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Cannondale SuperSix Evo. How good is it? Read on…

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Yes. It’s Good. It’s really good!

Ok, are you ready for the sell? The stats, details, Balistech Carbon, lighter, faster and watts. Flashy dot points?  Question marks? Exclamation marks! THE HASH TAGS?!? * TAKES BREATH*

Oh…you don’t want that?

We didn’t think so. Check your feeds or email subscriptions for the fine points. Once you’re done with that, roll down and roll out on one of our Super Six Evo FORCE AXS demo bikes. See for yourself how good it is.

Also, see how good the new SRAM AXS is. Also Discs. Also Carbon wheels. NEW BIKES WOOH!

Ok you get the picture. Come for a ride.

Sit tight for a full ride review from Coach in the coming week.

 

 

Coach’s Corner

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Winter Training

 

Well, it’s officially winter and while we’ve been fortunate with some good autumn weather here in Perth, it’s inevitable that this will change over the coming weeks and months. Motivation is easily gained on a sunny day, but just as easily lost on cold, wet and windy wintery days when we search for every excuse not to get out and ride! Unfortunately, when motivation is low our training can lack consistency and fitness levels quickly decrease.

 

If you’re looking to lay the foundations for a great 2019/2020 season, then these tips may be just what you need to stay focused and on track this winter:

 

  1. Enter an event: This is my sure fire way to stay on track! Picking an event need not only be about a big race – you could choose to do a grand fondo, or even plan a riding trip with mates. Once you’ve entered or made a commitment you have an end goal to focus on and can work backwards to put together an appropriate training plan with plenty of ‘built in’ motivation.

 

  1. Train in a group: Training with others can be easier than on your own on those cold and wet mornings. Knowing that your friends are waiting for you (and not wanting to let them down) is a great motivator, especially if you are all training for the same event. Throw in the added bonus of some good company for your post-ride coffee stop and you’re smiling! Remember, there’s always plenty of group motivation to be found on our Speed Shop river loop rides on Wednesday mornings, or hit the trails with us on Thursday mornings.

 

  1. Get a program/coach: Okay, this may not be an option for everyone, but having a qualified coach, or at least a tailored program to follow, can take the guesswork out of knowing how to keep the momentum going throughout winter. A program that factors in your ability, available time and training goals can provide the structure and accountability you need to stick with it and you’ll be much less likely to miss sessions and cut corners.

 

  1. Winter-proof your gear: To make winter riding more comfortable and enjoyable it’s a no brainer that you should be heading out in appropriate gear. Essential basics include a base layer, arm warmers, knee warmers and long fingered gloves. Don’t forget some booties or toe covers to keep your feet warm and a well-fitting windbreaker or rain jacket. The key is to dress in layers so you can easily remove them as you warm up.

 

  1. Have a ‘Plan B’ in mind: For those days when the weather is just too bad, there are other options to get your training done and not waste an opportunity. One of the latest crazes is for indoor trainer sessions using programs such as Swift and Trainer Road which offer a multitude of different programs and can even have you racing against others. Alternatively, use the chance to do an all-important strength and core training session, which can easily be done indoors with minimal equipment and space.

 

If you need advice on indoor trainers or would like a strength program, do come in and see me and I’ll be able to get you sorted.

 

 

 

Plan ahead to make this your best ever winter training season and you’ll be reaping the rewards next summer!

Coach’s Corner

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My name is Pascal and you can find me front of house at the Speed Shop.

Being the new kid on the block, I’ll be writing regular blogs for the Coach’s Corner to keep you updated on all the new and exciting products coming in-store. The Coach’s Corner blogs will also provide you with tips and advice on training and how to best prepare for your next event. If nothing else, it may help you to think about your training differently and work out how you may be able to do it just that little bit better! As well as the blogs, I’ll look forward to running a monthly Coach’s Corner workshop in-store. These workshops will be designed to delve a little deeper and will provide an ideal opportunity to ask questions.

Who am I? Well, I’m a current triathlon coach and registered fitness professional with over twenty years experience in the fitness industry. I love riding of all forms, whether it’s lining up for a road race, a short course triathlon (or even the odd Ironman event) or challenging myself to head out to the hills for some off-road action.

Watch out for workshop dates and in the meantime, enjoy reading the blogs. Do come in for a chat and let me know if you implement any of my tips, as I’d love to know what works for you!

 

You Stay Classy out there GT.

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With the recent bombshell from GT ( You know Dropping 3 new bikes in one hit), we are stoked to announce that we are now stocking GT.  In classic Speed Shop Style, we thought it would be appropriate to turn GT’s new all ready very capable Mid Travel bike into a slightly longer travel version – Just. For. The. Hell. Of. It.

