The Dolomite (and Women’s Gabbro) road models are probably my favourite bikes in the new, revamped Pinnacle range; stylish, comfortable, stable, lightweight, shrewdly specced and great value, they promise to help many entry-level fitness/sport riders make that transition to their first ‘proper’ drop-bar road bike.
On closer inspection the Dolomite and Gabbro models are far more versatile than would first appear, presenting themselves as the ideal choice for sportive rides, lengthy weekend blasts through country lanes or the fast commute. Let’s take a closer look…
All Dolomite and Gabbro models come equipped with 50/34T ‘Compact’ chainsets. These are designed to give a similar ratio/spread of low range gears as a traditional triple chainset but without the additional chainring. Combined with the 12-25T cassette on back, there’s not many climbs in the UK you wouldn’t be able to conquer. They work well, look great and weigh less. What’s not to like?
The entry-level Dolomite One comes finished in a brilliant gloss white colourway and is specced with a full Shimano 2300 8sp groupset (less brake calipers – Shimano don’t offer 57mm long-drop 2300 calipers) and retails for a thrifty £549.99srp. Road bikes don’t get much more affordable than this.
There’s carbon in them there forks! All Dolomite and Gabbro models use the same carbon legged fork with alloy steerer tube. This helps drop overall weight and reduce the ‘road buzz’ transmitted through to the handlebars, resulting in a more enjoyable riding experience.
Next up is the Dolomite Two in a subtle yet classy matt slate grey finish. For an additional £150 (£799.99srp) you get upgraded to Shimano’s excellent Tiagra 9sp groupset, a nice polished FSA Vero Compact chainset and matching polished silver finishing kit. Weight for the medium (with pedals) comes in at a respectable 22.04lbs.
Size does matter! All Dolomite and Gabbro models come specced with oversize 31.8mm bar and stem combos. Stiffer and generally lighter than their smaller 25.4mm undersized counterpart, oversize handlebars and stems are usually reserved for use on much more expensive models.
The stealthy matt black Dolomite Three sits at the top of the pile, yet still slips in under the magical £1k Cyclescheme @ £999.99srp. It comes specced with Shimano’s excellent tried and tested 105 10sp components, FSA Gossamer Compact chainset w/ MegaExo BB, Alex A-Class ALX200 sub 2kg wheelset and matching black finishing kit.
Another neat little feature is the integrated headset featured as standard on all Dolomite and Gabbro models. As opposed to traditional cups at either end of the headtube which house the bearings, they now sit inside the frame tube on neat machined lips. The result is a nice, smooth looking front end and a seamless flow of lines from the fork to the frame.
The Gabbro is our women’s specific model and uses a mix of Shimano 2300 8sp components matched with FSA’s Tempo Compact chainset. We opted for the FSA chaisnet as opposed to Shimano 2300 as we really wanted the polished silver components all to match. We think you’ll agree it looks great! The frame is sized a little more compact than the standard Dolomite to give increased standover height and a slightly shorter reach. We also picked proportionally shorter crankarms, stem and narrower handlebars to make the Gabbro as comfortable for female riders as possible.
Look closely and you’ll see there’s plenty of substance to the bikes too. All Dolomite models come equipped with 57mm long-drop brake calipers and mounts front and rear for full length mudguards making the upgrade to full weatherproof bike as painless as possible (this is the UK afterall!).