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Staff Favorites – Mavic 2020

Over the years we've spent a lot of time visiting brand HQ's, watching technology and design develop, and being introduced to new products across the entire spectrum of performance innovation. Along with that has come the full range of emotion; from disappointment and anticlimax, to relief and excitement. Best of all though is when we walk away feeling inspired to ride our bikes, and to bring the best riding experience to every customer that walks through our door. This is exactly what happened when we were invited out to Mavic's HQ to see what the coming year had in store. It was clear that a huge amount of work has been put in to step up the performance of [...]

The all-new Cannondale SuperSix Evo Neo

Cannondale have today launched one of the most anticipated high performance e-bikes of all time. An evolution of Cannondale's flagship SuperSix Evo race bike, the new SuperSix Evo Neo retains race leading performance with the added boost of a Mahle ebikemotion hub motor. Still sporting many of the design elements of the stunning 2020 SuperSix Evo, with low weight and lively handling, the Neo gains 250w of electric assistance for added entertainment. Built on good foundations, this bike is light, aerodynamic and fast as hell The Mahle X35 motor, built into the rear hub, benefits from being among the lightest systems on the market at (a claimed) 3.5kg.  This hidden battery means the top spec bike in the range [...]

Epic Gravel 2020

More versatile than a road bike, more stable and adaptable than a cross bike, and faster over less aggressive off road terrain than a mountain bike. Gravel bikes present a great option for the people who want to cycle both on and off road...often in the same ride. Mellow single tracks, farm roads, gravel, crushed stone, muddy back lanes, tarmac — wherever. The gravel bike is a machine that’s capable of performing brilliantly on various surfaces while delivering comfort and speed. Their adaptability, versatility, and ruggedness make them a perfect commuting bike, an ideal light touring or bike-packing bike, a great winter trainer, or simply the one bike that can tackle any sort of terrain you care to try [...]

In Review – Kinesis RTD

The Kinesis RTD “Race The Distance” is a bike that truly lives up to its name, but it is so much more versatile than this suggests - it also happens to be the perfect winter or all-season road bike for UK conditions. Designed to be the ultimate transcontinental racer, this is a bike born to be ridden quickly in all conditions across cities, counties or continents, we've been blown away by the performance of this bike, and independent reviews suggest that we aren't alone in loving the RTD.  Read on for snippets and links to some of the outstanding reviews that have been flooding the RTD's way. Credit: https://curtisdotzone.wordpress.com/ Whether it's long winter miles, the Sunday club run, [...]

In Review – Cannondale CAAD13:

The speediest, smoothest, best handling, finest performing aluminum race bike on the planet. Cannondale had an extremely difficult task when it came to replacing the exceptional, multi-award winning, CAAD12. It would have been easy for the experts in high performance aluminium to rest on their laurels and make a purely cosmetic change to this bike, but instead they have chosen to continue to innovate and improve the CAAD range. Based on the reviews below, and our own first impressions of the bike, Cannondale have once again succeeded in radically revamping an already iconic bike. The new CAAD13 is faster, more comfortable and more capable than anything that has gone before. Bike Radar: "Spin the pedals in anger and the [...]

In Review – Cervélo Áspero Gravel Bike:

WELCOME TO THE ERA OF SPEED IN GRAVEL. Coming from a world of high performance road racing machines, it should come as no surprise that Cervélo have entered the gravel market with a bike built for speed. After much anticipation and speculation, Cervélo Launched their first true gravel bike last week. The all-new Áspero, meaning 'Rough Roads', is aimed squarely at riders who are serious about gravel racing and covering distance over mixed terrain at speed. A new breed of rider is emerging—one who loves the freedom and exploration that gravel culture was founded upon but who has a hunger to ride wild, to go full bore, and to explore not just geography but personal limits. This frontier requires [...]

In Review – 2020 Cannondale SuperSix Evo:

Cannondale have totally redesigned their flagship carbon road race bike with an all-new frame that is more aerodynamic, stiffer and comfortable than the Evo they first introduced in 2011. The all-new 2020 SuperSix EVO is a pure road bike – a beautiful evolution of Cannondale’s classic race machine, designed with the aim of being the fastest, most appealing, most capable lightweight road bike in the world. Boasting a saving of 30 watts over the prior version at 30mph, the drag-reducing tube shapes and integrated design of the new SuperSix EVO bring more to this ride then just a stunning new look. Wind tunnel testing has also revealed a reduction in drag by a massive 21% compared to its predecessor. [...]

In Review – Orbea Occam:

Orbea has completely redesigned the Occam for 2020 - boosting travel, geometry figures and updating the suspension’s kinematics to better suit trail riders. The all-new Occam is an outstanding example of a contemporary trail bike, with 140mm of travel, 29-inch wheels, and angles that would have been common in the enduro market just a few short years ago. Embracing the trend towards bikes that are more and more capable, while retaining a more lively and efficient character than a full-blown enduro rig. The all-new Occam frame is simply stunning and has been greeted with critical acclaim from reviewers and bike testers alike – both for its trail conquering performance and its sheer good looks! Read on for a sample [...]

Cannondale Topstone Carbon – In Review:

An evolution of the species The all-new Topstone Carbon distills all Cannondale's experience of making fast race bikes, comfortable endurance bikes and ultra-light dual suspension mountain bikes into the most off-road capable, and on-road comfortable, all-road bike ever made. Designed for maximum fun in places most gravel bikes would fear to tread, or maximum comfort over more everyday terrain. KingPin Suspension - Revolutionary, super-light suspension that lets you ride harder on dirt and more smoothly on pavement. Better control. Better traction. Better comfort. Nothing sacrificed. Big Tire Clearance - The new Cannondale Topstone Carbon comes as standard with big 700x37c tires for grip and comfort, but has room for up to 40mm tyres with tons of clearance. Easy Internal [...]

In Review – Cervelo R-Series

The Cervélo R-Series range of light weight road bikes are engineered for one thing – pure exhilarating speed.  If ever there was an instant staff favourite here at Epic Cycles, the R-Series is it.CONFIDENCE IS EVERYTHING - Trusting your bike's handling is all important when you're charging down mountain passes or riding in a group. The R-Series bikes are designed to be both stable and responsive, with careful attention to frame stiffness and bike geometry.FURTHER, FASTER - Cervélo's engineers specialize in using different tube shapes and construction techniques to dial in the relative stiffness and compliance of a bike frame. For the R-Series bikes, that means a performance bike that you can ride hard all day.ALL-OUT SPEED - The R-Series [...]