descents and I feel that I’m able to descend safely without pushing the bike to the point where I need disc brakes. Also, most of the riding
that I do in my local area, it’s about 90% of the riding I do, is on roads and descents that
aren’t that long or technical. And I feel perfectly comfortable negotiating them on rim brakes. I have to stress that I
do believe disc brakes are for better braking
performance in all conditions. But, I’m not being paid to race if I race and I don’t feel like I want
to take unnecessary risks when the roads are slippery. The riding we do is very personal and the thing that I enjoy most when I ride a bike is racing my friends, and my brother in particular, up climbs. And for this, the slightly lighter bike that’s rim brake is
really appealing to me. Also in my life, I do a lot of traveling both with work and in my personal life. And that involves packing
bikes in an out of cars, packing bikes in and out
of bike boxes to fly with. And for this, I find rim brakes
much easier to live with. They’re much more simplistic
and if one is, say, rubbing, it’s easy to just adjust it on the fly and stop it rubbing, it’s a
bit more of an involved process with disc brakes and the new F12 has the best rim brakes you can get because it’s now direct
mount over the single mount that was on the F10. But I’m not anti disc brake at all, I think that there are
things on disc brakes that’re way better than rim brakes. I think there’s just
advantages and disadvantages to both systems at this point. Now there’s another very big factor as to why I’ve picked
rim brakes on this bike. And that is that I’m very lucky in that I already have a disc brake bike in the form of my wicked Orbea Orca Disc. Now, if I was heading out on a ride and it was going to be wet
or I was going somewhere with long and tricky descents, that’s the bike that I would opt for. Now I think if I could only have one bike, then I’d probably go
for a disc brake bike. It’s clearly the future,
and the weight penalty of disc brake bikes will
continue to come down and probably beat rim brakes eventually. In fact, we’ve already seen this year a few bikes like the new Cannondale EVO, are said to be lighter in
the disc brake version. But, there’s no one size fits all when it comes to the ideal bike for you,
or you, or you, or me. What we all want out of our bikes and where we do our riding
is different for everyone and if I lived in Iceland
with all of its epic gravel then I’d 100% want a gravel bike with big tires and disc brakes. If I lived in the Alps,
which I kind of wish I did, then I’d totally go for a lightweight bike with disc brakes too, ’cause I’d want them for the big long descents
that I’d be tackling in all weathers. So after opening that can of worms, I’m going to tell you about some of the other details on my bike. So I’ve got full Dura-Ace
Di2 groupset throughout. And I’ve swapped out the chainset for a Quarq D4 powermeter one. And to do this I actually had
to change the bottom bracket as well, so it came
with a threaded Italian external cut bottom bracket, and I’ve swapped that for a SRAM GXP one to accommodate the powermeter. And the external bottom bracket
adds a little bit of weight, but it’s a very durable system and it’s less prone to
creaking than a press fit one. So, onto the powermeter,
I’ve got 52 36 chain rings at the moment, but I
do like to change those depending on where I’m riding. So if I go somewhere really flat then I do like to put on bigger ones and smaller ones if I’m
heading to the mountains. And the nice thing is
about the new Shimano, is that the universal bolt spacing, or the bolt spacing on
the chainset, is the same. Which means that you can
change the chain rings irrespective of the size of the cranks, that wasn’t the case in older models. At the back I’ve got an 11 30 cassette and that’s the cassette
that I tend to use, well, pretty much all the time, wherever I ride. Then the wheels, they’re Zipp 202 NSW
Clinchers at the moment. But again, I do like to swap these, depending on where I’m riding. And we’re lucky that we’ve got a load of different wheel
depths available to us at GCN. Now, at the moment I’m in Yorkshire. And it’s very hilly, so
I’ve gone for the 202s ’cause they’re nice and light. And I won’t be going that fast
so aero is not that important on these steep climbs! On those I’ve got GP 5000s
from Continental as well, 25 millimeter width. Onto the cockpit, and we’ve
got the new Most Talon Ultra, integrated bar and stem. Now according to Pinarello, it’s lighter, stiffer,
and more aerodynamic than the one that was
previously found on the F10. But I just think it looks really cool. It’s really nice and neat and
all the cables are integrated through the bar, through the stem and into the head tube which, well, is just very neat and tidy. And out front we’ve got
the new Most Talon Mount which, my Wahoo Bolt is on there as well. And underneath, this is pretty neat, there’s a little mounting point here where you can attach a GoPro mount, which should come in handy for filming some GCN videos in the future. I’m going to do some measurements for you ’cause I know you love measurements. So my stem is 120 millimeters, the bars are 38 centimeters wide, I quite like a narrow bike,
I’ve had that on other bikes and my shoulders aren’t the widest so it feels comfortable. The bike frame is a size
56, the cranks are 172.5s, and my saddle height
from the center of the BB to the center of the
saddle is 77 centimeters. Oh, and in case you’re wondering,
I’m 185 centimeters tall. So, some other cool details on my bike, well, we’ve got the Topeak
Shuttle Carbon Bottle Cages. I like these, they’re cool,
they’re just 25 grams each for those bad boys. And my saddle of choice is the same that I’ve had on my other presenter bikes, it’s a Fizik Arione 00 saddle, which is my favorite saddle to sit on. And if you’re wondering
how much it weighs, well in this build, as you see it here, with the pedals, powermeter, and wheels, it’s hitting the scales at 7.15 kilograms. So, if I put tubular wheels on it I reckon I could get it close to 6.8. Right, I hope you’ve enjoyed this look at my beautiful Pinarello,
I certainly feel very luck to be able to ride this bike and if you have, please
give it a thumbs-up. And let us know in the comments section whether or not you would choose
rim brakes or disc brakes. Keep it civil and be
nice, and, (he laughs) I hope appreciate that I’ve given a balanced argument on
rim and disc brakes, and I’ve just tried to be honest about it. Now, if you’d like to watch another video on the beautiful F12, then you can click down
here on my chainset.