Friday, October 17, 2014

2015 Santa Cruz Tallboy LT R : Value-Packed Trail Maniac

2015 Santa Cruz Tallboy LT R - Decidedly Aggressive, Yet Balanced Performance

At A Glance:
  • Frame: Aluminum
  • Color: Gloss Black Frame, Red decals
  • Shock: Fox Float CTD
  • Fork: Rockshox Sektor Gold RL 140
  • Kit: R

If big wheels, big rides, big races and big adventures are your thing, the Tallboy LT is your big ticket.

  • 135mm (5.3") VPP™ suspension
  • 29" wheels
  • Forged upper and lower links
  • Double sealed pivots for long bearing life
  • Dual grease ports on lower link for easy maintenance
  • Full carbon dropouts and disk mounts
  • Angular contact bearings maximize stiffness
  • Collet axle pivots lock in place without pinch bolts
  • Stealth and external seatpost cable routing
  • 142mm rear axle spacing
  • Threaded BB for creak-free riding and easy installation
  • ISCG-05 tabs for chainguide compatibility
  • Direct mount rear derailleur option

The Tallboy LT is made of aluminum, with Santa Cruz's signature hydroformed top and down tubes. A medium frame is about a pound and a half heavier than its carbon brother, but its price is much friendlier, and it’s still amply strong. And the strength and stiffness are further enhanced with the mechanic-friendly, oversized 15mm collet-style hardware and a 12x142mm thru-axle out back. The result is a frame that's light enough for endurance racing, and strong enough for anything you can throw at it.

At the heart of the LT's handling is a highly refined VPP suspension. It's a suspension platform that's widely beloved for its blend of pedaling efficiency and trail-erasing smoothness. VPP employs two aluminum counter-rotating links to achieve this balance. If you're wondering how it works, the upper link provides most of the rotation as the bike compresses into the sag point. This yields a vertical wheel path, which you'll notice in the form of a firm feel during acceleration. As the bike compresses deeper into the suspension, the lower link activates, moving the axle path rearward. The rearward axle path enables the rear wheel to travel out of the way of impacts, so the ride is smooth, not jarring. And you'll find the same collet-style pivot hardware that has become standard for Santa Cruz's suspension bikes. That means that your pivots stay tight and are simple to service, even for home mechanics.

Anyone who's ridden the LT will tell you that the feel is balanced, yet decidedly aggressive, and the geometry of the LT is an integral part of its near-magical handling. The 69.5-degree head angle doesn’t look particularly slack on paper, but with the larger wheels and longer-travel fork, it inspires incredible confidence at speed, while remaining maneuverable when you need it. Roomy top tubes per size enable the use of a modern cockpit setup consisting of a shorter stem and wider handlebars. The seat angle is fairly steep at 72.6 degrees, for an aggressive climbing position that enables efficient power transfer.

At 17.7 inches, the chainstays are long enough for incredible climbing traction and confidence inspiring stability, without being so long as to compromise the quickness of handling. The short of stature will notice that the smallest size that the LT comes in is a medium. That's due to the increased standover height associated with the longer-travel platform and larger wheels. While that will keep some riders off of the LT, we can't help but admire Santa Cruz's approach to not build smaller 29ers if the handling would suffer.

FOX handles rear suspension duties with a CTD Evolution shock and its Climb, Trail, and Descend modes, while a RockShox Sector Gold RL fork does its thing up front. The Shimano SLX drivetrain is light, but tough and reliable, while the Deore M615 disc brakeset will give you smooth, predictable stops every time. The Race Face Ride stem, bar, and seatpost are tested to RF's rigorous durability standards, which should instill plenty of confidence. Tubeless-ready 2.3-inch Maxxis tires wrap around bombproof WTB STi23 tubeless-ready rims, and WTB also tops off the package with a comfortable-all-day Volt Race saddle.

