The cyclo-cross bike has quite rightly so become the discerning choice for riders looking for a jack-of-all-trades bike that does a little bit of everything well – the efficiency of the full size 700c wheels combined with off-road capability (improved braking performance, mud/tyre clearance. Canal towpaths, green lanes, tarmac, and light off-road; the cyclo-cross bike has evolved into the ultimate ‘do-it-all’ utility bike. Ideal as a second bike, year-round commuter or entry-level CX bike, the Arkose models come equipped with mudguard and rear pannier rack mounts to easily morph into a super commuter.
We’re offering x2 Arkose models in the new revamped Pinnacle line. At first glance they look very similar but some shrewd speccing means that they’re aimed with slightly differing riders in mind. Let’s take a look…
First up is the Arkose One @ £849.99srp. Finished in gloss black and using a double-butted Kinesis 6061 aluminium frame with bladed aluminium fork and steel steerer.
The FSA Tempo 50-39-30T triple chainset matched with an 11-28T 9sp cassette on the Arkose One gives a wide enough spread of gears for both on and off-road duties, making it the ideal choice for someone looking for a do-it-all commuter.
Canti’s on the Arkose One help keep the overall price reasonable and combined with the wishbone style seatstay junction, still provides that much needed mud clearance for notorious UK conditions.
Shimano’s workhorse Tiagra 9sp components take care of the shifting duties on the Arkose One, including front and rear mechs, chain, cassette and STI units. Rack and mudguard eyelets will also be a welcome sight for those considering the Arkose for commuter/load carrying duties.
31.8mm oversize bar and stem combo specced on both Arkose models help keep things stiff up front and aids the bikes’ tracking in corners.
Both models also come specced with Kenda’s excellent Small Block Eight 32c John Tomac signature series tyres which are renowned as being one of the lightest CX clincher tyres on the market and should aid acceleration.
The Arkose Two comes finished in a stealthy matt black finish, uses the same frame and fork platform as the Arkose One but gets upgrades in the form of Tektro Lyra mechanical disc brakes, Shimano 105 10sp drivetrain and FSA Gossamer Pro CX-specific 46/36T chainset and external BB. A lot of bike for only £999.99srp!
The pre-production sample Arkose Two shipped with no hose guide on the fork leg so we had to get a little creative. Rest assured the production models will come with a hose situated on the back of the fork leg to help keep things nice and tidy. This is why we order samples first!
The Arkose Two is specced with a little more emphasis on off-road performance – the 12-27T 10sp cassette matched to the CX-specific 46/36T FSA Gossamer Pro chainset gives a lower-geared, off-road range compared the triple setup on the Arkose One.
With the UCI having expanded their rules last year to incorporate the use of disc brakes last year, expect to see a lot more specced on CX bikes in the future. How long until we see a hydraulic version? Who knows! Until then the Arkose Two comes specced with the Tektro Lyra 160mm cable-pull disc brakes for hassle-free stopping in all weather conditions and aiding ultimate mud clearance. At nearly 100g less than Avid’s BB7 per wheel they’re one of the lightest cable-pull disc brakes on the market.
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