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  • The 2019 Specialized Stumpjumper Comp Carbon 29er

    Size: Medium

    Was £3800 NOW £2500

    With Sram NX Eagle 12-Speed

    The design goal for the Specialized Stumpjumper was simple – build the ultimate trail bike, one that feels telepathic. And it turns out that this feeling all comes down to stiffness. Think of it this way: when the frame’s telling your hands one thing and your feet another, your brain gets confused with the imbalance and the bike feels unstable. In order to fix this, they had to get to work on dialing-in the materials, shapes, and the layout.

    Specialized started by creating their own mountain-specific stiffness test, and then looked at the layout with Finite Element Analysis (FEA) to see where the biggest stiffness improvements could be made. This led to a big discovery: The Large and X-Large frames needed more front-end stiffness while the Smalls and Mediums were just fine. With this information, Specialized were able to create a frame design that was 20% more efficient. And in the end, this proved to be one of the lightest trail frames on the market, today.

    When designing the frame with the stiffness targets being a main goal, they developed a radical new sidearm design for the 2019 Stumpjumper. The front-end and rear-end are connected at three points, and the sidearm helps keep all these points super stiff and connected, all while taking about 100 grams out of the rear-end. More explicitly, this minimizes frame flex when the rear suspension is active.

    Continuing down the suspension path, both the fork and rear shock get a custom Rx Trail Tune. Suspension performance is highly dependent on frame, wheel, and rider size, so the Rx Tune allows for each bike to land in the middle of the adjustment spectrum, and this gives you the biggest possible range to fine-tune your ride. Another focal point of the tune for the Stumpjumper was matching the suspension characteristics between wheel sizes—we developed a specific Rx Tune for each platform. So, no matter what wheel size you prefer, you’ll get perfectly linear suspension.

    Ex Demo bike in medium: Was £3800 NOW: £2500

  • Models currently in stock at our shop in Hebden:

    New models available to order now:

    Turbo Levo SL Comp £5250

    Turbo Levo SL Comp Carbon £6250

    Turbo Levo SL Expert Carbon £7499

    S-Works Turbo Levo SL £10999

    Ring or email for available colours and sizes.

    Book a test ride on the new SL Turbo Levo


  • Keep our town open for business!

    We’re proud to live and work in this great town. Our bike shop has been going for 25 years. It’s just one of many unique, independent small shops that together, make Hebden Bridge a pretty special place to live.

    Keeping you riding, giving you freedom

    Over the last few years, we’ve seen long-standing businesses go under, and we are now in the most challenging situation any of us have faced. We want to be here for you now, and in the future, to keep you out riding bikes, to inspire more people to ride bikes and maybe to offer a taste of freedom that a bike can give. Freedom that is increasingly hard to find.

    Shop Locally, both on and offline

    All of the local shops are now finding ways to adapt to this every changing situation. Check out the local businesses at to find out how we are working to support you to shop with us and stay safe. We have 4 ways to #staysafe #shopathome

    Spend now, shop later!

    We sell gift cards and vouchers. Payment can be taken over the phone and the card can be sent to you. Alternatively, you can save the voucher with us to spend whenever you like. It helps us to know that you’ll be visiting in the future, and maybe gives you something to look forward to!


  • Stay at home shopping – 4 ways to click and collect
    1. Blazing Saddles Shop

    Ok, so this one’s technically Ring and Collect…:-) Use us to help you to source the things you need at this time – we’re here for you! At the shop, there’s a wide range of bikes, tools, parts, clothing  and accessories . Everything we sell can be purchased over the phone and collection can be arranged. Luckily, we are still able to order things we don’t stock from all our usual distributors. We are also offering free local delivery on orders over £50. Please just ask. You are supporting us as a small independent local business, and we are happy to be here to keep you all riding.

    2. Madison Freewheel

    Madison is the UK’s largest distributor of bicycle parts and accessories, and Freewheel is the new e-commerce website for Madison and Sportline.

    What does that mean for our customers?

    Shop with confidence. With over 70 famous cycling brands under one online roof, Freewheel gives you all the benefits of ordering online, especially during these difficult times, but backed and supported by Blazing Saddles, your local independent bike shop. The best of all worlds!

    Just like any online shop, you can create an account or checkout as a guest. Simply select and pay, and choose us as your local store.

    3. Specialized

    You can now purchase products (including bikes) through Specialized’s online store and have your order delivered to your local bike shop through their Click and Collect programme. If a product is in stock, you just add it to your cart and choose us as your chosen delivery address.

    Specialized also want you to be completely satisfied with your experience so should your item that you purchased through the online store fail to meet your expectations, they will gladly accept its return within 15 days of the purchase date. An exchange can also be made within 15 days for the exact item in either a different size or colour.

    Bicycles returned must be in new/unused condition. Before going back to the Authorized Specialized Retailer where you collected the bicycle, please call Rider Care on 020 83913500 to obtain a full refund or exchange of your purchase, as well as the details of how to return your bicycle.

    4. Brompton
    1. Choose a Brompton: Choose one of the bikes Brompton has in stock at and select us as your nearest store.
    2. Shipped to Store: Your bike will be delivered to us in 3 working days.
    3. Get notified: We will carry out our usual build/pre-collection inspection and then contact you to arrange a convenient collection time.
    4. Collect and register: Collect your bike and register it with Brompton on their website. This is essential so we can track your bike warranty and inform you about available product upgrades.
    5. Ride and enjoy: Commute, explore, escape and everything in-between.

    Normal Brompton bike ordering is still available – you can custom build your own bike at brompton bike-builder, then order it at the shop. Use the bike build number generated when you save your design. If you need advice about which Brompton or just want it done for you (!), that’s what we’re here for! Just ring the shop and we will help you with every stage. Bikes ordered by the custom build system usually take between 4-8 weeks to be hand built. Ask about the time scale as soon as you order.

    Finally, if you just want a Brompton NOW, we have stock bikes in the shop all year round. Ring the shop and arrange to have a look. They’re all 6 speed and in a range of our favourite colours. Test ride our Demo bike for free too.

    01422 844435