Bike test: Pinnacle Chromium 2 Mixte hybrid
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 seat stay 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.
Hydraulic disc brakes provide excellent stopping power, while the drivetrain is a 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.
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