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Cervelo S5 MTN Qhubeka Team Bike

DSC_0839 Here at Cycle Art we get to play with some very nice bikes so it takes something very special to stop us in our tracks. Cervelo have released a very limited number of these S5 team bikes in the striking MTN Qhubeka team colours. Every item on this bike is as used by the pros, the only exception being clincher rather than tubular tyres as a concession to practicality. The bike has Ceramic Speed bearings at the headset and bottom bracket and also includes Rotors Inpower chainset to monitor your progress. The finishing kit is from 3T and the saddle is the popular SLR from Selle Italia. This really is one of the very finest bikes you will ever see. There are only 30 of these bikes released across Europe, we have one.

Lightweight arrives at Cycle Art

20141111_104731 Here at Cycle Art we have always strived to offer the very finest that the world of cycling has to offer. When it comes to carbon wheels and frames there is one company that stands head and shoulders above the rest-Lightweight. Part of the Carbonsports group in Germany Lightweight have built a reputation for no compromise highly engineered carbon wheels and frames. Such is their reputation that when the world’s pros want to use these wheels they buy them just like you or I do. If you look closely at many of the disc wheels used by the top Pro Tour riders you will see the distinctive profile of a Lightweight Autobahn wheel despite what the decals say. These wheels are astonishingly light, beautifully made and in stock now at Cycle Art.
We also have the rare Urgestalt frameset in stock. These frames have a reputation for stiffness beyond that of almost anything else on the market. Urgestalt translates roughly as prototype or one of a kind. There will be very few of these frames imported into the UK so if you are looking to build your dream bike and would like to ride the like of which you are unlikely to see anyone else on then come and take a look at the Lightweight Urgestalt frameset.

Cervelo S2 and R2

Cervelo R2Cervelo have recently launched 2 new bikes – the S2 aero bike that came out earlier in the year, and the brand new R2, which was launched last week.

Cervelo S2
Cervelo S2
The S2, which is essentially an S3 frame with a more economical fork, retails for B#2399 and allows a relatively affordable entry into the world of Cervelo aero bikes. The S2 has the aerodynamic front triangle of the S5 with the comfort offered by the rear end of a R series bike. We have these in stock already at Cycle Art.

Cervelo R2
The R2, which mirrors the trickle down effect of the S2, is the entry level R Series bike. R Series bikes, which are born of the same DNA as the highly praised Project California, retails at B#1999 and features the same frame as the R3 but with a more economical fork. Finished in white with red graphics, it is equipped with Shimano’s new 105 11 speed groupset. As soon as these bikes land in the UK, we will have them.

Cervelo for women
Whilst Cervelo do not have a women’s specific design, the smaller models can easily be adjusted to fit the female body, with narrow bars, shorter cranks arms and a female specific saddle.

Tour de France Look sale

15% off Look bikesFor most professional cycling fans, the beginning of July marks the most significant month on the cycling calendar, as Le Tour de France kicks off. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last year, you’ll know that the sport of the gods is coming to, as the locals call it, “God’s own county” of Yorkshire. With Britain’s (or Kenya’s depending on your point of view) Chris Froome starting as defending champion and one of the favourites to win the coveted Malliot Jaune for a second time, cycling really is the sport of the moment (apparently there’s some football being played too).

To celebrate this great sporting event coming to England, we’ve taken our most gallic range of products, Look bicycles, and knocked a massive 15% off their retail prices.

About Look
Look pedalLook is best known for inventing the clipless pedal, a piece of equipment we all take for granted now. As a developer of ski bindings, Look brought their binding mechanism to the world of cycling and in 1984 introduced the first Look pedal. In 1985, Frenchman Bernard Hinault won the Tour de France using Look clipless pedals, whilst the rest of the pack were using toe clips.

In 1986, Look introduced the first carbon road frame, the KG86, constructed using TVT carbon tubing. After a 3 week long battle with team mate Bernard Hinault, he became the first American to win Le Tour de France (are you noticing a pattern here?).

