Pinarello Grevil gravel bike review

The Grevil is an outlandish aero gravel race bike but has Pinarello made too much of a sacrifice in the name of speed?

Pinarello Grevil
(Image: © Graham Cottingham)

Cyclingnews Verdict

What the Pinarello Grevil misses in true off-road versatility it easily makes up for with intoxicating speed. It isn't cheap, but if you're looking for a gravel race bike, they don't come much faster

Pros

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    Very fast on the road and smoother gravel

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    Extremely snappy handling and acceleration

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    Good tire clearance

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    Campagnolo’s Ekar groupset is superb

Cons

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    Nervous on steep or technical terrain

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    Odd geometry

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    Pricey

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    Rims filled with water

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While riding the Grevil through the remote interior of the Scottish Cairngorms, I had a gravel spiritual reawakening. To get there, I had enjoyed the quick passage of road and gravel trails, taking me deep into the back and beyond as they slowly gave way to crumbling drovers' roads, then singletrack, before leaving me portaging through undocumented and unrideable territory. This section of trail lasted for almost 10km, and as I trudged through mud and heather, I thought about how the Grevil had let me down but quickly came to the realisation that this wouldn’t be fun riding on any bike. 

Versatile, capability or do-it-all are the buzzwords often sprinkled through gravel bike reviews as a positive accolade, but does this ever-striving ambidexterity really make a gravel bike better? 

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