In the mist of blues, reds, blacks and other “safe” colours, GT delivers one of the classiest deep rich colours we have seen.  There was only one thing to do.  Give it more bling that the King of News Anchors.  May we present:

“The Ron”

GT and Rich Leather Bound Books. Photo: (c) Daniel Carson | dcaimges.org

The Bike:        GT Sensor Medium

Fork:               Ohlins RXF 36 150mm

Shock:             Ohlins TTX2 Coil Shock

Crank:             PRAXIS LYFT

Driveline:       SRAM XX1 EAGLE GOLD

Brakes:           HOPE E4 180mm Rotors

Bar:                 Renthal Fat Bar

Post:                KS LEV Si

Wheels:           Custom in house build M70HV ENVE on HOPE PRO4 Boost Hubs

Tyres:              Pictured Schwalbe Rocket Nobby Nic Walls

  • Fitted ONZA IBEX Front, Specialized Slaughter Rear

GT and Rich Leather Bound Books. Photo: (c) Daniel Carson | dcaimges.org

GT and Rich Leather Bound Books. Photo: (c) Daniel Carson | dcaimges.org

GT and Rich Leather Bound Books. Photo: (c) Daniel Carson | dcaimges.org

GT and Rich Leather Bound Books. Photo: (c) Daniel Carson | dcaimges.org

SB4.5 The Short Travel Trail killer now with Coil.

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The SB45, is one of the more well-rounded bikes getting around on the trails right now – Not quite an XC Racer and not quite an Enduro Machine.  An excellent climbing bike almost exceeded by its descending capabilities.  If you could only have one bike in your stable this would be our top pick.  However, like all “do everything” bikes it does stretch itself thin in areas.

Without a doubt it’s an efficient pedalling platform with no need to play with dials or switches to get the best out of the bike.  It tracks well up rocky and rooty climbs, is nimble through switch backs and getting nips over obstacles on the technical climbs.  The Switch infinity is certainly the business.  On the descents you would be totally forgiven if you didn’t know it only had 114mm of Rear Wheel Travel – yup, just a shade more than your average XC bike.  Its only real drawbacks – it lacks a little suppleness and small bump compliance.  Also, in the real rough stuff, while capable, it’s more of a hang on till you get through it experience.

Enter the coil.  Yes, its back to the future.  For this type of bike there are very few options available, we landed on the Cane Creek Double Barrel Coil IL CS Shock with an appropriate Valt Spring for the rider (a bit heavy…Double Choc Tim Tams are the flavour of the month).

We were a bit sceptical at first. Were we building this bike with a coil because it looked cool? Did we talk so much about the good ol days and become so misty eyed we just wanted to be 16 again riding around 20kg boat anchors because that’s when we had “real bikes?” Or did we just want to be like Jared Graves and ride around with a coil.

The answer is yes. Well, probably 50% that and the fact we just wanted to see if we could make a capable bike expand its horizons.  In the hands of a pro rider there is no doubt the stock SB45 is fast, we just wanted to make it fast for the common rider (the 2 pack of tim tams a day rider).

The outcome? Rad.  Much better small bump sensitivity and when the going gets rough, the coil just keeps on giving back.  A quick run through a rock garden and we instantly noticed much better rear wheel tracking resulting in more control and better braking without the chatter.  Even on the climbs in open mode we noticed more traction over roots and rocky sections.  The Bad? Well not much, there is definitely a weight penalty but that was only noticeable on the work bench.  We will say that the SB range of bikes is known for the lack of pedal bob but the coil being more supple will bob a tad more, but the switch infinity link definitely keeps it to a minimum.  Also, once you throw the switch into climb mode, it goes back to feeling like a standard 45 with an air can.  Set up was a easy.  Once we got the right coil, we downloaded the app and ran through a couple of parameters and it gave us a set of factory settings that were more than adequate.

We built this bike with the Aim of a true all rounder.  The SB45 is a great do all bike to begin with but we wanted to give it a bit more ammo for the descents.  The Coil is a killer little upgrade that really changes its descending ability – albeit at a slight weight penalty (only really felt on the work bench).  Hope E4 Enduro Brakes provide the stopping power – single finger braking with HEAPS of power and amazing modulation.  We picked the Rovals which in our opinion are unmatched on price and reliability.  With a 30mm internal width, and XC weight rim, they are a killer set of hoops.  The XX Eagle is finished off with the PRAXIS LYFT crank set. Why? The Cranks weigh less than a set of SRAM Red22 Cranks without the rings!

Overall, we have created an absolute trail terror.  Climbs like a mountain Goat, descends like Homer Simpson riding a frozen corpse down The Murderhorn.

Here is the skinny:

Frame: SB45 Turq Series Medium

Shock: Cane Creek Double Barrel Coil IL CS Shock w/ Valt 500 Spring

Fork: Ohlins RF36 150mm Travel (Pike fitted in picture)

Driveline: XX1 Eagle w/ PRAXIS LYFT Carbon Cranks

Brakes: Hope E4 4 Pot w/ 180mm & 160mm Rotors

Wheels: Roval Traverse SL Carbon Wheels

Tyres: Front – Onza Ibex 2.4 Rear – Specialized Slaughter Grid 2.3

Bar: Renthal Fat Bar

Stem: Specialized MTB 65mm

Grips: ODI Vans Lock Ons

Post: KS Lev Integra 125mm Drop w/ Specialized SRL Dropper Lever

Saddle: Specialized Henge 155 Expert

Total Weight: 12.88KG