Over the proceeding years, Look continued to innovate with both their pedals and bike frames, launching products like the Keo pedal, the 585, 595, 695 and most recently, the 675. Concentrating on technology and integration, Look have become known as an innovator in the cycling industry.

Sale bikes
We have the following Look bikes on sale:

Look 695
695 Light size M
Dura-Ace 9000 11 speed
Look ZED2 chainset
Fulcrum Racing Quattro wheels
was B#5499
now B#4674

695 Aerolight
695 Aerolight size M
Dura-Ace 9000 11 speed
Mavic Cosmic Carbone SLE wheels
was B#7000
now B#5950

675 Light
675 Light size M
Ultegra 6800 11 speed
Mavic Ksyrium Elite wheels
was B#3999
now B#3399

675 Light with Di2
675 Light size S
Ultegra Di2 11 speed
Mavic Aksium wheels
was B#4600
now B#3910

675
675 size L
Ultegra 6800 11 speed
Fulcrum Racing 3.5 wheels
was B#2999
now B#2549

566
566 size L
Ultegra 10 speed
Mavic Aksium Race wheels
was B#2200
now B#1799

A little about our coffee

cycle-artAt Cycle Art, we stock some of the most exciting bikes, clothing and accessories available. With all this kit around, it’s sometimes easy to forget about the humble cup of coffee we serve.

Our coffee regularly receives high praise from customers, and a lot of that is down to the bean we use (there is a certain art to a good coffee too). Our coffee bean of choice is Caffe Praego.

Caffe Praego is ethically sourced directly from the plantations, ensuring strong links with framers, co-operatives and communities. Caffe Praego trade ethically to ensure that the company pays a fair price for the coffee, and it also works closely with the coffee growing communities helping to fund and manage life enhancing projects, such as rebuilding housing, schools, water systems and supporting local orphanages.

Caffe Praego do not use aluminium packaging, ensuring their bags are more environmentally friendly and easy to recycle, and are designed to maximise the freshness of the roasted beans using a special patented seal.

The Caffe Praego taste
Caffe Praego is a blend of two types of bean – high grade A Arabica and earthy Robusta beans. These are sourced from the Misozi Co-operative in Rwanda with coffee beans delivered within 6 weeks from field to bag. The Misozi Co-operative is an umbrella organisation supporting many thousands of families who grow the finest grade coffee beans. They are spread across the lush mountains b on the very rooftop of Central East Africa. Each location has unique character and beauty, and from each co-operative comes distinctive coffee of the highest quality.

Caffe Praego bagDon’t forget we run a loyaly scheme where your 9th cup of coffee is free, and also sell individual bags of ground Caffe Praego coffee for your machine at home.

We hope you enjoy your coffee at Cycle Art.

Edge 510, 810 and 1000 compared

Edge 510, 810 and 1000
At Cycle Art, we regularly get customers asking the difference between the 3 top end Garmin GPS computers. In this article, our resident technology geek takes us through the features of the latest Edge computers and explains what it means for you the cyclist.

Edge 510Edge 510
Garmin’s Edge 500 has been an extremely popular model, and indeed is their best selling cycle computer. It packs in a myriad of features, has a long battery life, and has a reasonably small footprint meaning it is ideal for most riders. With the Edge 510, Garmin gave their mid-range best seller an overhaul, giving it their new touch screen operating system, connected features, a colour screen, and a redesigned outer casing. Based on features for price, this is more than likely going to be their biggest seller again.

The new version of the firmware running on the Edge 510 changes the graphical interface users will have become used to on previous Edge cycle computers. The new touch screen interface allows the user to swap between bikes and activities in a much quicker and more intuitive way, simply by pressing left and right arrows on the home screen until the relevant bike and activity is selected. For instance, if you had a training bike that you used on a turbo that had speed/cadence sensor, and a race bike that had a power meter, you can now flip between the bikes very quickly, rather than rooting down into sub menus as per the Edge 500. Similarly, multiple activity profiles allows different data to be shown on the screen, and it is now much quicker to choose the activity you require. Once you have the activity and bike chosen, you press “Ride” and the correct data pages and bike information is displayed.

