This week Cycle House took a delivery of SE Bikes out of the States. The SE brand is best known for it's signature bike the PK Ripper. Anyone who grew up in the 80's and rode BMX would have aspired to own one. More recently SE bikes has had great success in Australia with the re release of there retro series of Rippers, Quadangle and floval flyer. The Big Ripper which is a 29er has been a standout. In the last couple of years a new movement has been gaining momentum for the brand. Teenagers all over the world have embraced the brand and are using the bikes to pop wheelies. Groups of kids and adults are taking over the streets in large groups popping wheelies and displaying amazing control on the back wheel. The movement has even been given a name. Bikelife. If you would like to purchase one of these bad boys or would like more information on bikelife, feel free to make contact with any of the team down at Cycle House.
Hi Riders, Cycle House will be open Melbourne cup day from 10am to 4pm. We will also be open Saturday 9am to 5pm and Monday 9pm to 6pm. We have some great specials at the moment so pop in and say hello.
Troy and the boys at Cycle House
With Father's day not long on the horizon, what better time to spoil Dad with the latest cycling products and gear that he will love and use for years to come!
We have put together a list of the top 10 Fathers Day presents according to Jordy:
1. Garmin bike computer
Garmin are the market leaders when it comes to GPS technology and bikes. They allow Dad to record, monitor and track his rides with data such as time, speed, elevation and distance all taken with the potential to compare against anyone in the world.
From $229 (Edge 20)
It may sound cliché but socks are the perfect gift for fathers day. We have a heap of colours and styles that would match his bike nicely!
3. Cannondale Quick Speed 2
If dad is stuck riding the rusty old run-down neglected bike that no one else wants to ride then maybe its time to treat him to an upgrade! The Cannondale Quick Speed 2 has been slashed from $1349 down to $649!!! Perfect for commuting to work or blasting along the pavement on the weekends.
$649 (was $1349)
You want dad to be safe right? With a HUGE selection of helmets starting at $65 we have the perfect solution to protect his head!
From arm warmers and small items of clothing to jackets, jerseys and shorts we have heaps in stock!
You want Dad to keep up on the family rides? New tyres not only add speed but make it easier to pedal and confidence when cornering.
7. $99 Bike Service
Has Dad's bike been neglected over the winter months? Is it in need of some lovin? Book it in to get ready for summer!
8. Zero G Carbon Wheels
If dad loves riding on the road and is looking to take his performance to new heights - the new ZERO G Carbon wheels are stunning value - under $2000 a pair, they match up to the quality of brands more than double the price. Manufactured right here in Melbourne by the same guys who make BT track bikes, we are the exclusive distributor for these wheels. Available in 40 and 60mm depth.
9. Tool / Puncture kit
We can put together a package to get Dad out of trouble.
If you are still stuck with ideas there's always a voucher so that he can decide!
What an exciting time it is to be a rider!
Lets start with the worlds biggest seller of bicycles - Giant. Whether it be on road or off the level of technology that the 2017 models bring to the market is astonishing. Giant have introduced entirely redesigned models across the trance, anthem and xtc platforms (with most running boost capabilities and all-new maestro rear suspension) and the TCR advanced range sharing frame similarities to the award winning sl series of last year with discs featuring heavily across the range of race-oriented TCR's.
Cannondale bikes see a greater emphasis on discs as the brand anticipates the market to move towards disc and thru axles as standard over the next 24 months. Whilst nothing dramatically new, the price has become very attractive and there are some CRAZY deals on existing 2016 stock - none more so than the Quick Speed 2, spec'd with 27 spd shimano tiagra and a carbon fork, on Sale for $649 (rrp $1349) so thats a saving of $700!
As a shop we will be having more Scott Bikes on the floor as 2017 sees the prices drop and become competitive in terms of value for money and performance. Again, like Giant and Cannondale, we see more and more road models incorporate the use of hydro discs - Check out the stunning new Addict Disc (in my opinion one of the better looking disc roadies out there).
Focus have not released any new models yet, traditionally waiting until January, but in saying that their current range is true value for money. Bargains can be found from the all new Raven Race hardtail to their road and TT offerings. The Izalco Max is a seriously light bike and is only spec'd with top shelf componentry.
We recently had a crazy run out on Cervelo S5 VWDs, going out the door for almost $60% off rrp with Dura Ace! Congratulations to those of you who were fortunate enough to secure this amazing machine at an incredible price. Its deals like these that prove we are on track to become the number one Cervelo dealer in the country. Whether it be a new weapon to smash out a triathlon, or dominate a criterium or road race, come and check out the full range of Cervelo's at our showroom 167 Para Rd Greensborough
Exciting times ahead.
This is MY Ride...
TCR Disc Range
The new TCR Disc range includes three series: TCR Advanced SL Disc, TCR Advanced Pro Disc and TCR Advanced Disc. Each disc version providing the benefits of the traditional TCR with enhanced stopping power in any conditions.
