Pinnacle Dolomite 5

Evans Cycles’ Pinnacle brand offers good value for money and to prove the point, the Dolomite 5 comes with Shimano 105 and hydraulic discs for a grand.

Score

8/10

Pros

  • 'Do anything' frameset
  • Shimano hydraulic disc brakes
  • 11-speed Shimano 105 drivetrain
  • Plenty of clearance for mudguards
  • Continental Grand Sport tyres

Cons

  • Trade-off with hydro discs is slight weight penalty

Price as reviewed:

£1,000

  • The Dolomite’s aluminium frame has a traditional appearance, reinforced by its classy one-colour paint-job. However, this is a bike equipped with hydraulic discs, meaning that it is at the cutting-edge of road bikes.

    Disc mounts and hydraulic hose routing have been neatly and thoughtfully incorporated into the frame, and although the cables and hoses stick out slightly as they enter the frame, this didn’t cause any problems.

    The front disc hose is very neatly routed into and through the left leg of the carbon-bladed fork, it’s a very smart design and keeps the hose out of harm’s way. The front wheel drop-outs are slightly forward-facing, which provides a bit of extra security under braking.

    All cables and hoses are internally routed

    All cables and hoses are internally routed

    The head tube welds are smoothed off and the finish is very good throughout. The full complement of rack mounts – including on the fork legs – will please commuters and tourers, as will the ample clearance for mudguards and wider tyres.

    Specification
    Shimano hydraulic disc brakes are the obvious talking point of the Dolomite 5’s spec. There are still few bikes using hydraulic, rather than cable, disc brakes, and certainly very few that cost £1,000.

    Hydraulic disc brakes

    Shimano hydraulic disc brakes are a major plus at this price, and the front hose routing is very neat

    The oversized hoods on the shifters give away the braking mechanism inside, but otherwise the performance of the 11-speed Shimano 105 groupset is the same, reliable drivetrain, with the 50/34t chainset and 11-28t cassette giving the best spread of gear ratios for the vast majority of riding and terrain.

    Pinnacle has fitted an FSA Gossamer chainset rather than 105. It’s not quite as rapid-shifting as a 105 unit, but this is a sensible move to hit the pricepoint with little in the way of disadvantage.

    Ride
    The Dolomite 5 has an air of solidity and reliability about it, no doubt aided by the assured performance of both the hydraulic disc brakes and Shimano 105 drivetrain.

    FSA chainset is matched to a Shimano 105 drivetrain

    FSA chainset is matched to a Shimano 105 drivetrain

    The discs worked extremely well on wet and mucky rides, with a performance above that for standard calipers – and, of course, you don’t have to worry about rim wear.

    If there’s a trade-off with using hydraulic disc brakes, then it’s weight. The bike is 9.5kg, which gave a slightly sluggish climbing performance but elsewhere the bike provided a nimble ride – quite surprisingly so, in fact. In particular, we found the bike felt assured on twisting descents, perhaps aided by the knowledge that you have reliable and powerful stopping power at your disposal.

    Some still consider that aluminium-framed bikes provide a ‘harsh ride’, but that is simply not the case – and certainly not with the Dolomite 5. Over rough road surfaces, the Dolomite 5 appointed itself well.

    Shimano 105 11-speed drivetrain

    Shimano 105 11-speed drivetrain

    All of the bike’s contact points are comfy too, with the own-brand saddle and bars not letting the side down. The black Alex wheels and well-respected Continental Grand Sport tyres, in 25mm width, provided a solid combination that coped with several winter rides during our test period without problems – including punctures.

    One nice touch we appreciated was the provision of a spare rear derailleur hanger, in the rare event of the one fitted to the frame snapping or bending.

    Verdict

    A 105 drivetrain and hydraulic discs mean that the Dolomite 5 really stands out as great value. With the fitting of mudguards and a set of lights, the Dolomite 5 is the ideal winter bike... but it's more than that, too. With a frameset that is perfectly equipped and appoints itself well for use on long rides, commuting and touring means that this could be the only bike you ever need.

    Details

    Distributor: www.pinnacle-bikes.co.uk
    Frame: 6061-T6 aluminium
    Fork: Carbon blades
    Size range: S, M, L, XL
    Size tested: M
    Drivetrain: Shimano 105 11-speed
    Cassette: 11-28t
    Chainset: FSA Gossamer 50/34 t
    Brakes: Shimano BR-785 hydraulic discs
    Wheels: Alex
    Tyres: Continental Grand Sport Race 25mm
    Bars: Pinnacle 6061 aluminium short drop
    Stem: Pinnacle road
    Seatpost: Pinnacle aluminium
    Saddle: Pinnacle Race
    Weight: 9.5kg/20.95lbs

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