Four years after taking its first steps into the gravel space with the launch of the Grevil, Pinarello is back today with the latest iteration of its race-ready gravel bike, the Grevil F.
With its aero tube shapes and integrated cockpit, there’s no denying that the new bike’s intentions remain racing, and that’s only confirmed by the list of performance claims made by its Italian creator. These include an 8% stiffer bottom bracket, a 4% aerodynamic improvement and a claimed economy of 5 watts at 40 km/h.
However, the standout feature of the Grevil F, in our eyes, is the balloon clearance that accepts tires as wide as 700 x 50mm. It’s as wide as any of the best gravel bikes built for racing, 3mm longer than the Specialized Crux, 8mm longer than the Canyon Grail and 12mm longer than fellow Italian Bianchi Impulso Pro. This will help the Grevil F be as versatile as the gravel is varied, and means owners don’t have to compromise between speed, comfort and capability. A simple tire swap will allow riders to transition from fast, light gravel terrain to more challenging technical trails, and this can be taken even further with the Grevil F’s ability to accept 650b wheels with MTB tires. up to 2.1 inches in width.
The Original Grevil has been described as a caricature of Pinarello’s own design philosophy, thanks to the waveform being applied to nearly every tube available. Obviously, Pinarello sticks to this, because it’s hard to tell the difference between old and new from the silhouettes alone. The design still features Pinarello’s asymmetric methodology at its heart, which adjusts the position and shape of the frame tubes to equalize the stresses on the drive side of the frame. In this frame, the seatstay and chainstay face down, with both chainstays lowered to help with tire clearance.
In a bid to find that aforementioned five-watt saving, Pinarello redesigned the front end with its TICR (Total Internal Cable Routing) system, which sees cables routed internally through the bar, into the stem and through the bearings of the 1.5 inch headphones. in the framework of. Additionally, Pinarello optimized the aerodynamics of the tube shapes, while retaining the concave downtube and fork flap to smooth airflow around the bottle and front disc brake caliper respectively.
At 8.55kg for a fully built bike (53cm size fitted with Campagnolo Ekar and Princeton Grit wheels), the Grevil isn’t the lightest on the market – a similarly spec S-Works Crux weighs 7.25kg – but it’s also not particularly heavy for a bike designed for off-roading. An unpainted frame weighs 1090g, while the fork weighs 500g. The frame is made from Toray T700 carbon fiber, which is the same used for the Pinarello Prince, and each frame size gets size-specific geometry for consistent handling and stiffness across the range.
It also features a threaded bottom bracket for easy maintenance, as well as a forward-positioned seatpost clamp to keep it out of the mud. Being race-focused, there are no fender or rack mounts, but a third bottle cage mount is positioned under the downtube 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 have yet to be announced.
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