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Specialized Stumpjumper ST – Interest Free Deals from £79 a Month

Specialized Stumpjumper ST – Interest Free Deals from £79 a Month

Grab this fantastic Specialized Stumpjumper from just £79 a month with 0% Interest!!!


Frame: M5 alloy chassis and rear end, asymmetrical design, 27.5 Trail Geometry, fully enclosed internal cable routing, 12x148mm dropouts, sealed cartridge bearing pivots, 130mm of travel
Fork: RockShox Recon RL, Motion Control damper with low-speed compression to lockout, 46mm offset, rebound adjust, 15x110mm Boost™ Maxle® Lite thru-axle, 130mm of travel
Rear Shock: X-Fusion 02 Pro RL, Rx Trail Tune, rebound adjust, lockout 190x45mm
Stem: Specialized, 3D-forged alloy, 4-bolt, 7-degree rise
Bars: Specialized Trail, 6061 alloy, 8-degree backsweep, 6-degree upsweep, 27mm rise, 780mm, 31.8mm clamp
Front Brake: Tektro Gemini Comp, hydraulic disc, resin pad, 200mm
Rear Brake: Tektro Gemini Comp, hydraulic disc, resin pad, 180mm
Rear Mech: SRAM SX Eagle
Shifters: SRAM SX Eagle, trigger, 12-speed
Speed: 12
Rims: Double-wall alloy, 27mm internal width
Front Hub: Specialized, sealed cartridge bearings, 15x110mm thru-axle, 32h
Rear Hub: Specialized, sealed cartridge bearings, 12x148mm thru-axle, 32h
Front Tyre: Purgatory, GRID casing, GRIPTON® compound, 2Bliss Ready, 27.5 x 2.3″
Rear Tyre: Purgatory, GRID casing, GRIPTON® compound, 2Bliss Ready, 27.5 x 2.3″
Seat Post: TransX dropper, 34.9mm, XS: 100mm, S: 125mm, ML/XL: 150mm Travel
Saddle: Body Geometry Myth 155 S, Body Geometry Henge 143 M/L/XL, steel rails
Chainset: SRAM SX Eagle, Powerspline, 170mm, 32T
Bottom Bracket: SRAM Powerspline
Chain: SRAM SX Eagle, 12-speed
Cassette: SRAM PG-1210 Eagle, 11-50t
Pedals: Specialized Dirt

No Deposit and pay £79.13 a month for 24 Months 0% Interest Free – at Tredz Cycles Total Price £1899

No Deposit and pay £79 a month for 24 Months 0% Interest Free – at Rutland Cycles Total Price £1898

£150 Deposit and pay £142.50 a month for 12 Months 0% Interest Free – at Evans Cycles Total Price £1899

Brand-X Ascend Dropper Seatpost Review

Brand-X Ascend Dropper Seatpost Review

Brand X Ascend Dropper Post – £89.99 (with 35% off)
After installation the morning it arrived I then went for an epic trail ride, climbing and descending in the muddy trails of derbyshire dales. Now this is the thing and the revelation, I wasnt expecting much from this budget dropper post but having previously used a Reverb for some time I am astounded that Brand X can produce a better product and retail it at less than half the price! I

Installing everything is easy peasy and quick, maybe a bit fiddly with the internal cable routing but as long as you follow the instructions included its no problem at all. You will need to cut the excess bit of inner cable or possibly outer too depending on bike size. There are no instructions included with the lever kit but installation is pretty much the same.

Triggering feels lighter than that of the reverb, but not too light that you don’t feel it. No annoying noises when the seat is actuated. That slight side to side saddle movement that seems inherent to dropper posts is present but is far less than on the reverb and the least I have ever come across. Seat offset is the same as on reverb so I didn’t feel to far forward or back. Feels much more solid and reassuring yet weighs much less and looks more subtle and stylish than the big money brands.

All in all an amazing product at an astounding price point. I feel this dropper is a real game changer in the market and has really raffled the feathers of the big names. About time too. The 1.5m cable was perfect for my Medium sized Sommet.

