Sunday, 11 December 2011

Change is coming

January 1st it all starts here

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Orbea 2012

Finally Orbea are beginning to get the picture with their road bikes, the Orca has always been a looker no doubt but costly with nothing remotely sexy under it's price point but finally they have produced the bike that should of started the range off  3 or more years ago the spanking new 2012 Orca bronze. Basically orbea have taken the 2011 Orca's front end dropped in a round seat-post and tweaked the back end for aesthetic reasons and not performance to give a sexy entry level carbon roadie. I personally love the look of the Orca apart from the Orbea own finishing kit ( stem and bars) which looks so out of place on a £3k plus bike but more at home on the new bronze. The carbon lay up is the same as the current Onix which will remain in the Orbea line up for 2012 although not shown on the web i believe ? anyway the 2012 range in general is looking sharper than ever and larger than ever aswell. The Orca gold and silver stay untouched other than group sets and colours as does the Ordu and most of the other bikes.
The Orca range itself has 20 bikes and that's not including the women's models which alone has 17.
The range goes like this- Orca Bronze 105/ultegra/athena/ultegra Di2

                                       Orca Silver ultegra/ Ultegra Di2/ Athena/ force/ dura ace/ record/ red/  Di2

                                       Orca Gold ultegra/ ultegra Di2 /athena/ force/ red /record /dura ace /Di2

Orca Bronze 105 £1800
Orca Bronze Ui2 £3000
Orca Bronze Ui2 for the Ladies
Orca Silver record
Orca Gold Dura-ace
Orbea will be putting more effort into their road bike production this year as last year was just terrible for them so expect availability to be a lot better and hopefully they will start marketing themselves in the UK properly as they are wonderful bikes but still relatively unknown in this country, fancy a go on one we have a demo Orca Gold so get in touch.
Now fancy something big and filthy ooer misses the Alma 29'er YURSE PLEASE SANTA

I could rattle on for ages as it is such a big range but i honestly can not be bothered as i do have a life that i manage to fit in here and there so if you want more info then contact me/us as that will be the best way.
We have quite a line up planned for next year so keep watching as ill post up 2012 Cipollini's shortly which look dead funky this year and you can see the first one released into the wild by us here already.
Bianchi will be late September when we get back from Italy the best country in the world ever and our new secret hush hush brand that everyone knows but just wont sus it out.

Meantime this snippet of cycling info has been brought to you by the new Red hot chilli's album I'm with you, a large fruit smoothie and an overly loud washing machine.
Until next time children check this out with muchos base and relax.


Friday, 19 August 2011

Felt 2012 and the future

Well 2012 has well and truly arrived at Bicycle with Cipollini's and Cannondales already on the shop floor and in customers garages and when you have seen what we have seen for the coming season it's going to be a truly great year kit wise for you guy's and girls it's just a shame it comes during such a financially crap time in the world. This could actually be a good thing as we all look for something that is fun and enjoyable that can transport us away from the hassle and stress of day to day living cycling offers freedom, health and fun all in the one great escape also the amount of couples now cycling together and families aswell in the UK is great, you see so much more on your bike rather than being stuffed in a car or bus your children/friends/partners indulge in conversation with you and when all is said and done you fell a little fitter and happier with things in general.
Enough with the life lecture i think as cyclists we already know this but introduce it to someone who isnt, after all it doesn't cost you a penny and they benefit 10 fold. Now soon to hit our shiny shop floor will be amongst others some that will remain a secret until Eurobike and some you already know of is Felt.
Their 2012 range expands on what was already there opening up the price points even further with a varied range of road, aero road, TT-Tri and CX bikes thats without touching the MTB's and hybrids.
Below are a few models but be aware the prices and spec/colour could eventually differ slightly as nothing is confirmed until we open the box it comes in.
First up the F75- aluminium frame, carbon fork and post, 105 groupset and Mavic rims at a respectable £1175
Next and in no relevant order as that would be far to easy is the DA3 with it's full carbon frame and fork and SRAM red TT groupset it hits the wind tunnel at £3699

Next the AR3 aero road bike, full UHC advanced carbon frame and fork, and the new Ultegra Di2 groupset and Mavics cosmic elites which are cropping up on lots of bikes for 2012.
Kerrching £3599 Batteries included.
The equally loveley AR2 with full red in white £3999.
The very discreet F1 Di2 for you under the radar types. £7499 sneak it passed the wife tips with each one sold.
Now i havent at present got UK prices for the next 2 but they are both on my winter bike list but who will triumph, disc brakes and SRAM or neon yellow and buzzing Di2, who cares they both look good.


