Bike test: Pinnacle Chromium 2 Mixte - £700

Pinnacle Chromium 2 Mixte

Bike test: Pinnacle Chromium 2 Mixte - £700

Journalist Jack Thurston and wife Sarah test a 650B hybrid with comfortably wide tyres

The Chromium’s defining features are its 47mm ‘balloon’ tyres on 650B wheels. My wife Sarah wanted larger-volume tyres than her traditional tourer’s to cope with deteriorating country lanes and off-road trails. We put it to the test by riding the 102-mile Devon Coast to Coast with our 3-year-old and 1-year-old in child seats.

Frame and fork are aluminium. A diamond-shaped frame is available but Sarah chose the mixte version for easy mounting and dismounting, especially with a rear child seat fitted. The tall head-tube and swept back handlebars gave her the relaxed, semi-upright riding position she favours. Twin braze-ons on the fork blades mean Monkii Gorilla bikepacking cages can be fitted.

On medium and small frames, the seatstay rack mounts may be too low to fit a rear rack level but a seat-clamp with rack mounts is a cheap solution – and some racks have extra long attachment struts available.

Lower gearing

Hydraulic disc brakes provide excellent stopping power, while the drivetrain is no-frills Shimano Sora with a bottom gear of 28 inches. That’s low enough for most things except loaded touring in hilly terrain. For our tour, we fitted a mountain bike rear mech and replaced the stock 11-32 cassette with a 12-36.

Kenda Koast tyres offer good puncture resistance but the 30tpi casings make for a leaden ride compared to a more supple tyre such as Compass Switchback Hill 47mm or Panaracer Gravel King 42mm. For anywhere other than glass-strewn urban streets, a tyre upgrade would be money well spent. Mudguard clearance is fine. These unbranded full-length ones are sturdy though perhaps not as durable as SKS Chromoplastics.

Overall, the Chromium is a clever and capable reimagining of the hybrid, at a very attractive price.



Tech Specs

Pinnacle Chromium 2 Women's

PRICE: £700

SIZES: S, M (tested), T ('tall')

WEIGHT: 11.3kg (no pedals)

FRAME & FORK: 6061-T6 heat treated aluminium, double butted, aluminium steerer and blades.

WHEELS: 650Bx1.75in Kenda Koast tyres, Alex MD-21 rims, 32×3 spokes, Joytech hubs.

TRANSMISSION: Shimano Sora 3500 46-34, Shimano HG50 11-32T cassette. Sora trigger shifters, Sora 3500 SS derailleur. 18 ratios, 28-112in.

BRAKING: Shimano Acera M396 hydraulic disc, 160mm rotors.

STEERING & SEATING: 600×31.8mm 30° backsweep bar, gel grips, 70mm×10° stem, integrated 1 1/8in headset. Pinnacle sport women’s saddle, 350×27.2mm seatpost.

EQUIPMENT: mudguards

Other options

Cube Travel Pro - £699

700C wheels with large 2.25in tyres, Shimano Nexus 8-speed hub gear, hydraulic disc brakes, integrated dynamo lighting. Diamond frame also available. 15.95kg.

Genesis Borough - £699

700C wheels with 35mm tyres. Steel frame with twin top tubes and 1×9 drive chain, includes rear rack. 13.3kg

Sponsored Advert
Sponsored Advert
Sponsored Advert
Sponsored Advert
Sponsored Advert
Sponsored Advert
Cycling UK continues to support the UK to cycle
This remains true during this difficult period with the ongoing threat of coronavirus Covid-19
Join Cycling UK to help us change lives and communities through cycling
Join Cycling UK to help us change lives and communities through cycling
Membership gives you peace of mind insurance, discounts in cycle shops, rides & routes