Pinarello has a new gravel race bike, and it’s loaded with all the fire and passion you’d expect from the Italian manufacturer. The new Grevil F takes DNA from the model released in 2018 and reimagines it as a high-performance gravel racing machine – with a distinct Pinarello design.
Full gas – everywhere
If gravel gave anything to the bike world, it was assured that bikes could go anywhere, especially those with extra tire clearance. Pinarello takes this spirit and combines its technical vision to take into account the performance of pure gravel.
Keeping Grevil’s original idea while expanding on performance, the team has integrated several top-tier features for the company’s road shows like Dogma and Prince.
Tire – aerodynamics, tire clearance, watt savings
The design team paid close attention to the unique requirements of gravel racing. To improve the aerodynamics of the Grevil F, Pinarello added a flat-back profile on the downtube to reduce drag. Marginal gains like this can provide significant wattage savings over typical gravel distances, especially those over 200 km. Plus they’ve added a third water bottle option – or a holder for other accessories.
Another addition to the Grevil F is the tire clearance, which has been increased to 50mm (on 700c wheels). The added tire clearance gives the Grevil F versatility to tackle a multitude of terrain and swaps the wheels out to a 650b x 2.1 if the day calls for it. The Grevil F can be three different bikes, offering a unique ride in each configuration; Road tires measuring 700c x 25mm and up, Gravel 700c x 32-50mm tires, or MTB tires on 650b (27.5″) rims with tires up to 2.1″.
Twin sticks – maximum transmission
The right chainring bolster rotates down on the new Grevil F, as is the seat fitting. It is designed to have both rear triangles asymmetrical with a uniform response to pedal strokes. Pinarello feels that using different seat-mounting contact points allows the seat tube to absorb shock from the rear wheel in a more consistent manner.
Why the inconsistency? Pinarello explains, “Because the forces exerted on the bike are asymmetric. Your legs push both pedals, but the chain works only on the right side. So, obviously, the tire has to be asymmetric to allow you to pedal in a really smooth way.”
Inspiration from Prince
Pinarello developed a custom seat clamp for the Grevil F because the bike would face many different conditions than those of the road line. The Grevil F seat clamp was surreptitiously positioned in front of the seat post, integrated into the top tube, away from debris and dirt. Mud and dust are inevitable when riding on gravel, so Pinarello bypassed the Dogma Clip instead – inspired by the Prince family.
Pedaling with constant force can be difficult, especially for long distances, especially if you are not comfortable. Pinarello sees this as true and that each tire size requires more attention to maintain the Grevil F’s desired ride characteristic. To keep the ride active and consistent, the Grevil F uses a size specific geometry. The use of different geometries and pistons ensures the same track and control in all tire sizes.
The new Grevil F has a shorter stack and higher reach than traditional road bikes; This size creates an elongated posture, providing better comfort and control. Pinarello found the Grevil’s optimum chainstay length to be between 422-425mm, providing the best compromise between responsiveness and comfort. The design team increased the seat tube angle from the previous model to allow for greater frame clearance.
Pinarello ONDA fork and cover
The Grevil F fork features a Pinarello “wave” design, with a custom 50mm scoop to provide stable handling. The Wave claims to provide vibration damping while still being lightweight and requiring no additional suspension. Although this has not been verified, the unique fork flap provides shielding from the elements and can help with aerodynamics.
Japanese carbon – Italian design
For GREVIL F, Pinarello used a mixture of different types of HM (high modulus) and HT (high tensile strength) fibers. They use additional carbon in specific areas of the frame to balance stiffness and absorb vibrations. The carbon fiber used is Toray’s T700, considered by many to be the world’s best carbon fiber manufacturer.
All-new Greville F vs Greville 2018
- +8% stiffness in the bottom bracket
- + 4% more aerodynamics
- +5W saved at 40km/h
- Fame weight: 1090g size 53 (uncoated)
- Fork weight: 500g
- Full weight bike (without pedals) size 53 with Campagnolo Ekar and Princeton Grit 4540 wheels: 8.55 kg (18 lb)
- Full weight bike (without pedals) size 53 with Campagnolo Ekar and Fulcrum Rapid Red 500 wheels: 8.85 kg (19 lbs)
Pinarello Greville F Engineering
* The new bike will be available in sizes 47, 50, 53, 55, 57 and 60 cm
Pricing, colors and availability
The Pinarello Grevil F will be initially available only in a Campagnolo Ekar for $6,500 through Pinarello retailers, with more build options including Shimano and SRAM to be released in the fall. The Grevil F tire set will be available in three colors; Green, champagne, and matte black.