Evans Cycles is proud to unveil a completely new and refreshed Pinnacle range, bringing new models, new looks and a new direction to its in-house bike brand. The range is both varied and extensive, encompassing 700c in its various commuter / road / recreational / cyclo-cross formats, female-specific models, and also dedicated MTB models.
The new range, appearing in Evans Cycles’ 43 nationwide stores from mid March, totals 30 models, with plans to further expand this over the following months. The range represents an evolution of the Pinnacle range of old, and, after accessing both feedback and current market trends we’re confident the new range meet and satisfy all of the current UK market needs. The range will continue to evolve with an element of fluidity, mirroring changing trends in the UK marketplace – undoubtedly the biggest benefit of being a dedicated UK-focused brand and not having the constraints of catering for a global market.
The new bikes are distinctly minimal in terms of graphic elements to create an uncluttered, simple look. There’s also a strong emphasis on the use of block colours, which, when combined with the new cosmopolitan, art deco inspired logo and graphics, help give the bikes a truly universal and timeless appeal. The models draw their names from a selection of elements – with the downtube graphic evolving this theme further; emulating the style of a period table of elements entry. There’s also a tribute to Evans Cycles’ illustrious heritage with the letters ‘F.W.E’ appearing on the headtube badge – a nod to the 90 years of experience and history the company has in producing quality bicycles with the opening of the inaugural F.W Evans workshop in 44/46 Kennington Road, SE1 in 1921.
Here’s a brief overview of each model category…
Arkose (£849.99 / £999.99srp) - Canal towpaths, green lanes, tarmac, and light off-road; the cyclocross 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 Akrose models come equipped with mudguard and rear pannier rack mounts to easily morph into a super commuter. The Arkose One comes equipped with an FSA Tempo 30-39-50T triple chainset matched to an 11-28T cassette makes for an all-encompassing gear range, making the bike ideal for both off-road scenarios or for fast blasts on hardpack country lanes or canal towpaths. The Arkose Two is a little more performance orientated with a dedicated cross-specific FSA Gossamer 46/36T chainset and Tektro Lyra 160mm cable-pull disc brakes to bring it bang up to date.
Cobalt (£349.99 – £499.99srp) - The Cobalt is designed with the recreational/leisure cyclist and comfort in mind. Equally at home on the urban asphalt as it is light country lanes or forest paths, the neutral, upright riding position combined with 700c wheels and 50mm coil-sprung Suntour forks strike a nice balance of efficiency and comfort. Mudguard eyelets front and rear and rear pannier rack mounts mean the Cobalt can be easily transformed into an all-weather load carrier. The women’s models benefit from a step-thru frame design, compact geometry, shorter crankarm length, stem, narrower handlebars and female-specific saddle.
Dolomite (£549.99 – £999.99srp) – Stable, comfortable and practical, yet still able to deliver its fair share of speed, excitement and performance when needed, the Dolomite models are the ideal introductory bike to the world of sportive rides or those riders looking for a fast, reliable commuter. Mudguard eyelets front and rear combined with 57mm long-drop brake calipers ensure the dolomite models are designed to withstand the worst of the UK weather with ample clearance for full length mudguards. The carbon legged fork helps drop overall weight but also help reduced road buzz and improve overall ride characteristics. Practical commuter or fast, stylish road bike – the Dolomite will do it both and is a great all-round 700c dropbar bicycle.
Gabbro (£599.99srp) – Looking great, and offering unbeatable value at £599srp, the Gabbro is the ideal entry-level drop bar bike for women looking for a fast, comfortable mile muncher or equally, a reliable and great looking commuter. With no pink, pale blue or flowers in sight, the Gabbro features compact frame geometry with low slung toptube for increased standover clearance, shorter crankarm and stem length, narrower handlebar and female-specific saddle. Shimano’s new 8sp 2300 components take care of shifting duties whilst the FSA Tempo compact 50-34T chainset combined with the 12-25T cassette provide ample gear range for a variety of terrain.
Iroko (£849.99 / £1099.99srp) - Real world performance doesn’t get much more affordable than this! All the big names you know and love – Shimano, RockShox, Continental and Mavic. Ready for the trail straight out of the box, the Iroko models can tackle even the most severe of trails with ease.
Jarrah (£349.99 – £699.99srp) - Great value, with a solid dependable spec, the Jarrah models are the ideal introduction to the world of mtb or weekend off-road adventures. No-nonsense, clean and uncluttered, and with x4 different level specs at great pricepoints; ranging from £349.99srp for the Jarrah One with Shimano 7sp drivetrain and Suntour XCT V3 fork with 80mm of coil-sprung travel up to the more performance orientated Jarrah Four (£699.99srp) with Avid Juicy 3 hydraulic disc brakes, 100mm RockShox Dart 3 forks and 9sp Shimano Deore/SLX drivetrtain, there’s a model for all abilities and budgets.
Lithium (£329.99 – £499.99srp)– Unlike the Neon, the main aim for the Lithium was comfort without sacrificing efficiency too much. A capable 700c flatbar bike with a nice MTB-inspired geometry and upright riding position, the Lithium is perfect for city commuting duties or weekend jaunts along the canal towpath. The springy tapered steel forks combined with the 38c Kenda KWest tyres provide the built-in comfort whilst the 700c wheels keep things rolling quickly. Ergonomic integrated bar-ends add an alternative, neutral hand position and increase power and leverage especially on out-of-the-saddle climbs. The Alex Rims G6000 based mid-section wheelset not only look great (braking surface is anodized/powdercoated on the disc-equipped models) but also shrug off potholes with ease. Mudguard eyelets front and rear and rear pannier rack mounts mean the Lithium can be easily transformed into an all-weather commuter.
Neon (£399.99 – £699.99srp) - Built with one thing in mind –Speed! Essentially a flatbar road bike, the Neon models are fast, light and without doubt the fastest way to navigate through the city. Mudguard eyelets and rear pannier rack mounts make the Neon ideal option for fast commuting duties. The Neon, however, is not solely limited to tarmac – mini-v’s and disc brakes specced throughout enable plentiful tyre clearance and with a change of rubber the Neon could easily morph into a flatbar CX bike and tackle light offroad duties. Sleek aluminium bladed forks combine with an integrated headset for ultra clean looks and seamless flowing lines. 700x26c Kenda Kwick Roller Sport tyres ensure fast rolling whilst nicely absorbing road buzz and resisting punctures.
Willow – Great value, with a solid dependable spec, the Willow models are the ideal women’s introduction to the world of offroad. A more compact frame geometry with low slung toptube combined with shorter crankarm length, stem, narrower handlebars and female specific saddle makes the Willow women’s MTB models as comfortable for female riders as possible. Kenda Komodo 2.1” tyres are a great year-round all-conditions XC tyre with fast rolling, low profile square knobs.