Friday, April 24, 2015

2015 Bible of Bike Tests Ride and Review - Santa Cruz 5010 Carbon S

Santa Cruz 5010 Carbon S - Full Carbon, Rockshox Pike Front Fork, Shimano SLX DriveTrain



The first words out of the mouths of the test riders were:   "[The bike] was poppy and playful and fun and slide-y and grippy - all the right things."




"Before I got on the bike I didn't look at anything. I didn't really pay attention to much this time, I'm just getting on it and going. And I just suddenly started having an incredible time."

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The playful part isn't an accident. This bike is the newer, 27.5 version of a bike that was called the Blur Trail. Which is also a descendent of the Blur 4X

Low bottom bracket (13.5"), Reasonably slack head angle at 68°, and shorter chainstays add to the low center of gravity and increase your confidence on the trail.

"It's cool. You can really lean it over and slide through things and it just stands right back up and wants more."

As far as components, the testers were in love. "The package is so outstanding. No matter what you get, you're gonna be stoked with it. You're gonna have it for a long time."

FEATURES
  • Full carbon frame and swingarm
  • 125mm (5") VPP™ suspension
  • 27.5" 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
  • Bottle cage mount within front triangle fits piggyback shocks
  • Molded rubber swingarm and downtube protection
  • Stealth and external seatpost cable routing
  • 142mm rear axle spacing
  • Threaded Bottom Bracket
  • ISCG-05 tabs for chainguide compatibility
  • Direct mount rear derailleur option
  • Aluminum frame option
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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Men's Journal 2015 Best Road Bikes: Raleigh Tamland 2

2015 Raleigh Tamland 2: Amazing Gravel Bike


More people are looking to ride drop-bar bikes off-road, and Raleigh is catering to these gravel-loving cyclists with the Tamland 2. The Reynolds 631 Chromoly butted steel frame ensures a comfortable ride over less-than-ideal terrain, while Shimano Ultegra provides precise shifting. The Tamland 2 comes with TRP Spyre mechanical disc brakes, and clearance for wide tires. It's plenty capable for tarmac rides, but shines when the pavement ends.

  • Reynolds 631 Chromoly frame with gravel race geometry
  • Powerful TRP Spyre dual actuated mechanical disc brakes
  • Clement X'PLOR MSO 40c tires give maximum cushion and traction in bumpy gravel
  • Shimano Ultegra 11sp drivetrain
  • Weinmann KMAX Double wall rims with Novatec sealed bearing hubs


(from ridinggravel.com)
Ride Feel:

"The ride feel of the Tamland was immediately apparent within the first few miles. The feeling of smoothness was uncanny. I eventually pulled over to check the tire with a squeeze, fully expecting to find that I needed air, and me without a pump! The thing was, the tire was fine. The smooth ride feel continued in the front of the bike as well, showing that it wasn’t just the rear end of the bike, but the entire front end and the fork were working in concert to damp vibrations and mitigate bigger impacts."

Handling:

"So while the Tamland Two is smoother than most bikes, that doesn’t tell you much about whether or not the geometry is worth it here. In terms of handling on gravel roads, so far I think the Tamland is firing on all cylinders with this lower bottom bracket, slightly slacker head angle, and longer fork offset. Purposely pushing the bike into loose patches of gravel on my recent rides shows me that the stability necessary to keep the wheels underneath you and give the rider confidence that the bike won’t swap ends is there.

The bottom line though is this- The Tamland is the standard by which gravel bike specific design will be judged going forward. It is hands down the best handling bike on gravel I’ve ridden to date."
-Guitar Ted

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

5 Tips to Help You Bike in Style (As if You Needed The Help)

Melissa of Bike Pretty had Her Article Featured on Raleigh's Blog. Check it out!

