Pinnacle Dolomite One review

A reasonably light and very versatile machine

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £499.99 RRP | USD $784.12

Our review

A fine all-rounder that’ll take all sorts of road riding in its stride
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Based around an aluminium frame and carbon fork, this entry-level road bike with mudguard eyelets is a sporty all-rounder. It doesn’t quite reach the peaks its name suggests but it’s a first-rate bike at a budget-busting price. You could easily draft it into service as a winter – or year-round – trainer or long-distance commuter, such is its balance of comfort and performance.

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  • Highs: Good performance, excellent comfort levels and loads of versatility
  • Lows: So-so tyres and it’s not the lightest bike for the price
  • Buy if: You want a bike for all sorts of riding: training, sportives, commuting and even light touring

The Dolomite One is the cheapest of UK bike shop chain Evans Cycles’ half-dozen men’s road machines and currently priced at £449.99. The frame is neatly made from double-butted 7005 series aluminium, and it’s always good to see a carbon-legged fork at this price, in this case a Kinesis with steel steerer. 

The kit is very much the standard for a half-a-grand bike, with Shimano’s Sora-like eight-speed 2300 taking charge of shifting and a 50/34-tooth Shimano compact chainset contributing to a well co-ordinated look.

Although the Dolomite is definitely a road bike, Pinnacle have built versatility into both the frame and spec. There are 57mm deep drop brakes, and eyelets for mudguards and a rear rack, so you can easily fit ‘proper’ full-length ’guards and carry panniers. 

The choice of tyres shows Pinnacle also have at least one eye on comfort, speccing 26mm Kenda Kwick Roller Sports. We’re a big fan of wider tyres on road bikes, increasing comfort with only a marginal weight gain and slight increase in rolling resistance. 

The Kendas do roll reasonably well but they’re still very much budget rubber. Take care with them early on, particularly over slick or oily surfaces, and replace them with better tyres at the end of their life.

Considering the tyres and the quite modest wheelset, though, performance is very good. The Pinnacle isn’t lightning quick and may be a little too polite to satisfy any Mark Cavendish wannabes, but its handling inspires confidence and you’ll find it rewarding over short and long rides. 

Acceleration’s okay if not all-out inspiring, but we’d happily ride this in sportives – it’s easily comfortable enough for a century ride – and it would also make a great winter trainer or a machine for the occasional lightweight tour. The frame’s easily stiff enough, it’s well set up for loaded rides and it’s comfortable, too.

Ultimately the Pinnacle is a very ‘sensible’ bike. This sounds like it’s being damned with faint praise, but that’s not what we mean. It’s not especially light, but it’s an excellent bike for the money. The frame is neatly made and butted to keep the weight down, and we appreciate the feel of the carbon fork, but there are no bent or oddly shaped tubes, no crazy angles. Sensible? Yes. But is that a bad thing? no.

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This article was originally published in Cycling Plus magazine.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Dolomite One (12)
Brand Pinnacle Bikes

Fork kinesis carbon blade with chromoly 11/8in steerer
Rims Alex R500, alloy hubs, loose ball and cone; 32 stainless spokes, 3-cross
Top Tube (cm) 56.5
Standover Height (cm) 81
Seat Tube (cm) 49
Chainstays (cm) 42
Bottom Bracket Height (cm) 27
Weight (lb) 22.6
Weight (kg) 10.25
Stem Alloy aheadset, 10cm
Shifters Shimano 2300 STI
Seatpost Pinnacle by Uno, alloy 27.2x350mm
Seat Angle 73
Saddle Velo, chromoly rails
Rear Derailleur Shimano 2300 medium cage
Fork Weight 735
Headset Type Integrated sealed cartridge 11/8in aheadset
Head Angle 72
Cranks Shimano FC 2300 alloy 3-piece compact, 50/34, 175mm cranks
Cassette Shimano HG 50 12-25 8-speed
Brakes Promax alloy dual pivot
Bottom Bracket RPM sealed cartridge square taper steel
Available Sizes L M S XL M L M L M L XL M L XL M S M L S M L XL S M L XL S
Handlebar Pinnacle alloy anatomic, deep drop, 44cm
Front Wheel Weight 1370
Front Derailleur Shimano 2300
Frame Weight 1820
Frame Material 7005 double butted aluminium.
Wheelbase (cm) 102.5