  • Pros:
  • low cost
  • solid quality materials yet light weight
  • easy to instal and maintain
  • hardly any saddle swivel inherent to droppers
  • insert measurement markings
  • easy operation
  • optional 2x and 3x kit
  • contemporary subtle stylingCons:
  • need more drop options for taller riders
  • need for longer cable
    Lever could be improved.

 

Vitus Mythique VRS Review

Vitus Mythique VRS Review

The 2020 Vitus Mythique VRS is a fantastic value all mountain and trail bike suitable for a multitude of riding. With a great spec list, competent geometry and great performance Vitus horst-link suspension platform providing full active braking, plus a good pedal platform with great climbing and descending properties

We Reviewed the Vitus Mythique VR a while back and found it to be great value at just £999, with spec list that would be perfect for a beginner to intermediate rider wanting to get out on the trails and into weekend mountain biking with mates at trail centers.
After a few dodgy paint jobs in the past the 2020 Vitus lineup looks absolutely amazing and stylish – the military green VRS looks da bomb!
The VRS is currently available at just £1159 – JUST £160 more than the VR – with possibly £500 more in the value of upgraded parts!

The VRS features an additional 10mm of travel over the VR – giving it 140mm both front and rear – more than enough for a trail bike and matching the 140mm on the higher priced Escarpe. The VRS features exactly the same frame design as the VR but with the longer travel X-Fusion Sweep RC forks and the longer stroke X-Fusion 02PRO-R 200 x 56.

Compared to the VS the VRS is coming in with a budget dropper post instead of the standard ridged seat-post of the VR – dropper posts are an essential component of trail riding nowadays and would have been the first upgrade to the VR, so its great to see this on the VRS!
The VRS also comes with a SX Eagle 12 Speed drivetrain – more range than the 10 speed drive of the VR and also comes with a SRAM SX Crankset instead of the Suntour!

We are impressed with the Mythique VR and for just £160 more the Mythique VRS looks absolutely perfect!

The 2020 Vitus Lineup is selling like hot cakes at the moment -especially while CRC are running 20% off the list price. So if you want one, best to snap it up quick before they sell out. Stock is shifting as soon as it gets to CRC or Wiggles warehouse!

The Vitus Mythique VRS – with 20% off – Just £1159 at Chain Reaction

Wellgo V8 Copy Pedals Review (£5.99)

Wellgo V8 Copy Pedals Review (£5.99)

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Wellgo V8 Copy Pedals (Long Term Test)

I have used these on my ‘do it all’ trail bike for over 18 months, it gets ridden at least once a week throughout the year. These pedals have never let me down. They offer good grip, good durability and look decent! They are £5.99, yes bloody £5.99!!!!!! So cheap you can buy load of them and fix them to random objects around the home.
Like many people, i loved the shape of the old DMR v8 & v12, these pedals are a direct copy of them. (The new shape DMR v8 & v12 are completely horrendous – so thin that your foot rests on the axle and provides absolutely no grip even with the long pins!)
They have outlived my old Shimano GR500 Saint Pedals by over a year. They have outlived my old DMR v12 pedals by 6 months. They are proper quality and get jet washed all the time (with zero shits given). The pins are nice and long and work well with waffle sole shoes or Adidas. They feel bombproof and reassuringly heavy. Don’t be put off by the reflectors shown in the stock photos, they come off easily with an allen key!
The shape is suitable for a shoe size 11, loads of grip and easy to find the pedal after a dab. Bearings run nicely with a mid pace so wont be spinning around looking to catch a shin. These are really very good and for £6 they are an absolute bargain!!

I have absolutely no idea why anyone would spend £120ish on pedals, an expensive pedal will not make you faster!

Buy Wellgo’s, be happy, save money and spend the money you have saved on something that actually will improve your riding like better tyres, cockpit setup or suspension tuneup!

Wellgo V8 Copy Pedals only £5.99 From CRC

Vitus Dominer – DH for under 2k? Review

Vitus Dominer – DH for under 2k? Review

The Vitus Dominer is a more than capable DH MTB with a great spec for £1999

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Vitus is a brand we know a lot about (have a couple in the shed) and write a lot about.

