Category Archives: Staff Bikes

Staff bikes – Tony Glover's Ridley X-Night

X-nightAt Cycle Art we ride what we sell. By choosing to sell the equipment we personally use and believe in, the advice we give is backed up by personal experience and an in depth understanding and passion for our products.

X-nightTony is the boss man at Cycle Art, our wheelbuilder, and our ‘cross expert. He was recently crowned the CXNE Veteran champion for the 2013/14 season – so it’s clear he knows a thing or two about ‘cross.

Tony races 2 near identical Ridley X-Night cyclo cross bikes, both painted in the Belgium colour scheme. The Belgium theme continues throughout the bike, with various little touches that make his rides stand out from the crowd – when they aren’t covered in mud that is…

x-nightThis particular X-Night is the higher specced of the two, with a full SRAM Red drivetrain, Avid Shorty Ultimate brakes (no discs here), Fibrelyte carbon chainrings, Mavic Cosmic Ultimate wheels shod with Challenge Limus 33 tubs (which can be run as low as 10-12PSI), Pro Stealth Evo carbon bar & stem, Crank Bros pedals, and a San Marco saddle. Neat little touches include the Belgium colour coded headset spacers, gold chainring bolts, Lizard Skins dual colour bar tape (red and black) and a gold KMC X10SL chain. For some reason Tony opted for blue skewers, although he reassures me he has black ones to put on…

The spec on the bike is more than cosmetic. With all Tony’s years of ‘cross racing experience, every part has been carefully selected. He runs a particular 10 speed cassette that doesn’t clog with mud like other cassettes. He uses Crank Bros pedals because not only are they light, they have 4 entry points as opposed to just the 2 on SPDs and they also don’t clog up too easily. He uses cantis because he doesn’t think discs are at a standard suitable for ‘cross racing just yet. Almost every part of the specification is there for a purpose – and it proved to be a winning combination.

This build actually weighs 6.7kg (just under 15lbs) and if it were a road bike (which Tony will be quick to point out that it isn’t) it would be UCI illegal (the limit is currently 6.8kg)

Full gallery of Tony’s X-Night can be seen here.

Staff bikes – James Ashberry's Cervelo R3

Cervelo R3At Cycle Art we ride what we sell. By choosing to sell the equipment we personally use and believe in, the advice we give is backed up by personal experience and an in depth understanding and passion for our products. The second in our features of staff bikes looks at James Ashberry’s Cervelo R3.

James’ background is not in the cycling trade, but as a graphic designer. He started cycling at a young age as a mountain biker in Yorkshire, lost interest, and ate himself up to 22 stone. He rediscovered his love for all things pedal powered and lost 7 stone in the process.

Squoval TubingJames had been a long time fan of Cervelo, and when his previous bike was written off in a crash in Mallorca, he jumped at the chance of an R3. Cervelo have 2 main road series – the R Series (or “Classic Road”) and the S Series (or “Aero Road”). The R3 is the entry into the Classic Road series, sitting below the lighter R5 and the super light RCA. As with all the R Series frames, the R3 has a stiff front end thanks for the tapered head tube, “Squoval” (square and oval) tube profiles, and BBRight bottom bracket shell (79mm wide instead of 68mm). It is also blessed with a comfortable rear end thanks to super skinny seat stays, and a slightly more relaxed geometry than most race bikes.

SRAM RedJames has chosen to equip the bike with a SRAM Red Black groupset, Mavic Ksyrium Elite SLS wheels, Pro PLT & Vibe finishing kit and fi’zi:k saddle and soft touch bar tape. He is also a big fan of Shimano’s SPD-SL pedal system over the Look Keos. Just like Chris, he runs a compact chainset and 25mm tyres, in this case Rotor 3DF and Clement Strada LGG 25mm. The bike weighs under 16lbs, without any real effort to save any weight other than the SLS wheels, but James himself admits it would be easier to lose weight off himself rather than the bike.

James regularly says there’s only 3 bikes he would replace this Cervelo with – and 2 of those are another Cervelo!

Full gallery here: http://www.pinterest.com/cyclea/staff-bikes-james-ashberrys-cervelo-r3/

Staff bikes – Chris Bush's Sabbath Mondays Child

Mondays ChildAt Cycle Art we ride what we sell. By choosing to sell the equipment we personally use and believe in, the advice we give is backed up by personal experience and an in depth understanding and passion for our products.

Sabbath Mondays ChildThis particular bike belongs to Chris Bush. Chris is our bike fit expert and has many years experience in the bike trade, as well as being an ex European and British track champion. Chris is long term advocate of titanium bikes, and one of his often-heard catchphrases is, “metal bikes are the future”. He owns a Sabbath September for commuting and training on, but for racing and summer weather rides he has this rather nice Sabbath Mondays Child (the lack of apostrophe is not a mistake – this is how it’s written apparently).

The Mondays Child is Sabbath’s aggressive race bike – in that is has a long top tube and short head tube (although custom geometry is an option). It is constructed mainly from high grade double butted, custom drawn, seamless 3AL 2.5V titanium, with the exception of headtube (which is CNC machined from a solid lump of 6AL 4V titanium to make the front end extremely stiff) and a replaceable 6AL 4V dropout. Chris loves this frame so much, he’s convinced there isn’t a carbon fibre frame that he would replace it with.

Stans Alpha wheelsSpec wise, Chris chose the 10 speed SRAM Red groupset (the bike is 3 years old), hand-built wheels, Pro Vibe finishing kit and a fi:zi’k Arione CX saddle. SRAM Red was chosen due to it’s positive shifting and low weight (a view shared by others in the shop), although he admits he’d be just as happy running Dura Ace 9000 mechanical (wouldn’t we all?). He also runs a compact chainset, showing that you don’t need a double to go fast.

The wheels, hand-built by our own wheel guru Tony Glover, are DT Swiss 240 hubs laced to a Stans Alpha 400 on the rear and 340 on the front. These are designed to be light and responsive whilst still being able to withstand the combination of Chris’ power and Northumberland’s less than perfect roads. He runs with 25mm Ultremos (standing by our position that 25mm tyres are quicker than 23mm).

In this build, the bike weighs an incredible 7.4kg (16.3lbs) making all but the most expensive carbon fibre bikes look a little bloated. You wouldn’t know by looking at it, but this bike has covered over 10,000 miles – and still looks as good as new. All in all, a super light, great handling and very nice looking bike. We’re just not sure about that gold chain, Chris…

Full gallery of Chris’ bike here