Pinnacle Arkose R1 review

The road-going spec of Pinnacle’s gravel bike is comfortable and handles stably

Cycling Weekly Verdict

Pinnacle has successfully ported the Arkose frameset into a road going spec. The Pinnacle Arkose R1 is comfortable and handles well, although there’s a bit of spark missing that would pep up your rides

Reasons to buy
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    Stable geometry and compliant ride

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    Loads of clearance for wider tyres or guards

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    Plenty of gear range

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    Attractively sparse looking frameset

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Reasons to avoid
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    Not as much vim as a more road-going frameset

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The Pinnacle Arkose R1 is the road-going spec of the Arkose from Evans Cycles’s in-house brand.

Being kitted out for roadie use rather than gravel grinders, the Pinnacle Arkose R1 comes with skinnier 28mm tyres and more high gear range. There’s a women’s version of the Pinnacle Arkose R1 too, with a steeper top tube, tweaked geometry, smaller sizing and a wider saddle.

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Paul Norman

Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.

He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.