Pinarello Gan

En­try-level Ital­ian ma­chine with top-of-the-line re­fine­ments

Canadian Cycling Magazine - - ROAD TEST - Re­viewed by

BPhilippe Trem­blay

y the time I took the Pinarello Gan out on a 200-km ride, I had al­ready done a quite bit of rid­ing on it: up steep climbs, down wind­ing de­scents, on fast group rides and rough gravel roads. But, a bike’s true per­son­al­ity comes out when you are rid­ing long. I had rid­den. But the Gan isn’t made for the bumpy stuff, so I’d say it was very agree­able af­ter a long day in the sad­dle. It’s nicely in-be­tween racey stiff, which isn’t for ev­ery­one, and too com­pli­ant, which just doesn’t feel right when you are try­ing to go fast. The frame was, af­ter all, de­signed for speed.

The bike is made in the same mould as the Dogma F8, Pinarello’s World­tour race bike. The Dogma F8 was in­tro­duced in mid-2014 and came out of a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Pinarello and Jaguar, which brought aero­dy­namic el­e­ments to the frame.

Prior to the F8, Pinarello’s frames could be iden­ti­fied by their dis­tinc­tive Onda forks with wavy blades, as well as wavy seat­stays at the back. The Dogma F8 used an asym­met­ric frame and a flat-back profile that per­formed bet­ter in the wind tun­nel, but still pre­served the com­pany’s sig­na­ture es­thet­ics. The big­gest dif­fer­ences be­tween the Gan and the Dogma are the grades of car­bon fi­bre and their layup. The Gan is heav­ier than its light­weight com­pan­ion, in part be­cause the ma­te­rial it is built with weighs more. Pinarello also had to use more T600 car­bon fi­bre in order to main­tain the bike’s stiff­ness. Pinarello Gan (as tested) The built-up bot­tom bracket and head tube, ag­gres­sive ge­om­e­try and aero­dy­namic de­sign are all pre­served in the Gan mak­ing it look and act like a race bike. When you need to win the sprint for the sign­post against your rid­ing bud­dies, the Gan will re­act well to your burst of power. Climb­ing out of the sad­dle, I found the Gan responds well. When I con­tin­ued to push on past the top, how­ever, I felt the bike was at its best. The bike de­scends well, but in the cor­ners it needs a racer’s touch. If you roll up to the group ride on the Gan, ex­pect to get a few long looks; the frame’s lines do at­tract con­sid­er­able at­ten­tion. Its com­po­nents are Shi­mano’s rock-solid, mid-range 105 set. The 11-speed cogset (11–28 tooth) is matched to 52/36-tooth mid-com­pact crankset. The Shi­mano RS010 wheels are good for train­ing and rid­ing. They do, how­ever, lack a bit of snap­pi­ness and feel a lit­tle slug­gish when ac­cel­er­at­ing. If you re­ally want to go fast on the Gan, a wheel up­grade would be a good change. With the Gan 105, you’re not go­ing to win any weight-wee­nie com­pe­ti­tion. But the T600 car­bon with 105 build does pre­serve the feel and es­thet­ics of a top­per­form­ing Ital­ian bike. The style and per­for­mance of the frame is paired with a value-ori­ented build geared to­ward the ev­ery­day work­ing cy­clist.

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