Spring Has Sprung!
April 28, 2015
It is officially bike riding season in West Virginia! We have had
a LOT of things going on at the shop that we want to let you know about,
but not enough time to stop and post it here. Some super cool bikes
have come into the shop, and we have a couple events that you need
to know about.
We are just over a week away from the Pivot Cycles demo day in the
Kanawha State Forest! We couldn't be more excited about it, and we
hope you are as stoked as we are about the chance to test ride some of
the best two-wheeled machines on the planet on home turf. The guys
from Pivot will have the whole lineup available, along with plenty
of pedals, to get you out in the woods on your next dream bike.
From now until the end of May, Cannondale is having a promotion on the
Supersix EVO and CAAD 10 road bikes, throwing in a Garmin Edge bike
computer with your new ride. If you buy a Supersix EVO, Cannondale
will send you an Edge 510; and they will send you an Edge 200 with
your new CAAD 10. Purchases must be made by May 31st, so don't wait.
Cannondale's website to shop for your bike and get more details.
We have plenty of bikes in stock to choose from, so come in and get
We have also gotten word from Specialized Bicycles that we will be
hosting a mountain bike demo event with their lineup this August.
As more details come available, we will be posting them here and on our
facebook page, so stay tuned!
Over the past few weeks, we have had a number of really cool new
bikes come in.
Perhaps the coolest of them all was the Cannondale
Scalpel Black Inc model with the brand new Shimano XTR Di2 electronic
shifting. A black-on-black paint job and blacked out ENVE carbon wheelset
make this bike look really mean. Getting our hands on one of the first
electric-shifting mountain bikes available was a treat! All the hard
shifts you have to make out on the trails just became a lot easier.
Shifting under load, small ring to the big ring - it doesn't matter,
the Di2 system makes it easy and accurate every time. Put that drivetrain
on what is already one of the lightest production full-suspension mountain
bikes, and you get a ridiculously fast, fun dirt machine!
We also had the privilege of building a semi-custom rigid Pivot Les 29
for one lucky mountain biker. He wanted to build a super-light bike to take
on roads and rail-trails, and this is just the bike he needed. First,
he decided he wanted to upgrade to the Reynolds carbon wheels to keep
weight to a minimum. Then he opted to trade the fork out for a rigid
ENVE carbon model - a fantastic choice! Also, the Les 29 features the
Swinger rear dropout, so if he wants to convert to single-speed he can.
All in all, this is one of the coolest bikes we've had the chance to
put together for somebody.
We had another customer looking for a gravel grinder, and we were
lucky enough to get the last in-stock Specialized Diverge Comp Carbon.
They have more on the way, so you haven't missed the boat yet.
from being absolutely gorgeous, the Diverge Comp Carbon features thru-
axles front and rear which make the bike unbelievably stiff and efficient.
It came stock with a Shimano 105 11-speed drivetrain and RS685 shifters
and hydraulic disc brakes to tackle any uphills and downhills you put in
front of it. But the best part of this bike isn't the parts, but
the way the whole bike rides! It was surprisingly lively and fast,
even stocked with bump-dampening Zertz inserts and 700 x 30c Specialized
Roubaix Pro tires. It's not the lightest bike we've ever ridden, but
pound for pound is one of the most exciting rides on the street - and
you can take this bike anywhere!
Last, but definitely not least, we sold a fully-boosted Pivot Mach 429SL
with Reynolds carbon wheels and SRAM XX1 drivetrain. This is possibly
the mountain bike to beat all mountain bikes! It's built sturdy enough to be ridden
everyday, but it's light enough at 25 pounds to be race-worthy. The
DW link built into the rear-suspension design keeps the pedals turning
efficiently so this bike climbs more like a hardtail, yet still gives
you the shock-absorption you want when you're done climbing and it's
time to go downhill. The new owner was too excited about getting this
bike out on singletrack to wait long enough for us to get a staged
picture of his bike, so we had to sneak one right before he drove off
with it on the back of his truck.
The season has begun and is in full swing, and as new and exciting
things happen at the shop we will be sure to post it here for you!