Monthly Archives: August 2013

Cervelo launch new R5, R3 and introduce R3 Dark Edition…

New Cervelo R5

Fridays are already great. But when Cervelo announces a new bike, the day can only get better.

Using lessons learned whilst developing the already legendary Project Californa (Cervelo’s 700g super frame), the Canadian company has announced a new R5 for 2014. Using aero-tuned Squoval 3 tubing (Cervelo’s proprietary square/oval tubing), a brand new fork design, internal cable routing, guides for mechanical or electronic wiring and hydraulic hoses, and a 27.2mm seatpost, the new R5 represents is a major step forward. Frame weight is a claimed 808g with the fork tipping the scales at 315g. To keep costs down, some technology is obviously missing from the uber expensive RCA, such as the 3Mbs nano-tech Powerlux resin and the Nanovate coating used on the RCAbs fork steerer – primarily as this technology is either too expensive, or can only be applied in Canada (the R5 is made in the Far East).

Cervelo claim the new R5 has a 9.5% stiffer bottom bracket, offers a 15% increase in torsional head tube stiffness, and due to the Squoval 3 tubes it represents a 7.4 watt aero advantage. Whilst we at Cycle Art don’t doubt these figures, all we really care about is how it looks and rides. At first glance, it’s a stunner and rest assured as soon as they become available we will be ordering them in to test ride.

The new R5 should be available in October.

New R3

Also available in October will be a revamped R3. It too inherits the Squoval 3 tubes, but with a different fork to the R5. Frame weight is a claimed 980g, and the geometry will be the same as the R5. It will be available as a frameset or built with Ultegra or Ultegra Di2 – but Cycle Art will be able to build whatever you want.

Cervelo R3 DarkR3 Dark Edition

If you can’t wait that long (or fancy a bargain), available immediately is the rather pretty Cervelo R3 Dark Edition. Available with SRAM Force 22 (or anything else you fancy if we do a custom build for you), the R3 Dark Edition is essentially a 2013 R5 frame in a custom colour way with an R3 sticker on. Bare in the mind the R5 frameset alone cost B#3500 last year, you can now pick up at Force 22 equipped R3 for B#2999.

A word of warning – the R3 Dark is a limited edition bicycle and Cervelo have already sold out of the B#2000 105 version, so if you fancy a Canadian wolf in sheep’s clothing we would suggest you get your order in quickly. With the new R5 and R3 hitting the shores in October, the R3 Dark will only be around for a short time.

Cycle Art Summer Sale

It’s that time of year again – the 2014 bikes are on the way. That means there’s some discounted dream bikes here at Cycle Art that are looking for new homes. Please contact us on 01661 835603 or email for more information on any of the bikes below.


Colnago c59 Italia with Campagnolo Record and Fulcrum Red Winds (54cm sloping)
Was B#6599 now B#5500

Colnago C59 Italia

Colnago M10 with Ultegra and handbuilt Halos (54cm sloping)
Was B#3799 now B#2999

Colnago M10

Colnago Ace with Ultegra and Shimano R500s (54cm sloping)
Was B#2499 now B#2200

Colnago Ace

Colnago CLX 3.0 with Ultegra and Shimano RS30s (50cm sloping)
Was B#2999 now B#2699

Colnago CLX3.0


Ridley Helium with Ultegra and Xero Lites (small)
Was B#2999 now B#2500

Ridley Helium Ultegra

Ridley Helium with Ultegra and Ksyrium Equipes (medium)
Was B#2999 now B#2500

Ridley Helium

Ridley Xfire with 105 and Fulcrum 7x (48cm)
Was B#1880 now B#1599

Ridley Xfore 105


566 with Ultegra and Mavic Aksiums (medium)
Was B#2499 now B#2250

Look 566 Ultegra

566 with 105 and Mavic Aksiums (large)
Was B#2000 now B#1800

Look 566 105

2014 Cervelo & Colnago coming soon…

The new Colnago CX ZeroThis is always an exciting time of year in the cycle trade. It’s time for the current stock to be sold off (creating lots of happy customers) and time for next years kit to come in (creating lots of happy bike shop staff).

Currently everyone at Cycle Art is excited about the 2014 Cervelo and Colnago ranges.

We can’t say much, but Canadian super-bike company Cervelo are bringing in both some exciting new frames, hitting new lower price points, AND for the first time importing complete bikes as well as frames.

