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Long live the new Blog.
Do you remember getting your first bike for Christmas and going for a ride around the street on Christmas day. Your son or daughter might want a new games console but getting a bike is something they will remember for longer. A bike isn't just another toy to be played with a few times and discarded a few days later. A bike is a chance to be outdoors, to go on an adventure and gain some freedom. It's a way to stay fit and healthy. It's a quick way to get to school or the shops and most of all a bike is fun to own and develops a skill that last forever.
What other Christmas present can you get that can compete with this?
A balance bike is the best way to teach your child to ride a bike, balance is the most important thing to learn. We recomend you don't use stabilisers at any point. It will delay them developing the skills they need to ride. Read our full guide on teaching your child to ride here
As soon as your child has learnt to balance they will be confident enough to move onto a proper bike with pedals and brakes. We recomend a lightweight bike thats fun and easy to ride. Don't buy a cheap heavy steel framed bike with stabilizers unless you want to set them back for years put them off cycling forever. These hybrid bikes are perfect for starting out and you will be amazed who far your children can go for with the right bike
Frog 43 (3-4 Years)
Frog 48 (4-5 Years)
By now hopefully your child has gained some confidence, strength and stamina to go further on slightly more hillier terrain. Its time to consider gears. It doesnt need to be complicated, a single ring on the front with gears on the back is all they need.
If you are looking to try something involving more off road or just prefer the style of a mountain bike then there are some great options around.
Here are a selection's a selection of bikes for ages from around 6 upwards. Typically a 20inch bike will be suitable for 6-9 year old and a 24inch for 8- 11 years old
The best way to make sure you have the right bike size is to call into our shop and let one of an experienced staff members help you choose the right size. If the bike is meant to be a suprise we are experts in letting them have a sit on the bike without them realising its a planned present.
As the nights draw in we find ourselves considering our cycle lighting options again and its good to see most bike light models are either getting a power boost or a reduction in price.
Here are my top 3 picks for this seasons best rear bike light.
The Moon Nebula was one of our best selling rear lights last season and this year its received a power boost to 200 lumens in flashing mode. The flash is very bright on the top setting so is best reserved for commutting and day time riding. Using this mode in a group ride is going to cause some head aches for the people behind you. Fortunately this can be turned down and also extends the run time. In the 20 Lumen flash mode the run time is 25hr. The Moon Nebula has a classy brushed aluminium finish which gives it a quality premium finish and we expect it to be very popular again this season.
The Lezyne Strip drive 150 has also undergone a make over from last season with a new front panel which provides increased side visibility. Their are 11 modes ranging from 3 lumens giving 30 hours of run time upto 150 lumens in flash mode. The new model now has a charging cable which makes it easier to recharge in a computer. The old version was very popular and this uprated model looks like ever better value.
The Moon Comet X was first release last season and still looks good this year. It is USB chargable and pumps out a respectable 50 lumens and has a max run time of 19hrs. With the usually Moon quality control and a much lower price than the high output lights this is still a great option and highly visible to motorists.
We recently received an interesting email from one of our customers
Hi Cyclo Monster,
“I have been given the challenge, by David of fitting a full Di2 Groupset, finding compatible components, and have it completed in under a working week.
The key reason for the bike changes are due to David's MND (motor neuron disease).
He is losing the ability to move his hands and as such, cannot now change gear.
The electronic shifting will allow him to continue riding until such time he deteriorates further.
David will be raising money for Loros in Leicester, by doing the “Old packhorse route” The route climbs steeply out of The Coniston Coppermines Valley and over Hole Rake to Tilberthwaite. It then crosses the River Brathay before descending to Elterwater and climbing over Red Bank to Grasmere. It then climbs over Dunmail Raise before travelling along the Thirlmere Valley and making one final climb over Castlerigg to drop down to the smelter site at Brigham in Keswick.”
This was a bit of an unusual project for us, we regalary fit Di2 components to standard bikes, but this bike was a hand bike and the fitment was going to pose some technical challenges and some thinking about.
I started by locating a suitable place to place the battery itself, the battery we settled on was an internal battery, originally the customer wanted to use the older external version. But they are not compatible with the rest of the components so we settled on the new model.
I made a bung, similar to what is used to keep the batteries located in seat posts for the Steering tube. Whilst this keeps it secure, factory fitted mudguard also hides the battery and should in theory deflect all water and debris getting to it.
I then got to work removing all the old components from the bike we’d no longer be needing, including the old shifter, front and rear derailleur and cassette.
In order to use di2 we needed to swap out the triple chain rings for double rings, for the new ratio cassette to work, with no chain drag or slap we had to change the front chainrings to a smaller size. We went for 30/38t, and swapped out the 3 olds rings, for the 2 new ones.
