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2014 – 2015 Bike Range, 2014 Sale Bikes, New Arrivals and Humous 16
what felt like an endless summer finally coming to a close, it seems like
a good time to update you on everything we’ve been up to in the shop…
of our 2015 bikes are here now, with lots of exciting new models from Trek
size is still the big talking point in mountain bikes. Trek’s take on
this is to offer 29er wheels for the bigger frame sizes, 27.5 for the
smaller sizes for hardtails, and offer both sizes in full-suspension.
brings the addition of the more playful Fuel EX 27.5 alongside the
mile-munching Fuel EX 29. We’ve got demo bikes of both, along
with the Remedy 27.5, so you can decide what works best for you.
with Genesis, the heart of their mtb range continues to be their
UK-friendly steel hardtails, the 29er High Latitude and 27.5 Latitude
covering the wheel sizes.
the road, disc brakes are the hot new thing. We’re convinced, but find
out for yourself as our Trek Domane Disc demo bike is here and
ready to go. Continuing the disc theme, we’ve also got the new Equilibrium
Disc from Genesis arriving later this month, alongside their Croix
de Fer cross bike.
to that Trek’s new lightweight Emonda platform, and we’ve got
plenty of drop bar options for the tarmac and beyond.
out our full range of 2015 bikes here.
sure as Summer leads to Autumn, the news of our new bike range leads to
our sale of last remaining 2014 bikes. There are some great bargains to be
had, including our Ibis Ripley and Mojo HD-R ex-demo bikes,
and Mojo HD-R frame - head over to our website here
for a current list of what’s left.
upstairs, whilst it felt a little perverse to be putting out waterproofs
and thermals a few weeks ago when it was still 20 degrees outside, our Endura
Autumn/Winter range is on display, ready to keep you riding through
the winter. Remember, there’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad
also now stocking Kask helmets, with their new Vertigo II
helmet arriving soon, as worn by Team Sky, and tested by Chris Froome in
this year’s Tour more often than he would have liked.
a personal note, there were new arrivals for both Roger and Dan at the
beginning of the year, in the shape of Henry and Freya, so apologies if
we’ve looked a little more bleary-eyed than usual sometimes this year!
that, the shop has a couple of new arrivals planned too, with two new
bespoke frame brands.
been back in touch with Nicolai, our old friends in Germany that
we’ll now be working with directly, and we’ve also visited Belgium, to
meet Jaegher, a frame builder with a long heritage (that
includes Eddy Merckx on their customer list), but with a very modern
approach to custom steel. More on that in the New Year though.
finally, after a more than a year in the works, Waitrose reopens today. As
the biggest in the South East apparently too, just imagine how many
varieties of humous that’ll mean.
with a brand new multi-storey car park offering free parking for two
hours, you’ll be able to peruse the chickpea dips too, with plenty of
time left to head down to your favourite bike shop.
always, we know there are lots of shops to choose from, so thanks to
everyone that’s shopped with us this year, whether you’ve bought a
bike or an inner tube, and we hope to see you again soon.
Head For The Hills Team – Dan, Rog, Jamie, Josh, Tom, Tom
Reading: Trek Genesis
Bike Sale 15
It's that time of year again, our 2015 bikes are arriving
thick and fast and we need to clear some space, so click here
to grab yourself a bargain...
just like us on Facebook, now follow us on Twitter too 14
gone social media crazy this year. After managing to get ourselves onto
Facebook earlier in the year and living to tell the tale, we've jumped in
with two feet, and are now up and running on Twitter too. So if you prefer
tweets to posts, following to liking, then click here
or on the little bird in the corner. Or better still, if you want to see the same photos
with different captions, do both.
in Surrey – Make Your Voice Heard
17 Oct 13
you may have already noticed, Surrey has become a cycling hotspot over the
last few years. Taking inspiration from the Olympics and Tour of Britain (Cav’s
been through Dorking four times in the last few years!), there’s been a
huge increase in the number of cyclists on the roads, either taking part
in organised events like Ride 100, or just heading out by themselves or
with friends to enjoy our beautiful lanes. Obviously we think this
increase in cycling is great, but unfortunately not all residents do, and
it’s becoming a bit of a contentious issue.
make the most of this boom in cycling, and to also take into consideration
the views of residents and businesses that have concerns about this
growth, Surrey County Council are developing a Cycling Strategy, and want
our views to inform it. So make sure you get your say – head over to
their website here
and fill out the survey, where you’ll also find details of a Cycling
Debate to be broadcast on BBC Surrey on Wednesday 23rd October.
a backdrop to this, there are a couple of petitions in circulation at the
moment. The first ‘anti-cycling’ petition was set up to protest to
Surrey County Council about the increase in cycling (particularly the
closed road and other organised cycle events), the second
‘pro-cycling’ petition has been set up in direct response to the first
one. The ‘pro-cycling’ petition is here,
and includes a link to the ‘anti-cycling’ one, in case you’d prefer
to fill that one in. With the benefit of a head start, the anti-cycling
one is winning at the moment, but the pro-cycling one is catching fast,
and as Cav would testify, it’s who crosses the line first that matters,
so get clicking!
forward this on to anyone else you think would like to contribute, or
share the posts that we've put on our Facebook
like us on Facebook 16
so we accept we may have been a bit slow off the mark on this one, but we
have at last got ourselves organised and set up our page. In fact we've
had a page since 2010, which Facebook set up for us apparently, although
this was news to us until recently! Anyway, we've now claimed the page,
and will be doing our best to post up all the excitement from the shop. So
if you want to head over and give us a like, click here
or on the blue square in the top corner of the page that the more social
media savvy amongst our customers might recognise.