Article and Photos from Bikepretty.com

Whether or not you bike to work, there are a lot of great ways to sneak a little bike time into your routine. Riding a bike doesn’t mean that you’re required to squeeze into a skin tight racing suit or pull on an old pair of athletic shorts, but that’s easy to forget when we think about biking only for exercise rather than as a fun way to get from Point A to Point B.


Personally I love fashion and can spend hours putting together the perfect look. But I still hate having to change clothes throughout the day just because I find myself doing different activities. Ideally, I would wear just one outfit that takes me to the office, client meetings, happy hour, and my commute. While this style of dressing is a little extreme and might not be practical for everyone, this self-imposed constraint has meant that I’ve learned a lot about how to bike in style.


Now that I’ve picked up a few tips, it’s actually pretty easy to pull off. Once you start, you’ll realize how it is simpler to dress for your destination instead of your ride, especially if you are heading out to see friends or meet a special date.


ONE slow your roll

While biking is excellent exercise, it can also be a lazy form of fast walking. A bike has this magical way of shrinking a fifteen minute walk into a five minute ride. That said, if you’re on your way somewhere and don’t want to arrive dripping sweat, remember not to push yourself. Slow down and enjoy the sights and sounds of your neighborhood. You might not make every light, but that’s all right. You’ll reach your destination without overheating and be ready to make a great impression.


TWO stow your layers

This is the best piece of advice I have ever heard regarding temperature regulation on a bike: if you’re warm enough during the first ten minutes of your ride, then you’re overdressed. It’s really true! A spring evening might still be “jacket weather” but don’t bundle up just yet. Bring your outerwear with you, but ride in your shirtsleeves.


After moving your legs for a few moments, you’ll start to feel warmer and you might even work up a little sweat. Going without a jacket gives your body a chance to regulate its temperature and also lets your clothes breathe so that you don’t feel clammy. And if you’ve found that you just couldn’t help yourself from attacking those hills and end up sweating through your shirt, once you arrive, you can still pop on your jacket and your sweat stains are hidden away.


THREE let your bike carry the load

A lightweight road bike that is stripped down to the essentials is great for weekend group rides in the countryside. But if you’re using it to get around town, you’re probably going to want to carry a little bit more than a water bottle and a few sport gels (or in my case chocolate bars).


As much as possible, avoid carrying heavy stuff on your back. Loaded up messenger bags and backpacks trap sweat against your body, wrinkle your clothing, and generally strain your back. A detachable pannier on a rear rack, a frame bag, even a handlebar bag that stows a quart of milk--or a bottle of wine--will go far in helping you ride in comfort. And if you don’t feel good, you won’t look good!



FOUR never without wet wipes

I don’t have a lot of must-haves for bike rides (besides lights, a lock, and the bike itself) but there are so many occasions when a well-placed wet wipe has saved my bacon. If you’re feeling self-conscious, you can wipe your armpits for a quick refresh. Use them to wipe the grease from your hands if your chain pops off. A small pack of 20 or so can be stowed discreetly under your saddle.


HELPFUL HINT: If you get bike grease on your clothes, squirt a little undiluted dishwashing or hand soap onto the fabric. Don’t add water. Instead work the soap into a lather until the stain has almost disappeared. Then rinse and launder as usual.


FIVE you’re never fully dressed without a smile

Whether you’re enjoying a serene rails-to-trails ride or biking home at rush hour, riding is just a lot of fun. Any day with a bike ride is a good day. Remember how much fun you had as a kid biking around the neighborhood? Even though you’re all grown up, it’s still just as much fun. So don’t forget to enjoy it!



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Monday, March 30, 2015

VIDEO REVIEW: 2015 Raleigh RX 2.0 Cyclocross Bike!

Ride-A-Bike Review of 2015 Raleigh RX 2.0 

 
 Cyclocross means mud. Keeping that braking surface out of the mud means that the mud will be less likely to put you into the tape. The RX2.0 already has our race proven 'cross geometry to get you up front, but with its TRP Spyre dual actuated mechanical disc brakes, the RX2.0 will keep you grinding through that pain cave and away from digging tape out of your derailleur.
 