Another big feature of the 510, as with all of the new connected Garmin devices, is the ability to pair (via Bluetooth) your Garmin to your phone. With the 510, this allows live tracking (so a loved one can see where you are on their PC – this could be a good OR bad thing), weather updates, and automatic updating to Garmin Connect once you complete a ride. As with all Bluetooth devices, real world usage is only as good as the Bluetooth link your phone allows, but mostly this works well once the Garmin is paired up to the phone.

Battery life on the 510 is a claimed 20 hours, but as with all electronic devices this is subject to actual usage.

The main points to note on the 510 is that it doesn’t have maps, nor does it have the ability to add them (it has no SD Card slot). It is, of course, ANT+ compatible, so it communicates with compatible heart rate straps, cadence/speed sensors and power meters. It also has the ability to act as a remote control for Garmin’s VIRB cameras.

Another important feature is the fact that the 510 communicates with GLONASS, which is essentially Russia’s alternative to GPS. This means it uses both GLONASS and GPS, meaning your Garmin picks up the satellites in seconds, and has a far better chance of maintaining signal even in heavily wooded or built up areas.

Like the 810 and 1000, the 510 has the ability to download GPX files so you can follow a pre-planned course or route.

The Edge 510 starts at B#249 for the unit only.

Edge 810Edge 810
The 810 is far from a larger version of the 510, which is invariably what most people see when they first begin comparing. The 810 builds on the features and usability of the 510, but has a few tricks up it’s sleeve.

On face value, the obvious difference is screen size – a 1.4″ x 2.2″ display with 160 x 240 pixels over the 510’s 1.7″ x 1.4″ display with 176 x 220 pixels. The knock on effect is the 810 obviously has a bigger form factor, which may put some people off.

However, the biggest difference is the 510’s mapping. Included on the device is a basemap, and it has an SD card slot allowing expansion to more complex maps or maps for different regions than the UK.

The 810 is also works quicker when flicking through menus, and it’s touch screen is slightly more responsive than the 510.

As with the 510, the 810 is ANT+ compatible and uses Bluetooth to communicate with smart phones.

One major thing to note is that unlike the 510 and the 1000, the 810 does not use the GLONASS satellites, and is restricted to just GPS. Battery life is a claimed 17 hours.

The Edge 810 starts at B#319 for the unit only.

Edge 1000Edge 1000
The Edge 1000 is Garmin’s latest super computer. It’s massive 1.5″ x 2.5″ screen is the first thing you notice, followed by just how much this Garmin actually looks and feels like a premium smart phone. Unlike the rubber feeling 510 and the grey plastic 810, the 1000 has more glass and a gloss black surround, with silver metal buttons. Another nice cosmetic touch is the brushed metal plate in the rear of the unit with the Garmin Edge logo etched into it – something you’ll never see but does demonstrate the premium nature of the 1000. To the rear, the unit has a rubber cover that peels back in two places, one to reveal an SD card slot, the other the USB port (which interestingly enough is a micro USB port unlike the mini USB ports used on the other Edge computers – this allows for greater compatibility as more and more phones and devices are using micro USB). Even the packaging on the 1000 is more upmarket – think Apple iPhone versus a cheaper smart phone.

In addition to the upmarket look and feel, bigger screen and impressive packaging, the 1000 flexes it’s muscle in several ways. Most significantly, 1000 comes loaded with a cycle map of Europe – and these maps have free updates for the life of the device. Additionally, the 1000 can be used either landscape or portrait – allowing said mapping to be viewed in a more natural landscape format. Another big feature the 1000 has is Garmin Connect Segments – essentially Garmin’s own version of Strava. Finally, the Edge 1000 is compatible with Shimano’s Di2 electronic shifting, displaying which gear you are in on screen. The 1000 further simplifies the menu system and features a far more intuitive way of connecting with ANT+ devices – rather than pairing devices for a specific bike, the Edge 1000 features a sensor pool where all your connected sensors are stored and the Edge 1000 just picks the devices you are using.

