Pinnacle Ramin 3 Plus review

A rigid plus bike with an eye for big adventures

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £800.00 RRP | AUD $1,140.00 | USD $867.00

Our review

A well specced, well thought out bike that works well as a playful trail steed or trusty bikepacking partner. Who needs suspension!
Buy if, You want a versatile bike at a great price and are happy to go suspension free
Pros: Good componentry for the price, light weight, easily coverible to 29-inch wheels and singlespeed transmission, lively ride
Cons: Tyre choice, not everyone will like the rigid fork
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Pinnacle is the own brand of bike retailer Evans and its bikes generally give good value for money in our experience of testing them over the years. The Ramin 3 Plus is no exception, featuring some great componentry, and its decision to run a rigid fork has given it more cash to splash on other gear.

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The double-butted, heat-treated aluminium frame is paired with a cro-mo steel fork that houses dropouts for a QR wheel skewer. The rigid fork also helps keep the weight down to a spritely 13.05kg (28.8lb).

To maximise the amount of grip available from the large volume plus tyres, it’s crucial to run them at low pressure

The bottom bracket sits in an eccentric shell allowing you to adjust its vertical and horizontal position. This versatile system lets you drop the BB height in order to run 29in wheels or easily convert to a single speed transmission should you wish. The seat tube curves forward to make room for the large tyre carcass on the Ramin’s 27.5+ sized wheels and allows the dropouts to be as short as possible, which helps give a lively ride.

While the head tube angle is a pretty conservative 70 degrees, a generous reach of 435mm (size medium) and decent cockpit of 720mm bars and 60mm stem gives plenty of control and room to manoeuvre the bike. Though the big tyres soak up a fair bit of trail buzz, riding a fully rigid bike takes a little getting used to at first. But once you do get used to it, the Ramin is easy to chuck around and can carry speed very well.

Lively and suspension free
Lively and suspension free
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To maximise the amount of grip available from the large volume plus tyres, it’s crucial to run them at low pressures (generally sub-18psi) and I’d definitely recommend going tubeless to avoid pinch flats.

The fast rolling and fairly light (for a plus tyre at least) WTB Bridger gives a pretty good dollop of grip up front and while it does occasionally break free, the hefty amount of rubber on the trail means you quickly regain traction without too much drama. With its side walls being wider than its tread pattern, I’m less keen on the rear Trailblazer though, as the tyre is prone to squirming and suffering damage as you lean the bike through the turns.

The Shimano Deore brakes do a good job and shifting through the 1×10 drivetrain is also well taken care of by Deore.

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While we really enjoyed the suspension-free playfulness of the Ramin, it’s also a good choice if you’re looking to go bikepacking. It’s light, there’s not too much to go wrong, it has bottle-mounts on the forks and plenty of space for frame bags.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Ramin 3 Plus
Brand Pinnacle

Available Sizes S M L XL
Rear Hub Joytech, sealed bearing + convertible axles
Top Tube (in) 24
Standover Height (in) 31
Seat Tube (in) 17.13
Chainstays (in) 17.13
Stem Pinnacle MTB stem 60mm
Shifters Shimano M610
Seatpost Pinnacle aluminium 350mm x 27.2mm
Seat Angle 73.5
Saddle Pinnacle MTB mens
Rims WTB Scraper 27.5" TCS Tubeless Compatible
Rear Tyre WTB Trailblazer 27.5 Plus x 2.8"
Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore M615
Brakes Shimano Deore M615 hydraulic discs. Rotors Shimano RT66 180mm/160mm
Headset Type FSA ZS-4
Head Angle 69.8
Handlebar Pinnacle 6061 DB Aluminium
Grips/Tape Black Kraton rubber
Front Tyre WTB Bridger 27.5 plus x 3"
Front Hub Joytech, sealed bearing + convertible axles
Frame Material 6061-T6 heat treated aluminium, double butted
Fork Offset 5.1
Fork Cr-Mo steerer and blades
Cranks SRAM Fire-X
Chain KMC X10
Cassette Shimano HG-50 11-36T
Frame size tested M