This Sunday 12th June the Hargroves Cycles team will be attending the Sky Ride in Southampton. If you’ve never ridden around Southampton City Centre on two wheels we highly recommend coming along and giving it a go. The Sky Ride is perfect for all ages and abilities of cyclist and the majority of the cycling route will be on closed roads. That means no cars and the route is really easy to follow so you don’t need to worry about getting lost.
There is still time to register so if you’re keen, just head on over to the Sky Ride Southampton website to sign up.
We’ve posted a copy of the route map below which takes in some of the popular spots around the city. The route is beginner friendly and only 8km in length which is about 5 miles. The course is open from 11am – 3pm so you have plenty of time to cycle around the route at your own pace.
Feeling pumped for Fort William this weekend? We sure hope so because we have a super special offer for you, for this weekend only! We have not one but TWO AWESOME DISCOUNT CODES that will give you access to some incredible deals so keep reading!
20% of POC Tectal and Tectal Race Helmets
We spied the POC Tectal Race Helmet back in March for one of our fresh goods round-up’s and since then it’s been a permanent feature of the office radar. It’s a lush looking helmet with a bag of features. Being POC you know it’s going to be made to an incredibly high standard and is more comfortable than a pillow factory.
You can’t have a new helmet without treating yourself to some new armour too. So you don’t have to shell out a whole bunch of cash, you can get a whopping 20% off our range of Fox knee and elbow guards. The Launch Enduro Elbow and Knee guards fit really well and are pedal friendly. You could pick up the elbow and knee pads for just £73.58 using code: FORTBILL20 at the checkout.
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Extra 10% off all MET MTB helmets
Got your eye on a new MET mountain bike helmet? Perhaps the MET Lupo or Parabellum in electric blue is your thing. Grab them this weekend at a bargain price. Simply use code: FORTBILL10 at the checkout to get another 10% off any MET MTB helmet. If you’re in need of a full face – you can pick up at Met Parachute Helmet for only £122.39 with the discount code.
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Extra 10% off all Giro MTB helmets
We’re also doing 10% off all GIRO MTB helmets too! Pick up the classic Giro Hex for only £64.34 – we have good stocks of all colours and all sizes. Again, the code you need is FORTBILL10.
Hargroves Cycles are really very proud to announce our support for the Marwell Zoo’s Zany Zebra’s event in 2016.
What is Zany Zebra, we hear you ask?
Well the guys at Marwell Zoo are going to release a herd of Zebra’s decorated by local artists and schools around the streets of Southampton on the 16th of July. The city centre will be an explosion of colour and the challenge for you guys is to try and spot them all.
If you can’t wait to see them then we have a sneak peek of one of the Zebra’s below;
We are sponsoring our own Zany Zebra
We would love to tell you loads of stuff about the design of our Zebra, as we are all buzzing about it, but we have been sworn to secrecy. So keep your eye’s peeled on Saturday the 16th of July where our very own Zebra will be galloping somewhere around the Southampton streets.
What we can say is that you should keep checking the Hargroves Cycles hub as we will announce a competition on here in relation to ……..(Oops we almost told you the Zebra’s name then). Just watch this space to find out more…
They are all being packed up safely in their crates and are being carefully herded to Southampton, if you want updates then follow the Zany Zebra’s Facebook Page.
If you want to find out more about our own Zany Zebra’s promotion then follow us on facebook or twitter or why don’t you sign up to our e-mail list for updates.
An e-mountain bike or e-mtb (for those too lazy to type it’s Sunday name) is an electrically assisted mountain bike. An electric motor assists the cyclist when he or she pedals, the level of assistance is selectable and you can switch the motor on and off. Sales of e-mtb’s are really starting to grow this year and we are seeing more and more out on the trails.
If you fancy seeing an e-bike in action, here’s a video showcasing Specialized’s answer to the e-bike, The Turbo Levo.
Types of e-mountain bike
When it comes to your choice of e-mountain bike the options aren’t really that different from regular mountain bikes. You still get to choose between full suspension (full sus) and front suspension only (hardtail). There are still a plethora of wheel sizes to baffle you but in the main 27.5 (also known as 650b) and 29ers are the mainstay. You can even find some pretty cool looking electric fatbikes and plus-size wheels if that is what you fancy.