Now i have more but we could go on all night and wheres the fun in that, im an old bloke i need sleep and rest but if there is a certain model your interested in drop me a mail or post a comment and ill give you what i can. As i get the full specs over the next few days ill post bits up here and there and also to come soonish (if you follow this blog regularly youll know soonish can mean very longish) 2012 Cipollini, Mr Mario has been busy with his glue and scissors whipping up the LOGOS for 2012 and he has even flicked the paint brush around the current stuff aswell as making it all pretty and shiny and very Italian. Cannondale we kind of did a while back but them is arriving in the shop now so me get big pics for some soon. Bianchi we dont see until Mid September and there is also a new brand to the shop which i think will cause a stir amongst you guys in 2012 with some amazing and i mean amazing value high end bikes so watch this space, we've seen em and the man from del monte says ooh yeah baby.
I still pick up our EVO every morning to remind me how much cheaper it is than a Cervelo frame that cost's twice the price oh and if you like the Cannondale EVO wait until Euorbike thats all im saying incase they decide not to do it ooh have i said to much i just dont know.
Lots of Castelli stuff, DMT shoes, sidi and Northwave and the list just goes on, right time for some quick self tanning lotion as i get in to Vuelta mode, come on Sagan explode into your first proper tour.

Saturday, 23 July 2011

2012 Wilier

Well i did promise some Wilier news a while back so here it is.  The laveredo and Escape disappear this year  to be replaced with the Monte Grappa (sub £1k) the Triestina gets a facelift and the Izoard stays untouched along with the Gran Tourismo. The Imperiale becomes a frame-set only and i feel this bike has missed out big time, it had the looks and performance a year before spesh and Scott started doing aero stuff but it's been completely missed by the cycling world especially in the UK, sort your marketing out guy's. The Cento starts at £3500 for a complete bike and obviously the new Zero7 is the big news for Wilier this year however  im sure their new TT bike will go under the radar without some kind of push advertising wise and there are a couple of nice single speeds chucked in for good measure and cheap £500 the blue one is a must, look at the pics below and see for yourself. As soon as i get the proper images next week ill post them up but until then you will have to make do with Szabis photography.

Now there will be more to come and Wilier as usual will have bikes hitting the UK from September onwards with no real price changes which is good so if you fancy one let us know.

Saturday, 9 July 2011

2012 Cannondale continued

Just thought i would add a few more images before we move onto next years Wiliers and other stuff. As i said previously i have no exact UK line up yet so these images are mainly europe and U.S bikes and basically if it's black, white or black and white it will be UK bound (how exciting). Thank god for Italian manufacturers and loud colour schemes.

Enjoy peep's

And just for Dan.gerous the yellow supers are back buddy.

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

2012 Cannondales

Ciao everybody, firstly i apologies for the lack of blog recently but a mental few months has just simply not allowed me to dedicate the time. Not that much has changed but i have a small window between family and superhuman duties so i thought i would use it wisely.
Below are some pics of the 2012 Cannondale range. Now at present we do not have our confirmed UK model and colour range as that's a few weeks away yet however i thought i would share a little info with you on what's happening.
All CAAD's seem to be staying the same except paint obviously, the same goes for synapse ally, Super X and standard trim supersix's. The EVO is all new and we may even see some Jeckyl's this year even though we are still awaiting the current one's (thanks for that Cannondale). And it seems although theres lots of spy shots of the NEW slice floating about that the bike stays as is with no deep rim spec just a ladies and a couple of bloke very std versions. Potentially the new model will be a late or early release next year so we do not get another Jeckyl balls up. The carbon Synapse gets a little tweak if you notice it or not is another matter but until i have the official what have we done to it im saying naff all about the seat post's.
From what i have seen theres lots of 29er's and a big women's range which most of will hopefully make the UK rather than 50% of the range and everything in black.
Oh yeah and Ui2 on various Supers. Enjoy.


Flash 29r


Evo Team

Synapse Hi-mod
Supersix Ui2

Scalpel Hi-mod

Scalpel 29r

Oh yeah and helmets, mmm not so sure but we will see.
Want some info drop us a line or email etc and soon we will have 2012 Wilier up as soon as images are ready.

Tuesday, 31 May 2011

DMT shoes and Oakleys

Well the giro is over with for another season and although Nibali didn't claim a second year on the trot for Cannondale Liquigas it was a close run race with Scarponi putting up an equally good fight and Contador head and shoulders above the filed especially on the climbs , almost a bit to good but i will not let my personel feelings interfere here and just say well done to all. Now the shop has been busy of recent with what seems a funny year so far with sales up and down all over the place but far more expensive bikes rolling out the shop this year than ever before which is great and the workshop is rammed and has been for months now, i dont think poor little Szabi has seen day light for ages but as long as he has his daily 2 tons of fruit he seems quite happy. Now we do like an Italian product or two in the shop and our newest is DMT footwear.
DMT have been around since the late 70's producing various forms of sporting footwear and are a main contributor and supplier to NIKE yes thats right the biggest sports company in the world get their cycling shoes from these guy's just ask the likes of Cavendish for starters who makes his shoes with the tick sawn on them. The distributor is bringing in 2 models at present the Prisma pictured above and the Radial pictured below.
The Radial is based on light weight and comfort hence no weighty buckles but an anatomic padded tongue for comfort, an external anatomic heel counter for stability and a super lovely carbon sole.
The Prisma although weighing the same as the Radial offers a one peace lace system called the RAM, which as you adjust the widget on the side of the shoe tenions evenly across the foot top so although giving a secure fit allows an even pressure across the foot for comfort. For those of you like myself who live and breathe speedplay pedals DMT even offer a speedplay specific fit which is great and offers a stupidly low stack height aswell. The full 2012 range beginning under £100 will be available from around September but if you fancy something a little different and not on everyone else's feet this summer pop in the shop and ask to try some. I am awaiting my first pair to arrive in the next week so i can let everyone know what kind of fit and comfort they offer as i ride Northwaves due to a wide fit so keep checking back for updates.
Oakley's have also landed in the shop now and we have all been busy using the custom order option and coming up with the silliest colour ways possible on Jawbones which are still the glass of the moment it seems.

