Dyodo Gravel Ultegra E-Bike
Though images of Pinarello's steeds usually conjure up thoughts of podiums, grant tours, and prestigious races, the brand threw us a little bit of a curve ball last year with its launch into the realm of e-bikes that don't look like e-bikes. At first glance the Dyodo road machine looked just as sleek as anything in the Dogma lineup, but the bike nearly literally pedaled itself up climbs for you, enabling cyclists to reach new highs and tackle bigger rides. This year Pinarello took note of the attention that off-road rides are getting, and opted to keep things going in the electric realm, launching into the E-Gravel world with the Dyodo Gravel Ultegra E-Bike. Whether you're recovering from an injury and trying to keep up with the crew, or you just unapologetically enjoy assistance on the ups, the Dyodo Gravel is built to take you wherever you want to go, with loftier tires than its predecessor, and a bit more comfortable geometry when you're spending hours in the cockpit — plus, it doesn't hurt that it's constructed with a sleek aesthetic that makes you look really hard to tell that it's an e-bike.
The good news is the Dyodo also rides like a Pinarello should thanks to its material choice, tapered steerer, and geometry. What you get is a bike that's stiff under power, corners like it's on rails, and its super light as well, with power assist on demand. Pinarello builds almost all of its frames exclusively out of carbon fiber, so getting the frame construction were it needed to be wasn't a hard task for the brand, however, the Dyodo differs from the brand's first eRoad offering, the Nytro, by moving the motor to the rear hub, in this instance, the Ebikemotion X35 pedal assist system, and the battery is hidden away from sight in the frame's downtube. The motor and battery only add 7.7lbs to the build making it one of the lightest pedal assist systems on the market as well as one of the cleanest looking setups.
The hub-based motor adds 250-watts and is powered by a battery that's fully recharged in 4 hours. This allows Pinarello to get the center of gravity low and allow it to build the frame, especially its downtube and bottom bracket junction, retaining a house-favorite Italian threading, much like its traditional, non-eRoad frames, where it enjoys class-leading stiffness and weight numbers. It uses T700 unidirectional carbon, just like on the brand's Prince, as its proven itself to be very lightweight but also very resilient. Another returning frame construction feature is its asymmetrical design building in extra strength and responsiveness as the bike sees different forces on the drive and non-drive sides.
Since this is a Pinarello at the end of the day, we'd be remiss not to point out some of the aerodynamic signature features that the Dyodo gains from its non-motored sibling, the Grevil, like an oval-front and FlatBack profile tube shaping throughout the frame and fork, creating an aerodynamic profile that slices cleanly through the wind without any extra materials bogging down the scale. Fork Flaps, an FSC integrated seat clamp, and aero seat post add to the wind-cutting advantage and offer clean, uninterrupted frame lines. A quick peek at the geometry chart reveals that the numbers are akin to the Grevil as well, which translates to comfort on the long haul, and a stable ride on rough, poorly-graded country roads.
The pedal assist motor will help up to speeds of 20mph, after that, you're on your own. Battery life depends on many factors including elevation, rider weight, wind etc., however, a good approximation is around 4,000ft of elevation gain in maximum support mode. Pinarello is working on an additional water bottle mounted battery that can double the range. Furthermore, the Ebikemotion hub is set up with a PAS Sensor that uses 20 magnets to detect how much power to add or disengage to your effort so you don't incur undue friction while coasting. Unit controls happen via an iWoc button that's easy to reach on the frame's top tube. You can choose the level of support from zero to maximum with a press of the button and the system pairs with an app where you can customize settings for each push that's easy to access from your phone or a smartwatch.
Other bike features include a full Shimano Ultegra build kit complete with hydraulic disc brakes. Cockpit duties are handled by Pinarello's house brand Most and the rolling stock consists of Vision Trimax Tubeless Disc wheels, which offer a lofty profile for hosting tires up to 700x42c. Altogether, it’s a bike that will literally give you a boost on gravel adventures and allow you to ride with speed even if you don't have the time to train like a pro.
- Pinarello's pedal-assist bike makes off-road adventuring accommodating
- The hub-based motor is lighter and offers a cleaner setup
- Off-road geometry is comfortable and stable, similar to Grevil
- T700 carbon fiber from the experts at Toray is light and durable
- Italian threaded bottom bracket is creak-free and easy to service
- Tire clearance up to 42mm rubber boosts comfort and grip off road
- Shimano Ultegra groupset offers reliable, clean shifting, powerful brakes
- Pinarello's palmares speak for themselves