Fuel EX 29 12
few years ago, when we were all riding around on small wheels, the Fuel EX
was the go-to, all-conquering, award-winning, full-suspension trail bike
to be riding. So what's the bike to be on now? The bigger, better, Fuel EX
29. It uses the same suspension platform that made the original Fuel EX
such a great bike, and has 120mm travel front and back, and of course
29" wheels. If you want something with a bit more travel, Trek have
also released a 140mm travel Remedy 29, but we think the Fuel EX 29 is set
to become the next go-to full-suspension bike for UK trail riding.
are three aluminium and two carbon bikes in the range starting with the
£2200 EX 7. The £2500 EX 8 and £3400 EX 9 complete the aluminium bikes,
followed by the £3300 EX 9.7 and top of the range £4200 EX 9.8 carbon
models - see them all on the Trek website here.
We've got an EX 7 and EX 8 in stock, and an EX 9.7 on the way (all
shown below). We've also got an EX 8 demo bike ready to go, so don't take
our word for it, come and try it for yourself - drop us an email,
or give us a call to book a demo.
Mojo HDR 650 11
on the heels of the Ripley, Ibis have released another new frame, the Mojo
HDR. As with the original HD, it'll still run as a 160mm travel frame with
26" wheels, but we're most excited about the 130mm travel 650b
(27.5") wheel set up, the "in between" size that's gaining
a lot of interest at the moment. There are two frame colour options, both
as stunning as always (Ibis make very pretty bikes). Our demo bike is on
order, and hopefully will be with us towards the end of the summer - we'll
put an update on here when it arrives. In the meantime, head to the Ibis
website here for
all the info.
The first three HDRs have arrived in the UK, and one of them is here,
built into our demo bike.
Stache 19 Apr 13
Stache is Trek's new 29er hardtail. It's aimed at the more technical side
of trail riding than their current hardtail range, so longer travel forks
(120mm), shorter top tube, and slacker head angle. It also comes with all
the mod-cons you'd expect on this sort of bike - thru-axles front and
rear, internal dropper post cable routing, and chain guides tabs. There
are two models in the range, the £1800 Stache 8, and the very pretty
copper coloured £1300 Stache 7, which is on display in the shop. There's more on Trek's
about them here, if that looks good to you, call by the shop to swing a leg
Summer Clothing in stock 5
a fit of optimism, our summer clothing is now on display upstairs. Whilst
it felt a little perverse packing away jackets and hanging up shorts and
short-sleeve shirts with the snow falling outside, rest assured that when
the weather does sort itself out, you can get straight down to the shop,
get kitted out, and ride off into the sunshine. Can't be long now?
Ripley Is Coming 28
a bike that we're really looking forward to riding, Ibis' new 29er
full-suspension bike, the Ripley. Rather than just taking a Mojo and
sticking some big wheels in, they've developed a completely new linkage
system specifically for the bike. The frame comes in two colours, blue
with black trim, and black with green trim. Our blue test bike will be
here soon, and we've got a black frame coming too, can't wait. Read on here
for all the technical low down, and lots more pics.
Test bike is here and ready to ride!
Test Centre - are you sitting comfortably? 9
can stop you enjoying your ride more than an uncomfortable saddle, so
we've just signed up to be a test centre for Fizik saddles. Fizik do three
different saddle shapes, based around their Spine Concept system, with a
different shape depending on your flexibility - flat and narrow for
flexible snakes, waved and wide for rigid bulls, flat and wide for in
between chameleons. In each of the three shapes there is a version with
and without an central channel, so six different saddles in all to choose
from, and by being able to test them all first, you can make sure you end
up sitting on the one that's comfortable for you.
compliment their lovely saddles, we've also got the full range of Fizik
bar tape in the shop, which now comes in two thicknesses, and a new tacky
version - with the bar tape wheel of fortune to make it easy for you to
choose the right one for you.
by the shop to get saddle testing and find out if you're a snake,
chameleon, or bull, and to give the wheel of fortune a spin.
Ride Journal Issue VII 16
7 now in the shop. Our favourite magazine - great artwork, smells lovely
(that'll be the soya ink), and lots of interesting articles covering every
type of riding. What's not to like? More on this fantastic publication on
their website here.
Dropper Post 3
soon - the long awaited Thomson Dropper Post. Available in 30.9 and 31.6mm
sizes with 125mm of drop, gear cable activated through a neat and subtle lever. Oil damped with a nitrogen charge,
so no slop and no servicing. Price tbc, but expected to be £300-350.
First deliveries scheduled for April, with stealth model (frame internal
cable routing) to follow, and available to pre-order now.