Four years after first entering the gravel area with the introduction of Grevil, Pinarello returned today with the latest iteration of his gravel bike ready for racing, Grevil F.
With its aero tube shapes and integrated cockpit, there is no denying that the intentions of the new motorcycle remain in the races, and this is only further supported by the list of performance requirements from its Italian creator. These include an eight percent stiffer center console, a four percent aerodynamic improvement and an alleged five-watt savings when driving at 40 km / h.
However, the most distinctive feature of Greville F is the balloon clearance in our eyes, which can accommodate tires up to 700 x 50 mm wide. This is as wide as any of the best gravel bikes designed for racing, is 3 mm wider than the Specialized Crux, 8 mm wider than the Canyon Grail and 12 mm wider than the Italian Bianchi Impulso Pro. As a result, Grevil F will be as versatile as gravel is diverse, and owners will not have to compromise between speed, comfort and ability. Easy tire changes allow riders to switch between fast, light gravel terrain and more difficult technical trails, and this can be moved even further thanks to Greville F’s ability to accommodate 650b wheels with mountain bike tires up to 2.1 inches wide.
The original Grevil was once described as a caricature of Pinarello’s own design philosophy, thanks to the waveform that was applied to almost every available tube. It is clear that Pinarello is worth it, because it is difficult to distinguish between the old and the new by the silhouettes themselves. The design still includes the asymmetrical Pinarello methodology at its heart, which adjusts the position and shape of the frame tubes to compensate for the stresses acting on the drive side of the frame. As part of this, the seat strut and the chain strut rotate downwards, with both chain struts lowered to facilitate the release of the tire.
In an effort to save the aforementioned 5 watt savings, Pinarello has redesigned the front end with its Total Internal Cable Routing (TICR) system, which allows cables to be routed internally through the rod, into the stem and through the 1.5-inch headset bearings. into the frame. In addition, Pinarello optimized the aerodynamics of the tube shapes, while maintaining a concave bottom tube and fork flap for smooth airflow around the cylinder and front disc brake caliper.
Weighing 8.55 kg per fully built bike (size 53 cm with Campagnolo Ekar and Princeton Grit wheels), Grevil is not the lightest on the market – the similarly specified S-Works Crux weighs 7.25 kg – but is also not particularly heavy for a bike designed for off-road driving. The unpainted frame weighs 1,090 g, while the fork weighs 500 g. The frame is made of Toray T700 carbon fiber, which is the same as Pinarello Prince, and each frame size has a size-specific geometry for consistent handling and rigidity throughout.
It also has a threaded bottom bracket for easy maintenance, as well as a front seat post clamp that protects it from mud. Because it is focused on racing, there are no fender holders or carriers, but a third bottle cage holder is located on the underside of the lower tube to transport extra water.
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Grevil F is available in three colors; black, champagne and green, although the latter is not available in the United Kingdom.
The Grevil F with the Campagnolo Ekar and Fulcrum Rapid Red 500 will cost £ 5,300, while the upgrade to the Princeton Grit 4540 will cost up to £ 7,000. The international award has not yet been announced.
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