We’ve made some big changes to the 2012 Pinnacle range and whilst the bikes share the same names as the previous year and make look visually similar there’s a lot more going on than meets the eye. In these series of blogposts we’ll take each series and look in-depth at the main features and changes.

The first model year with designer James Olsen at the helm (ex Genesis designer) and boy has he been busy! Every single frame is a fresh new design using a revised sizing scale, new tubesets and tweaked geometry.

First up, the Neon series – fast, efficient and comfortable; a bike that’s at equally at home tackling city streets as it is country lanes. Using a lightweight butted aluminium frame and fork and 700c wheels with fast hybrid components, it’s one of the fastest ways to work during the week as well as the ideal bike for some fitness/leisure miles at the weekends. Some deft touches and clever speccing result in a very capable and able bike. Let’s take a gander…

Neon Three – £550.00srp

The flagship Neon Three (£550srp) in electric blue cuts a fine figure. Reliable and dependable Shimano 9sp Sora combined with 440 flatbar road series components result in a full Shimano drivetrain and the tough Alex DF-23 rims built onto Shimano 2200 hubs should keep rolling true for mile after mile.

We switched up to 28c tyres for this year (26c on last years’ models) for a little added comfort without sacrificing too much speed and rolling resistance. With oodles of tyre clearance there’s still plenty of room for full-length mudguards, larger tyres and even some 32/35c CX knobblies should you desire.

Mini-V’s all round for 2012 (all x3 models). Lightweight, powerful and economic, all with the added bonus of maximum tyre clearance. It’s win-win.

Neon Two – £450.00srp (Men & Women’s models)

The Neon Two (Women’s model pictured) mixes a FSA Tempo 50-34T compact chainset with Shimano 8sp components and a wide-range 11-28T cassette to cover a variety of terrain.

All x3 models use the same lightweight butted aluminum frame and bladed forks (both with mudguard eyelets). A lightweight and stiff foundation for optimum power transfer, combined with the 28c Kenda Kwick Roller Sport tyres, puts the Neon right in a sweet spot compromise of outright speed and comfort.

Neon Three & Two come specced with a 50/34T compact double up front. Matched to the 11-25/12-28T out back it should give an ample spread of gears to competently tackle to worst of the UK’s hills mountains and not leave you spinning out on the descents.

Neon One – £350.00srp (Men & Women’s models)

The Pinnacle Neon One keeps life simple, light and affordable with a wide-ratio 11-28T 8-speed rear gear and a single chainring up front.

If you only plan to use a bike for inner city jaunts then the Neon One is definitely for you! With a single 38T chainring up front it has a little less range than the Two and Three, however, on the plus side things are kept super simple and economical – with no front derailleur and shifter there will definitely mean less maintenance. The chainring is also enclosed both sides to prevent snagging on clothing and dropped chains.

It’s much harder to add length to a handlebar than it is to remove it! Some people prefer a wider handlebar for more stable handling so we speeced all Neon models with a nice wide 600mm flat bar with a comfy 9 degree backsweep. It’s the little changes like this to the cockpit that make the big difference out on the road. Oh, and lest we forget you get nice oversize 31.8mm bars and stems on all x3 models.

We’re offering women-specific models in both the Neon One and Two models. The frames feature revised geometry with a dropped toptube for increased standover clearance, women’s specific saddle and proportionally shorter stems and narrower handlebars for reduced reach and greater control.