Summertime, and the riding's easy.
For many cyclists, Pinarello bikes represent the epitome of the premium race bike, often with a price tag reflecting it leaving us dreaming of the day when we can have our own. The 2018 Gan RS Easy-Fit Ultegra Complete Road Bike hopes to make that dream a reality a little sooner than later. Trading out the prestigious Dream Carbon found in the top-tier Dogma F8 for a more affordable carbon makeup, the Gan RS draws heavily on its pricier sibling's design and technology to bring Pinarello's renowned ride to a more attainable price point. Kitted out with Shimano's Ultegra componentry, women's specific cockpit, and Fulcrum Racing wheels, this build is chomping at the bit to jump off the line right out of the box.
The Gan RS presents the same eye-catching style as the Dogma F8, with its signature curves and aerodynamic detailing that make the bike just as stunning as it is fast. The main difference between the two frames is the type of carbon used to construct them. While the Dogma F8 features the best of the best Toray T1100 1K Dream Carbon with Nanoalloy Technology, the Gan RS consists of slightly more compliant T900 carbon that sacrifices a tiny bit of weight and stiffness but drops the overall cost significantly. While this carbon is slightly less rigid than the T1100 1K, it remains a high-strength, race-worthy layup designed to ride hard and fast.
As with the Dogma F8, this frame incorporates Pinarello's trademark asymmetrical design for claimed improvements in power transfer and comfort. The asymmetry in the Gan RS' seatstays is less extreme than in the Dogma F8, resulting in a slightly more compliant and comfortable ride while still providing benefits in responsiveness to keep you feeling powerful on your rides. At the top junction of the stays, a wishbone shape provides clean lines and aerodynamic protection to keep the rear brake out of the wind.
Pinarello also incorporates the Flatback technology found in the Dogma F8 into the Gan RS, with its oval-front and flattened-back tubing throughout the frame and fork creating an aerodynamic profile that slices cleanly through the wind without interfering with ride quality or adding additional weight. As an added touch, an integrated seat clamp and aero seat post add to the wind-cutting advantage and sleek appearance.
The Gan RS comes complete with carefully internal cable routing compatible with the mechanical groupset here and electronic shifting systems, if you choose so down the road, for an added dose of aerodynamics and crisp, clean lines for any setup. It's finished with a threaded Italian bottom bracket, a trend that we're happy to see resurfacing across the industry. The CNC threads provide a more consistent, solid platform for installation to do away with PressFit models' creak and longevity issues.
- Pinarello prestige with a more attainable price tag
- T900 carbon fiber construction rides fantastic and saves dollars
- Onda carbon fiber fork help absorbs road vibrations
- Aerodynamic FlatBack tube shaping increases speed
- Internal cable routing compatible provides clean lines
- Shimano's Ultegra componentry balances high performance and cost