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Our Bikes

Charleston Bicycle Center is your source for all kinds of bikes: road, mountain, hybrid, comfort, cyclocross, triathlon, and more. We would like to offer you two different ways to browse the bikes you will find at our shop: by brand or by style.

Our Bicycle Brands

Specialized Bicycles

Specialized Bicycles Specialized is the most recent addition to the shop's offerings, and we are very excited to bring their quality bicycles to our customers. Specialized makes a bike for every kind of rider and for every kind of terrain. From road bikes that feature prominently in road races like the Tour de France to mountain bikes that win World Cup downhill races and everything in between, Specialized has your next ride covered.
 

Trek Bicycles

Trek Bicycles Trek Bicycles is the world's largest cycling brand, and they have a very wide variety of bikes in their catalog. Trek won a few Tour de France titles under a certain cyclist from Texas - no judgment about his collection of yellow jerseys - and they have only built on that legacy in the years since. They have a bike in their line-up for just about every purpose under the sun, and they are all worth riding.
 

Cannondale Bicycles

Cannondale Bicycles Cannondale Bicycles have been our best-selling brand for many years, and for good reason. With a line-up including top-notch road, mountain, hybrid, and kids bikes, they make one for every kind of rider out there. Cannondale makes bicycles that have won races the world over both on pavement and dirt - you'll know why the first time you get on one.
 

Pivot Cycles

Pivot Cycles Pivot Cycles is the newest company that we carry, in business since 2007, but are among the finest bicycles in production today. They have been pushing the boundaries of what is possible in bicycle design and technology, working together with Shimano, Dave Weagle, Fox, DT Swiss, and other leading companies to make a better bike.

Our Bicycle Styles

Road Bikes

Just like the bikes raced in the Tour de France every summer, a road bike is a dedicated, pavement-only two-wheeled rocketship. They are designed to be very efficient and carry a cyclist effortlessly for hours on end. Featuring drop handlebars and narrow tires...

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    Road Bikes

    Just like the bikes raced in the Tour de France every summer, a road bike is a dedicated, pavement-only rocketship. They are designed to be very efficient and carry a cyclist effortlessly for hours on end. Featuring drop handlebars and narrow tires, today's road bikes commonly come with double chainrings and 9- to 11- speed cassette drivetrains.

    The premier category of road bike is the traditional race bike. Riders are positioned with a lower, longer reach to make them more aerodynamic and faster, because it's made for racing. Race bikes are primarily concerned with getting the rider across the finish line in first place, so it is intended to have maximum drivetrain stiffness at all costs. Examples include the Cannondale Supersix Evo, the Trek Emonda, and the Specialized Tarmac.

    The last ten to fifteen years have seen the development of a new subset of roadies called endurance bikes, which are designed to offer a more relaxed position and clearance for wider tires. These bikes were developed to race over cobblestone roads in Europe, so they have nearly all the efficiency of a race bike with a more comfortable ride. Check out the Specialized Roubaix, Cannondale Synapse, and Trek Domane for examples of endurance bikes.

    The newest craze in the bike world is the gravel grinder. Pitched as a 'do it all' road bike, the gravel grinder has even more tire clearance for wide, knobby tires to handle gravel and dirt roads. Most gravel grinders feature hybrid- or hydraulic-disc brakes for increased stopping power on mixed surfaces. Bikes like the Specialized Diverge, Trek Checkpoint, and Cannondale Topstone are excellent examples of an all-road bike.

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Mountain Bikes

When the trail turns into the woods, you want to be riding on knobby tires and suspension. Mountain bikes these days have all kinds of features to keep the tires in traction over the various terrain where they will be ridden.

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    Mountain Bikes

    When the trail turns into the woods, you want to be riding on knobby tires and suspension. Mountain bikes these days have all kinds of features to keep the tires in traction over the various terrain where they will be ridden. Most mountain bikes will come equipped with a suspension fork and tires wider than two inches. Wheel sizes vary from 26" to 27.5" to 29", depending on use and intended riders.

    The most common mountain bikes fall in the category of hardtails: bikes built up with a rigid frame and front suspension. The shock in the fork will absorb all but the biggest bumps, and not having a rear shock will keep the bike light and fast. Today's hardtails come equipped with more 29" wheels than anything else due to their ability to roll over a wider range of bumps than 26" wheels. Take a look at the Pivot Les, Cannondale F-Si, Specialized Stumpjumper, and Trek Procaliber to get a better idea.

    For more aggressive terrain and for people looking for a softer ride, full-suspension bikes are the ticket. Built with a rear shock, there is no better way to soak up all the roots and rocks than a full-suspension. They sacrifice some pedaling efficiency because of the rear shock, but offer an unbeatable ride quality in return. Our most popular full-suspension bikes have been the Cannondale Scalpel, Pivot Mach 429SL, Trek Remedy, and Specialized Epic.

    There is a growing demand within the mountain bike community for longer-travel suspensions for adrenaline junkies who want to point their bikes straight downhill. Using the smaller 26" and 27.5" wheel sizes for their added strength, downhill end enduro bikes frequently have 5 to 8 inches of shock travel or more. The Specialized Demo, Cannondale Trigger, Trek Session, and Pivot Phoenix offer a great selection of downhillers.

    The latest and greatest trend in dirt riding is the fat-tire bike. Fat bikes were originally developed for riding over snow, but they will ride over top of anything else you put in front of the wheels. Tires usually range between 3.5 and 5 inches wide, more than enough to cushion the blows that their rigid frames will take. The Trek Farley, Pivot Les Fat, Cannondale Fat CAAD, and Specialized Fatboy should give you some idea of what a fat bike is all about.

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Recreational Bikes

Many people just want to get out on two wheels for a stroll around town, or on the bike path or rail-trails. Recreational bikes vary from focusing on multi-purpose riding to offering the highest level of comfort possible.

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    Recreational Bikes

    Many people just want to get out on two wheels for a stroll around town, or on the bike path or rail-trails. Recreational bikes vary from focusing on multi-purpose riding to offering the highest level of comfort possible.

    Fitness hybrids are lightweight, efficient bikes designed to be easy to use and fun to ride. They are the closest things in comparison to a road bike, but feature wider tires and flat handlebars to give the rider more confidence. Fitness hybrids are geared for riding on pavement while still being capable of exploring off the beaten path. Take a look at the Specialized Sirrus, Cannondale Quick, or Trek FX for a good example of a fitness hybrid.

    Dual-sport bicycles are just what they sound like: bikes that are equally capable on pavement or on trails. While not suited for serious mountain biking terrain, the dual-sport bike is versatile enough to tackle just about anything else. Featuring a flat handlebar, suspension fork, and tires in between road and mountain bikes, these are handy all-around bicycles. Check out the Cannondale Quick CX, Specialized CrossTrail, or Trek DS series bikes to get a better idea.

    Comfort bikes are designed to cater to riders who need a very upright position and a generous dose of cushion for their riding. Ample tire clearance and suspension seats and seatposts, as well as relaxed geometry and front suspensions, combine to make these the smoothest rides available. The Specialized Roll, Trek Verve, and Cannondale Adventure provide examples of a comfort bike.

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