The fork has changed to feature a thru-axle design which Giant says will 'help boost steering stiffness' and 'when combined with the OverDrive 2 steerer tube and MegaDrive downtube, the result is razor-sharp handling and cornering precision.'
The 'PowerCore' bottom bracket and rear triangle has also been changed to accommodate for the flat-mount disc brakes but Giant say the disc ranges maintains 'the stiffness and efficiency that the TCR range is known for.'
Each purpose-built frame is engineered with flat-mount disc brake technology for the most consistent braking power in all conditions. And the new front (12 x 100mm) and rear (12 x 142mm) thru-axle setups produce a race-tuned ride quality with unrivaled precision and steering stiffness. The TCR Advanced SL Disc and TCR Advanced Pro Disc models also come equipped with Giant’s SLR Disc WheelSystem and all-new Gavia SLR tubeless tires to boost efficiency, comfort and control.
The TCR Advanced 1 Disc Green will retail for RRP AU$2,999 with prices of the entire range to be confirmed shortly.
The range includes;
TCR Advanced SL Disc which will feature SRAM Red eTap, flat mount disc brakes, front (12x100mm) and rear (12x142mm) thru-axle technology, Giant SLR 0 Disc Composite Centerlock WheelSystem, and Giant Gavia SLR tubeless 700x25c tyres. All on board the Advanced SL grade composite frame which has a bright Orange colourway that will draw attention.
TCR Advanced Pro Disc uses Advanced grade composite material for the frame, features Shimano Ultegra Di2 with the same flat mount disc brakes, thru-axle technology and Gavia SLR tubeless tyres, but with the SLR 1 Wheelsystem instead of the SLR 0.
TCR Advanced Disc shares the same frame as the Advanced Pro but with Shimano Ultegra mechanical in place of Di2. The wheelset is Giant's PR-2 disc with Giant P-SL 1, 700x25c tyres.
Giant's flagship performance road bike the TCR has had a facelift in 2017 and introduced a range of highly anticipated disc equipped versions. The 2016 edition made huge strides forward in stiffness, ride quality and weight reduction thanks to a re-engineered frame. The 2016 TCR frame featured new tube shapes, less volume, a new variant seat post and was complemented by Giant's own proprietary SLR wheel system.
The geometry and build of the 2017 TCR is the same as 2016 but the new range features new and vibrant colourways, the latest wireless shifting technology from SRAM and disc brake options.
The range includes;
The TCR Advanced SL 0 features Advanced SL grade composite frame and fork, SRAM Red Etap groupset with a modern 52/36 front and 11-28 rear set-up, and Giant's SLR 0 Composite DBL WheelSystem. A remarkable package made even more remarkable with a RRP of AU$8,499.
The TCR Advanced SL 1 is also electronic but in the form of Shimano Ultegra Di2, and the wheelset changes from the SLR 0 to the SLR 1. The SL 1 will retail for AU$5,999.
The TCR Advanced Pro 0, 1 and Team editions represent possibly the best value performance road bikes on the market. The Advanced Pro 0 will retail for AU$4,999, Advanced Pro Team for $3,999 and the Advanced Pro 1 for AU$3,799. The only real difference between the Advanced Pro 0 and 1 is the choice of mechanical or electronic Shimnao Ultegra. Both feature Advanced grade composite frame and fork and Giant's SLR 1 Composite DBL WheelSystem with Giant Gavia SLR tubeless, 700x25c tyres. The 'Team' edition, has all of that and a limited edition pro-team colourway so you can feel like a member of WorldTour team Giant-Alpecin.
The TCR Advanced 2 and 3 share the shame Advanced grade composite frame and fork, but the Advanced 2 features Shimano 105 groupset and Giant P-R2, whereas the Advanced 3 build consists of Shimano Tiagra and Giant S-R2 wheelset. The Advanced 2 RRP AU$2,299 and the Advanced 3 RRP AU$1,899.
The Propel has long been the pinnacle of aero performance and in 2017 gets a new colourway and sees the introduction of SRAM eTap to the top-of-the-line Advanced SL 0 version.
The Propel Advanced SL 0 has the same stiff Advanced SL-grade composite frame with integrated seat post and fork featuring an OverDrive 2 steerer remains, as does the black and blue theme that has featured on the SL 0 for the past 3 years, albeit with a different feel. The introduction of SRAM eTap is an exciting edition and will help reduce the overall weight to an aero bike that was already class leading in that category. Giant uses its own SLR 0 Aero Composite DBL WheelSystem to round out this elite aero road bike.
The Propel Advanced SL 1 follows a similar story to its TCR equivalent. It too is electronic but in the form of Shimano Ultegra Di2, and the wheelset changes from the SLR 0 Aero to the SLR 1 Aero. The SL 1 will retail for AU$6,299.
