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tcr - customer reveiw

April 30, 2016

Nice little piece from a customer who has recently traded his Venge for a TCR Advanced SL - makes great reading.

 

"Wow! What a bike! Thanks Steve for recommending this machine, it really is the stiffest, lightest and most responsive bike I have ever had the pleasure of riding. For the last couple of weeks I have been trawling the Internet looking at reviews, YouTube vids, and videos from GIANT themselves waxing lyrical about the new TCR project. I couldn't find a bad review and for once I'm glad to say that this bike really DOES live up to all the marketing hype - in every aspect it is superb! The love affair starts with picking it up; you can scarcely believe that a ML bike can weigh so little. The wheels are classy in an understated way and add to the stealthy look of the bike. GIANT's own finishing kit - mostly carbon, compliments the bike too and contributes to that incredible weight. The Ultegra di2 groupset is the cherry on the icing on the cake and overall (unless you pay out an extra £1500 for the Dura Ace version) I would say that this has to be one of the, if not THE, best value bikes on the market for 4k.

My first ride on it was a hilly 40 miler and what I noticed from the off, was that every last ounce of power generated seemed to be channelled into foward momentum... immediately! There was no "lag" like I've experienced with lesser frames and any effort was rewarded and then some.

Although I chose this model primarily for climbing - after all I do live in Cornwall and there are precious few interesting flat routes in the county, it proved to be no slouch on the flat. Descending was a pleasure too, just so responsive and sure - footed. I could go on and on about how pleased I am and at the time of writing this I am super excited about getting out on it tomorrow morning. If you're considering getting an all - round climbing, racing machine then don't overlook this beauty. There's a model in the range to suit most budgets and if you want to be very well looked after then look no further than Cycle Logic in Helston, a family-run business by a family passionate about cycling :) "

 

 

20 years old and finally we are having a tidy up

February 18, 2016

This year we are 20 years old and now that we are all grown up proper like we feel responsible enough to start tidying up after ourselves. So we are going to do a bit of housekeeping and that means that you could pick up a bit of a bargain - the plan is to clear out some old to make way for some new and to start we have some old LOGO Mavic Winter jackets, Jerseys, Bibs and Gilets. All super sharp, slick looking kit that's slightly different from the brand bandits - and every piece you buy at 40% off the retail price will qualify you to as much of the new model range at retail less 20%. Get it? 20 years of trading 20% discount with a qualifying purchase of RRP less 40% - simples. 

Old stock is limited in sizes and range so be quick plus as soon as it's gone we can do the same on something else - it's very exciting what we have in the pipeline. 

Old Logo Jackets

Model

Espoir black Thermo soft shell  size 2xl (46-48 chest) 36680 was £95.00 now £57.00 1 only

Espoir blue Thermo soft shell  size xsml (38 chest) 38674 was £95.00 now £57.00 1 only

 

Espoir blue Thermo soft shell  size2xl (46-48 chest) 38674 was £95.00 now £57.00 SOLD XXXXSOLDXXXX

Sprint H2O Jacket White/Black sml (40"chest) 35907 was £110 now £66.00 SOLDxxxxxxSOLDxxxxx

Athena ladies H20 blue medium 41807 was £110 now £66 1only

HC H20 Jacket Red / White Med 39620 was £190.00 now £114.00 1 only XXXSOLDXXX

Echappe softshell white / black / red sml (40"chest) 36670 was £160.00 now £96.00 1 only

Espoir windshell white / green  sml 38548 was £67.50 now £39.00 1 only

Espoir Longsleeve Jersey black  medium 36274 was £60 now £39 1 only

Espoir Gilet Black large x 2 -  xlg x 1

(med x 1 sold)   Was £50.00 now £29.00

 

Espoir Bib tights black xlge 36657 was £75.00 now £45.00 1 only

Equippe Bib tights black small  40834 was £115.00 now £68.00 2 only 

 

Aksium Short sleeve Jersey Black Medium 41796 was £48.00 now £29.00 2 only

                                                  Large      41797 was £48.00 now £29.00 2 only

                                                  Xlge        41798 was £48.00 now £29.00 2 only

                                                 XXlge       41799 was £48.00 now £29.00 2 only

 

CXR Ultimate Short Sleeve Jersey Blk/Yellow Medium 41917 was £145.00 now £89.00 1 only

                                                                  Large     41918 was £145.00 now £89.00 2 only

These are the most technically advanced condom weight jersey in store - fill your boots!

