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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.

Sale Bikes!

As our sister shop Bicycle Repair Man prepares to switch to a GBS (Giant Brand Store), all their non-Giant stock must come over to us at Cycle Art. Unfortunately, we only have so much floor space, and with new 2014 models coming in all the time, we need to make space! That’s good news for you – as the knock on effect is that we have a handful of very special bikes that need to be sold – with more being added all the time!

Our sale bikes are as follows:

SALE! Ridley Noah
Ridley Noah Size M in white, black & red – was B#2740 now B#2000
Shimano Ultegra 11 speed groupset
Rotor 3DF Chainset
4ZA brakes, bars, stem, carbon aero seatpost & saddle
Fulcrum Racing Quattro wheels

SALE! RIdley Helium ISP Ultegra
Ridley Helium ISP Size M in carbon weave – was B#2900 now B#2000
Shimano Ultegra 10 speed groupset
4ZA brakes, Nytro carbon bar/stem combo, and saddle
Mavic Ksyrium Equipe wheels

SALE! Ridley Helium Ultegra
Ridley Helium ISP Size S in black/red – was B#2900 now B#2000
Shimano Ultegra 10 speed groupset
Deda bars and stem
Xero wheels
4ZA brakes
Arte Selle saddle

SALE! Ridley Icarus
Ridley Icarus SLS Size XS in white/black – was B#850 now B#650
Shimano Tiagra groupset
4ZA Forza bar, stem, seatpost, saddle and wheels

SALE! Ridley Asteria
Ridley Asteria Ladies bike Size XS in black/red – was B#1200 now B#900
Campagnolo Centaur Groupset
Campagnolo Khamsin wheels
4ZA stem, bar and seatpost
Liv/Giant saddle

SALE! Look 566
Look 566 size Large in black and red – was B#2200 now B#1500
Shimano 105 groupset
Mavic Aksium wheels
4ZA bars and stem
Tifosi seatpost
San Selle Marco saddle

SALE! Ridley Orion Apex
Ridley Orion Apex in white/neon green – was B#1550 now B#1000
SRAM Apex White groupset
Fulcrum 7 wheels
4ZA bars, stem, seatpost & saddle

Ebay Bargains

We also have some bikes on ebay:

Ridley Tempo XS
Ridley Yana Ladies Bike

Cycle Art – The North East's Cyclo-Cross Experts

Tony Glover - local 'cross legend

Itbs cold, itbs wet and itbs windy. That can mean only one thing b the weather has changed in readiness for the cyclo-cross season. To the uninitiated, bcross appears to be an utterly crazy way to spend a Sunday b romping around a muddy field on what looks like a road bike, leaping on and off and jumping over all sorts of obstacles. To those who race, it is one of the most appealing forms of cycling, tough but rewarding, and with one of the biggest and friendliest scenes of all cycle sport.

At Cycle Art, webre kind of lucky. Tony, who runs the shop, is a bit of a local legend on the bcross scene. He has notched up over 50 bcross podiums, over 20 mountain bike wins and has won the senior CXNE league, and been North East mountain bike champion. With over 20 years of bcross racing experience, having tried and tested bikes, components, wheels, tyres, and more importantly tyre pressures, Tonybs knowledge of bcross and bcross bikes is unsurpassed in the North East.

Ridley Cross BikesArmed with that knowledge, Tony has selected to stock Ridley bcross bikes (because no one does bcross better than the Belgians). Tony himself races on a pair of ultralight Ridley X-Nights, which he has uniquely customized himself. He is also an expert wheel builder and can build wheels that are perfectly suited to rider, bike and this type of racing.

All this means one thing b Cycle Art is THE specialist for bcross in the North East. It is uniquely positioned to advise and equip bcross racers of all levels, from beginner to those competing at the highest level. If youbre serious about bcross and getting the most out of your bcross bike and equipment, there really no where else to consider.

The only thing we would ask is this b please leave Tony to warm up at the start of a race as hebs not at work when hebs racing!

Monthly Newsletter – September

Cycle Art will soon be introducing a monthly newsletter that you will be able to sign up for. You will be able to receive all the latest exciting shop news, offers and industry tidbits to your mailbox. In the meantime (whilst we’re waiting on the techy people to do their thing), we’re posting the September issue here on the website. Enjoy!

