Review: Is the Pinnacle Neon hybrid bike wheelie good or does it need stepping up a gear? (From News Shopper)
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Review: Is the Pinnacle Neon hybrid bike wheelie good or does it need stepping up a gear?
FLYING down the hill at Poverest Road, feeling the rush of the wind and my eyes well up, I thought this is a pretty decent bit of kit.
After all, what are you looking for in a bike?
Chances are, if you live around here – in between rural Kent and busy London – you want something that is comfortable to use on the road and slightly bumpy lanes, and nippy for a short-ish ride to work and the occasional weekend pedal.
The Pinnacle Neon fits the brief nicely.
And it comes with a free invisibility cloak.
Well, it is either that or motorists were jealous of its shininess because I was targeted relentlessly.
Let’s begin with whether it looked cool when I put it into its temporary new home in the work bike park.
Some of its rivals were more expensive and had funny curly handlebars, some look like they were bought off Albert Steptoe, but the Pinnacle was the, um, pinnacle.
Its neon green and gun-metal grey made it look a serious machine.
Lifting it on and off the rack was a breeze too, weighing 21.9lbs.
Looking down at its shiny cogs I was, frankly, a bit disappointed.
It only has eight gears. Eight. How am I supposed to go fast on that?
My dad’s mountain bike, as he keeps telling me, has 24 or something.
But then again it does have fat tires and an even fatter old bloke on top of it.
It turns out eight gears is nearly enough to get a decent pace up. I say nearly because while going down Poverest was ok, coming back up the next day nearly finished me off.
On a scale from ‘sluggish’ to ‘bloody fast’, the Pinnacle Neon certainly rates as ‘quite fast’.
If you had a bloody fast bike, though, you would then struggle when things get a bit more country – and on my Pinnacle, I didn’t. And that’s why you win with the compromise.
Get your Pinnacle Neon at Evans Cycles, £350.
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