Vitus bikes are generally well designed, look good and offer great value. This DH machine is no different! The question everyone will be asking is, is the Dominer worth the £2k and what are the alternatives at this price point.

First off lets look at the Dominer’s frame and spec.
We have 200mm travel front and back with Rockshox Boxxer Team up front and a Rockshox Vivid R2C on the back. Absolutely no complaints on either of these, both complete performers and retail at around £1100for the pair alone!
The Dominer Frame is T6 6061 Aluminium and looks great. In Vitus’ own words the suspension platform ‘features a floating horizontal shock mount (FHSM) and actual main pivot location (AMPL) designed to provide the most efficient pedalling and suspension action’.

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Drivetrain is Shimano Zee with nice little points like a KMC chain (wouldn’t ride anything else) and every dependable E.Thirteen device. Brakes are also Shimano Zee, in my experience no one but the most burley of racers will notice the difference between the more expensive Saints and the cheaper Shimano Zee’s, especially if you opt to upgrade the Zee’s to the vented pads. We have 203mm rotors front and back and the Zee model is BR-M640.
Wheels duties are provided by Novatech hubs (Vitus own brand) laced onto WTB rims which are tubeless ready. The tyres are Maxxis High Roller 2.4″, some people love them some hate them with a passion, give them a try and see if you get on with them, otherwise flog them off on Ebay and upgrade to Schwalbe or Continental.
Nukeproof 760mm bar with stem and FSA headset – No complaints, maybe worth an upgrade to a wider bar if you are a gorilla or like to pretend to be Greg Minnaar.
Stated weight is just under 17kg, not light but not too bad at all, certainly not in the realms of DH bikes a few years past which weighed in at a hefty 21kg +.

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The Ride.
The Vitus is somewhat surprisingly pretty easy to ride considering it is a 200m travel DH machine. Its not toooooo slack but not at all outdated geo wise (63deg head angle). The Vitus has a pretty neutral riding position and you feel very stable even at lower speeds. Its easy to chuck the bike about and the frame offers a good degree of pop especially when you get the shock dialed in to your weight. It seems like the kind of bike you want to take out in your local woods and piss about on. Remember when you were 14 and would just twat about – this bike makes you want to do that again – but faster.
Its not the lightest bike, you are not going to want to do any enduro loops on it, but if you don’t mind pushing up the steep slopes then this could be the one!
The entire bike is very neutral and considered. Nothing requires an upgrade straight away, nothing will annoy you. The ride is neutral and the tyres are forgiving, the bars are average width and the groupset is dependable. That last coupkle of sentances make the Vitus seem a little boring, its not at all, its massive fun, its just not a thoroughbred race machine and you wouldn’t expect that at this price!

The Vitus Dominer – Available direct at CRC for only £1999

 

 

Alternatives at under £2k

Actually quite a few strong ones!

Norco Aurum offer options: between £1599 and £1885 the more expensive Aurum coming with a Carbon Frame and similar kit to the Dominer with RC Kage rear shock and Boxxer fork, Zee group and maxxis tyres. See the Norco Aurum c7.3 here….

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Another option is the GT Fury Elite with its expensive Fox rear shock and cheaper RockShox Domain R Forks. It is a proven racing frame and offers an unrivaled racing poise and geometry.
You can find the GT Fury here for £1999…

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On One Codine Frame ONLY £599

On One Codine Frame ONLY £599

On One Codine Frame ONLY £599

Bit of a Bargain MTB Frame this!

 

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Only £599 for the frame direct from Planet X! 27.5 Wheels of course, with a lovely lively 150mm of rear travel makes this a hard hitting and playful alpine enduro frame.

Frame includes the Marzocchi 53 S3C2R rear air shock and is designed to accept a 160mm travel front fork.

You can find this bargain frame over at Planet X for just £599 with Fast Delivery

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Planet X Blurb & Specs

The new Planet X Codeine 27.5 has not just been a case of shrinking everything down by a couple of inches We assessed every aspect of the Codeine design to extract the maximum benefit from the new 27.5 wheel size. Its lighter, faster, stiffer and better-looking than previous generations. Weve also increased suspension travel to make it more of an animal – now its a true Enduro monster!

