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Pinarello Grevil F review

20 Jul 2022
Verdict:

The Grevil F flies off-road, with poised handling, huge stiffness and just enough compliance to make it incredibly fun

Cyclist Rating: 
For 
Stiffness, Balance, Wheels
Against 
Practicality, Price

Meet the Grevil, Pinarello’s answer to gravel, a platform that debuted in 2019 and which I really rather liked. For 2022 the Grevil gains an ‘F’, and most obviously adds full internal cabling, which runs inside the Most bars and stem (Most is Pinarello’s component arm) and into the frame via huge 1.5-inch headset bearings.

Less obvious is that that frame is made of T700 fibres from Japanese carbon specialist Toray, not the stiffer, more expensive T1100 of its predecessor, the Grevil+. It’s the same fibres that the non-plussed Grevil used in 2019, and which helped it shed £2,500.



It’s this switch that helps keep the price down here despite two years of inflation and upgraded kit – the Princeton Grit wheels are a princely £2,900, and Campagnolo’s Ekar groupset ain’t cheap either, yet this bike still costs £7,000 in its top spec.

But I also think the switch is about more than economics – it’s about practicality.

Simply put, a gravel bike isn’t a road bike, it doesn’t need to compete for grams in the same way, so why use insanely expensive fibres and fabrication methods (Pinarello said the Grevil+ used ‘nanoalloy technology’) to reduce weight?

Read our full Pinarello Grevil+ review

I think the move is indicative of the company better understanding the comparatively alien off-road market. Then study this bike more closely and you realise that’s just the start.

Pinarello Grevil F frameset and geometry

This is probably Pinarello’s most swoopy, asymmetric-looking frame to date, so in that sense it seems to take the established Dogma design brief and push it further.

The left and right rear triangles sit at offset heights and viewed from above the down tube is lop-sided to the left, the idea being the left side of the bike is over-built as the drivetrain, on the right, ‘pulls’ the whole thing to that side.

There’s also a flat-backed down tube around the bottle cages and a fairing over the fork calliper, both Dogma cues designed to reduce drag. In fact, isn’t this just a Dogma with bigger shoes?

The last Grevil felt that way, and to a degree that was a good thing – the bike was certainly punchy. Now, though, geometry changes and a re-application of the asymmetric philosophy has resulted in a much more ‘normal’ gravel bike.

This Grevil F is a 56cm top tube bike, its head tube 165mm and its chainstays 425mm. The offset rear triangles have been deployed for stiffness, yes, but also to afford wider tyre clearances: 2.1-inch on 650b wheels is the same as before but 50mm on 700c wheels is a huge step up from the previous maximum of 42mm.

All this while preserving those short-for-gravel-chainstays and a road-familiar Q-factor (the effective width between the pedals). It’s not ground-breaking, but it’s clever frame design, and it results in a superbly well-balanced bike.

Pinarello Grevil F performance

Despite a much increased 578mm stack height – 23mm higher than the previous Grevil that had a 374mm reach – the ride is still racy.

On tarmac, the aero Princeton wheels certainly helped, as I’ve found on road bikes they chop through the air with ease, and at 1,530g (claimed) they’re really light for deep section gravel wheels.

Does the ‘sinusoidal’ rim shape aid crosswind stability? I don’t know, and it’s not like your average forested gravel ride is that blowy. But they help the Grevil F shift, and that’s important, because the reason you would want this bike is for speed.

Pushing hard, the frame elicits little give, and weight distribution for descents and climbing feels just so. No need to overtly shift weight back for traction on climbs; no need to exaggerate hunching over the bars on descents. And because of these things, cornering felt precise.

However, given this racy brilliance off-road, there are compromises. There are no mounts for racks or luggage beyond an extra bottle cage mount on the underside of the down tube, and the handling will still feel too road-sharp for some. And then there’s the price.

Pinarello Grevil F verdict

I know I said Pinarello has kept the price down, but would I be happy smashing a £7,000 bike around on gravel? I’d enjoy it, but gravel bikes are designed to have a hard life, and from time to time things break. Thus it pays to prize strength over weight, and cheapness over aplomb.

Of course you could spend £10k on a titanium Moots you can run over in your car, but here £7,000 for a carbon bike that I’d want to ride hard is a tough sell. That’s just me though. You may be different.

Find out more about the Pinarello Grevil F from Pinarello’s website

Pick of the kit

Pas Normal Escapism jersey/bibs, £155/£225

Hailing from Copenhagen, where even a street bollard is made by the Danish equivalent of Norman Foster, Pas Normal is maximumly minimal.

The details are present up close – a funky knitting pattern on the Escapism jersey and slightly textured weave to the matching bibshorts – but the performance is here too.

The jersey is a wool/polyester blend and that knit helps wick moisture while remaining gravel-relaxed in fit, and the bibshorts’ weave gives excellent compression and is alleged to be abrasion-resistant.

• Buy the Pas Normal Escapism jersey/bibs now from Pas Normal Studios (£155/£225)

Pinarello Grevil F alternatives

Pinarello Grevil F with different wheels

Opt for a Grevil F with alloy Fulcrum Rapid Red 500 wheels (but identical kit elsewhere) and you’ll save £1,700 (this bike is £5,300) and gain only a few hundred grams – the Rapids are 1,760g.

Buy the Pinarello Grevil F with Fulcrum wheels now from Sigma Sports (£5,300)

Pinarello Nytro Gravel

Electric isn’t cheating, electric is inclusive, electric is fun and electric off-road is devilishly fast. So if that sounds like you, consider the Pinarello Nytro Gravel (£5,000) with its Fazua Evation motor.

More information from Pinarello

Pinarello Grevil F spec

Frame Pinarello Grevil F
Groupset   Campagnolo Ekar
Brakes Campagnolo Ekar
Crankset Campagnolo Ekar
Cassette Campagnolo Ekar
Bars Most Jaguar GR Di2
Stem Most Tiger Aero Alu TiCR
Seatpost Pinarello Aero
Saddle Most Lynx Aircross
Wheels Princeton Grit 4540 700c, Maxxis Rambler 38mm tyres
Weight 8.56kg  (55cm)
Contact pinarello.com

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Price: 
£7,000