With all the unfortunate accidents and cycling related deaths in the news of late you cant help but agree its time to be super visible on the road especially at this time of year. With car windows misted up , poor visibility and everything against us ( The Cyclist) it still amazes me how many people i see riding with cheap lights from Tesco that make candles look powerful and when it comes to buying safety equipment like lights and helmets never want to really spend any money because they “might not use it much” which sounds a bit weak when your laying in Hospital after being mowed down due to lack of visibility.
So let’s start with “Lights” which give us the best chance of being seen and seeing, lights can sound expensive for a decent item £100 and upwards for a bike light would seem ridiculous to some but look at it this way, there are a good 4 months of the year its stupid not to use one if you commute or ride in the evenings so at that rate £25 per month which is one takeaway for most, or £8.33 per month over a year basically there is no reason not to get a good light and it will still work next year, Lights are not just for Christmas you know.The Lezyne Deca Drive 800 lumen on and off pictured below.
There are so many quality brands on the market nowadays and we carry 2 of them, Lezyne and Gemini, we carry these two brands for a reason. Lezyne offer both front and rear lights from £12 each up to £200 which covers pretty much all of us and Gemini offer front only from £100 to £220 bright enough to make you think its daytime. The images below are using Gemini’s lights starting with the Xera 850 lumen flashlight priced £99.99. Hopefully you get the idea of what these lights can do for you and shortly ill add some better images of all lights in different surroundings allowing you to see the depth and coverage they offer. So lets look at lots of pictures and relax for a bit.
Xera flashlight 850 lumens
Xera spot 950 Lumens
Xera Duo 1500 lumens
Olympia 2100 Lumens
Apart from the flashlight all models come with bar mount, helmet mount , head belt , leads and charger to cover all options being it cycling , climbing trees in the dark or lurking in bushes or lurking in the bushes looking for your bike you left there before you started climbing the tree in the first place. Gemini offer spares for all their lights including different spec batteries if you want to run your light for longer or just need a back up.These lights also make MTB and Cyclocross night rides a blast and we do have a demo unit available to try for a small deposit.
Lezyne start with their front and rear Femto drive pictured below starting at £12.99 then a very broad range of lights runs up to the Mega drive 1200 lumen at £199.99. The Lezyne range all run internal batteries so each light is a 1 peace unit unlike the Gemini range (excluding flashlight) which all run separate battery packs to the light itself. If your generally commuting you may find the Lezyne a very efficient option as it can just be popped on or off the bars as where youll need to remove both light and battery from the bike with the Gemini lights otherwise some light fingered no gooder will come and whip your power plant away leaving you beam less.
Lezyne Femto drive front and rear available in funky colours.
Power Drive XL
Please feel free to come in and ask to see and test the lights for yourself. Now for anyone wondering what is a Lumen ?
No that’s a Moomin , lumins are a measure of light like gallons to milk or litres to petrol its basically how much you get so 2100 Lumens good 1 Lumen not so good and 1 Moomin very awkward to attach to bike. More to come on lights meantime go ride.
After spending the majority Friday evening on the M25 Bob Parlee, Tom Rodi and Brandon from Parlee cycles arrived at the shop, well actually Dolce the Italian restaurant next door where we indulged in Pasta, Beer and bike talk. After a few hours of great company and great food i persuaded the guy’s to leave their bikes in the shop where i could sit and talk to them individually at length, The bikes that is Bob and co headed to their hotel to get some well earned rest whilst i got to know the bikes all up close and personal.
The new ESX has received mixed views so far but mainly from people who have not yet seen the bike in the flesh. The photo’s of the bike do not do it justice at all, in the flesh the head tube area seems tiny compared to the images launched and you don’t get a real idea on the tube profile which is lovely giving the bike character and some very very clean and tidy lines, especially from the rear where the lack of rear brake and seat clamp looks so clean and tidy. Every customer i got a chance to ask felt the same, the bike in the flesh was just magic and sat alongside the Z-zero and Z5sli looked perfectly at home with its older brothers or sisters (your choice) and trying to choose which i would take was impossible.
As Saturday morning rolled on Bob Parlee took questions openly about his bikes with very honest answers, he isn’t a hype man he is old school he makes a bike that simply works, works very very well in fact and if you don’t like it then that’s fine, each to their own. Bob and Tom take great pride in their product and look forward to what the future holds. Brandon who joined both Bob and Tom on this trip is the guy who translates their thoughts into CAAD allowing them to play endlessly with ideas and prototypes. Pictured below is Tom Rodi , Parlee’s marketing man and meat based product connoisseur, here Tom explains to one of our customers how big the Bacon roll was he chose for breakfast that morning it has nothing to do with the Parlee product but he is a professional through and through.
