How do test rides work?

Test Rides

We operate the UK’s largest permanent demo fleet covering the majority of our range, so test rides are available on most of our carbon road bike models – but please call or email us to confirm availability of model/size as we can’t possibly carry every model/size combination (as there would be thousands!).

At Epic Cycles we operate a simple appointment system in order to ensure that one of team is free to support you in the right way.  Our test rides are not just a quick spin around the car park in street clothing, they are proper test rides on correctly set up bikes, following a Performance Fit session.  So before visiting us for a test ride please contact us to check that one of our sales team is free, and to make sure that your chosen bike is not already booked for a test ride.  A charge will be made in advance for your Test Ride Appointment (see Fitting and Set-up Sessions), which will be deducted in full from the cost of your new bike when purchased.

We have planned out a couple of test routes that offer a combination of flatter, rolling and hilly terrain – the roads immediately around the store are pretty quiet and varied, as well as being quite scenic. Some of the road surfaces are not always the smoothest, so they certainly won’t unduly flatter the bike, but they do offer a realistic test of typical UK conditions.

In order to maximise the benefit of any test ride we must set up the test bike correctly – see our FAQ on sizing and set-up sessions. So please ensure that you have allowed sufficient time for this to take place (an hour on top of the test ride).

If you have your own fitting or set-up data already, or are comfortable with your current riding position and set-up, then please send us your bike set-up information in advance (either via email – we will let you know what measurements we need – or using the Bike Measurements form at the bottom of this page) – we will then carry out a short confirmatory position check to make sure we have set everything up correctly before you go out for your test ride.

Although most customers have a particular bike in mind, some customers will want to test-ride more than one bike in order to make their final purchase decision – from our experience of several thousand test rides we know that it gets surprisingly confusing if people ride more than a couple of bikes. So we will use the results of the set-up session together with your input, budget and preferences to help narrow down your selection to a maximum of two models for testing. In any event, setting up a test bike to match the results of your sizing session or existing bike’s measurements can be very time consuming, so we have to operate a limit of two test bikes per appointment – sadly, much as we would like to, we can’t spend a whole day with every customer!

Finally, if you do plan to test ride a bike please bring an official government issued form of photo identification with you (drivers licence or passport), as this is a condition of our insurance cover, together with some suitable clothing.