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Pinnacle Arkose D2 2020 Gravel Bike Review
[Price +/- 1000$]
Pinnacle Bikes is the own brand of British bicycle retailer Evans Cycles. Started in 2006, Pinnacle is now a well-established manufacturer of urban, hybrid and cyclocross bicycles.
The Pinnacle Arkose was a pioneer of gravel bikes, been around since 2013 before the term “gravel” became a trend. For 2020 it’s had the most significant re-design in its 7 years in the market.
The 2020 Arkose is a benchmark for the versatility this type of bike can offer. The frame has full compatibility for wheel size (650B x 52C or 700C x 45mm), rear axle and Di2/cable gearing options.
With such a tire clearance, this Pinnacle bike is sure to perform well on long-distance rides along challenging roads. The geometry is close to a tourer or adventure bike, with a long wheelbase and chainstay for stability under loads, the rider’s position is more upright compared to some competitors, it really seems a great gravel for bikepacking.
The Pinnacle Arkose 2020 is equipped with a 48-32 tooth chainset (46-30 tooth on women’s models) and a standard 11/34T cassette, a good range for most unloaded or light-loaded rides.
It features 3 bottle-cage mounts, mudguard and rack eyelets, just like a serious touring bike – another characteristic moving this rig more towards the long-distance adventure cycling world, and a bit away from the race-performance market.
The Pinnacle Arkose is a great adventure/bikepacking gravel bike – comfortable, reliable, and pretty cheap
Pinnacle Arkose 2020 – Specifications:
|Frame||6013-T6 heat treated alloy, w/Triple butted top and down tubes. 3 x bottle cage mounts, internal cable routing, interchangeable dropout & rack/mudguard mounts.|
|Fork||Full carbon fork and alloy steerer|
|Derailleurs||Shimano Tiagra 4700|
|Gears||20 – FSA Omega Adventure MegaEXO 48-32T/ Shimano HG50011-34T|
|Shifters||Shimano Tiagra 4700 10 Speed|
|Brakeset||Shimano RS405 hydraulic discs w/RT56 160mm rotors|
|Handlebars||Pinnacle 6061 alloy gravel bar, 130mm drop, 8 degree flare, 86mm reach (S/M – 420mm, L/XL – 440mm)|
|Rims||WTB ST i21 TCS 700c 32 hole, pinned, tubeless-ready|
|Hubs||Novatec 32H 2 sealed bearing (12 x 100mm + 12 x 142mm)|
|Tyres||WTB Riddler Comp 700 x 45c Tan Sidewall|
|Weight||11.4 kg (M-Size)|