So they came they saw they had fish and chips in the rain and hopefully enjoyed their visit. Bob, Tom and Brandon were everything i had hoped they would be, real people who love their bikes. They have no dream of becoming the large faceless manufacturers who’s bikes we change on an almost yearly basis there a keeper and with some of the most amazing paintwork going on aswell just seals the deal. There are some special ESX paint jobs in the pipeline and we will bring you these as soon as they break but meantime our Z5sli demo will be up and running shortly for those of you desperate to see what it’s all about.
In 1992 Focus bikes was founded by Mike Kluge the then 3 x World cyclo-x champion, in 1994 the first product line is launched consisting of 6 bikes. Jump forward to 2006 and numerous German National and World Championship cyclo-x titles later and the first carbon Focus frames are produced, from this point on Focus grows its range and works with such teams as Team Milram, Team Katusha, AG2R and Rapha Focus (cyclo-X) amongst others and picks up medals in most disciplines including individual time trial, xc Mtb and of course cyclo-x.
Focus offer an amazing range of bicycles with some amazing value for money aswell, below you’ll see some our current stock but please call us for more information.
Izalco Max 1.0 £5799 – For 2014 the Izalco gets team treatment with the new MAX frame offering a super light frame and fork with Dura-ace Di2 groupset and Fizik finishing kit.
Izalco Team SL3 £3099 – Dura-ace mechanical, Fizik finishing kit, Fulcrum wheels and Schwalbe one tyres, race ready super bike.
Mares CX1 £4299 – Cyclo cross at pro level the CX1 offers SRAM’s Red22 groupset with hydraulic disc brakes, Vision Tubular Metron T40 wheels and full carbon frame and fork.
Culebro SL2 105 £899.99 – Shimano 105 spec, Carbon fork, 10 speed compact double.
Cayo Evo 4 105 £1400.00 – Shimano 105 spec, Full carbon frame and fork, Compact double (also available as a triple).
Cayo Evo 3 Ultegra £1599.00 – Shimano Ultegra spec,Concept EX brakes, Fulcrum wheels, available as a compact or Race.
Izalco Team SL1 Dura ace Di2 £4399.00 – Di2 electronic groupset, Rotor chainset, Fizik bars and saddle and Fulcrum wheels.
Izalco Donna Ergoride 3.0 Tiagra £1299.00 – Ladies carbon frame and forks with Shimano Tiagra spec components and compact gearing.
Izalco Ergoride 3 £1549 – The carbon Ergoride offers super comfy sportive geometry but with plenty of performance to boot, Shimano 105 groupset and Fulcrum wheels.
Izalco Ergoride 2 £1999 – Focus slip a little AG2R team colouring in here with an Ultegra 11 speed groupset, Fulcrum wheels and Schwalbe tyres making all day rides a pleasure.
Mares AX3 Disc 105 £1199.99 – Aluminium cyclo-x frame with carbon fork, Shimano 105 spec and mechanical disc brakes. Winter commuter or weekend race machine.
Raven 29r 7.0 Shimano £1599.00 – Carbon hard-tail frame with Rockshox XC32 TK RL forks, Tektro hydraulic disc brakes and Deore and SLX components.
Izalco Team SL4.0 SRAM Force 22 £2499.99 - The Izalco Team SL full carbon frame and fork offers race geometry as used by AG2R mixed with new 11 speed SRAM force groupset and Fizik finishing kit making it another most wanted Focus.
Bikes due in shortly-
Cayo Evo AG2R – Izalco Team SL2 – Izalco Max 2 and 3 – Culebro SL3 and 4
Chrono 2 and 3
Blackforest 29r 1.0 - SAM 2.0
If you’re looking for a specific model please call for availability and remember all bikes over £2000 receive a Retul bike fit within the cost. Bikes below this get a reduced rate please call for more info.
Cervélo Cycles was created in 1995 when two engineers, Phil White and Gérard Vroomen, decided to market their work developing faster time trial bikes. Having been involved in bicycle and human-powered vehicle design since 1986, they started a bike design from scratch when a top-ranked Italian pro cyclist approached Gérard to design the fastest possible time trial bike for him. The team evaluated the bikes on the market, and set a design goal for the bike that was difficult and uncompromising. They wanted something that was unbeatable in aerodynamics yet sacrificed nothing in weight or stiffness. The result was a pretty radical bike that pushed the rules in almost every area. It tested extremely well for aerodynamics, as well as handling, stiffness and comfort.
