Pinarello puts a rear damper on its first ever gravel bike

Disc brakes, 12mm thru-axles and massive tyre clearances also included

Gravel bikes are becoming oh-so-common from the big bike brands, so it’s refreshing to see one that’s slightly different. The new Pinarello GAN GRS gravel bike has the same rear damper unit that made its debut on the Dogma K8-S, located at the top of the seatstays to deliver around 10mm of travel and smooth out the bumps.

There's also a SRAM Force spec for the rear-damper-equipped model
There's also a SRAM Force spec for the rear-damper-equipped model

The Pinarello GAN GRS is made from T900 carbon fibre. It gets Shimano R685 hydraulic disc brakes, 12mm thru-axles and clearance for 38mm tyres, along with mudguard eyelets and internal cable and brake hose routing. Plus there’s a house-brand MOST cockpit, which includes flared-drop handlebars. Price is $5,250 for a Shimano Ultegra build (international pricing to be confirmed).

The more affordable Pinarello GAN GR loses the rear damper
The more affordable Pinarello GAN GR loses the rear damper

And if that sounds a bit spendy, there’s also a more affordable Pinarello GAN GR gravel bike, which loses the rear damper but keeps the same geometry, disc brakes, thru-axles and massive tyre clearance. It’s made from lower-end T600 carbon, and the Pinarello website lists three variants (Shimano 105, SRAM Rival and SRAM Force). A Shimano 105 build will cost $2,800 (international pricing TBC).

We’ll be getting these bikes in to test soon, so watch this space.

Jamie Beach

Deputy Editor, UK
Jamie's been addicted to bikes from the moment his stabilisers came off. Earliest cycling memory is the chipboard-ramp-on-bricks, but happiest one is bombing down a Mallorcan mountain pass that seemed it might never end. Always on the hunt for the perfect rain jacket, a keen collector of hats.
  • Discipline: Road, gravel
  • Preferred Terrain: Big mountains with long climbs, equally long and fast descents, the chance to get above the treeline.
  • Current Bikes: Genesis Croix de Fer, Brompton M3L
  • Dream Bike: BMC TeamMachine SLR01, Moots Routt
  • Beer of Choice: Augustiner
  • Location: Bath, Somerset, UK

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