Pinnacle Arkose: Spot-On Review and Comparison of the 2022 Models

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Last Updated on 7 November 2023 by Cycloscope

Pinnacle Arkose D2 2020 Gravel Bike

Pinnacle Arkose Review! Budget Adventure Gravel

The 2022 models compared Arkose 1 VS 2 VS 3 VS 4 and how they differ from D1/D2 and Arkose X 2020 Gravel Bike Review

  • Frame Material: Alloy
  • Fork: Carbon
  • Wheel Size: 700c / 29″
  • Number of Spokes: 32
  • Max Tire Clearance: 45mm
  • Weight: 11.3 kg
  • Price: from GBP800 to GBP1,500

There’s always a bit of confusion when manufacturers decide to change the name of bike models without really changing the design.

Before we had the Pinnacle Arkose D1, Arkose D2, D3, X, and Arkose A8 – but now in 2022 Pinnacle renamed them to Arkose 1, Arkose 2, Arkose 3 and Arkose 4.

The frame design hasn’t changed at all but the choice of components is slightly different, we’ll see it in the specs section.

Is Pinnacle a good Brand?

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. Their products are affordable and good quality.

Pinnacle Akrose Gravel Bike Review

The Pinnacle Arkose was a pioneer of gravel bikes, been around since 2013 before the term “gravel” became a trend. In 2020 it’s had the most significant re-design in its 7 years in the market and has remained the same for 2021 and 2022.

The 2020 Pinnacle 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.

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

Pinnacle Arkose Specifications Compared

For 2022 Pinnacle released four versions of the Arkose, with slightly different builds and price tags, we’ll compare their technical specs in the table section below.

The Pinnacle Arkose 1 is equipped with a Claris 48-32 tooth crankset and 11/34t cassette.

A 46-30t and a standard 11/32t cassette is the drivetrain of the Arkose 2, a good range for most unloaded or light-loaded rides.

The Arkose 3 and 4 go for a GRX 1×11 with a 40t in the front and an 11-42 cassette, a sacrificing gear range for simplicity is one of the trends we’ve seen in these last years with 1×11 and 1×12 becoming a very common sight on gravel bikes. The Pinnacle Arkose 3 and 4 both come with Shimano BR-RX400 hydraulic disk brakes.

——–Arkose 4 Arkose 1 Arkose 2 Arkose 3
Weight10.1 kg11.3 kg11.4 kg10.4 kg
Wheel Size700c700c700c700c
Wheel MaterialAluminiumAluminiumAluminiumAluminium
Brake TypeHydraulic Disc
Shimano BR-RX400
Tektro MD C510
Mechanical Disc
TRP Spyre
Mechanical Disc
Hydraulic Disc
Shimano BR-RX400
Drive trainShimano GRX 1×11
40t x 11-42t
Claris 2×8
48/32t x 11-34t
Sora 2×9
46/30t x 11-32t
Shimano GRX 1×11
40t x 11-42t

Pinnacle Arkose Generic Specs

Frame6013-T6 heat treated alloy, w/Triple butted top and down tubes. 3 x bottle cage mounts, internal cable routing, interchangeable dropout & rack/mudguard mounts.
ForkFull carbon fork and alloy steerer
HandlebarsPinnacle 6061 alloy gravel bar, 130mm drop, 8 degree flare, 86mm reach (S/M – 420mm, L/XL – 440mm)
RimsWTB ST i21 TCS 700c 32 hole, pinned, tubeless-ready
HubsNovatec 32H 2 sealed bearing (12 x 100mm + 12 x 142mm)
TyresWTB Riddler Comp 700 x 45c Tan Sidewall
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