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Bikes

We are proud to be dealers in the following brands:

Cannondale is an American based company whose headquarters are in Wilton, Connecticut. They first started making bikes in 1971 and one of the first bicycle manufacturers to produce oversized aluminum frames in the early 80’s. Today they stand as one of the leading manufacturers of top end bicycles both in road and mountain. Visit the Cannondale website

Giant Bicycles are recognized as the world’s largest bicycle manufacturer. Founded in 1972 in Taiwan, Giant were one of the first manufactures to design the ‘sloping’ compact frame, which today is considered standard. Visit the Giant Bicycles website

Salsa specialize in steel and titanium framed bicycles but also manufacture aluminum frames. If you want to go on an adventure, Salsa are the brand to go for as their bikes are go anywhere/do anything bikes from touring classics to fat bikes to top end trail bikes. Visit the Salsa website

Mountain/Trail Bikes

These are bikes that are designed to be ridden off road. There are many features that make mountain bikes ideal for riding on uneven or muddy surfaces such suspension, wider tires and disc brakes. Nowadays, mountain bikes are available in 3 different sizes: 26”, 27.5″ and 29″. Each of these wheel sizes are suited for different types of riding. Larger wheels are more suitable for faster speed cross country riding while smaller wheels are easier to handle on more technical trails. Bikes can either come as a ‘Hardtail’ where only the front wheel in suspended or ‘Dual suspension’ where both wheels are suspended. Hardtails are better for going on faster, more smoother ground whereas Dual suspension bikes are better for bumpy ground.

Get a mountain bike if: You will spend most of the time riding on trails or uneven surfaces.
Great Bikes in this category: Giant Talon 27.5 4, Cannondale Scalpel

Road Bikes

These are bikes that are designed to purely be ridden on paved tarmac. In the pursuit of making bikes that are much lighter and that have less rolling resistance, road bikes lose a lot of the features that mountain bikes have. They have light weight frames, no suspension and high pressure, low profile tires. These bikes will also position the rider in a lower position in order to improve aerodynamics.

Get a road bike if: You are only going to ride on paved tarmac only and you want to ride longer distances at faster speeds.
Great bikes in this category: Giant Propel Advanced 0, Cannondale Synapse

Hybrid/Comfort Bikes

These are bikes that have the best of both worlds in that they have the potential to be ridden both on and off road. Very often, they will have a 700C rim but with a wider tire than you will find on a road bike. This results in faster rolling speeds on smooth tarmac but enough grip to ride on light off road trails. This category also covers comfort style bikes which are very easy to mount and dismount and are more user friendly.

Get a hybrid bike if: You want to ride both on and off road.
Great bikes in this category: Cannondale Adventure, Liv Alight