27.5 inch wheels carry less rotating mass than 29ers. This means they turn faster, giving more nimble handling. The Codeine 27.5 is quicker through technical single-track, with a light feel at the bar. The back end is more compact and supremely flickable; a shorter rear triangle tucks the rear wheel up beneath the rider. With more weight over the tyre contact patch theres more traction to power you up the trail, whilst the rear suspension soaks up the lumps without a hint of pedal-induced bob. But its with the nose of the new Codeine pointed downwards that youll notice the biggest change.

Suspension: accepting and ideally suited to 160mm travel forks.

Price now INCLUDES Marzocchi 53 S3C2R rear air shock.

The new Codeine 27.5 is ready help you realise your potential on your local trails. Its a true all-mountain monster that can tackle anything, from steep drags up winding fire roads, to bombing your local Northshore features. One bike to rule them all – youre going to ride this until it hurts, and then ride some more.

Available at Planet X for just £599

 



Ship your bike anywhere in the UK for under £10.00 – Great for EBay sellers

Ship your bike anywhere in the UK for under £10.00 – Great for EBay sellers

Selling a bike or frame on ebay? Having a ‘pick up only’ option on your listing really puts off a lot of buyers and means you possibly wont be getting top dollar for your bike!

As any ebayer knows there are always loads of buyers looking for deals on the UK site, many of you will have received mails asking if you will ship to far flung UK destinations – a Pick-Up only option really puts a lot of buyers off.

Absolute deal of the century is with Fastlane International who are offering to ship a 20kg bike-box with the dimensions 130cm x 80cm x 21cm to any UK destination for only £9.97 plus vat.
The service is next day and includes pick-up and tracked delivery.

 

Get yourself down to your Local bike shop and kindly ask if they have any old bike boxes available. Most bike shops will happily oblige as these normally get chucked out in the trade waste bin.

So if your selling your bike or frame definitely have a further look at this service!

Check out the site here!
Bikes delivered to UK for only £9.97
Fastlane International
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Here is the guide from Fastlane!
Fastlane International: How to Send a Bike
Your bike may be a smooth ride but that doesn’t make it the easiest thing to package up and send. With the fetish for new bikes, more and more bikes are being sold second-hand on eBay.

As well as selling your bike, you could be moving house or going on holiday. Now that airlines are so draconian with luggage charges, many cycle enthusiast send their bikes on ahead to their hotel or holiday accommodation.

If you are sending a bike, here are some tips to reduce the cost of your delivery and ensure your bike arrives in the condition you sent it. We have deliberately not recommended a wholesale deconstruction of the bike.

It may not be a bike engineer who is putting it all back together

1. Remove the bike’s handlebar, pedals, seat post and front wheel. Most of these parts can be removed by hand, although you may need to employ a small wrench in order to remove the pedals. If you aren’t able to remove the handlebar, turn the handles 90degrees when you pack it in the box.

2. Rotate the fork and stem so they are facing backwards.

3. Shift the bicycle chain onto the small chain ring, and the largest rear cog, before attempting to remove the pedals.

4. Secure the wrapped handlebar and other loose parts to the frame using tape and/or plastic ties. Foam tubing is even better to protect your frame.

5. Turn the right pedal counter-clockwise, and the left pedal clockwise, to unthread.

6. Loosen and remove the seat post and seat as a unit. Once removed, retighten the seat post bolt so the seat does not fall out.

7. Remove racks, drinks bottle holders, bike lights and mudguards. Wrap separately. If you are including any accessories that have batteries eg: bike lights, remove the batteries. Usually it is only ok to send batteries in their original sealed packaging. If you are sending batteries, wrap the packet separately in bubble wrap.

