PINNACLE Dolomite 1.0, £550, www.evanscycles.com
Pinnacle is Evans Cycles’ own brand and the 1.0 is the cheapest in the three-bike Dolomite range, sharing the same double-butted aluminium frame with its £1k, top-of-the-range sibling.
The Shimano compact chainset is finished in brushed aluminium, complementing the bike’s subdued cream styling. The gear range might not quite be the same as with a triple, which is fine in town but you'll need to be strong if you plan any Alpine jaunts.
The forks are carbon, though with a steel steerer, while the wheels use Alex rims on Joy hubs with Kenda rubber. Those 26c tyres offer more comfort and pothole-friendliness than skinnier items, but with that comes extra rolling resistance on longer rides.
The brakes are non-branded items and probably the least powerful on test; you'll need to keep them properly maintained to get the best out of them. There are bosses for fitting full-length mudguards, which is useful for year-round riding.
On the road, the Dolomite's surprisingly spritely for a budget racer. At just 10kg, it combines lightness with decent agility and stability. Cornering feels safe, and when you hammer the pedals the bike reciprocates in a predictable manner. You shouldn’t expect the world at this kind of price, but the 1.0 is certainly a very capable town-meets-country machine. MC
PROS Elegant styling; weight
CONS Keep brakes well tuned