Prepare to stand out if you opt for the Propel Advanced Pro 1. The same great value and performance remains for the 2017 edition of the Advanced Pro 1 but a new Neon Red colourway will ensure you're noticed. With the exception of the integrated seat post, the Advanced Pro 1 closely resembles the Advanced SL versions, Advanced grade composite frame and fork, Shimano Ultegra mechanical groupset and the aerodynamic Giant SLR 1 Aero Composite DBL WheelSystem. The Advanced Pro 1 will retail for AU$3,999.
The Propel Advanced Pro 0 tones down the Neon Red colourway, opting for a more subtle black with orange highlights, has electronic instead of mechanical Shimano Ultegra groupset and upgraded SLR 0 Aero wheels. The Advanced Pro 0 will retail for AU$5,999.
The Defy gets a new colourway for 2017 while retaining many of the same things that make it a great bike. The Defy Advanced Disc line up all get new dropouts front and rear, and move to flat mount disc brakes and 12mm thru-axles.
The Defy Advanced Pro 0 frame and fork is Advanced grade composite material with 12mm thru-axles front and back to accommodate for the hydraulic disc brakes. Shimano Ultegra Di2 is the groupset of choice and the wheelset is Giant's SLR 1 Disc Composite Centerlock WheelSystem with Giant Gavia SL tubeless, 700x25c tyres. The Advanced Pro 0 will retail for AU$5,499.
The Defy Advanced Pro 1 closely resembles the Pro 0 with the except of mechanical Shimano Ultegra is place of electronic. The Advanced Pro 1 will retail for AU$4,299
The Defy Advanced 2 and 3 share the same Advanced grade composite frame but different wheel and groupset selections. The Advanced 2 has Shimano 105 and Giant PR-2 disc wheels, whereas the Advanced 3 has Shimano Tiagra groupset and Giant SR-2 disc wheels. The Advanced 2 will retail for AU$2,999 and Advanced 3 for AU$2,699.
Keep an eye out for more versions of the Defy to be released shortly. In other major news, the new Giant 'Contend' range replaces the budget-orientated Defy Alloy series.
We are pretty fortunate to be able to offer our customers what are arguably the best prices across a wide range of bikes from various well known manufacturers! We think our current floorstock is possibly the best value for money in the country - Come in and check out whats hot in the shop and grab yourself a bargain!
Right now we are absolutely slamming down prices across the Cannondale range. Below are just some of the great deals to be had:
1. Cannondale Evo Ultegra RRP $3999 NOW $2693
2. Cannondale Evo 105 RRP $2999 NOW $2474
3. Cannondale CAAD12 Disc Ultegra RRP $4799 NOW $3183
4. Cannondale Synapse Ultegra Disc RRP $4799 NOW $3773
5. Cannondale Synapse Hi-Mod Disc RRP $9300 NOW $6283
6. Cannondale Synapse 105 Disc RP $2000 NOW $1487
7. Cannondale Trail 3 RRP $1399 NOW $983
Cycle House - 167 Para Rd Greensborough - (03) 9434 2225
Giant have just released some of it's range for their 2017 bikes. One of the stand out for me is the TCR Advanced SL0 the bike is kitted with the new Sram Etap system which is not only electronic but completely wireless. The bike also comes fitted with Carbon clinchers and last but not least it weighs under 6kg. All this for $8499. At Cycle House we sell a lot of amazing bikes from some of the worlds biggest and best brands like Cannondale, Cervelo, Focus to name a few. I can tell you now that Value for money this Giant TCR is going to be a hard bike to beat for the buck
The 2016 Tour de France presents as a wide open race, potential favorites will have to prove their credentials during the not to be underestimated first week. Whilst they may not wrap up the tour in week 1, hopefuls can see their dreams disappear right before their eyes if not paying attention at all times. Riders will have to pray that their climbing legs are installed from stage 5 when the peleton hits the mountains for a gruelling 216km long stage with three more mountain stages before the first rest day.
Stage 13 should prove decisive for the GC riders as they tackle a medium distance 37km Time Trial - the pure climbers will hope to limit their losses with the strong TT guys trying to crush their rivals by blowing them away over the distance. We will see some pretty special bikes on display (the teams usually use the TDF to showcase the very best of their time trial engineering and design).
The final podium wont be decided until the penultimate stage, with a string of mountain stages leading up to the final parade around Paris.
This should be epic... Enjoy the sleepless nights!
As Autumn drew to a close and Winter was again on our doorstep its time for me to admit that I am in no way fit enough to be racing on the road anytime soon. With the shop having partnered with leading global premium MTB brand INTENSE Cycles, what better motivation to hit the trails than a brand new Tracer 27.5 Carbon. Not only would I be fortunate enough to be riding such a machine – Naish had brought along his new Focus Spine Evo so that we could each compare the differences / similarities between the two and find out whether we could justify the premium price tag that belongs to the Intense.
