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The Gravel Diaries – Episode 3:

Getting Into Gravel: For a lot of people, including myself, gravel riding is a pretty new concept. Coming from the road, I had to change my style of riding a lot, and embrace the fact that I was a beginner again. Bike handling was always something I felt confident with on the road, so I was surprised by how many new skills I was having to hone for gravel. When it came to making the transition into off-roading, or when I was heading out into some more difficult terrain for the first time, I went with the approach of less is more. I didn't go straight from riding for an hour on sedate woodland trails into 100km of far [...]

The Gravel Diaries – Episode 2:

The week in riding: Without planning on it, over the past week I spent more hours in the saddle than ever before. I might have trained harder in my former life as a full-time cyclist, but I've never ridden as much. And I've definitely never enjoyed myself on the bike more. It's taken a long time for me to unlearn my previous way of riding, and to be able to just kick back and have fun with it. There always had to be a strict plan, a watching of the numbers, and a constant analysis. There's definitely a place for that, but this isn't it for me. Riding gravel, and lots of it, simply because it makes me happy, [...]

Cannondale Topstone Lefty – In Review:

Since its initial launch last year, the Cannondale Topstone Carbon has been a genre-defining bike. Taking the world of gravel riding by storm, the innovative and reliable KingPin suspension allowed people to venture into new territory on the trails, whilst maintaining the speed and agility of a drop barred bike. We fell in love with the Topstone Carbon from the first pedal stroke, as it opened up a new world of adventurous fun. Given this bike's runaway success, it would have been easy for Cannondale to rest on their laurels. However, they've stepped up the gravel game once again with the release of the Cannondale Topstone Carbon Lefty. An already exceptional bike just got more extraordinary. Promising more capability, [...]

The Gravel Diaries – Episode 1:

Who am I and where am I starting from? Before launching into the riding, routes and reviews of this series, I realised I should quickly give a little background on myself. I was formerly a professional road racer, and spent all of my time on skinny tyres and tarmac. During my years spent riding in the World Tour, and those spent getting there, I barely touched the rough stuff. In fact I didn't even own a mountain bike, let alone a gravel bike, until the last couple of years. For the past six months I've been riding long distances on the gravel and trails, with an eye on ultra-endurance adventure racing, and learning everything from scratch along the way. [...]

Introducing The Gravel Diaries

We are really excited to introduce ‘The Gravel Diaries’; a series of weekly blogs that we will be hosting on our website. During the lockdown we’ve been seeing more and more riders getting out locally on their bikes, and in particular out onto the gravel. It’s inspired us all to ride more, and we’ve decided that we want to create more content based around actually being on bikes; from ride reports and kit reviews, to Komoot routes and lessons learned along the way. We’ve enlisted the help of ex-professional road racer, Molly Weaver, to document her journey into adventure racing. As one of our supported riders this year, Molly has made the switch from the road and onto the [...]

In Review – Kinesis G2:

The Kinesis G2 is definitely up there as one of our favourite, and often underrated, bikes in store. As soon as we got a chance to test one out, we knew it had the ride quality to match its style. We've always been very careful to only stock bikes that we believe are the best in their respective categories. Some of these receive the recognition and acclaim that they deserve, whilst bikes such as the G2 fly under the radar. The Kinesis G2 is nimble, fast handling and plenty tough enough for the rough and tumble of UK gravel riding, but it’s also a great bike for fast riding over paved roads – especially when the surface gets rough, [...]

Introducing the ‘Socially Distanced’ Dirty Weaver

Please join us in sponsoring ex-pro Molly Weaver in her bonkers cycling challenge on 18th April - riding 1,111 laps (130km) of her garden in 12 hours to raise money for Women's Aid to support victims of domestic violence, which is sadly increasing during the current lockdown period. It's a physical challenge for sure (although Molly has of course done longer rides during her career) but it's mainly going to be a mental one! 1,111 laps...with five slow speed turns per lap... It'll be the thought of the funds raised that keeps her going, so please visit her JustGiving page and donate anything you can. On the 18th of April I was signed up to race a long-distance gravel [...]

In Review – Cannondale SuperSix Evo

Newly crowned "Overall Bike of the Year" - Cannondale have totally redesigned their flagship carbon road race bike with an all-new frame that is more aerodynamic, stiffer and comfortable than the SuperSix 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 [...]

Spring (Gravel) Challenge

COVID-19:  Government guidance has changed significantly over the last 24 hours, with a particular emphasis on non-essential travel. As many riders were planning to travel some distance to take part in the Spring Challenge, we have decided to cancel the ride on 29th March as it would not be responsible for us to actively encourage non-essential journeys. There is currently no government advice to avoid riding outdoors as an individual, so we have published the route on Komoot for local riders – if we are able to reschedule the ride for later in the year this is the route we will use. Please visit the Cross Cartel website for more details - visit here >>

Road Bike Of The Year – Cannondale CAAD13

Building on their already stellar reputation in the world of high performance aluminium bikes, it comes as no surprise that we love the new and updated CAAD13. It may have seemed like an impossible task for Cannondale to beat the iconic CAAD12, especially given that it won every award going, but they have done just that. This is quite simply the speediest, smoothest, best handling, finest performing aluminum race bike in the world. We're yet to see a review that didn't rave about the CAAD13, and that record has continued with RoadCC crowning it Road Bike Of The Year. ROADCC Road Bike Of The Year: "The CAAD13 represents far more than a quick update for Cannondale's aluminium race bike [...]

COVID-19 UPDATE: OPEN FOR BUSINESS


We wanted to reassure all of our customers that we are open for business and our sales department is operating at full speed, whilst operating to the highest standards of social distancing and hygiene.

We normally operate on an appointment basis for physical sales visits, but for now and concentrating entirely on remote selling, from initial enquiry right through to home delivery – however, we are able to offer safe undercover outdoor collection. Our remote selling processes are very well established and the bottom line is that whether you visit us or not, you will receive the same market leading levels of customer service, personal attention and expert advice, whatever your budget – as well as our unbeatable every day low prices.