Since 1995 Cervelo has grown a reputation for some of the best bikes in the world especially in the Triathlon and TT market and with this years range of complete bikes the value is unbeatable.
For 2014 all Cervelo’s bikes come with fairly standard wheel sets due to each customers preference for wheels at this level of cycling so please call for more info.
Cervelo (NEW) S2 105 £2399 – Cervelo have re-vamped the S2 with the new S3 frame FK40 fork and 105 groupset.
Cervelo S5 Team Le Dura ace Di2 £5599 (1 x 56cm left otherwise sold out for the year) – The S5 is one of the fastest road bikes around with true aero heritage and a great component spec straight out of the box.
Cervelo S5 Ultegra Di2 £4599.00 – The standard S5 is no slouch by any means mixed with an Ultegra Di2 groupset Rotor chainset and Mavic wheels this makes it class leader in the road aero market.
Cervelo P5 Six Dura Ace £5599.00 – The P5 is the pinnacle of years leading the aero market and searching for the ultimate wind cheater, the 2014 P5 brings everything expected to the table to make it the fastest bike out there even down to the skin surface of each aero zone being tuned for ultimate efficiency.
Cervelo P3 Ultegra £3299 – The P3 offers drop down tech from the P5 and comes in 3 models including Dura ace and Ultegra Di2. (please note Ultegra Di2 model shown) Ultegra model comes with 3T accelero wheel set.
Cervelo P2 105 £1999.00 – Probably the most popular Triathlon bike on the market the P2 offers performance that would destroy most bikes twice its price.
Cervelo R5 Sram Red £5299.00 – The 2014 R5 offers an aero advantage over it’s predecessor due to the new Squoval 3 tubing taken from the RCA, a stiffer bottom bracket for acceleration and climbing plus a stiffer headtube for perfect handling feedback and still as comfortable as ever.
Cervelo R3 Dark Force £2999.00 (Frameset also available 58cm only) – The R3 Force brings Cervelo’s current and classic frame paired with a SRAM 22 speed force groupset, Rotor chainset and Fizik finishing kit to offer a serious bike for the money, come over to the dark side you’ll enjoy it.
Cervelo R3 105 £1999 – Shimano 105 groupset and wheels, FSA chainset and 3T finishing kit. (Please note image supplied shows incorrect wheels and chainset)
Bikes Due Shortly
R3 Ultegra, R5 Dura ace Di2, R5 Dura ace, S5 VWD Dura ace, S5 Dura ace, S5 Ultegra, S3 Ultegra
Please call for availability on all models.
Parlee cycles have officially launched their latest model the ESX. The ESX is Parlee’s first aero road bike in their range which already boasts class comfort and performance and a full custom offering on both paintwork and geometry so why a new model ? why not, Parlee produce some of the most talked about and lusted after bicycles in the world so it was inevitable they would produce a semi aero bike at some point but when.
As a bicycle becomes more aero in shape comfort is compromised by larger stiffer tubes so striking a balance is quite hard, also weight tends to rise aswell so immediately there’s 2 things none of us want, extra weight and less comfort. Parlee spent years working on this design and hammered through loads of prototypes Bob and his team hit on the perfect balance of speed, comfort and weight with a frame that met all the aero requirements they were after but offering enough compliance to keep this beauty super smooth and comfy and still weigh in at 950 grams and under.
The ESX comes with a direct mount rear brake positioned behind the bottom bracket underneath the chain stays, an integrated aero front brake and will accommodate internal Di2 batteries along with its internal cable routing ( both mechanical and electric) . The frame includes seatpost which is available in both 25mm and 0 setback but a proper bike fit will confirm for you whats needed which is a service we offer to all our Parlee customers using the Retul system. Tyre clearance on this beast is up to 28c taking into account the recent move to 25c and 28c in some cases for lots of riders due to the various benefits these size tyres offer.
The ESX comes in 5 flex fit sizes offering 10 different stack and reach combinations, basically a spacer that sits on top of the headtube allowing the bars to sit higher and slightly closer to the rider that can be removed in moments but it is designed as part of the frame so it flicks all the switches in the looks department and the fit department, if only all bikes were this simple.
First availability is due December so get your orders in quick time people if you want one under the tree on Christmas day. Lastly i am delighted to announce that Bob Parlee himself and Tom Rodi of Parlee will be in store on Saturday the 16th of November from 10am with the new ESX for a short time before heading back home to continue making mouth watering bicycles for all of us to dream about. If you want to pop down and say hello to these chaps then feel free and if you would like to discuss the new model or any model in the range, the custom options and bike fitting ill be around all day to do so and if you come bearing cake or chocolates this will almost definitely put you to the front of the queue.