Our extremely controlled and scientific test was conducted in glorious late Autumn sunshine on some of the best pieces of singletrack our local area has to offer. For those familiar with ‘Hans’ loop you will know how challenging this can be to a relative MTB novice like myself – for those who aren’t fortunate enough to have ridden this section of trail I highly recommend it (located south of Lower Eltham park in Candlebark Park just east of Westerfolds). With a mix of steep, technical climbs and fast, challenging descents this would be the perfect terrain to explore the features of both bikes (lets be honest, it was a blast just getting out there and riding bikes).
Intense can trace their roots back to the early 1980’s when mountain biking was just a fledgling way for windsurfers and extreme athletes alike to cross train year round. For 2016, Intense offer various levels of their flagship Enduro/All Mountain model the Tracer. I have spec’d mine with a carbon frame, Pike forks and a 1x11 XT groupset. If you don’t get a little bit aroused by the sight of this bike then you simply cannot call yourself a bicycle enthusiast. Every detail in the frame has been meticulously developed to benefit the rider, ensuring confidence at every pedal stroke.
Relatively unfamiliar with the direction of the loop I let Naish lead the way on his Focus, leaving me to slug it out as the trail snaked upwards almost straight away. For a bike that has a slack geometry and 145mm travel (can be adjusted to 160mm) it climbs surprisingly well due to the weeney weight of the frame. Downhill was even better! When the trail turns south is where this bike comes into its own, biting the front wheel as I dug into every turn, pretending I was on a dramatic lean when in reality I was most likely 1 degree from vertical, trying to drift the rear wheel like a moto cross rider, so much fun to be had! The quality of the bike is noticeable as we continue along riding, no creaks, squeaks or unwanted sounds, when I put my foot down all that happens is the bike reacts and accelerates. This is pure joy. The snappiness of the steering is crazy, the smallest turn of the wide renthal bars give me so much control of the bike that I feel as though I could tackle far more challenging terrain that what my skillset allows. Climbing to the summit of one of the many hills to catch my breath, Naish is eager to see what all the fuss is about and almost throws his bike at me.
The Spine is a new addition to the Focus MTB fleet for 2016. An interesting setup, the bike offers 120mm travel front and rear and is equipped with a dropper post and in Evo spec (rrp $3799) running 1x11 Sram GX. Naish rode this in an XC race and feedback was good so I was interested to see if he was just talking it up or the bike actually had merit. I loved having the extra length this bike offers in the top tube and combined with a 20mm longer stem than standard (changed to give more reach) it felt more natural to my riding style. I will definitely play around with putting a slightly longer stem on the Tracer. Having a 2.4inch wide tyre on the front did appear to have a lot of bite and made for a very playful rear end. For the price this bike is very hard to beat, I would say it presents as similar value to a Giant Trance but with less travel – this is definitely not a bad thing at all! I found that having 120mm on this bike felt as good and as stable descending as the 145mm the Intense had. Naish even dropped into a section of trail that I had to slide down as it was so steep and sketchy that walking down would be impossible (video is on our Instagram). It was very deceiving, not quite XC but not dramatically Enduro either – the perfect trail weapon. In terms of quality, you could tell that this bike retails at less than half the cost of the intense but for value I would almost put this ontop. It is like getting a top of the Holden or Ford and then jumping behind the wheel of a Mercedes or a Bentley – the quality feel is that dramatic. Both will get you from A to B, not slowly either.
I would classify myself as a road cyclist but after purchasing such an amazing machine who knows, I may yet venture to the dark side and become more involved in the MTB scene especially over the winter months as the weather really cools down. We are so fortunate where we live and I cant wait to take the tracer out to Plenty Gorge or Smiths Gully and really put the bike thru its paces. It is hard to compare a 3 and a half thousand dollar bike to a bike that retails just shy of 10 grand (rrp $9999) both bikes offer so much and would be hard to beat in their respected categories. If you are ready for a premium, dream build to dominate the trails then I thoroughly encourage you to explore what Intense has to offer – you can even take my bike for a spin to see for yourself. If you are a little more budget conscious but still want current technology then it would be so hard to pass up the Spine. Neither bike will win you cross country races, but hey, both will bring a smile to your face and as I get older and wiser I begin to realise that is what it is all about.
This is My Ride…
You can read more about Intense Cycles here: http://www.cyclehouse.com.au/INTENSE-CYCLES
You can read more about the Focus Spine here: http://www.focus-bikes.com/gb/en/bikes/2016/mountainbike-trail/spine/spine-evo.html
We have done a ‘where to ride’ on a previous blog post: http://www.cyclehouse.com.au/cyclehouse-blog/mtb-local-places-to-ride