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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.

Key Highlights

2650g Frame weight

29" or 27.5" wheels

435mm to 450mm adjustable chainstay length

62 to 64 degree head angle

4 way progression adjust

CONSTRUCTION

First, we will focus on frame construction. It is here where our renowned carbon expertise is evident.

LIGHTWEIGHT

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.

STIFFNESS

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.

STRENGTH

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.

Scott Gambler Prices

Gambler 900 tuned Carbon: £7199

Gambler 910: £5399

Gambler 920: £3999

Gambler 920: £3399

Scott Gambler Tuned 2020

Scott Gambler Alumunium

Scott Gambler Tuned 2020

Scott Gambler Tuned 2020

Scott Gambler Tuned 2020

Scott Gambler Tuned 2020

More Details here on Scotts website

Saturday, 10 August 2019 12:33:35 Europe/London By Phil Scott, Gambler, Downhill, Freeride, DH, 2020, Review, Technical details, Prices, News, Bikes,

Scott Addict RC 2020 Range Details

Here are some details on the new Scott Addict RC road bikes that have just been released ready for 2020.

This is a fast high performance bike, just ask Simon Yates who won stage 15 of the 2019 tour de france on one of them. There's a few points to note about this bike which include:

A complete lack of any visible cables is the first thing to notice, other manufacturers have done similar things but not quite fully hidden, the internal routing also filters down to the entry level models which we weren't expecting and were very pleased to see at the range launch.

Disc only, its the future for higher end bikes, love or hate them they stop you better and you will be safer riding with a disc setup even in the dry.

The new addict frame is stiffer, more aero and more comfy to ride than the older models.

You can run them with 28mm tyres we think 30mm at a squeeze.

The bottom bracket height has been dropped slightly to compensate for the trend towards bigger tyres.

The frame has a clever new seat post clamp design which only adds 12g.

The bike is more aero gaining you 6 watt at 45km/h

The frame construction has been simplified and is made in 3 parts instead of 6 which reduces the joins, making the frame lighter and stronger.

You are probably expecting this road bike to be very expensive and certainly the Ultimate model meets that expectation at £10800 with the highest spec HMX-SL carbon layup a Sycross IC SL carbon integrated bar weighing 295g, Sram Red Etap and a set of Zipp 202 NSW, so if you want the best this is the one for you.

However the technology trickles down quite nicely to the other bikes in range with an Ultegra mechanical bike coming in at much more friendly £3199.

We really like the Sram Force version at £4399, Srams 12 speed wireless groupset is superbly smooth to ride and I loved the auto changing gears as you move though the block.

We are already taking pre orders for the bikes with first availability towards the end of the year, if they aren't on the website yet, please call in we have full spec's images and prices available instore.

Scott Addict RC Prices

Scott Addict RC Ultimate (Sram Red Etap) = £10,799

Scott Addict RC Premium (Dura-Ace Di2) = £8,999

Scott Addict RC Pro (Dura Ace) = £6299

Scott Addict RC 10 (Dura Ace) = £4399

Scott Addict RC 15 (Ultegra Di2) = £4999

Scott Addict RC 20 (Sram Forec Etap) = £4399

Scott Addict RC 30 ( Ultegra) = £3199

Frame Sets Scott Addict RC Ultimate = £2699

Frame Sets Scott Addict RC Team Edition = £2699

Frame Sets Scott Addict RC Pro = £1999

Creston iC SL intergrated bar and stem = £499.99

Sunday, 21 July 2019 17:42:58 Europe/London By Phil Scott Addict RC, 2020, Scott, Price, Review, Bikes, Kids Bikes, Reviews, New,

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.

 

WEIGHT

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.

Effect of rider weight on an ebike

 Effect of rider weight on an ebike

TEMPERATURE

 

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.

