London-based retailer Evans Cycles is relaunching its in-house Pinnacle brand with 28 models including four road and two cyclo-cross bikes. In tune with the times, and with no shortage of premium kit competing in the marketplace, the new Pinnacle bikes will sell for mostly well under £1,000.



Apart from fast commuting, upright town, leisure and off-road machines there are road and cyclo-cross models, the latter recognising, according to Evans’ spokesman, that ‘cross bikes are great for all-round daily usefulness, apart from just racing.



Both crossers; the Akrose One at £799.99 and £999.99 Akrose Two feature the same well-finished aluminium frame which, unridden by Cycling Weekly as yet apart from circuits of Evans’s Bermondsey workshop car park, nevertheless look inviting for the money.

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Neat hydroformed alloy frame, carbon fork but classic cantilevers for top ‘crosser, the Pinnacle Akrose Two at a penny under the grand.

 

Three Dolomite road models, also on aluminium frames, range in price from £549.99, via £849.99 to £999.99 with even the cheapest featuring Shimano 2300 dual-control gear-and-brake levers, integral headset, carbon composite forks and a competitively low all-up weight.



The top £1,000 Dolomite Three model has 2 x 10-speed Shimano 105 gears and shifters which will pitch it right up against the big players like Trek’s 2.1 at £1,075 or the Specialized Secteur Elite at the same £1,000 price but with SRAM Apex gearing.



A fourth road model, the Gabbro at £600, has female-specific geometry in a good choice of three sizes and comes in a great matt purple colour which a lot of men are going to like, too. Sadly for them, the standard options are macho matt or gloss permutations on the theme of Urban Black.

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Cheaper £850 Akrose One gets the same frame but disc brakes. With practical bosses for rack and mudguards, Pinnacle is thinking multi-purpose.

 

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Dolomite Three is the £999.99 range topper of the three new Pinnacle road bikes. 10-speed 105, compact chainset and longer head tube means it’s headed for ‘sportive’ customers.

 

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In case you were worried that everything this week is stealthy black, the new women’s Pinnacle Gabbro road bike is matt purple. Just don’t call it ‘girlie’.

 

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3T nearing launch with its Luteus fork

Since the UCI relaxed the ruling on disc brakes being used for cyclo-cross racing this time last year, it was only a matter of time before the big hitters in brakes, wheels and forks would start introducing ‘cross specific components.



However, these are all parts with genuine life-threatening implications if they’re cobbled together in a rush without proper development and testing. Zipp, for example, might well be excited about the implications of a rim that doesn’t need a brake track but it’s pointless until someone builds the brakes and a fork to mount them on.



Sneaky peeks of 3T’s prototype cross fork have been doing the rounds these last few weeks but it was only today that we found out the name, which is always a good sign that a product is nearing launch. The Luteus fork shown here is still the prototype with its hydraulic pipe routed where we sincerely hope it won’t be in the finished version. Then again, it is very direct.

 

 

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Classic science-fiction theme for Shutt jersey

Makers of short-sleeved cycling jerseys have ample opportunity in the darkest, coldest months of the year to think up new ideas ready for when the sun comes out and customers are ready to start buying summer kit again.



One of this winter’s Merino Perform prototypes, a black and dark grey number, “Immediately attracted the comment that it made the wearer look like a Sandman,” according to Shutt Velo Rapide’s Peter Bragg, who also remembered the baddies from the 1970′s film Logan’s Run starring Peter York and Jenny Agutter.



Possibly nervous while it’s still mostly dark in Yorkshire and grey-on-black is still a bit of a no-no for cyclists, Shutt is currently soliciting interest on its Facebook page but the price if it really does join the Spring/Summer line will be £79.

 

  • glyn ward

    nick you dont need hydraulic brakes postition of rear caliper is important on uncle john i can lock back wheel with 2 fingers if i want but it is very progresive rear brake needs to be between chain stay and seat stay to put the load vertical

  • glyn ward

    on uncle john i have avid bb5 mountain bike ones with carbon leg bontrager forks.on my brm frame (brm name my company ) i have trigon carbon forks 400 mm crown hight avid road bb7, avid have altered the cam ratio on road ones and i dont like it will use bb7 mountain on next bike. if you want to see pics they are on my face book glyn ward

  • Gethin

    I raced the Welsh CX league this year on a Boradman hybrid which I decked out with Sram Force kit. That bike came with a carbon disk fork. As Barry said carbon disk forks aren’t that new.

  • barry davies

    Nick Kinesis had a carbon cross disc fork out last summer for cable disc brakes and Matt Pritchard of Revolution Bikes won a cross race in North Wales using it on a Linsky titanium disc braked cross frame. Rumour has it that a certain Scott rider has converted some STI levers to hydraulic. As the 3 Peaks have banned straight bars from now on seems that alot of riders will want dropped bar levers.

  • Nick Rearden

    Yes, I should have been clearer that it’s carbon cross forks we’re waiting for, really; steel has always been easier to do in small batches or as a one-off. What are you running for brakes, Glyn?

    Gethin, rumours abound about who will do a hydraulic lever first, assuming it’s an STI/Ergo/Double Tap-type dual control lever we want. Might only be hours away from hearing, fingers crossed.

  • glyn ward

    trigon have been making disc brake cross forks for years in 2 diff lengthsi have used these on the bike i built last year.bontrager also do disc forks for cross bikes i used these 4 years ago with a uncle john frame to build my first disc road bike nothing new here.loads of companys do cross bike ones, no one at the moment does road spec ones.

  • Gethin

    Disk ready forks are one thing but are there any developments in developing drop bar hydraulic brake levers?