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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 [...]

SRAM Force eTAP AXS:

"Today’s riders are more capable than ever. So we made a groupset that fits their needs. We focused on where road is going, not simply where it’s been." Following on from the launch of its premiere 12-speed wirless RED eTAP AXS groupset earlier this year, SRAM have now released a lower-cost alternative. The new Force eTAP AXS groupset SRAM offers the key features of Red eTap AXS – modern gearing, advanced chain management and easy personalisation – in a more affordable package. At Epic Cycles we are very impressed with the new 12s eTap groupsets - there are many [...]

Cannondale Synapse HUNT Carbon Editions

We love the Synapse Carbon Disc, and it's certainly one of the standout all-round bikes of the moment – responsive enough to race on at the very highest level, smooth enough to tackle the roughest of surfaces and leave you fresh enough to enjoy your epic ride, and versatile enough to use over a huge range of terrain and in all kinds of weather, thanks to ultra discrete mudguard eyelets. Proportional Response Design ensures that every rider enjoys the same comfort and handling, regardless of their size. Customized carbon layup, tube dimensions and geometry, as well as three different [...]

‘Epic’ SRAM eTap AXS 12s bikes!

MODERN GEARING Road bikes are faster and more capable than ever before, and riders are expanding what’s possible with drop bar bikes. X-Range™ offers wider range, more useful and smoother gear progression, as well as smarter shift settings—enabled by AXS™. SUPER SMOOTH On tarmac or gravel, 1x or 2x, eTap AXS™ gives a quiet, secure, and smooth ride. Thanks to the ultra-lightweight Orbit™ fluid damper and a unique Flattop™ chain, you’ll ride more confidently and efficiently than ever—no matter the terrain. AXS™ ENABLED Control. Personalize. Monitor. AXS™—SRAM’s new bike component integration system—takes eTap® wireless shifting to the next level. [...]

Introducing Lauf

It’s always a long process of research and planning behind the scenes, from the moment we first discover a brand to the moment it comes into store for the first time, and this one has been one of the more striking and innovative concepts we’ve come across. Over the past 18 months we've increasingly diversified our line-up of bikes; and the world of off-roading has been one of the most rapidly growing areas of our diversification. With gravel bikes, all-road bikes, cross bikes and MTBs all becoming a key element of the Epic Cycles portfolio, we knew that Lauf [...]

Epic Tubeless Tyres

The time for tubeless tyres has most definitely arrived. The key things that make a good tubeless tyre are the speed at which they seal, resistance to cuts and burping, and the performance value of the tyre - but alongside this they must be relatively easy to fit and remove. There are some great tyres out there which are impossible to take off without thumbs of steel or workshop equipment at your disposal. A 5-star review of a tyre in pure performance terms is all well and good, but if you need a team of mechanics to simply remove [...]

Mavic Allroad Elite Tyres – Long Term Test

Tubeless road or all-road tyres have come along way in the last couple of years, and Mavic have been at the forefront of developments with their wheel-tyre systems that ensure a perfect match between tyre and wheel rim. Making air loss a non-issue, while also making sure that installation is straightforward as they don't have to err on the side of too-tight-to-get-them-on under sizing of tyre beads in order to guard against leakage.  Both the tyres and wheels perform beautifully with other brands, and we have paired them up with other models with no issues.  It's simply that because Mavic [...]