Pinarello unveils the new Grevil F – CyclingTips

Story Highlights

  • What it is:Pinarello’s new aero gravel bike.
  • Frame Features:Pinarello trademark design DNA with wavy shapes and all asymmetrical, aero throughout, fully internal cable routing, Italian threaded bottom bracket, triple bottle mounts, integrated hidden seatpost binder.
  • Lester:1090g (claimed, 53cm frame only, unpainted, no hardware); 8.55 kg (18.84 lb) bike, size 53 cm with Campagnolo Ekar and Fulcrum Rapid Red 500 wheels, without pedals.
  • Price: €6,290 (complete bike with Campagnolo Ekar); €3,500 (frame kit only); international pricing to be confirmed.

When Pinarello launched its original Grevil carbon gravel bike in 2018, it was decidedly different from most other gravel bikes of the time. It was aero, it looked weird, and Pinarello made it clear that the intended use of the Grevil was to go fast. In many ways, it was the opposite of what we thought gravel was all about, and Pinarello likes to say that the bike created a whole new branch of gravel: competition gravel.

It was an unsurprising take on a brand made famous by Tour de France winning machines. Racing is in Pinarello’s DNA, so he was unlikely to deliver a bike focused on anything else. A look at the original Grevil confirmed this. With barely a straight line in sight, truncated aero tubes and that wavy fork, it was essentially a slightly looser Dogma F12 with room for wider tires.

Now Pinarello has unveiled its new “full throttle everywhere” Grevil F, an even more aerodynamic, faster, stiffer, lighter and decidedly competitive gravel racer. If the original Grevil looked like an older kid who was naughty at the playground, that kid is now four years older and looks even naughtier with the new Grevil F. Pinarello isn’t about gravelling for the pleasure; Pinarello is racing. But of course, competition gravel is a much busier playground these days, so the new Grevil promises performance to match its bullyboy looks.

Besides the aero-tip updates, which we’ll get to in a second, the new Grevil F looks a lot like its older sibling. At the heart of the new frame is Pinarello’s Think Asymmetric construction philosophy, which Pinarello says better accommodates uneven drivetrain forces acting on the frame. It’s most evident on the seat and chainstays, but also evident in the downtube. It’s a concept the Italian brand has relied on for over a decade already and is at least partly responsible for the design of the instantly recognizable Pinarello frame.

Pinarello again relies on Japanese manufacturer Toray’s T700 carbon with a mix of high modulus, high tensile strength fibers used in different areas of the frame. Pinarello says this layer and construction provides “the ultimate balance of stiffness and vibration absorption.”

Unsurprisingly then, with the same carbon and more aero tweaks, the new bike doesn’t shed as much weight, if any. The Campagnolo Ekar build is fitted with Fulcrum Rapid Red 500 wheels and has a claimed weight of 8.55kg, while the complete bike with Princeton Carbon Grit 4540 wheels has the same weight.

Aero in your face

Pinarello has once again banked on aero, and the result is a remarkably familiar bike that is unmistakably Pinarello. If the original Grevil looked like a fat-tire Dogma F12, the new Grevil F looks even more like the latest skinny-tire Dogma F.

While there are key differences to accommodate wider tires and gravel-specific geometry, the front half of both bikes feature very similar wave-like Onda forks, aero head tubes, bent top tubes and stubby down tubes. . I guess aero is aero, and Pinarello seems to have opted for an aero design that works for both on-road and off-road riding.

Internal cable routing, aero struts and stub tubes. It seems Pinarello F fast.

Sticking with the familiar, the new Grevil retains a lot of the old. The steering spacers are aerodynamically shaped. The seatpost is aerodynamically shaped with a compliance-enhancing cutout. The flat-backed downtube is designed to hide the bottle and improve aerodynamic efficiency. The stays are again asymmetrical in the same way.

All similarities aside, arguably the biggest aero update for the new Grevil F is the switch to fully internal cable routing. Pinarello calls it the TICR system – Total Internal Cable Routing – and while it’s certainly a risky strategy that’s sure to bother many, this one move alone accounts for the majority of 5’s aerodynamic savings. watts that the new bike is supposed to deliver. at 40 km/h.

In keeping with the aero theme, Pinarello has made the front derailleur hanger removable for those happy to use a single chainring. Unfortunately Pinarello didn’t provide any aero test data – we asked – but said that all initial testing and frame design was created with CFD simulations and most of the aero savings over the previous Grevil had been made by routing the cables internally through the helmet.

