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Pinarello F10 | Spotting a fake

Ever wondered what the differences were between a genuine and counterfeit Pinarello F10?

We've documented the noticeable ones below.

The main difference is that Pinarello design and implement the lay up of their frames. The right carbon goes in the right places as specified by Pinarello.

Taking in the frame as a whole it's quite tricky to tell the difference. The overall shape isn't far off being a perfect copy.

Looking closer the differences become apparent. The bolts used are cheaper and show signs of corrosion. The hanger itself is a little less refined without rounded corners.

The fake has a much chunkier rear mech hanger.

Neither of these frames are made in Italy. Especially the one with 'made in Italy' printed on it.

The genuine F10 has an Italian threaded BB shell whereas the fake has a standard english thread. The real decal is pronounced instead of flat on the fake.

The Di2 cover plate on the the counterfeit is very rough around the edges.

The join between the dropout and seat stay breaks the smooth curve of the stay on the fake.

The cable exit point on the real F10 is over to one side whereas the fake is more central.

Genuine Pinarello serial number decals include a bar code. The sticker on the fake is the labelling system used by the factor to record stock.

Pronounced and uneven bottle cage mounting points on the fake

The fake is using a much older, outdated moulding technology than the genuine model. crude plastic bagging is inflated inside the frame to compress the carbon against the mould. The real F10 uses a semi-rigid bladder that produces a cleaner more uniform internal surface.


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