We have found that so far all custom orders have been delivered within 4 working days so treat yourself for the summer. If you need advice on which colour/type of lenses to go for which really is the important bit just give us a call or pop in with your requirements.
Apart from the amazing world of bicycles i do also have some form of a private life which this weekend involved my lovely wife's 40th birthday and a visit to Bournemouth ink which is a yearly Tattoo festival here in the UK and all i can say is that the entertainment was great and the artists were awesome it's such a shame my pics were crap as there were some amazing peaces and my photos will do them no justice however if you get a chance to check out Rakhee her portraits are just stunning.
Well that's it for tonight folks the shop website is being updated as we speak and over the next few days will get a little more up to date as will my I tunes collection as i need something to listen to while pressing all these buttons.
If your into health and diet's and stuff check out Szabi's blog page for the latest on Fruitarians.
If you suffer from a really short memory go back to the top of the page.
Lastly 1st June Ace cafe london, hot rods and rockabilly's its a good night out for free.


Monday, 16 May 2011

2012 Cannondale EVO

Well firstly the EVO has not only made it's debut at the Giro but we have ordered ours and have been told delivery is in July. Im a little dubious about this to say the least as im still awaiting 2011 bikes but the info comes direct from the big C so there has to be some truth to it. Get your orders in peeps as they wont be hanging around. Now the Giro is not even half way through and apparently Contador's already won it, come on people we are only on stage 9 of 21 there is a way to go yet including another great climb and maybe Contador will win it although i still look forward to an Italian taking a home victory and although all eyes will be on Nibali in this house i must say so far there has been some great showings from Farnese Vini aboard their Cipo's and Androni Giocattoli with their Bianchi's. The bigger teams dont seem to making as much of an impact so far but maybe that will change toward the last few stages.

Visconti's RB1000 looks gorgeous in this paint job i think, a ltd edition beckons Mr Mario please maybe a bit over the top for a London commuter but dam it looks good. Well while the riders take a day to rest and look at their strategies im going to sooth my latest ink with some cream and hit the Gym in preparation for tomorrows Giro stage and to see if the Tour of Cali actually gets going. Travis Barker quede up on the pod so off we go.

Friday, 6 May 2011

EVO 2012 will green still be the new pink

Well Cannondale have officially launched the EVO so we can freely look and discuss it now with out fear of being told off. First impressions although from a month back were that i wasn't keen , just looked like a carbon CAAD10 how ever since getting a little more used to it's looks and Cannondales typical build ethic it makes perfect sense it looks fine, it's not going to just sell on looks but quality and simplicity above all and will still be as good if not better than most other stuff out there and strangely cheaper than Mr Cervelos project California thingy and all at 1 gram lighter. Now im never one to go for light weight as with my weight it usually brings problems but my CAAD10 is awesome and i for the first time in years can not see why i need a carbon or more expensive bicycle as it performs superbly however at half the weight (frame) but same geometry etc it has to be a must i think and that Liquigas paint is simliar to my 2009 rep therefore it has my name written all over it.
Now the EVO will replace the Hi-Mod frames only beginning at around £4k fior the SRAM red model then going up to Dura ace , Di2 , Team and Ultimate which as a full build is just shy of 5kg ouch !.
I will not go into all the tech stuff as it's all over the web but reading our dealer pack is quite interesting.
Now it looks as though the new Slice and short travel Jeckyl have been shelved for 2013 release as the big C need to concentrate on just getting bikes out their at present and dont want the same problem as they did with the Jeckyl this year which we are still awaiting delivery of (not impressed) but the std supersix will stay as is but looks as though all prices will go up 5-10% next year for everyone.
Now revel in the EVO's beauty before we finish off.

Sorry for small images but it's all Cannondale have given us so far. Now as things evolve ill tell you more but still to come this month, Willer's new 07 , various new gear and builds, my CAAD10, and Vanilla goes Lavender this will make sense shortly and trust me it's worth waiting for.
Giro is less than 24hrs away will Liquigas green retain pink with Vinnie or will Contador take the pink only to have the title stripped when the UCI do him for something if that ever gets finalised, they seem almost as useless as the Government here in the UK.  well im back to some old school Jay-Z and looking at shite on eBay but before i go,
Grant rims due Tuesday bike being built midweek.
Mum is your car fixed.
Moped rider that i took on both acceleration and top end coming home tonight, 1 large stuffed crust meat feast please.
And finally to all who arranged hot rod night at the Ace Cafe on Wednesday wicked evening and thanks.