Full Specs:

Frame Material: aluminum
Suspension: VPP
Rear Shock: FOX FLOAT CTD Evolution
Rear Travel: 135 mm
Fork: RockShox Sektor Gold RL
Front Travel: 140 mm
Headset: Cane Creek 10 Mixed Tapered
Shifters: Shimano M670 (SLX) 10spd
Front Derailleur: SRAM X5
Rear Derailleur: Shimano M675 SLX Shadow Plus
Crankset: 22/34 t SRAM S1000
Bottom Bracket: SRAM GXP
Cassette: 11-36 t Shimano SLX HG81
Chain: Shimano SLX HG75
Brake Set: Shimano Deore BR-M615
Rotors: Shimano RT66
Handlebar: Race Face Ride
Handlebar Width: 740 mm
Grips: Santa Cruz Palmdale Lock-on
Stem: Race Face Ride
Saddle: WTB Volt Race
Seatpost: Race Face Ride
Seat Collar: Santa Cruz bolt-on
Hubs: [front] SRAM MTH 716, [rear] SRAM MTH 746
Rims: WTB ST i23 TCS
Spokes: DT Swiss Champion 2.0
Tires: [front] Maxxis High Roller 2 EXO Tubeless, [rear] Maxxis Ardent EXO Tubeless
Tire Size: 29 in x 2.3 in 
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

VIDEO REVIEW: 2015 Raleigh RX 2.0 Cyclocross Bike!

Ride-A-Bike Review of 2015 Raleigh RX 2.0 

Brantley shows off the features of the brand new 2015 Raleigh RX 2.0! Come check it out today at Ride-A-Bike Shop! 116 NE. Court Square Lincolnton, NC (704) 735-1746

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Awesome 2015 KHS Mountain Bike Under $3000!

KHS SixFifty 3500

2015 KHS SixFifty 3500 – $2949


KHS has been in the 27.5 game for a lot longer than many other manufacturers out there. In fact, their model names still refer back to the “old” name for it, 650B. The SixFifty 3500 shown here is in the middle of the model line-up and the Horst-link FSR rear suspension design has been reworked for 2015 (due to the expiration of the FSR copyright).

The KHS SixFifty 3500 frame is made from 6061 aluminum with custom formed double butted top tube and down tube. The bike features a RockShox Reba RLT fork and RockShox Monarch RT3 HV rear shock providing 120mm of travel front and rear. The bike also features a Shimano SLX/XT 2×10 drivetrain, Shimano M506 brakes, Kore stem/bar, Stan’s Rapid 25 double wall, tubeless ready rims, KT hubs and 27.5 Maxxis Ardent tires.

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

13 Latest Cycling Tips From Ride-A-Bike Shop

Collection of General Cycling Tips - Add More in the Comments!

Front derailleur won't shift precisely? Make sure it's aligned with the chainring. If it is, your limit screws probably need a quick adjustment.

Remember: Your left pedal is a reverse thread (turn it left to tighten). If you do mistakenly thread a pedal in backwards, the pedal will likely be fine, but the crank will need to be replaced.

A low cadence (less than 60rpm) taxes muscles and joints. Spin above 80rpms to keep your muscles and knees happy.

We recommend replacing your disc brake pads before you can see daylight through them.

Having trouble catching shut-eye? Exercise during the day, not within the four hours before bedtime. Working out triggers a shut-down of melatonin, a sleep hormone. Use your ride to wake up rather than wind down.

For reliable gear changes, try shifting at the dead spot in your pedal stroke (6 & 12 o'clock). The less pressure on the pedals, the better.

Keep your eyes on the road while reaching for a bottle. And don't tilt your head to drink- pour the bottle into your mouth.

Before a long downhill, take a moment to lower your seatpost. You'll have more room to maneuver over tricky stuff.
After removing a disc brake wheel from your bike, be sure not to squeeze your brake. Doing so can cause your brake pads to clamp together tightly-- and moving them is a royal pain.
To become a better road cyclist, ride dirt. The balance and control required to ride skinny tires on gravelly roads will improve your handling skills exponentially.
Check your tube after a puncture to see what happened. If there are two parallel holes (a snakebite), up your tire pressure.
On steep grades, come off the saddle and hold your bike as vertical as possible, with minimal sway. It’s very important to keep your shoulders squared forward, with no side-to-side movement. That snaking motion wastes your energy and your forward progress.
When training intensity is high, you need to stay hydrated to keep up. If there’s not enough water in your bloodstream, your plasma decreases and your blood thickens. Thick blood is no good- your heart has to work harder to pump it. Even just a 2% loss of fluid body weight will slow a rider down by 4%. Sip as you ride to keep thirst at bay. 
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Monday, September 29, 2014

