Cervelo R5 vs Pinarello Dogma F (2023)

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In this article, I’ll guide you through a comparison between the Cervelo R5 and Pinarello Dogma F; both popular road bikes among cyclists.

I’ll walk through the Cervelo R5 and Pinarello Dogma F models lineup, their specifications, and retail pricing (USD). I’ll explain the carbon fiber technology used ( vs Pinarello TorayCa Carbon), and unique frameset features for each bike.

The goal is to help you get a better understanding before you make your final purchasing decision.

Cervelo R5Pinarello Dogma F
Type of bikeLightweight, all-rounderAll-rounder
Frame materialCervelo carbonTorayCa T1100 carbon
Frame sizes48, 51, 54, 56, 58, 61430, 465, 500, 515, 530, 540, 550, 560, 575, 595, 620
GroupsetShimano, SRAM (12-speed)Shimano, SRAM, Campagnolo (12-speed)
BrakesHydraulic discHydraulic disc
CablingInternalInternal
Price (USD)$9,000 to $13,000Check with local retailers
Overview of Cervelo R5 and Pinarello Dogma F

Cervelo R5

Cervelo R5 SRAM Red eTap AXS
Cervelo R5. Photo : Cervelo

The Cervélo R5 is an all-rounder road race bike. The Cervélo R5 sits at the top with the best components and is ridden by Jonas Vingegaard to win the 2022 and 2023 Tour de France.

Cervélo R5 and R-Series (discontinued in 2022) share the same carbon fiber material. Cervélo calls the carbon tubing design, the Squoval Max, a reference to the combination of Square and Oval tube shapes to achieve a balance between weight, stiffness, and aerodynamic benefits according to their CFD analysis.

The Cervélo R5 is disc-only with an integrated cockpit. It’s also available in a frameset only.

ModelFrame materialGroupsetWheelsetRetail price (USD)
Cervelo R5CarbonShimano Dura-Ace Di2 (R9200)Reserve 34/37$13,000
Cervelo R5CarbonSRAM Red eTap AXSReserve 34/37$13,000
Cervelo R5CarbonShimano Ultegra Di2 (R8100)Reserve 34/37$9,000
Cervelo R5CarbonSRAM Force eTap AXSReserve 34/37$9,000
Cervélo R5 models lineup

Pinarello Dogma F

Pinarello Dogma F Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 (R9200)
Pinarello Dogma F Shimano Dura-Ace Di2. Photo : Pinarello

The Pinarello Dogma F was released just days before the 2021 Tour de France. It’s Pinarello’s fastest and lightest performance road bike to date. It’s the bike that Ineos-Grenadiers will race on in July.

The main improvement in the Pinarello Dogma F is weight savings. By reducing weight in the cockpit, fork, headset, seat tube, and seat clamp, the Dogma F is 265g lighter than the Dogma F12 in the same configuration for a size 53. Pinarello also redesigned the (although subtle) fork, downtube, and seat stays. Combining these allows air to flow with less interruption, improving aerodynamics by 4.8% over the Dogma F12.

The Pinarello Dogma F is available in 11 frame sizes with 16 handlebar reach/widths and two seat post setback choices. This gives the cyclist 352 sizing options to get the ideal fit. As the top-of-the-line bike, the Pinarello Dogma F is only available with the best electronic shifting groupsets from Shimano, SRAM, or Campagnolo.

ModelFrame materialGroupsetWheelset
Pinarello Dogma FToray T1100 carbonShimano Dura-Ace Di2 (R9200)Shimano Dura-Ace C50
Pinarello Dogma FToray T1100 carbonSRAM Red eTap AXSDT Swiss ARC 1400
Pinarello Dogma FToray T1100 carbonCampagnolo Super Record EPSCampagnolo Bora WTO
Pinarello Dogma F models lineup

Cervelo vs Pinarello carbon fiber

Cervelo Carbon

Cervelo doesn’t publicly release information about the types of carbon fiber used on their road bikes.

From my observation of the current Cervelo bikes lineups, there are at least two carbon fiber grades used.

  • Highest grade. Cervelo R5 and S5 could be using the highest carbon fiber grade of all the models. These are pure race bikes used by the pros and would likely have the best carbon fiber available at Cervelo.
  • Mid-grade. Cervelo Caledonia and Soloist could be using a mid-level carbon and heavier fiber grade of all the models. These are endurance bikes that prioritize comfort over stiffness. So it’s not a surprise to see a lower-grade carbon fiber being used here.

Frameset technologies and innovations

Cervelo R5 and Pinarello Dogma F framesets incorporate advanced technologies to enhance their bikes’ performance and ride characteristics.

Here’s an overview of the technologies used in each bike model.

Cervélo R5

Unlike other road bike brands, there is minimal information about the technologies used in the Cervélo R5 frameset. The most obvious, and talked-about feature is the Squoval tube shapes.

Squoval stands for square-oval tube shapes. They are a unique design feature that combines the benefits of both square and oval tubes to produce frames that are stiff, light, and aero.

According to Cervélo, the seat tube doesn’t undergo much stress compared to the down and top tubes. Hence, the Cervélo engineers designed a smaller, thinner, and lighter seat tube. On the other hand, the down and top tubes are beefed up to be stiff, and strong while using as little material as possible. This led to the square-oval design seen on the R5.

Pinarello Dogma F

NameDescription
T1100 1K carbon fiberThe T1100 refers to a high-grade carbon fiber known for its exceptional tensile strength and modulus. This results in a frame that is incredibly stiff and durable.

The 1K signifies that each tow of carbon fiber contains 1,000 filaments. This fine weave creates a lightweight, robust frame that also enhances the bike’s aesthetic appeal.
Asymmetric frameThe Pinarello Dogma F series has an asymmetric frame that compensates for the unbalanced forces generated by the drivetrain. The right side of the frame is stiffer and stronger than the left side, to improve power transfer and efficiency. The asymmetric frame also enhances the handling and stability of the bike
Nanoalloy TechnologyImplemented in the carbon fiber resin, this technology uses microscopic nanoparticles to form a composite material highly resistant to impacts and fatigue. This means the bike frame maintains its structural integrity under stress and over time, reinforcing the quality of the Pinarello Dogma F.
TiCRTotal Internal Cable Routing (TiCR) is the state-of-the-art internal cable routing system that sets the standard across the whole bike industry. This system is versatile, accommodating both wireless and electro-mechanical group sets.

TiCR completely conceals the cables within the bar/stem or integrated handlebar. This not only enhances the bike’s aesthetic appeal but also significantly improves aerodynamic performance and protects the cables from external elements.
FlatBack ProfileThe FlatBack Profile is a significant aerodynamic feature in the Pinarello Dogma F. Essentially, it’s a truncated aerofoil design that provides an aerodynamic advantage while adhering to the 3:1 rule set by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI).

By using this design, the bike achieves excellent aerodynamic performance with minimal lateral wind resistance. This means less energy is expended fighting wind resistance, leading to greater speed and efficiency.
Onda ForkThe Onda Fork is a distinctive Pinarello technology that has been around since 2000. This fork’s unique design offers precise steering abilities, stability, and a notable reduction of both longitudinal and lateral shocks. It does this by effectively absorbing road vibrations and dissipating them before they can reach the rider, resulting in a smoother, more comfortable ride.
Pinarello Dogma F’s frameset features and technologies

Where to buy

Cervelo retailers

Pinarello retailers