Cervelo R3 Dark2014 Cervelos
Cervelo has always made some of the most desirable road bikes available, and for a short time only they have made them cheaper too. To make way for exciting new R3 and R5 models, Cervelo have introduced a limited “Dark Edition” version of their R3. “What’s so great about that?” we hear you ask. It’s not an R3. It’s an R5 disguised as an R3. Whilst the 105 equipped bike is already out of stock, you can still get hold of a SRAM Force 22 equipped Cervelo R3 (an R5 frame with an R3 sticker on) for B#2999. Bearing in mind last year’s R5 frame was B#3499, the R3 Dark is B#500 less as a full bike! Be warned though – they are selling fast and are only available in limited sizes so if you are interested, get in touch as soon as you can.

We also have a limited supply of 105 equipped Cervelo R3 bikes using last year’s R3 frameset – these are available for B#1999.

Yellow Ticket SaleYellow Ticket Sale
It’s that time of year where all the shiny new bikes are coming through, so we have a glut of 2013 bicycles to sell. Why not get yourself a bargain whilst you can! We have a range of bikes including a high end Colnago C59 Italia with a Campagnolo Record groupset and a Giant TCR Advanced SL2 with full SRAM Red. We have a range of Ridley bikes including 2 lightweight Helium road bikes both with Ultegra groupsets. We also have a few pairs of 2012 Fi’zi:k shoes on sale including some R1 Uomo down from B#299 to B#255. For more information on our yellow ticket sale and the bikes available for sale, please visit our Yellow Ticket Sale page.

Vuelta CookiesLa Vuelta a Espana 2013
With the Giro d’Italia and Le Tour de France out of the way, only 1 grand tour remains unsettled – La Vuelta a Espana. Often seen as the poorer sibling of the Italian and French offerings, with it’s sun scorched mountain climbs and white villages La Vuelta is unique and beautiful in it’s own way. It is also usually the most exciting and demanding. More often than not it is contested mainly by Spanish GC contenders but this year, American Chris Horner and Irishman Nicholas Roche are in the running for a good position as well as the usual suspects such as Purito, Valverde and company. We’d obviously prefer if either Garmin Sharp or Lotto Belisol had a GC contender so advertising our bikes would be easier but such is life!

So, why not pop up to Cycle Art, have a freshly ground Caffe Praego coffee and home baked cake and watch the race live on our widescreen TV? Even better, why not try one of our home made Vuelta cookies which are hand decorated in either the leader’s red jersey, climber’s blue polka dot jersey or sprinter’s green jersey!

Parts Bin
Lots of exciting bits and pieces have come in including:

Mavic Cosmic Carbone 40

  • Mavic Cosmic Carbon 40 full carbon clincher wheels – B#1800 pair
  • Custom carbon fibre chainrings – starting at B#45.00 each
  • Arte Selle titanium saddles, super light and very comfortable – B#80
  • Token anodised parts in various colours including skewers, head caps & adjuster barrels – starting at B#5
  • Clement Strada tyres back in stock at B#30 each
  • ISM saddles – starting at B#85
  • SRAM Red and Force 22 drivetrains

Castelli winter clothingGet ready for winter with Cycle Art
No one wants to hear it, but the sad fact is winter is looming large. If you are planning on commuting by bike, training, or riding through the winter months you need to be able to see and be seen, keep warm and dry, and have the right bike for the conditions.

Cycle Art has a range of winter ready clothes from Castelli and Mavic and a large range of lights from Lezyne to ensure you are safe and comfortable when the nights draw in and weather deteriorates.

If you’re looking for the ideal winter training bike we can build up a Sabbath September or Silk Route based on your exact requirements. If you’d prefer something that can go anywhere and do anything then we have a great range of cross bikes from Ridley including the 2014 Xbow and a few 2013 models in limited sizes. If you are needing luggage, we can take you across the road to Bicycle Repair Man!

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 info@cycle-art.co.uk for more information on any of the bikes below.

Colnago

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

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

Look

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