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Pinarello Grevil aero gravel bike - Video First Look

Pinarello jumps on the gravel bangwagon with bold new Grevil

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so is this new Pinarello Grevil beauty or beast? Hit play on the video above to see out first look at this bold new aero carbon gravel bike and let us know what you think of it in the comments section.

Should we be surprised that Pinarello has launched a gravel bike? The Italian brand might be better known for its considerable Tour de France success and long history of road race bikes than off-road exploits, but it just goes to show how important many brands see the adventure and gravel movement that they need a suitable bike in their range. 

The Grevil is an aero gravel bike which draws heavily on the company's Dogma road race bike, with many shared features and tube profiles. There's a concave aero down tube,  odd-looking "Forkflap" to apparently smooth air over the brake caliper, profiled headset spacers and an internal seat clamp. A lot of the curves in the rear triangle are due to the asymmetric approach that Pinarello also applies to its road bikes. 

Tyre clearance is generous as you'd expect of such a bike, the Grevil accommodates 650bx2.1" tyres or up to a 42mm on 700c rim. It's disc brakes naturally, with flat mount disc brakes and 12mm thru-axles with full internal cable routing. It's also 1x and 2x compatible.

The model we have is specced with a Shimano Ultegra mechanical groupset with hydraulic disc brakes, and rolls on  Fulcrum 650B 0DB7 Racing wheels with Vittoria Terreno Zero tyres. Price is £4,500.

 

 

David worked on the road.cc tech team from 2012-2020. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds, and you can now find him over on his own YouTube channel David Arthur - Just Ride Bikes

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Argos74 | 4 years ago
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I bought a carbon gravel bike a few months ago for a bit less than £1500 once I'd got all my preferred bits on. Having an absolute blast on it.

But tripling the price I paid wouldn't add more than a few % of difference to the performace, and it does feel around £2.5k of the extra £3k is purely for the stickers on the downtube. Appearance-wise, non-plussed and indifferent to all the HR Geiger type twiddles. Apart from the forks, which look just very very wrong.

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handlebarcam | 4 years ago
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Odd that they haven't incorporated the suspension system they fit in those bikes they've equipped Team Sky with for the last few Paris-Roubaix.

But this'll be great for that famous-Pinarello-fan Alan Sugar. He can continue to ride his hideous Union Jack Dogma on the roads, then have a flunky waiting for him with a new Grevil for the last hundred metres or so of his gravel driveway.

Regarding the video, are the crackly sounds and flashing lights that randomly accompany about half the cuts between shots a stylistic choice, or the bugs in the video-editing software they seem to be?

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StraelGuy | 4 years ago
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That's definitely not David Arthur...

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zero_trooper replied to StraelGuy | 4 years ago
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StraelGuy wrote:

That's definitely not David Arthur...

Dave ‘Zeffirelli’ Arthur was on camera and dodgy special effects 

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zero_trooper replied to StraelGuy | 4 years ago
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Dodgy double post!

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StraelGuy | 4 years ago
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That's definitely not David Arthur...

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crazy-legs | 4 years ago
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Looks like they built the bike out of liquorice and then left it too close to the radiator. Hideous.

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