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  • Urban Riders and Commuters take note!

    Whoa. Hold on, wait a minute, what’s going on here?Juiced is a bike for your commute but has Saracen’s trail bike DNA running all the way through it. Built around 27.5″ wheels the Juiced is a fast tarmac eater or cheeky dirt path roller. Developed using Shimano’s benchmark STEPS e-bike system, the Juiced is a natural feeling bike with a little extra go. It’s not about cheating or selling out. It’s about riding to work and arriving ready to attack the day cool, calm and collected. Never tried it? Don’t believe it? Then you need to try it! No stuffy sit-up-and-beg ride here just a stylish bike for covering distance rapidly with ease, and did we mention its a whole load of fun! Get Juiced. Available to demo and to buy in our Hebden shop. Our shop model special price: £1,999. New models to order from £2399


    Frame: Series 2 custom butted and hydroformed 6061 alloy tubeset / ZS44-ZS56 tapered headtube / Chip-Slot dropout system / UK developed for Shimano STEPS E6000 system
    Fork: Suntour Axon XC LO-R / 100mm travel / air spring / alloy steerer / lock-out / rebound adjust / 15mm Q-LOC
    Headset: Prestine PT-1710A
    Stem: Saracen-Promax 6061 3D-forged alloy / 60mm / A-head / 0 degree rise / 31.8mm clamp / custom E6000 display mount
    Bars: Saracen OS 6061 DB alloy flat bar / 740mm wide / 9 degree back bend
    Front Brake: Shimano M506/M447 180/160mm
    Rear Brake: Shimano M506/M447 180/160mm
    Brake Lever: Shimano M506
    Rear Mech: Shimano SLX M675 Shadow Plus
    Shifters: Shimano Deore M610 Rapidfire Plus 1×10 speed
    Speed: 10
    Rims: Jalco DD28 doublewall alloy 32h
    Front Hub: Formula DC-81 sealed bearing 32h front
    Rear Hub: Shimano M475 32h rear
    Front Tyre: Maxxis Re-Fuse 27.5 x 2.0″ / dual compound / MaxxShield / folding
    Rear Tyre: Maxxis Re-Fuse 27.5 x 2.0″ / dual compound / MaxxShield / folding
    Seat Post: Alloy micro-adjust / 31.6mm
    Chainset: Shimano E6000 38T 170mm
    Bottom Bracket: Shimano integrated with E6000 motor
    Chain: KMC X10
    Cassette: Shimano HG50 10 speed cassette 11-36T
    Pedals: Alloy MTB
  • The best mountain bike shoes for 2018

    Get your hands on our last few pairs of 2017 Five Ten Hellcats and Five Ten Impact VXi shoes  in our super half price sale.  Sizes and prices under photos.

    All other Five Ten shoes currently 10% off.

    Review: The Revamped Five Ten Hellcat Shoe

  • And the winner is… has tested and reviewed a range of sportive and endurance bikes during 2017. Here are the best long distance road bikes from the past 12 months; find out which one wins: The Results

    Buy it Now and Ride a Winner

    The winning bike is available from Blazing Saddles. Our ex demo Specialized Roubaix Expert is a steal at £1800 and our Specialized Roubaix Expert Di2 is is reduced by over £1000 to £3299. Light, stiff and comfortable, the Roubaix with its Future Shock delivers an impressive ride.

    These bikes are tailored for mass-start, non-competitive events: sportives, gran fondos and Audax rides. They’re great for general road riding like club runs and longer commutes too.

    Sportive bikes are designed to be more comfortable for long rides by cyclists who don’t have pro-level flexibility and team masseurs.

    A wider and lower gear range than you’ll find on a race bike is almost universal, with compact chainsets standard.

    There’s room for at least 25mm tyres to improve shock absorption and grip, and many recent sportive bikes will take 28mm tyres.

    Disc brakes are becoming increasingly common because they offer improved stopping power, and are less affected by rain and wheel misalignment.

    Sportive bikes — also known as endurance bikes — are ‘softer’, more comfortable versions of race-orientated road bikes. They have slightly more relaxed handling, frames tuned to smooth the ride and capacity for wider tyres along with a less stretched-out riding position. They’re ideal for events and long distance rides where the extra comfort is a valuable benefit.

    That makes them ideal for British riding conditions. Extra comfort from the frame and larger volume tyres (25mm and up) smooth out rough roads, the longer wheelbase makes them more stable, and the higher handlebar position reduces the strain on your back and neck. Some bikes also have shorter top tubes to bring the handlebars closer to the saddle.

    One of the big changes occurring on bikes in this category is the rapid adoption of disc brakes. Discs offer increased stopping power, better all-weather performance and lower maintenance. Disc brakes really suit endurance and sportive bikes as these are the sort of bikes likely to encounter a myriad of weather and road conditions, whether in a sportive or if you simply ride year-round. And as these bikes are unlikely to be used in a road race, they don’t have to conform to the rules that currently forbid disc brakes on race bikes.

    What makes an endurance road bike?

    In essence, an endurance road bike is very similar to a road race bike, but with geometry, specification and frame materials tuned to make them more comfortable over longer rides and rough roads.

    A longer wheelbase is common, both to create space for the wider tyres and also to produce a more stable ride, especially useful over choppy surfaces. Many endurance road bikes also have a taller head tube and shorter top tube to create a more comfortable fit over longer distances. There is no fixed formula though, and details differ between manufacturers. Some offer much taller and short frames while offers opt for longer top tubes with marginally taller head tubes, so you’ve a wide range of choices.

    Many offer frames designed to provide a smooth ride, through the carbon fibre layup, tube shaping or both. Taking things a step further, companies such as Specialized incorporate elastomers in their endurance bike frames to help smooth the ride.

    All these bikes have space for wider tyres. Most are sold with 25mm tyres as standard, but many will take a 28mm tyre which offers far more cushioning than a 23mm tyre. You can run them at lower pressures and benefit from a smoother ride without sacrificing speed.

    Whether you’re planning a daily commute, a sportive or charity event, or just long Sunday rides, an endurance road bike is probably ideal for you. Unless you’re racing, there’s little compromise in choosing an endurance road bike and taking all the benefits they offer.

  • Happy 2018 to all our customers old and new. Wishing you good health and happy cycling from all the team at Blazing Saddles. We’d like to tell you about our savings scheme and our Ebay shop:

    Savings Scheme – Get Organised!

    Want to buy a new bike but can’t afford it and don’t want to take out credit?

    Spread the cost of a new bike by putting a bit of money aside every week or month, or whenever you can afford to. We have a savings scheme that allows you to make payments of any amount whenever it suits you over the year, and even a little soon adds up. You can use your savings for a deposit on a new bike, or on the bike itself, or even accessories, parts or equipment.

    It’s easy to set up and you can put money in over the phone or in the shop.

    Ebay Shop

    We have an Ebay shop! Our shop sells sale items and end of lines as well as products which benefit from seeing a wider audience. Most postage is free. Ash works hard in the office upstairs in Hebden to make sure your parcels arrive safely.  You can find us at blazingsaddles2008