The 1000 has all the same ANT+ and Bluetooth connectivity as the 810 and 510 for compatible ANT+ devices and pairing with a smart phone for live tracking, and retains the GLONASS satellite support of the 510 that is missing from the 810. The 1000 also has Wi-fi support, so data can automatically be synced with Garmin Connect at the end of a ride. You can also share your data with other Edge 1000 users.

New Garmin sensorsOne final feature is the re-designed speed/cadence sensor. The standard GSC 10 sensor that has been around for years now is replaced with 2 new units, one for speed only and one for cadence only. The speed unit wraps around the rear wheel hub (so it can be used on a turbo trainer) and the cadence unit is attached to the non drive side crank and uses an accelerometer (like a phone uses to sense screen orientation) to measure pedal revolutions.

Battery life is a claimed 15 hours, but again, this will be subject to real world usage.

The 1000 starts at B#439 for the unit only.

In conclusion…
Garmin Edge 510 – buy if you want a small, easy to use unit ideal for racing, training and all day riding

Garmin Edge 810 – buy if you want the features of a 510 with the added option of basic navigation, a bigger screen, and slightly more responsive usage

Garmin Edge 1000 – buy if you want full on navigation, the ultimate training and racing companion, or just like to have the latest piece of technology

In the spotlight… the Cervelo R Series

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Canada. Home of ice hockey, the maple leaf, mounties, AM radio, and Pamela Anderson. And of course, high end bike manufacturer, Cervelo.

In the second of our “In the spotlight” series, we look at Canada’s most famous cycling export (alongside Svein Tuft, Alison Sydor, Michael Barry and of course, Ryder Hesjedal).

It’s hard to believe, given their elevated status in the bike industry, and the fact that it feels like they have been a permanent fixture of the professional peleton, triathlon, and Iron Man competition for many years, that Cervelo was only formed in 1995. In just 18 years, Cervelo have gone from a tiny start up to being one of the most desirable brands in cycling.

Gianni Bugno's TT bikeCervelo was founded by Phil White and Gerard Vroomen. Prior to Cervelo, the pair were working as engineers in bicycle and Human Powered Vehicle design, before being approached by two time world champion Gianni Bugno to design the fastest possible time trial bike for him. The bike they came up with was groundbreaking – too groundbreaking for Bugno’s sponsors and the bike was never raced.

Undeterred, and with multiple athletes interested in their unique approach to bicycle design, later that year with just two models in their range, White and Vroomen started Cervelo. The rest, they say, was history.

By 1998, Cervelo had multiple national time trial championships to their name. In 2001, the P3 was launched, and quickly established itself as the standard by which all time trial and triathlon machines were measured. The following year saw the introduction of the Soloist, the bike that started the aero bike revolution. In 2003, Cervelo became the bike supplier for Team CSC – making them the youngest ever bicycle company to sponsor a pro tour team – a sponsorship deal that would last six years and see Team CSC climb to be the number 1 ranked Pro Tour team.

Sastre winsWith Carlos Sastre winning the Tour de France on board his Cervelo R3SL, Cervelo found itself being hailed as one of the most desirable bicycle brands on the planet.

The R Series

For our “In the spotlight” feature, we look at the single most important product launch from 2005, when Cervelo launched the groundbreaking R3, the first ever Cervelo to use the company’s proprietary Squoval tubing, a concept that Cervelo still use in today’s R Series of frames. The R3 essentially set the mould from which all future lightweight Cervelo road bikes would be made, and quickly established the R Series bikes as a standard by which all other lightweight or “climbing” bikes would be measured.

Over the years, the R Series bikes have gone through a process of evolution rather than revolution, which only demonstrates the confidence Cervelo (and it’s customers) have in their product.

For 2014, both the R5 and R3 are brand new, and Cervelo took the lessons learned with the development of the spectacular Project California and applied them to a production road bikes. In order to understand the R5 and R3, we must first take a closer look at the California.