 

 

 

build your dream bike online

December 12, 2015

For a little while I've been quietly coding an online custom bike configurator tool. It's something that Steve and I talked about doing back in the summer.. "it's going to be cool" we said... (and it is). So.. while still very much a prototype it's ready for folk to start playing with - all the core functionality is available with the exception of social media sharing tools. Those will be finished shortly and, when done, will let you show off your build to your mates on facebook, twitter, such that they can pick holes in it, criticise your component choice and all those other great things that our cycling buddies will happily do ;-)  In the meantime however you can go ahead and build bikes, save them, print them, ask us questions about them - component choices, sizing etc etc.. and apply for finance online... and generally fiddle with it to your hearts content all from the comfort of your sofa, desk, throne or wherever your seating preference is when lusting over high end bicycles.

 



We're fully aware that we haven't finished populating all the available component choices (Enve forks for ex to go with your Seven will shortly be online), the permutations of brands and options are seemingly endless - so don't be shy about asking us for something that isn't shown yet. We also recognise that you may have parts of your own that you'd like to use... so for most of the categories we're quite happy for you to bring some of your own bits to the party - you'll see an option, the final thumbnail in each section, called 'use your own'. Just select that. We trust you not to be silly about it and expect us to build an entire bike from parts you've sourced elsewhere without a workshop fee. So.. if you're not sure what's appropriate - just ask. There will shortly be a small fee structure around using your own parts - it will vary, for example it's no trouble for us to drop in a set of your own wheels, but fitting an entire groupset is a somewhat more time consuming affair.

 

 

Anyway, enough of me waffling.. do go and have a play. Bear in mind it's a prototype and while I've tested it to the nth degree you may well find bugs or weird layout issues on your particular browser/operating system combination so please do tell us if you have problems. Please also feel free to tell us what you'd like to see  - we're here to serve you and your feedback is important to us. 

 

The road configurator is ready. Mountain - we're still filling it up with parts. Click here to fiddle with it!

 

 

 

 

christmas opening hours

November 25, 2015

CHRISTMAS IS COMING - THESE ARE OUR WORKING HOURS OVER THE HOLIDAYS

Christmas Eve - open 9am-12:00 midday 

Christmas Day, Boxing Day - CLOSED

27th and 28th December CLOSED

29th - 30th - 31st December open 10:00 am - 4:00pm 

Friday Jan 1st CLOSED

Saturday 2nd January open 9:00 am - 5:00 pm 

Then back to normal - have a very merry Christmas and a happy healthy new year!

specialized ruze expert 6fattie - customer's demo ride report

November 17, 2015

You could be forgiven for thinking that there are almost as many MTB wheel sizes as bottom bracket formats these days.

26" - (old school now dead and buried)

29" Fastest format - (new old school - now mainly xc and hardtails)

27.5" New standard - (current go to choice for all platforms)

27.5 Fat / 6 Fattie - (NOT to be confused with Hooter Patrol / Beach / Old school Fat Bikes)

The new 27.5Fat is a wide 27.5 rim with a 3" tyre effectively making a 29" diameter, but can be run at very low pressures offering grip and stiction levels not seen since super glued toilet seats.

Anyway - here is one of our more aggresive lady rider impressions. That reads badly. She is not a aggressive lady, she is a lady that rides aggressively!

She's a slush puppy! Tested in the Cornish mizzle after 2 weeks of rain this bike floated over the mush. It's fast on the climbs - the geometry is comfortable and efficient... less effort required for faster output and being able to adjust the dropper seat post on the fly is no gimmick, it's and energy saving (and butt sparing) piece of modern technology. The 6Fattie floats over the bumps making a rough or cobbled track feel smoother and faster, it's light and easy to pick up over the jumps and makes the drop offs seem that much easier than a standard 26 inch MTB. More comfortable than a traditional hard tail with the 3 inch, low PSI tyres providing some cushioning but not  quite the same rear end comfort as a full suspension. 

 

The 6Fattie requires more positive steering than a wheel with less traction or diameter, no day dreaming or you'll be drifting to the outside of the berm. I was initially slightly intimidated by this bike on the hairpins until I discovered how much you can trust the traction and corner shraply. The tyres are as grippy as you'll get - gave me a 'get out of jail' card in a brief moment of deviation from the track onto sloping clay however slippery tree roots are still slippery. 

 

Inspires confidence, Fantastic winter bike.

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