After Tom Pidcock officially signed with the Ineos Grenadiers squad in early 2021, Pinarello knew they had to get to work right away. They already had a solid cyclocross bike with the existing Crossista, but they knew with talent the likes of Pidcock helping to guide them, there was room for improvement. That improvement eventually led to the bike that is officially launching today—the Pinarello Crossista F.

Now he’s ridden the all-new Pinarello to his first-ever elite men’s World Championship title in Fayetteville!

Tom Pidcock's new Pinarello Crossista F cyclocross bike

Check out that curved top tube! Stock photos c. Pinarello

According to Pinarello, there were specific areas of the frame that Tom and his team hoped to improve. After visiting the Pinarello HQ in Treviso in Spring 2021, Tom tested the existing bike and then got straight to work with the Pinarello R&D team to create what would eventually be called the Crossista F.

Thomas Pidcock of The United Kingdom and Team INEOS Grenadiers during the 2nd Dendermonde UCI Cyclo-Cross

DENDERMONDE, BELGIUM – DECEMBER 26: Thomas Pidcock of The United Kingdom and Team INEOS Grenadiers during the 2nd Dendermonde UCI Cyclo-Cross Worldcup 2021 – Men’s Elite / #CXWorldCup / @UCIcyclocrossWC / on December 26, 2021 in Dendermonde, Belgium. (Photo by Luc Claessen/Getty Images)

One of the big things Tom wanted was an updated top tube and front triangle to make shouldering and running with the bike easier and more comfortable.

Thomas Pidcock of The United Kingdom and Team INEOS Grenadiers competes during the 32nd GP Adrie Van der Poel Hoogerheide UCI Cyclo-Cross Worldcup 2022

HOOGERHEIDE, NETHERLANDS – JANUARY 23: Thomas Pidcock of The United Kingdom and Team INEOS Grenadiers competes during the 32nd GP Adrie Van der Poel Hoogerheide UCI Cyclo-Cross Worldcup 2022, Men’s Elite / #CXWorldCup / on January 23, 2022 in Hoogerheide, Netherlands. (Photo by Luc Claessen/Getty Images)

Unspecified geometry tweaks were made to the frame including changing the BB height, apparently guided by Tom’s impressive bike handling skills.

Pinarello Crossista F frame

And since this is a cyclocross race bike for the highest level of competition (complete with your own personal mechanic), the Crossista F has updates to the internal cable routing which allow for completely hidden wires and hoses up front. Additional water drain holes have also been added to the frame because CX.

Thomas Pidcock of The United Kingdom and Team INEOS Grenadiers celebrates at finish line as race winner during the 9th Rucphen UCI Cyclo-Cross Worldcup 2021

RUCPHEN, NETHERLANDS – DECEMBER 18: Thomas Pidcock of The United Kingdom and Team INEOS Grenadiers celebrates at finish line as race winner during the 9th Rucphen UCI Cyclo-Cross Worldcup 2021 – Men’s Elite / #CXWorldCup / @UCIcyclocrossWC / on December 18, 2021 in Rucphen, Netherlands. (Photo by Luc Claessen/Getty Images)

Impressively, the first prototypes were turned around by September 2021, with another version delivered to Tom just in time for his CX debut in Boom. The bike (and Tom) seems to be working out great with it already securing five podiums including his first victory at a Men’s Elite CX world cup in Rucphen in December. To prove it wasn’t a fluke, he followed up with a second victory in January in Hulst.

Tom Pidcock’s Pinarello Crossista F CX Bike for World Championship

Tom Pidcock's Pinarello Crossista F CX Bike for World Championship

Fayetteville photos c. Jordan Villella

All of that brings us to today, with Tom and his team on the ground in Fayetteville, AR to compete in the World Championships. Pinarello says that testing to this point led to another change in carbon layup before what could be the production bike was built up and delivered to Tom in time for the race. Fortunately, our resident CX expert Jordan Villella is in Arkansas to cover the event and snapped these photos of Tom’s latest bike. According to Pinarello, the bike weighs in at 7.39kg (16.29lb) in the official team’s race configuration.

Tom Pidcock's Pinarello Crossista F CX Bike for World Championship Tom Pidcock's Pinarello Crossista F CX Bike for World Championship

Tom Pidcock's Pinarello Crossista F CX Bike for World Championship

There are some interesting details in the paint work—will Tom play his cards right this weekend and become world champ (the answer is yes, yes he will)? Also, even with the new geometry he apparently likes to run his seat very far back, even with a setback post.

Tom Pidcock's Pinarello Crossista F CX Bike for World Championship Tom Pidcock's Pinarello Crossista F CX Bike for World Championship

Thanks to the hidden hoses and wires up front, the cockpit is super clean.

Tom Pidcock's Pinarello Crossista F CX Bike for World Championship

From the looks of it, Tom is still riding 11-speed Dura-Ace with custom CX-specific chainrings.

Tom Pidcock's Pinarello Crossista F CX Bike for World Championship

Team ineos wheel bags

Wheel and tire choice for race day is still a mystery, but at the time this was running Challenge Grifo Ultra 33s on Dura-Ace wheels.

Tom Pidcock's Pinarello Crossista F CX Bike replica

Want a Crossista F of your own? Pinarello says that the first commercial versions will be available late 2022 in the Tom Pidcock replica color above, as well as two additional colors released later this year. For more on the bike’s release, check out the ‘making of’ documentary which will be unveiled tomorrow.

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Robin
Robin
3 months ago

From afar modern Pinarellos look really nice, but as you approach them, you realize there’s a bizarre tube shape or two. It’s like they design a beautiful frame and then call in Mugatu to put the finishing touches on things.

Dockboy
Dockboy
3 months ago
Reply to  Robin

That top tube does it in for me. I really like the chainstays, the seatstays are fine, but the pinched tube is just weird. Even a consistent transition from round to flat and back would have been prettier. Maybe even more comfortable, depending on exact rider position.

TypeVertigo
3 months ago
Reply to  Dockboy

Seems like it’s for more comfortable portage while shouldered. Makes sense in that respect, but doesn’t make it any more attractive

Jaap
Jaap
3 months ago

I wouldn’t call Tom a sucker…

jhonny mnemonic
jhonny mnemonic
3 months ago

it’s beautiful, shaped by its function, all the rest is useless.

tech9
3 months ago

surprised he is not using one of the RX or XTR clutch di2 derailleurs on it. No chain keeper either (unless you consider the front derailleur a chain keeper).

Sean
3 months ago
Reply to  tech9

You don’t really need a clutch derailleur if you are running a properly adjusted 2x system. Chain drops are less likely because the front derailleur acts as a chain guide. If you do throw a chain, you can just push it back on while you pedal with the front derailleur.