Pinnacle Iroko 3 review

Understated looks hide a brilliant British trail bike

Our rating 
4.5 out of 5 star rating 4.5
GBP £1,250.00 RRP | AUD $2,063.00 | USD $1,563.00

Our review

Fast, light and accurate with a totally contemporary long, low geometry and snap-reaction cockpit. Excellent kit for the cash too
Buy if, You want a super fun and responsive hardtail that delivers maximum grins for an impressive price
Pros: Sprightly yet forgiving frame, state-of-the-art geo, some excellent kit
Cons: Really needs a dropper post
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If you flick back through BikeRadar‘s testing history of Pinnacle bikes you’ll see a very impressive list of wins and recommendations that’s way above the average. Some of our staff have even spent their own hard-earned cash on them.

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Despite these facts, watching this deceptively simple alloy hardtail work its magic on our unsuspecting testers was an education in just how well Pinnacle have put this bike together.

Alloy ally

We tested the Iroko in the Lake District, alongside steel hardtails that included the Ragley Piglet, Onza Jackpot and Genesis Tarn. The first shock for most of our team was that regardless of the traditional tripe about the magical ‘floated and springy’ ride properties of steel, the Pinnacle was the best conventional bike of the group – by a big margin.

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A full sram gx group delivers positive shifting:

A full SRAM GX group delivers crisp, positive shifting

As well as triple-butted main tubes, the frame also has big reinforcing gussets to tune ride feel. While the 142x12mm axle dropouts look like something you’d anchor suspension bridge cables in, they’re heavily cutaway on the inside edge. Add kinked, round seatstays and squared-off S-bend chainstays and you’ve got an impressively smooth yet spirited ride feel that’ll sprint climbs or skim the edges off rocky descents with equal enthusiasm.

Related: Which is faster: hardtail or full-suspension?

At under 12kg, it also retains a proper weight advantage over full-sus bikes, something that’s often cited as the main reason to stick with hardtails.

Trail tuned

But reduced mass certainly doesn’t mean the Iroko is a lightweight when it comes to tackling technical trails. The top tube and front centre aren’t outlandishly long,  but are stretched enough for a confidence-enhancing sense of stability.

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The head angle is a fairly slack 67.2 degrees:

The head angle is a fairly slack 67.2 degrees

The short 40mm stem makes it very easy to tweak maximum control out of the Vigilante front tyre. While it’s not a high-grip compound, it’s tubeless-ready and still gives decent traction.

It may not swallow big hits as easily as longer-travel versions, but the 120mm Revelation RLT fork is consistently controlled through trail chatter and mid-sized impacts. The shorter legs and stem give a tighter, more precise feel when you’re flying through technical sections relying on your split-second reactions too.

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The ride is smooth yet feisty:

The ride is smooth but the handling is sharp and feisty

Add super positive sequential single-ring shifting from a full SRAM GX group (with smaller 30t chainring to offset low ride height) and the only thing missing from this top-value trail machine is a dropper post.

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These days an alloy hardtail may be unfashionable next to a steel bike or a semi-fatty, but when it comes to value for money and an impeccably balanced, super responsive, yet forgiving and impressively tech-trail-capable hardtail, the Iroko 3 is definitely sitting near the current Pinnacle.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Iroko 3
Brand Pinnacle

Available Sizes S M L XL
Stem Pinnacle SL MTB ahead stem, 40mm
Rear Wheel Weight 2630
Rims Alex Volar 2.3 32h
Saddle Pinnacle sport MTB men's
Seat Angle 72.7
Seatpost Pinnacle aluminium 400mm x 27.2mm with Shim
Shifters Sram GX1 Right Hand
Weight (kg) 11.88
Rear Hub Novatec sealed bearing, 12mm thru axle
Bottom Bracket Height (in) 12.01
Chainstays (in) 16.73
Seat Tube (in) 17.13
Standover Height (in) 28.54
Top Tube (in) 24.21
Wheelbase (in) 44.53
Rear Tyre WTB Trail Boss 27.5 × 2.25″
Rear Derailleur SRAM GX1
Bottom Bracket SRAM GXP XR BB, 73mm shell, english thread
Frame Material 6066-T6 heat treated aluminium, double + triple butted tubes and smooth welds
Brakes Shimano SLX M675 - 180/160mm
Cassette SRAM GX 10-42T
Chain SRAM GX
Cranks SRAM GX 30T
Fork Rockshox Revelation RLT 120mm, tapered steerer
Fork Offset 4.2
Front Hub Novatec sealed bearing, 15mm thru axle
Pedals Wellgo flat aluminium body
Front Tyre WTB Vigilante 27.5 × 2.3″
Front Wheel Weight 2010
Grips/Tape Black kraton rubber
Handlebar Pinnacle 6061 DB aluminium MTB bar, 9 degree back sweep, 740mm width
Head Angle 67.2
Headset Type FSA No. 9m
Frame size tested M