8. Collect all the bolts, screws etc and package together. A small cardboard box is a good idea.

9. You will need a rigid box with flaps intact. If you are lucky, your local bike shop or stores like Halfords should have bike-specific boxes they can give you. If you are using a non-bike specific box, see For further info on box strength guidelines check out our website. Fastlane International

10. Use the maximum amount of packaging or cushioning materials possible. We recommend packing chips and bubble wrap. If the bike is an expensive one and you don’t want any possibility of scratches, wrap as much of the frame as possible. For more info on packaging: Fastlane International

11. Make sure none of the bike parts are touching the box walls. This will help avoid any damage.

12. Seal your box with strong tape designed for shipping. Especially if you are sending the bike abroad as it will pass through a greater number of handling stages. Make sure the joins have enough tape to hold them securely closed, and run tape in both directions across the box and joints.

13. Make sure you label your package correctly. After all that hard work, you want to make sure it arrives where you send it. ParcelHero recommends:
Remove all existing labels and cover any old barcodes ( you may be using a second hand box)
Use a single address label with delivery and return information.
Place a duplicate address label inside the package.

14. Send your bike with Fastlane International. After all that packing you want to be sure you have a quality courier, especially if you are selling the bike.

 

Wiggle have a good guide on packing your bike up and also offer some great bike boxes/bags. Check it out here…

Kona Bass – Freeride / Slopestyle / Dirt Frame – Now Only £449

Kona Bass – Freeride / Slopestyle / Dirt Frame – Now Only £449

Kona Bass Frame w/ Marzocchi Rocco Air Shock – Only £449

Kona Bass Slopestyle Frame now £449
This is a frame made for fun. Designed for slopestyle and dirt its 100mm of travel gives you a bike which can handle the bigger stuff as well as giving you hardtail style reactions. Designed by the Kona clump riders including Cowan, you can be sure this frame is well designed and well built.
Its small size and shorter travel makes it an ideal candidate for do it all / cross over gravity stuff like 4x, slopestyle, freeride, dirt, street and park and even a bit of all mountain and DJ. Its 70deg head tube suits a 100mm travel fork with a 1.125 dia.
Various Kona Bass review gives this little thrasher good marks, maybe not as sophisticated as some newer frames but the traditional kona 4 bar linkage is easy to ride and easy to get familiar with.
Reduced from £1200 – the Kona Bass is a bargain at £449. Yes its 3 years old, yes konas are not everyone’s cup of tea, but this frame is fantastic for the price and a dependable little thrasher for the money. Konas also tend to keep there price well so should you wish to upgrade in a few years you should be able to resell with not too much of a loss.
Check her out over at CRC, if your interested though be quick as not many are left!

Check out Paul Basagoitia showing what the little Kona Bass can handle:


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SOLD OUT // Giant Glory 1 – Pretend to be a world champ!

SOLD OUT // Giant Glory 1 – Pretend to be a world champ!

Now you too can pretend to be Danny Hart for a reduced price of £2699.
A really nice looking bike with a top kit and over a grand off the RRP.
With the glory if your still slower than a special-needs school trip in the snow, then maybe its time to take up XC instead?

  • Frame: AluxX SL aluminum, Fluid Formed TM, 8.0″/203mm Maestro Suspension
  • Fork: RockShox Boxxer R2C2 200mm travel
  • Shock: RockShox Vivid coil R2
  • Handlebar: Giant Contact AM
  • Stem: Giant Contact DH
  • Seatpost: Giant Connect SL
  • Saddle: Fi’zi:k Tundra 2 Manganese rails
  • Shifters: SRAM X7 trigger 9 speed
  • Front: Derailleur MRP G2SL guide
  • Rear: Derailleur SRAM X9
  • Brakes: Avid Elixir R hydraulic discs 203/185mm rotors
  • Brake Levers: Avid Elixir R
  • Cassette Sram: PG970 11-26
  • Chain Shimano: HG93
  • Crankset: Race Face Atlas FR 38T
  • Bottom Bracket: Race Face X Type, External
  • Rims: DT Swiss EX500
  • Hubs: DT Swiss 350 rear, Giant Tracker front
  • Spokes: Sapim Race
  • Tires: Maxxis Minion DHF 3C / DHR 3C 26X2.5″

Full details available here…

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