As for Colnago, they bring us the new AC-R and CX Zero models as well as new paint schemes across the existing range of bikes.

Stay tuned for more details as and when we have them!

Sale – Giant TCR Advanced SL2 and Giant Avail Advanced SL0

Giant TCR Advanced SL2 and Giant Avail Advanced SL0
As we prepare for the 2014 Giant range, we find ourselves with a glut of high end Giant road bikes to sell – specifically this beautiful pair of Giant’s top tier road bikes for men and women.

TCR Advanced SL2Giant TCR Advanced SL2 – Size M/L
Using Giant technology such as the MegaDrive downtube, PowerCore bottom bracket, OverDrive 2 steerer and Advanced SL grade Toray T800 carbon (custom woven in Giant’s own factory), the SL is one of the lightest and stiffest road bike frames available. The SL2 also features built in RideSense ANT+ wireless sensors for plug and play compatibility with ANT+ devices such as Garmin and Bryton, or Giant’s own Neos Pro headunits.

This race ready machine is built up with a full SRAM Red 10 speed groupset with the Exogram chainset and Yaw front mech.

We have slashed B#800 off the retail price of this bike, taking it down to B#4000. If that wasn’t enough, we have also upgraded the wheels to Giant’s super light weight aero wheels – the P-SLR1 Aero wheel system.

Giant Avail Advanced SL0
Giant Avail Advanced SL0 – Size M
Giant are one of the few bike manufacturers who not only cater for female cyclists, but also produce a high end range of road bikes. This Avail Advanced SL0 is specifically designed for women, with female specific geometry, shorter crank arms, narrower handlebars and a female specific saddle.

The Avail Advanced SL shares many of the same features as the TCR, including the OverDrive 2 steerer, RideSense technology, MegaDrive downtube and PowerCore bottom bracket. It is also built from T800 carbon.

The Avail is equipped with Shimano’s stunning 11 speed Dura-Ace groupset and a super light weight set of Giant P-SLR1 wheels. It is, without doubt, the ultimate ladies road race bike. We have taken B#1000 off the asking price of this bicycle, down from B#4999 to B#4000.

For more information on either of these bikes, please call us on (01661) 835 603 or email

Aero Road Bikes

There was a time when a road bike frame was a road bike frame. These days, there seems to be more and more choice, which can be confusing, especially when it comes to choosing the right bike for our hilly terrain, poor road surfaces and windy conditions. The aero road bike is designed to be as slippery as possible whilst retaining light weight and stiffness. Cervelo argue that for most of us, an aero road bike is actually more suitable than a standard lightweight bike – Cervelo – Aero vs Lightweight. The argument of whether an aero road bike, lightweight road bike or endurance road bike is most suitable for the North East roads will rage on, but if you think an aero road bike is for you, we can certainly help you choose the best bike for your needs.

Aero Bikes

Cycle Art has a choice of 4 aero road bikes in stock (5 if you include the women’s specific version). These include:

Cervelo S2
Cervelo S2The Cervelo S2 – The original and still one of the most desirable. Using Cervelo’s TrueAero tube shapes and SmartWall carbon layup technology, the S2 is a true legend of the Pro Peleton.

Ridley Noah FAST
Ridley Noah FAST
The Ridley Noah FAST – Ridley are at the forefront of aero technology. Both their Noah FAST aero road frame and Dean time trial frame share many features, including F-Brake (an integrated aero brake), F-Splitfork (which reduces turbulence behind the front fork) and F-Surface (a textured surface on leading edges).

Ridley Noah RS
Ridley Noah RS
The Ridley Noah Fast RS – Using trickle down technology from the Noah FAST, the Noah RS offers many of the same features and benefits of the FAST, but with a lower grade carbon and a more traditional rear end and without the F-Brake.

Giant Propel
Giant PropelThe Giant Propel Advanced – Giant didn’t launch their Propel until they were absolutely certain they had a winner, to the point where the Taiwanese company challenged Specialized to bring their Venge to a wind tunnel for a head to head. Specialized didn’t reply.

Giant Envie
Giant Envie
The Giant Envie Advanced – Giant are one of the most proactive bike manufacturers when it comes to women’s bikes, and the Envie is Giant’s ladies version of the Propel. Giant essentially adjust the geometry to be more specific for the shape and size of the female rider, and equip the bike with narrower bars, shorter cranks, and a female specific saddle.