Next up we fitted the larger ratio 11 speed cassette, and rear xtr carbon Di2 derailleur, with internal routing. Then the shifters were fitted, and cables for them routed along the brake cables, with the front derailleur.
And finally we fitted the chain (2 of them joined together was required for the length). The chain was cut to a perfect length so every gear was accessible without having chain slap or causing the chain to drag.
Once all the running gear was on, I could fit the display screen (Indicates what gear you’re in and battery remaining on the Di2 system) I plugged it into E-tube and made the appropriate adjustments to the gearing ranges we had used and indexed the gears accordingly after updated each component to the latest firmware version.
After a few test rides, we found that the right hand brake lever cable was trying to trap itself in the caliper, to fix this a custom 90 degree bend, from 2 V-brake noodles was made, to keep it pushed out under rotation. With this, it worked perfectly. We look forward to hearing how the first ride went.
Scott recently launched a new Gambler downhill platform with carbon and aluminium options, both options are very light compared to previous models, with the carbon frame weighing in at 2650g for frame and hardware, the aluminium bike is heavier but still lighter than most other equivalent carbon bikes.
2650g Frame weight
29" or 27.5" wheels
435mm to 450mm adjustable chainstay length
62 to 64 degree head angle
4 way progression adjust
First, we will focus on frame construction. It is here where our renowned carbon expertise is evident.
Let’s get straight to the point – we wanted this bike to be light. If you look at our racing pedigree across other disciplines, we aim to always give our athletes as many competitive advantages over other brands as possible. With the weight advantage, we’ve become experts over the years, and can finally apply this expertise to a downhill race rig. The Gambler Tuned’s carbon frame with hardware comes in at 2650g. Taking everything we’ve learnt from developing frames like the Ransom, we saved weight everywhere we could. We even developed a new method to manufacture an ultra-light and strong linkage that we can tune for stiffness to a level not achievable with alloy, it only weighs 160g. The Gambler’s new suspension design allows for a super-light frame package. Using our Evolap layering technology as well as an adapted version of our down tube shock mount construction, we’re able to achieve incredible weight figures for a downhill frame.
However, carbon design and engineering go beyond just weight, as when we set a weight target, we set up a stiffness target as well. We worked closely with our athletes to determine a good blend of stiffness and flex, aiming to give them a tool that would be proficient on all world cup tracks and in all conditions. Working with various materials and layup techniques we were able to achieve a torsionally stiff frame for responsive behavior but with the right level of lateral flex to provide compliance and comfort on difficult sections of track. How’d we do this? In a sense, we followed a learn by doing approach. By taking concepts too far in certain directions, we we’re able to eliminate certain ideas, while refining ones that worked. We made prototypes and we took them to the races. By testing bikes which were too stiff in race situations as well as ones that were too soft, we saw first-hand all the positives and negatives chassis stiffness can provide. We then took it a step further and bench tested these same frames as well as those of competitors helping us to identify our sweet spot.
Like with the Genius and the Ransom, the Gambler was designed with two main construction zones – a “stiffness zone”, and a “lightweight zone.” Through clever layering and reinforcement in certain zones we obtain the idea of stiffness between the head tube and the rear wheel axle via a path following the downtube and the chain stays - we call this the stiffness backbone. Designs like the new Gambler which leave the top and down tubes free of shock loads allow us to fine tune flex and create the opportunity to optimize chassis compliance. Part of the magic mix is NOT putting extra forces on the down tube and top tube with shock mounts or linkage pivots. Thanks in part to this design we were able to make a lighter frame with stiffness AND flex in all the right spots.
Even though we were able to get to our low weight target, we didn’t compromise on our strength target. This is a downhill bike after all, and it needs to be able to roll with the punches. We test all our bikes to our own very high standard, which sits well above industry norms, and with the Gambler we wanted to make sure that the bike could withstand the forces a professional athlete can exert during a world cup season. There is no point in making a lightweight, fast bike if it isn’t a strong bike.
Gambler 900 tuned Carbon: £7199
Gambler 910: £5399
Gambler 920: £3999
Gambler 920: £3399
HOW FAR CAN I RIDE WITH MY E-MTB?
So what is the range of your electric bike and how far can your ebike go, this is a question many people ask and there are lots of variables to find the answer.
Here are the most important factors to consider when trying to maximise the range of your electric bike.
Weight, temperature, assist mode and terrain.
System weight can make a big difference to the range of your bike, the heavier you are or the more equipment you pack with you the larger the effect on the assisted range of your e-bike.