R5caThe R5ca

In 2008, Cervelo began an engineering project based in California to research into methods of producing lighter and stiffer bicycle frames. Rather than outsourcing the research, or head hunting experts from other industries, Cervelo developed their own staff and facilities. The result of of this ambitious project was the R5ca, a bike frame Cervelo claim is 100 grams lighter and 20% stiffer than it’s nearest competitor. In 2012, the R5ca was ridden by Ryder Hesjedal to victory in the Giro d’Italia, proving it’s credentials as a super bike.

The Rca
Cervelo never sit still. If they did, competitors in the fast moving bicycle industry would over take them and their products would be out of date. The lessons learned when developing the R5ca were translated into a production bike in the form of the R5, and work began on the next version of the Project California bike.

In 2013, Cervelo launched the groundbreaking Rca.

RcaFor the first time, Cervelo’s California team joined forces with the Toronto team to combine the knowledge of the lessons learned developing the S series of bikes with that of the Project California. The aim was to not only improve the structural design of the R5ca, but also to increase the aerodynamics. The RCA went through 93 different frame shapes and 279 Finite Element Analysis tests until the engineers were happy with the RCA and their new Squoval3 tubing profiles. Cervelo opted to use special high grade 3M PowerLux composites and resins which offer superior stiffness to weight, and to increase steerer tube strength they use a proprietary Integran/PowerMetal Nanovate coating technology. The result was a frameset that weighs under 700 grams and offers an aerodynamic saving of 7.4 watts at 40kmh. However, at B#7500 for the frameset, the RcA really is a lottery winner’s dream.

R5 and R3

The Rca is an important tool for Cervelo when developing their production road bikes. Just as the previous incarnations of R5 and R3 were developed using lessons learned from the R5ca, so the 2014 R5 and R3 were developed using the Rca as a starting point.

The new Cervelo R5

By using a slightly lower grade and more cost effective composite, whilst shifting production from California to the Far East, and electing to not use the Integran/PowerMetal Nanovate steerer tube, and using a different bottom bracket design, Cervelo can offer a production version of the Rca in the form of the R5 for half the price. The R5 frameset makes use of all the same moulds, geometry and frame design as the Rca, including the new Squoval3 tubing profiles developed by the Project California team and internal, future-proof cable routing. Cervelo claim it has a 9.5% stiffer bottom bracket and a 15% increase in torsional head tube stiffness. Weight is a claimed 808g for an average frame, making it 18g lighter than the previous R5.

Cycle Art recently sold a Dura-Ace equipped R5 to a customer, and he could not speak highly enough of the Cervelo. For the full review of his bike, visit our review centre.

Revamped Cervelo R3The R3, which is Cervelo’s best selling road bike, also receives a full revamp. Using the same Squoval3 tubing and internal cable routing at the R5 but with a lower grade of carbon and a different fork means the R3 weighs in at 980g, easily hitting the magic sub 1kg mark. Not only that, it still retains similar stiffness and handling as the R5 but at a more aggressive price point.

R3 Dark

Earlier in the year, at the 2014 model range product launch, Cervelo announced they were using up stocks of the 2013 R5 frame by painting it a different colour and calling it the “R3 Dark”. Two variations were made, a 105 equipped version for B#2000 and a SRAM Force 22 equipped version for B#3000 (the frame alone is worth B#3500). By the second day of the show, UK dealers had bought up all the 105 stock, and most of the Force stock. Cycle Art currently has a 51cm and a 58cm left in stock for 2 lucky people who want them.

The usual Cervelo design features…
All R Series bikes make use of the BBRight bottom bracket standard, a 30mm pressfit bottom bracket that has a wider bottom bracket shell that increases stiffness around the bottom bracket area. We’d recommend using Rotor’s super stiff 3DF chainset to make the best use of the BBRight design. In addition, all the R Series bikes make use of a tapered 1 3/8″ steerer tube (for improved stiffness and handling) and SmartWall tubing technology (Cervelo’s way of saying they use carbon where it is needed and not where it isn’t).

Make no mistake, Cervelo have achieved their status in the industry for a reason. It helps that their marketing department knows how to attract customers and create catchy trademarks. However, all the marketing in the world is pointless unless the product can back up the claims made by the marketing department and fortunately for Cervelo, it can.