Pinnacle Dolomite Six review

Lean, green, range-topping machine from Evans' house brand

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £950.00 RRP | AUD $1,544.00 | USD $1,180.00

Our review

A capable and versatile all-rounder that's ideally specced for UK riding
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The Dolomites are a mountain range in northern Italy. In the 1970s they gave their name to a charming little Triumph saloon car, but in the 2010s they’ve become the inspiration for a line of affordable road bikes under the Evans Cycles in-house brand, Pinnacle.

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  • Highs: Generous clearances for tyres and mudguards; pleasant ride quality; low overall weight; full carbon fork
  • Lows: Tektro callipers are relatively poor performers; unsupportive saddle
  • Buy If: You want an all-year, all-weather performer that’s good value for money

The Dolomite Six sits at the top of the Pinnacle range and gets a full Shimano 105 11-speed groupset, barring a KMC chain and Tektro R539 brake callipers – more on those later. Pinnacle has shaved some weight off the Dolomite’s 6061 aluminium frame for 2015 by using more extensively butted tubing. It’s still a fairly modest design, with no fancy curves or bulges, but it looks clean and modern, with internally routed cables keeping things neat, eyelets for a rear mudguard, and bosses to take a rack.

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The dolomite will serve as a trusty commuter, but it’s equally at home on a day out in the hills:

The Dolomite will serve as a trusty commuter, but it’s equally at home on a day out in the hills

The matching fork is full carbon with a tapered steerer, a bonus at this price point. Better yet, it has mudguard eyelets too, and clearances to back them up. Pinnacle claims the bike can take 25mm tyres with full mudguards, and 28mm without. We reckon that might actually be conservative – there looks to be room for 30mm of rubber both front and rear. All this sounds like a recipe for a nice all-rounder, and it is. The Dolomite did not disappoint.

We’ve waxed lyrical before about how brilliant the new Shimano 105 is, but it’s worth mentioning again. The shifting action is exceptionally light, and what’s especially nice in this case is that you get the lovely matching four-arm chainset, something few bikes at this price point offer.

So what about ride quality? Here, the Dolomite performs well too. The sloping top tube means most riders will have a good amount of seatpost exposed and this, in combination with the stock 25mm tyres, means there’s enough give in the rear end that you don’t feel battered on rough roads. At the same time, there’s enough stiffness on offer when you want to put the power down, even if the weighty Shimano RS21 wheels are never going to set the world alight.

The long-reach Tektros flex more than 105…
The long-reach tektros flex more than 105…:
David Caudery

The long-reach Tektros flex more than 105 brakes would

It’s worth paying attention to the sizing. According to the advice on the Evans website our tester should have been on a medium, but we chose a small instead, and didn’t regret it. The top tube lengths are actually quite long for the sizes, and although slack seat angles and shortish stems compensate, the head tubes are tall too.

The only chink in the Dolomite’s armour is the brakes. The huge tyre clearance on the fork necessitates a long-reach calliper, so Pinnacle has fitted them both front and rear. The Tektros they’ve chosen are okay, but they suffer from noticeably more flex than 105-level Shimano brakes.

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That niggle, and a rather underwhelming saddle aside, there’s a lot to like about the Dolomite. It’s a well priced, not too heavy, year-round road bike that’s as at home on a group ride as it is on the daily commute. Plus, it’s extremely green.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Dolomite Six (15)
Brand Pinnacle

Available Sizes S M L XL
Saddle Pinnacle Race
Wheelbase (cm) 99.5
Top Tube (cm) 53.5
Standover Height (cm) 74.5
Seat Tube (cm) 47
Chainstays (cm) 41
Bottom Bracket Height (cm) 27.5
Weight (lb) 18.87
Wheelset Shimano RS21
Weight (kg) 8.56
Trail 7.1
Stem Pinnacle SL 4-bolt Road Ahead 9cm
Shifters Shimano 105
Seatpost Pinnacle Aluminium, 27.2mm diam
Seat Angle 72.5
Rear Wheel Weight 1760
Bottom Bracket Shimano SM-BBR60
Frame Material 6061-T6 aluminium, double/triple butted
Brakes Tektro R359
Cassette Shimano 105, 11-28, 11-speed
Chain KMC 11-speed nickel
Cranks Shimano 105, 50/34, 170mm
Fork Full carbon, 1 1/8- 1½in tapered steerer
Fork Offset 5
Front Derailleur Shimano 105
Rear Tyre Continental Ultra Sport II Folding 25mm
Front Tyre Continental Ultra Sport II Folding 25mm
Front Wheel Weight 1190
Handlebar Pinnacle shallowdrop, 42cm
Head Angle 70
Headset Type FSA Orbit C-40
Rear Derailleur Shimano 105
Frame size tested S