Four years after first stepping into the gravel space with the launch of the Grevil, Pinarello has returned today with the latest iteration of its race-ready gravel bike, the Grevil F.
With its aerodynamic tube shapes and integrated cockpit, there’s no denying that the intentions for the new bike remain in racing, and that’s only further supported by the Italian maker’s list of performance claims. These include an eight percent stiffer bottom bracket, a four percent aerodynamic improvement and a claimed five watt savings when traveling at 40 km/h.
The Grevil F’s standout feature, in our view, however, is its balloon ride that accepts tires up to 700 x 50mm. This is as wide as one of the best gravel bikes designed for racing, 3mm wider than the Specialized Crux, 8mm more than the Canyon Grail and 12mm more than the Italian Bianchi Impulso Pro. This helps the Grevil F be as versatile as gravel is varied, and means owners are not forced to trade off between speed, comfort and capability. With a simple tire swap, riders can transition between fast light gravel terrain and more difficult technical trails, and this can be pushed even further with the Grevil F’s ability to accept 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 applied to almost every tube available. Obviously Pinarello is sticking with it though, as it’s hard to tell the difference between old and new from the silhouettes alone. The design still has Pinarello’s asymmetric methodology at its heart, which adjusts the position and shape of the frame’s tubes to equalize stresses on the drive side of the frame. As part of this, the chainstays and chainstays are pivoted down, lowering both chainstays to aid tire clearance.
In an effort to find that aforementioned five-watt savings, Pinarello redesigned the front end with its TICR (Total Internal Cable Routing) system, which runs cables internally through the bar, into the stem and through the 1.5- inch headset bearings. in the frame. In addition, Pinarello optimized the aerodynamics of the tube shapes, while retaining the concave down tube and fork valve to facilitate airflow around the bottle and front disc brake caliper respectively.
At 8.55kg for a fully built bike (size 53cm fitted with Campagnolo Ekar and Princeton Grit wheels), the Grevil isn’t the lightest on the market – a comparably spec’d S-Works Crux is 7.25kg – but it isn’t particularly heavy for a bike designed to go off-road either. An unpainted frame weighs 1.090 g, while the fork weighs 500 g. The frame is made from Toray T700 carbon fiber, the same material used for the Pinarello Prince, and each frame size is given size-specific geometry for consistent handling and stiffness across the range.
It also gets a threaded bottom bracket for easy maintenance, as well as a front-mounted seatpost clamp to keep it clear of mud. Being race oriented there are no mounts for fenders or racks, but a third water bottle cage mount is placed on the underside of the down tube to carry extra water.
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The Grevil F is available in three colors; black, champagne and green, although the latter is not available in the UK.
A Grevil F with Campagnolo Ekar and Fulcrum Rapid Red 500 wheels will cost £5,300, while an upgrade to Princeton Grit 4540 wheels will bring the price to £7,000. International prices are not yet known.
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