If you are starting out, hardtails are generally cheaper and offer a more cost effective first e-bike. You can pick up bikes like the Cube Elite Hybrid C:62 29 Race 500 from as little as £2,999 and they are pretty tasty bikes that will cope with forest fun as well as give you an easier (and less sweaty) commute to work.
e-MTB full suspension
Full suspension e-mountain bikes are tonnes of fun. They are not cheap but if you live somewhere that doesn’t have an uplift and are forced to endure 20 minutes of uphill slog for 90 seconds of pure unadulterated downhill ecstasy, we reckon it’s worth every single penny!
For riders who still have the descending skills of a pro-downhill racer but lack the fitness of an XC whippet, the power-assisted motor can’t help but put a smile on your face as you pass your mates on the climbs.
A full suspension e-mtb generally has two shock-absorbers, one at the front and one at the rear. They are a little more complex to set up than a normal bike but if you visit one of our specialist e-bike stores in Southampton or Chichester the team will show you how and you will never look back.
e-MTB motors and batteries
If you are buying a good quality e-MTB then the motor will be of a mid motor design, this is where the motor is positioned at the cranks (pedals). This gives the bike better balance and smoother power delivery and generally makes it easier to ride on the trails. If you are looking at an e-mtb with a motor at the front or rear wheel then we would advise strongly against this.
There are only a few recognised manufacturers of motors that really have the torque and power to be effective on an e-MTB and most of the major manufacturers will come with a motor from either Bosch, Brose, Yamaha or Shimano e-step to name a few. Motors for ebikes are legally limited to 250W and will provide assistance up until around 15.5mph at which point the motor will cut out but you can still pedal the bike as normal.
There is generally a control unit mounted on the handlebars that allows you to control the level of assistance. Most have a pretty simple and intuitive design and we have yet to find one that we can’t ride.
Remember though the more power an assistance that you use, the quicker the battery will run down. On most e-MTB’s the battery is either built into the down tube or placed on it. This placement keeps the centre of gravity low and means that the bike is still fun to throw round the trails.
Be careful however if you are looking at a smaller battery to save weight, if you are riding local or commuting and have somewhere handy to charge the bike then the weight saving is great but if you are out on a trail you don’t really want the battery to run out half way round. A good rule of thumb is always to go for the biggest and best battery that you can afford. You will generally find that most e-MTB’s come with a 400Wh or 500Wh (the higher the Watt Hours the longer the battery can deliver electricity for between charges).
e-MTB brakes and transmission (gears)
Most e-MTB’s will come with hydraulic disc brakes and you’ll generally find that they come with the usual suspects from SRAM, Shimano, Tektro (TRP) and Magura. They are pretty stock so you can usually use spares and bleeding kits that you use for your current bikes. The only slight difference is that in general because of their increased weight the disc rotors on e-mtbs tend to be a little larger.
In terms of transmission (gears) you will find that most e-MTB’s have a wide range rear cassette (isn’t that true of most modern MTB’s) with 10 or 11 rear sprockets. If you can, we advise trying to find a bike where the largest rear sprocket has 40 teeth to help you with big hills.
Most e-MTB’s come with similar stock tyres to most mountain bikes and they do the job just fine. Remember though that you are riding a much heavier bike with a bit more power than usual so you may want to adjust your pressures from those that you normally stick to. In general we would suggest going for a grippier tyre than you usually use until you get used to the ride.
Tyres are a very personal choice though and the reason we can’t give you a definitive answer is that we can’t even agree in the office.
If we have missed anything off this guide or you have some more information that we don’t then please feel free to send it to us here on email@example.com and we will add it in.
Now get out there and try and little e-MTB riding!
In our opinion the Scott Foil still remains one of the sexiest looking bikes out there. Check out what has gone into getting it write for 2016.
New Tech in the SCOTT Foil
The most important bike for the teams is the new SCOTT Foil, which was introduced to the Media in the summer of 2015. With a frame weight of 945g and a fork weight of 335g (size Medium, including small parts ) SCOTT`s racing spearhead is one of the lightest Aero Bikes on the market. It took no time for the first Foil to gain a reputation for being extremely stiff and responsive with regards to power transfer and handling. In favor of our Pro riders and the customer base that prefers a stiff and responsive bike, the new Foil exhibits even higher stiffness values than its predecessor.
The frame aerodynamics of the bike have been reworked as a whole: all the vertical sections of the frame have been optimized independently and in conjunction with each other, component integration has been lifted to a new level and the bike features a fully integrated cockpit that saves precious watts. Aside from the visible design enhancements with regards to aerodynamics and integration, the riding comfort of the new Foil has been elevated noticeably. The new Foil keeps the much appreciated characteristics of the original model but adds novel and innovative solutions to make it faster as a whole: It’s a Speed Update! Learn more about the Foil and all its benefits on the Scott website.