Get Ready For Cyclocross Season - 5 Great Tips

Have More Fun This Cyclocross Season by Being Prepared
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Start Fresh

Replace cables and housing at the time of tune-up, even if you don’t think it’s necessary. Dirt works its way inside housing lines, making shifting and braking gritty and slow. If you ride in sloppy conditions, ask your shop if it’s possible to fully enclose cables in one uninterrupted length of housing. 

Respect Your Rims

After every race and wet ride, or every 100 miles, clean your rims. For caked-on crud, scrub with soapy water and rinse using a light shower setting. To remove grimy buildup, wipe with a dry rag and rubbing alcohol. If the ride was exceptionally wet, remove wheels and buff brake-pad surfaces with an emery cloth.

Tread Lightly: Set Your Tire Pressure

A general inflation rule: With one thumb across the rear tire, and the palm of your other hand on top of it, push down with your body weight. If your thumb hits the rim, add air until it doesn’t touch. For soft conditions, run your front tire 5 to 7 psi less than the rear. On hardpack, increase both tires by 5 to 10 psi. 

Pick the Right Bar Tape

How much elbow grease you’ll need to clean your bar tape depends on whether you prefer comfort or convenience. Padded tape reduces vibration but stains easily. Tacky tape gets dingy and is less padded, but it’s grippy when wet and cleans up better. Leather tape is pricey, but looks sharp and is easy to clean.

Lube What Moves: Chain and Derailleurs

In addition to your chain, which you should lubricate after every dusty or muddy ride, place a drop of oil on each pivot point on both derailleurs and the contact point between the brake arms and spring (if they’re squeaking or not releasing from the rim). Always apply lube on a clean bike and wipe off excess. 
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Thursday, September 25, 2014

2015 Raleigh RX Pro Cyclocross Bike Doubles as a Commuter

2015 Raleigh RX Pro - A Great Addition to the RX Line!

For 2015 Raleigh have added the RX Pro to their range. It's a aluminium frame with butted tubing and a tapered head tube with a carbon fibre fork. They've gone with a 15mm bolt-thru front axle, regular quick release rear axle. As well as ideal for racing, it's versatile for the daily commute with rack and mudguard eyelets. It comes with a SRAM Rival 22 hydraulic disc brake groupset.

Unlike a pure cyclocross race bike, the RX Pro comes with rack and mudguard eyelets so you can press it into service as a commuter or an all-rounder if you like.

  • Frame: RX butted hydrorformed aluminium alloy
  • Fork: Raleigh C5 Carbon Fork 15mm thru axle
  • Cranks: SRAM Rival 22 46/36t
  • Bottom Bracket: SRAM PF30
  • Front Derailleur: SRAM Rival 22
  • Rear Derailleur: SRAM Rival 2
  • Shifters: SRAM Rival 22
  • Cassette: SRAM 1130 11-28
  • Chain: SRAM 1130
  • Wheelset: New Cole Rollen CX
  • Tires: Schwalbe Racing Ralph 700x 33mm
  • Brakes: SRAM RIVAL HRD
  • Brake Levers: SRAM Rival 22
  • Handlebar: RSP+
  • Headset: FSA Orbit C40 No 42
  • Stem: RSP+ alloy aheadset
  • Saddle: Selle Royal Seta S1
  • Seatpost: RSP+ alloy micro adjust
  • Seatclamp: RSP alloy 

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  • Friday, September 19, 2014

    [VIDEO] 2015 Raleigh Road Bikes

    Sweet Video of 2015 Raleigh Road Bike Range

    Check out our post on the Maverick Here:

    Check out the Revenio Range here:

    and the Militis Range here:

    Be on the lookout for our first 2015 Raleigh Bike Review COMING SOON

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