PINNACLE Neon One, £399.99, www.evanscycles.co.uk
- By London Cycling Campaign on at 2:43pm 22 November 2011
- Posted in: Bikes
- Tagged with: pinnacle, bikes, hybrid
The Neon range has three models and the One we tested also comes in a women-specific version, which includes a lower top-tube, shorter cranks and stem and fetching ‘deep purple’ paintwork.
All Neons have the same style of aluminium frame and fork, with the One using a 7-speed Shimano drivetrain, which comprises an Acera rear derailleur and just one chainring at the front. For a town bike, this is an acceptable solution, offering simplicity and lightness over range.
But those seven gears are quite closely spaced and the crankset isn’t the most robust we’ve ever seen, though the chainguard is a useful touch.
The V-brakes are paired with Shimano levers, while stem, flat handlebar, saddle and seatpost are all own-brand items. The 700c wheels came with 26c Kenda Kwickrollers.
On the move, the Neon feels reasonably light, it manoeuvres well and stops on a sixpence. The lack of gears feels a bit odd if you’re used to say a 3x9 set-up but, overall, this is an easy to maintain and sensibly spec’ed machine. You could do a lot worse for this kind of money. Comes in S-XL (unisex) and small, medium and ‘tall’ (women’s).
PROS looks, price, simplicity
CONS lack of range in the gearing