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Check out this aluminium singlespeed with disc brakes, priced at £525

The latest bike to cross the road.cc threshold is the £525 Pinnacle Dolomite SS, the SS standing for singlespeed.

This bike, built around a 6061-T6 heat treated aluminium frame and an aluminium/cromo steel fork, features Tektro Spyre mechanical disc brakes and will take 32mm tyres, or 28mm tyres if you want to fit mudguards.

The last singlespeed we reviewed here on road.cc was the £499.99 Charge Plug 1 (below). That bike also has a 6061 aluminium frame although braking comes courtesy of Tektro CR-710 cantis.

Charge Plug 1 -Riding.jpg

Charge Plug 1 -Riding.jpg

VecchioJo said, “The Charge Plug 1 is a good looking commute, cyclo-cross, gravel, bit of everything bike with a simple alloy frame and fork, even more basic singlespeed drivetrain, and unremarkable parts and wheels.”

The Genesis Flyer singlespeed (below) that we review last year is now £649.99. The frame is made from, seamless double butted chromoly and it has Promax RC-482 calliper brakes. 

Genesis Flyer - riding 1

Genesis Flyer - riding 1

We called it a “well-considered singlespeed workhorse with a lovely frame and decent spec for the money”.

It was Dave Atkinson who reviewed the Genesis and he’s going to be thrashing the Pinnacle around the streets over the next few weeks. He’ll be back with a full review soon.

For more info go to www.evanscycles.com/pinnacle-dolomite-singlespeed-2017-road-bike-EV264164

Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over 20+ years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for eight years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.

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Christopher TR1 [169 posts] 1 year ago
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I really love the idea. It's such a shame that manufacturers seem to slot any SS offering right at the cheap end of the range. A lightweight well-specced SS is a joy to ride and still retains the benefits of cheaper maintenance.

Good effort though, I'm actually tempted after the filthy, snowy, icy, gritty commute into work today.

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zedthegreat [38 posts] 1 year ago
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I'm talking for only me here, but the new video articles don't do it for me. I often can't get the videos (at the office, on my commute underground etc), so miss out on a lot of the detail that used to be included in these 'just in' articles. 

Just my thoughts - happy to be outvoted. But if I don't say no one knows.

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antonio [1168 posts] 1 year ago
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I would be tempted to ditch the rear disc and fit a fixed wheel in it's place, the eccentric bottom bracket is a great idea as would a frame only option be, disc or rim brake.

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Ush [1054 posts] 1 year ago
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I would be interested to know how well that split-shell EBB retains tension.  I had one of a different design, which used grub screws to lock it into place.  It constantly was losing tension.  I ended up replacing it with a Bushnell (which is excellent and works by expanding into the BB shell).

 

Am also interested in the comment about TRP Spyres being the best mechanical disk brake on the basis of the independent pad movement.  Does that also apply to the SRAM DB-1s?

That's a tidy looking bicycle with all the nice internal routing of cables.  Looking forward to the full review.

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alexb [163 posts] 1 year ago
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Ush wrote:

I would be interested to know how well that split-shell EBB retains tension.  I had one of a different design, which used grub screws to lock it into place.  It constantly was losing tension.  I ended up replacing it with a Bushnell (which is excellent and works by expanding into the BB shell).

I had a Dave Yates mountain bike with a split BB, although it wasn't running an eccentric, the insert never budged unless I wanted it to. I think it's probably a lighter solution than the Bushnell design (which had a reputation for creaking like mad).

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IanEdward [153 posts] 1 year ago
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Does look very nice, I still fear singlespeed after managing to inflict the cliched knee issues on myself last time I rode one, but my new commute will be very flat so less risk of that this time!

Another thumbs down for video content though, sorry!