Effect of temperature on an ebike

 Effect of temperature on an ebike

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

ASSIST MODE 

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

Travel: 170mm 

THE RESULTS

ECO MODE ALMOST DOUBLES THE REACH OF BOOST MODE

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.

TERRAIN EFFECTS

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?

Terrain effects on an ebike

 

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.

In Sumary: HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OUT OF YOUR E-MTB RIDE

  1. Lower your system weight.

  2. Store and charge your e-bike inside in warm conditions.

  3. Use a smart mix of all modes and turn the power off if you can, such as on the flats or when going downhill.

  4. Ride more trails up or down.

  5. Go out and explore a new trail.

 

These test were carried out on the Focus Jam2 and Sam2 by Focus Bikes in Germany. 

 

 

Wednesday, 3 April 2019 10:08:00 Europe/London By phil e-mtb, ebike, e-bike, range, tests, News, Bikes, electric bike,

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.

Chapeau club pro jersey aubergine stripe

Monday, 1 April 2019 14:21:37 Europe/London By Jamie chapeau, clothing, derby, spring, summer, News,

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.


View some of the bikes here

Haibike

Haibike XDURO AllMtn 5.0 Full Suspension Flyon

Haibike SDURO HARDSEVEN 1.0

Friday, 29 March 2019 12:49:40 Europe/London By Phil haibike, stockist, derby, ebike, electric bike, News, Bikes, electric bike,

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.

Thursday, 28 March 2019 10:16:06 Europe/London By Phil focus, paralane2, electric bike, ebike, e-bike, road bike, Bikes, electric bike, Reviews,

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 

Check Out This Weeks Deals

Saturday, 16 March 2019 12:27:23 Europe/London By Cyclo Monstr News, Daily Deals, Sale,

Introducing the new top of the line Sram Red AXS 12 speed Road Groupset

Sram Red AXS 1

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Thursday, 7 February 2019 10:05:16 Europe/London By Phil sram red, axs, 12 speed, etap, News, Reviews,

Cyclo Monster stock pile bikes and Stuff

Cyclo Monster boss warns it will not be possible to store sufficient bikes.

Cyclo Monsters distribution centre in Derby, England. 

Cyclo Monster have become the latest big name to reveal they are stockpiling bikes, energy gels, inner tubes, 32t road cassettes and other bike stuff as retailers’ no-deal preparations move up a gear now that the frenetic Christmas trading period is behind them.

The Cyclo Monster Director, Phil, said the bike retailer has been holding a special round of talks with its suppliers and increasing stocks of bikes and bikey things.

But, with Britain importing almost all its bikes , Phil said it was not possible ensure that bikes will be available if Britain crashes out of the EU.“We looked at the lifecycle and production of product categories that matter most to customers and sat down with all suppliers to discuss their production capability, where they hold stock and if we can help them hold it,” explained Phil. “It’s not possible to do that sort of thing on all bikes, so that’s where the pinch point would be if there were to be a no-deal.”

Bikes Shortage

No-deal Brexit would be catastrophic for bike supply, say UK bike shop

Bike shops, under pressure to keep floors stocked with quality bikes, want as little friction as possible at European borders and fear a no-deal Brexit could mean major delays at ports.

Analysts pointed out that in 2018 it only took a few days of heavy snow disruption when the “Beast from the East” hit Britain before gaps opened up on bike shop floors. They also say that any pinch in supply will likely result in price increases in all those bikey type bits and bobs.

Phils comments echoed those made by Sainsbury’s chief executive, Mike Coupe, earlier this week that a no-deal Brexit would be “hugely disruptive”.  “No amount of stockpiling will mitigate that risk, simply because we don’t have the capacity – and neither does the country – to stockpile more than probably a few days’ worth,” said Coupe.

;-)

Friday, 18 January 2019 14:56:55 Europe/London By Phil Brexits, Bikes, stock pile, News,
Friday, 14 December 2018 14:47:59 Europe/London By Phil opening hours, 2018, News, Opening Hours,
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