Highlights

  • Race proven frame with tapered carbon fork
  • Shimano 105 11 speed drivetrain
  • Weinmann Impulse rims with sealed bearing hubs
  • TRP Spyre dual sided mechanical disc brakes
  • Clement MXP tires


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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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

TOP TEN BIKES - 2015 Raleigh Revenio 3 - A Lot of Bike for a Low Price


Whether you're chasing fitness goals or logging record miles, Raleigh's Revenio 3 makes it happen. 



WHY WE LIKE IT:
The hydroformed aluminum frame rides nearly as well as the more expensive Carbon Revenio frames. This Revenio 3 features the new 11 speed Shimano 105 drivetrain, carbon fork, FSA crank, and 700x25 tires for a comfortable ride. A lot of a bike for a low price.




The aluminum frame and carbon fork pair with an endurance-oriented, heads-up geometry so you can go farther, faster, and with more comfort. Fast spinning 700c Weinmann wheels come wrapped in grippy Kenda tires and are brought to life by Shimano's benchmark 20-speed 105 drivetrain. It boasts the light action, quick shifts and trademark durability perfect for seasons of riding. Top it off with a selection of great Raleigh parts, including a supportive Prologo Kappa saddle, and you've got a bike that's sure to please.







Frame AL-6061 Double Butted Custom Formed Tubing
Fork  Custom Carbon Composite w/Tapered 1-1/8" to 1.5" Alloy Steer Tube
Headset FSA Integrated Cartridge Bearings
Cranks FSA Gossamer Compact MegaExo 34/50t
Bottom Bracket FSA MegaExo External Bearing
F. Derailleur Shimano 105
R. Derailleur Shimano 105
Shifter Shimano 105 11spd STI, Shimano SP41 Shift Housing
Cogset Shimano 11spd (11-28t)
Chain KMC X11
Brakes Tektro R540 Dual Pivot
Brake Levers   Shimano 105 STI
Front Hub Formula Alloy QR 28h
Rear Hub  Formula Alloy QR 28h Cassette
Spokes 14g Stainless MAC
Rims Weinmann GMax Double Wall 23mm Wide
Tires Kenda Kountach Wire Bead, 60TPI, 700x25c
Handlebar Raleigh 200 Series Road, 31.8 Short Drop, 40/42/44cm
Grips Gel Tape
Stem Raleigh 200 Series, 7° 3D Forged, 31.8, 90/100/110mm
Seatpost Raleigh 200 Series, 27.2x300mm
Seat   Prologo Kappa EVO Satin Rail, 147mm wide
Colors Red/Black
Extras Rack and Fender Mounts


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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Ride A Bike's Top Ten Bikes for 2015 - Raleigh Tokul 2

Variety is something to be embraced while riding off-road.

The 2015 Raleigh Tokul 2 is designed to attack both the ups and downs found on today’s newer bike specific trails. 


Why we love it:  
Mountain bike hard tail with lots of value for just $750. Trail geometry, hydraulic disc brakes, aluminum frame, and beefy Suntour fork.


With a roomy cockpit pedaling is made easy, while the longer travel fork and slackened geometry propel you down the trail. Versatile and playful these bikes are created to be more than your average hardtail. 27.5” wheels marry the benefits of 26” and 29er wheels. This tweener size is incredibly versatile in the varying conditions found on trails. It’s capable of rolling over rocks and roots with ease just like the larger 29er wheel, yet nimble in hard to navigate situations. These elements combine to make a wheel adept in any kind of terrain and in all conditions.

The AL-6061 used to construct the frame provides a durable and lightweight platform for trail use. Promax hydraulic brakes and Shimano drivetrain provide the functionality and dependability needed for off road use. You’ll find size specific wider bars and a shorter stems for increased maneuverability and handling. Spec’d with a Suntour XCR 32, 120mm fork rough terrain is ready to be conquered.



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