We test the Pinnacle Ramin 3W for the second year in a row in the women's specific category of our Hardtail of the Year test

Product Overview

Overall rating:

Score 9

Pinnacle Ramin 3W


  • Stable, fast and fun. Rolls like a demon


  • Weighs in on the heavy side, and pedals that way too


Pinnacle Ramin 3W (2015) review


Price as reviewed:


Having tested the Pinnacle Ramin 3W last year — and liked it — we were keen to see if the 2015 model has evolved. But, apart from the RockShox Recon Gold fork being replaced by XC32s, and the blue paintwork giving way to a rather brighter orange, little else has changed.

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One glance at the compact, low-slung frame dwarfed between those big wheels leaves you in no doubt this is a 29er for small people. Don’t let the look put you off, though — the Ramin 3 is no slouch on the trails. In fact, it was the fastest-rolling bike here, devouring every descent.

Big wheels on the Pinnacle Ramin allowed it to truck down the descents

Big wheels on the Pinnacle Ramin 3W allowed it to truck down the descents

With skinny grips and the widest handlebar on test (685mm) the cockpit is very nicely set up too — although the metal collars on the grips reduce the useable bar width by about 10mm each side.

The 60mm stem offers extra control and keeps your weight centred on the bike, while the levers on the Shimano brakes can be wound in to the perfect position for small hands.

Having only 80mm of travel, the RockShox fork keeps the front-end height in check with those big wheels, and because it’s air-sprung, set-up is easy.

The flipside of the Ramin’s stability and fast-rolling efficiency is that shifting your weight around effectively is not easy and we ended up plopping rather than popping off jumps and drops.

Deore shifters and mechs offer seamless shifting

Deore shifters and mechs offer seamless shifting on the Ramin Pinnacle 3W

The frame isn’t the lightest on test either, and doesn’t feel the most compliant, so long days in the saddle with lots of climbs would start to feel a little wearing. Still, if you’re after a fast, confidence-inspiring bike that’s good on descents, the Ramin fits the bill.

Pinnacle Ramin 3 Packshot



Frame:6066-T6 triple-butted aluminium
Fork:RockShox XC32, 80mm
Wheels: Formula/Shimano hubs, Alex rims, Continental X-King 2.2in tyres
Drivetrain:Shimano FC-M615 chainset, Deore shifters and mechs
Brakes:Shimano M505
Weight:13.6kg (29.96lb)
Sizes:S, M
Size tested:M