The charts below shows that a 60 kg rider can get upto 19% further under the same conditions that a 110 kg rider.
Temperature can have a big effect on the range of your ebike, however its not the outside temperature that causes the reduction on range but the starting temperature of the battery, before the ride try and ensure the battery is not too cold.
To increase your ride range when its cold, store and charge your ebike inside, the aim is for the battery to not be too cold at the start of your ride, once you start your ride the battery will heat up quickly even if its cold outside. So a warm battery at the start of the ride will mean more range than if it was cold when you started
In this test one rider rode the same course on Eco, Trail and Boost (Shimano Steps E8000), so how far can the rider go?
Rider Weight: 70kg
Bike: Focus Sam2 6.9
In the field test, our athlete rode nearly twice the distance than in Boost mode. But he sacrificed more than 4 km/h of average speed.
USE A SMART MIX OF ALL MODES
Boost is the most fun – but use a smart mix of all modes to make the fun last longer.
In this test one rider rode the same course. First test run is going down the gravel road and up the single trail. For the second test run we change the direction and go down the trail and up the gravel road. Each test ride is run in Boost mode (highest support). Does it make any difference in reach on which terrain you ride?
Apparently, in our field test there is no big difference in distance between the two runs. You expect the trail to consume more due to its surface. But it is even the other way around. Up the gravel and down the trail consumed a bit more battery capacity. Why? It is not only the terrain you are riding on, it is also your riding style that influences the reach. Riding up and down a challenging trail requires body work. If you go up a trail, your body works much more than going up a gravel road. That means more work for you, but less work for your engine. If you go down the gravel road you freewheel much more than down the trail. There you keep pushing and pedaling which also consumes battery capacity.
Lower your system weight.
Store and charge your e-bike inside in warm conditions.
Use a smart mix of all modes and turn the power off if you can, such as on the flats or when going downhill.
Ride more trails up or down.
Shop the new Chapeau! spring range at Cyclo Monster.
Stand out from the crowd with cycling jerseys, shorts, socks, caps and other accessories from one of the UK’s top cycle clothing brands. Stylish and timeless, you won’t find any gordy colours or the ubiquitous black and red of so many other brands. With both relaxed and more race orientated fits, there’s something for everyone from a muted colour palette with subtle highlights that co-ordinate almost any combination.
New for this spring and summer season is the Club Jersey Pro with laser cut, textured aero sleeves, three rear cargo pockets, and an additional security pocket.
Available in store at Cyclo Monster in a tasty aubergine and ready to pair with the top performing Carbon Grey Club Bibshorts.
Look out for the special limited edition version of the Club Jersey Pro due to launch in time for the Tour De France!
Please note that Chapeau! is an in store only brand and cant be purchased via our website.
View the range here.
We are super excited to be taking on a new bike brand today. We will now be stocking Haibike the electric pedal assisted bike brand, including the incredible new Flyon powered mountain and trekking ebikes due around June 2019 for those that pre order.
In 1995, Susanne and Felix Puello founded the brand Haibike. Susanne is the CEO of Winora Group and great-granddaughter to the company founder, Engelbert Wiener. In the beginning these sporty bikes were still offered under the name of our parent brand Winora, but soon became Haibike. Over the next few years, the brand developed new models and further advanced both visually and technically including bikes such as the haibike xduro for mountain biking which mainly use bosch and Yamaha motor systems.
Haibike bikes can only be purchased from a specialist trusted retailer. The advantage of this approach is that is that there is a brand expert on hand to answer any questions and to get the opportunity to test ride a bike before buying.
When you buy a bike from a specialist dealer such as ourselves your bike will come fully built with the latest firmware revision after receiving a comprehensive pre delivery inspection and 2nd check by an experienced mechanic.
In the event of any problems down the line such as a faulty motor or lithium ion battery you have somewhere to take the bike back to, to be fixed. Warranty issues can be resolved quickly and efficiently and usually at no cost.
The electric bike market has grown hugely over the last couple of years where previously it was mainly hybrid and folding electric bike that were available MTB and electric road bikes are now fully developed with mid drive electric motors.
We can source any bikes from the Haibike range of electric e-bikes, so get in touch or call in for more info, our shop is easy to reach and only about 30 minutes from Nottingham, Loughbourgh, Burton upon trent, Ashbourne or Mansfield.
View some of the bikes here
Here's a nice video review on the new Focus Paralane 2 electric bike that Focus Bikes has launched for 2019,
Here a link to the full range, please call in to find out more info about this bike and have a test ride please.
This weeks daily deals went live on friday, check back each week to see what new deals are available.
All Chapeau winter clothing is on sale. Please note Chapeau is only available for instore collection