Overall, it feels like the Grevil F picks up where the old Grevil left off. A dedicated gravel bike with no-holds-barred performance for slower commutes or to speak of a quiver killer. I have to admit I love the sound of this. A fast bike that only tries to go fast.

Where is it? Pinarello claims the new Grevil F offers many new performance and aerodynamic gains while increasing the versatility of the bike. It’s the next two updates that leave me wondering exactly what the new Grevil F offers.

Pinarello highlights the increase in tire clearance from 700 x 42mm to 700 x 50mm, or 650b x 2.1″, as well as the increased versatility that this clearance provides. As great as the option to run 50mm tires is on nearly every gravel bike is, it definitely seems at odds with the soul of the speed demon that Grevil has portrayed so far. While I welcome the option, part of me wishes they just said no like they did with the Dogma F. If that bike is designed to go fast and you need more tires big, you need a different bike, right? Perhaps that’s an indication that Pinarello hasn’t been as relentless in the pursuit of performance as it was with its new flagship model on the road.

Geometry

I generally lean towards the more aggressive end of the gravel geometry spectrum and sometimes struggle to get along with straighter, slacker bikes. But, as with tire clearance, Pinarello also adjusted the geometry to be more accommodating, a similar thing no Pinarello did.

The new frame features a steeper seat tube for increased tire clearance, and that’s no bad thing considering the set-back seatpost spec’d on all Grevils. But up front, unlike anything the Grevil is, Pinarello has dramatically increased the stack and shortened the reach for a more upright, certainly not racy, riding position. Additionally, the head tube is slightly slacker and the bottom bracket is tall for a speed-oriented rider. But yet, Pinarello retains the relatively extended rake and shorter chainstays for faster handling. It’s a geometry chart, and increasingly a bike, that has me scratching my head.

At first glance, it looks like Pinarello tried to fix some of the original Grevil’s geometry complaints, but went too far at the opposite end of the gravel pile and scaled up to be a gravel bike. efficient and racy.

Pinarello explains that the geometry is the result of a single goal to keep the track and handling the same for all sizes. “The differentiated rake and geometry provide the ability to maintain the same trail, handling and comfort across all six sizes, which is the main feature of the Grevil F geometry.”

Did I mention the aero “forkflap” concealing the disc brake caliper?

The evocation of comfort is perhaps the most interesting in this quote. At first glance, the Grevil F doesn’t seem too bothered by comfort with its claim to be 8% stiffer, and all the “full throttle everywhere” race and speed talk. But Pinarello says its flex chainstays, Onda wave fork and cutout seatpost all incorporate a level of comfort “without the inevitable power losses caused by the insertion of damping elements.”

Likely due to ongoing supply chain issues, the new Grevil F is initially only available at a very short time and with Campagnolo Ekar groupsets, with more options coming online in the fall. As much money as €6,290 for a bike and €3,500 for a frame kit, I have to say I was expecting something much steeper.

What it all means

Despite the competitive and aerodynamic leanings this bike clearly has in spades, it’s enhanced versatility that Pinarello returns to time and time again.

“One frame, three different bikes,” suggests Pinarello. “Grevil is total freedom!” With 25mm tires on 700c wheels it flies like a road bike. With 32 mm up to 50 mm, it can overcome any obstacle on any terrain. Sounds good, but then I think back to that stack and that range and how fast it could feel on the road.

“MTB tires up to 2.1″ with 650b wheels.” Again, that sounds great, but again I think back to all those aerodynamic and performance gains lost on the 650b tires, tires also lost on an aero frame.

The new Grevil F might have a tough time in the reviews for its looks, racing instincts, price and aero. Anything but the price I can get, but it’s the touch of versatility that makes me curious how this bike performs on the dirt.

Pinarello still takes a no-holds-barred, one-bike approach to its flagship road offering, refusing to differentiate between light and fast. Rightly or wrongly, the original Grevil did the same. It didn’t shy away from offering performance over versatility without any of the concessions for all-around gravel. The new Grevil F is now just a few bag hangers away from being a so-called “do-it-all bike.” Only time will tell if the new Pinarello is actually a bit more desolate and tries to sit somewhere in the middle, which isn’t something Pinarello is renowned for.

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