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SOC16: Ventana Wolfram 27+ gets the Pinion gearbox makeover

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Wasting no time since the bike’s initial release last fall, Ventana has rolled out a new option for the Wolfram 27+. Alongside the standard Wolfram (which is hardly standard with a belt drive Rohloff option), the new version adds in a gearbox. Specifically the Pinion P1.12, though P1.9 and P1.18 gearboxes will be available on request. Built around a 120mm fork and with provisions for belt drive and the Pinion gearbox, this is one interesting option for 27+…

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Shown at Sea Otter with the Pinion P1.9cr gearbox, as mentioned the frames will ship complete with the P1.12 which offers 12 gears and a 600% overall ratio. Gearboxes come equipped with Pinion’s crankset and their own sprocket for use with the Gates belt drive system. The rear dropout is split at the seatstay/chainstay junction and builds in a chain tensioner on both sides for belt tensioning.

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Like other Ventanas, the Wolfram 27+ Pinion is made in the U.S. from butted and hydroformed aluminum tubing. The bike’s geometry is designed around a 120-140mm travel fork, with the tapered head tube set at 67 degrees (with a 120mm fork) and the frame runs 419mm chain stays in the shortest setting thanks to the machined chain stay yoke.

In total there will be versions built for the Rohloff including the 10×135 hub or their 12 x 142 Speedhub A12, and a derailleur bike with 148 x 12mm Boost spacing. The Pinion and Rohloff versions will be sold through Cycle Monkey with pricing starting at $6500 for a complete Pinion model or $6040 for the Rohloff.

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Eric
6 years ago

Awesome bike. Price is a killer though!

Diego
Diego
6 years ago

Why are those bikes so expensive? A Ventana hardtail frame costs 900 bucks. Does a pinion gearbox costs 3000 dollars?

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i
6 years ago

I agree with others on here. This would tick a lot of boxes for me but the price. I’m not following the math: $1k frame + say $1.5k worth of parts plus the pinion = $6.5k. Pinion must have the biggest margin in cycling.

I’d really like to try a gearbox/gates setup, but not to the tune of $4k premium over a 1x setup.

PFS
PFS
6 years ago

Pinion gear boxes do cost a lot but so does all the parts like the belts and such that you have to use with them. Plus the frame costs way more with all the custom low volume pinion frame mounts and belt splitter. That stuff makes the frame quite a bit more expensive.

chris
chris
6 years ago

The price makes perfect sense… when you consider this same bike without the pinion is 5 grand… but then there’s the part where the bike without the pinion is WAY too expensive… 🙂

Henrik
Henrik
6 years ago

Pinion is a small brand, they develop and manufacture all their parts in Germany so no Chinese cheap stuff involved and the founders learnt their handicraft at Porsche. Questions, anyone ?

Diego
Diego
6 years ago
Reply to  Henrik

Question? Why not to go with Effigear? Less expensive, a lot lighter, and with a proper designed shifter ( 4 shifters available in fact). They did not studied at Porsche, but designed a far better product.

Brad
Brad
6 years ago

I like the Rohloff & Pinion options, but until they get the pricing down in the ballpark of the 1×11 or 1X12 setups I do not see it as an option for most people.

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