Dismantle

With our Cycle Swap Meet fast approaching, we thought it was time to let everyone know a little more about our beneficiary Dismantle.

Dismantle have been on our radar for a while, so when it came to choosing a group to help out it was an easy pick for us!

The fundamental idea behind Dismantle is to use bikes as a means for positive change. They have several projects on the go, including a community bike workshop, maintenance courses and a bike rescue program. For more on Dismantle, have a watch of their ‘About Us‘ video.

On Sunday all proceeds from the $10 stall holder fee will be donated to Dismantle, along with 100% of sales from the Wembley Cycles stall.

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ENVE Wheel Test – Part I

For the last few weeks we have been out and about testing some ENVE wheels.  The MTB model we tested is the 29 AM with DT 240 hubs (the other option is Chris King hubs). These wheels are aimed at the trail/enduro market, and would suit bikes such as a Specialized Stumpjumper FSR 29 or Rocky Mountain Instinct. However, due to their light weight we wanted to test their XC prowess, as they are only ~200 grams heavier than the XC race version!

There is a lot of technology that goes in to Enve wheels, but this is a test of how the wheels ride, not a summary of their features. So if you are interested in the details of how Enve build their wheels, head on over to their website for a gander.
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As soon as we got the 29 AM wheels we bolted them straight onto our team racer Dave Nairn’s S-Works Stumpjumper Hardtail. Dave is the current State XCO champion, State XCO series champion and State XCM champion, so we couldn’t think of anyone better to put a set of wheels through their paces. ‘Straightline Dave’ as he is affectionately known around the store is also renowned for being ruthless on wheels, so if they were not up to scratch strength wise we would soon know about it…

Dave took the wheels straight down South and rode trails including Dunsbrough, Middle Earth and the Margaret River pines. Straight from the horses mouth; “They are stiff as! They spin up nicely and seem pretty strong, I was pinging rims on rocks quite a bit and they held up fine”. So they passed Dave’s test, on to the next tester…

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Once they came back from Dave they went onto Rex’s Stumpjumper Comp Carbon Hardtail. Rex is an elite downhill racer, so this test was predominately about stiffness and stress testing. Rex took them out to the Kalamunda trails and headed for the black diamond lines. His thoughts? “Soooooooo stiff! Ridiculous changing direction through corners and tracking through rough, rocky turns. They just feel really solid. I smashed the **** out of the back one and it was perfectly fine, no cracked carbon, no wobbles and not even a loss of spoke tension”. Strength, tick.

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Overall, the main thing we noticed was how insanely stiff these wheels are. There was no deflection through corners and rough terrain, which made it easy to hold a line and carry speed. They also seem to hold up very well in the strength stakes, which is often a concern with carbon rims. Our thoughts were that perhaps because Enve have built the rim so stiff it deflects impacts instead of denting/pushing upwards as an alloy rim would. We wouldn’t hesitate to put these wheels on a big travel 29er trail bike and take them off anything at Luvin Shovels or through ugly rock gardens. At the same time, if you are a bigger XC racer, a bit rough on wheels or want to run wide tyres, these would be a good choice.

So the outcome then? Should you rush out and buy a set of these straight away? Well, there is no getting around the fact that at $3199 RRP these are not the cheapest set of wheels on the market. Our $0.02 is that if you want value and performance, buy some Mavic wheels at half the price. But if you want the best wheels that are out there, you have just found them. To liken it to the car world, these are a Ferrari. Sure, you can get something for less that will perform nearly as well, but if you appreciate that high end quality you will love these wheels.

The bottom line; awesome wheels, but you pay to play!

Stay tuned, next up is our thoughts on the SES 3.4 and SES 6.7 clincher road wheels!

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Shop Rides

Just a reminder about our shop road rides.

Our main ride is on Wednesday mornings. Meet at 6.15am at the front of the shop, returning for brekky at Workshop Espresso before 8.00am. Just over 40km, ~30kph average with hit outs on the hills and a sprint along Port Beach.

We also have a more casual group ride on Saturdays that is suitable for beginners and those wanting a cruisy ride. Meet at 7am at the front of the shop, with breakfast at Workshop Espresso afterwards. This is a no drop ride; you will not be left behind!

Our Saturday ride is women only on the first Saturday of every month, so don’t be afraid to come for a pedal ladies!

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Cycle Swap Meet

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Got a load of old bike gear kicking around that needs to find a new home?

Come on down to our Cycle Swap Meet, offload your old kit and find some new treasure!

Workshop Espresso will be open for coffee and nibbles all morning, with a special pulled pork and apple slaw burger for lunch!

This event will benefit Dismantle to help them in their quest to spread cycling to the community. 100% of stall holder fees and takings from Wembley Cycle’s stall will be donated to Dismantle. We will also have a tub set up to accept bike part donations for Dismantle.

To book a stall, please contact Rex on 0400 907 522 or email rex@singletrackminds.com.au, first in best dressed!

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Saturday Shop Ride

Just a heads up that there will be no Saturday shop ride this week.

Saturday shop rides will begin for 2014 next Saturday the 18th of January.

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Wednesday Morning Shop Ride

It is time to work off the Christmas kilos… Our Wednesday morning shop ride is on again from this Wednesday the 8th.

Meet outside the shop @ 6:15am ready to ride.
Finish ~8am at Workshop Espresso for coffee and brekky.
Route will head down the coast to Freo, then loop around and follow the river back.

See you there!

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Christmas Opening Hours

The silly season is upon is!

Our Christmas opening hours are:

December 24th – OPEN. 8am – last pickup.
December 25th – CLOSED.

December 31st – OPEN. 8am – 1pm.
January 1st – CLOSED.

On Christmas Eve we will be open until all Christmas bikes have been picked up. We recommend picking up your lay-by before 12 noon to beat the rush.

Workshop Espresso will be closed from Sunday 22nd December, reopening on Monday 6th January. Dan and Bridget would like to thank everyone for their support in 2013, and look forward to fuelling your caffeine addiction again in 2014!

2013 has been an incredible year for Wembley Cycles, with both a shift in location and the introduction of Workshop Espresso. We would like to say a big thank you to all our customers new and old who have supported us during this time. We wish you all an enjoyable festive season, here is hoping you find some ride time between the turkey and pudding!

See you in 2014…

The Wembley Cycles Team

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1300 Bees – 650B Wheel Test

1300 bees. That’s the total number of B’s we had out on the trails over the weekend, when we took our Yeti SB-75 and Rocky Mountain Altitude 750 demo bikes to the Goatfarm to try out 650b wheels. To give a good comparison we also brought along our favourite 26” bike, the Specialized Stumpjumper EVO. The idea was for our staff to ride all three bikes to gain an appreciation of the differences between 26” and 650B.

 
The 125mm travel SB-75 was deceiving; we constantly forgot that we weren’t on the 150mm travel SB-66. With a 150mm travel Rockshox Pike fork up front this bike is very capable through technical sections! The SB-75 is also seriously STIFF, and is best suited to riders who want to go fast and be able to run it through rough/rocky sections with confidence. Fitted with 650B Mavic Crossmax Enduro wheels, it accelerated quickly and held speed very well though the rough. We felt it was very close to the SB-66, but with a little less travel and slightly faster rolling wheels it is perhaps better suited to the trail riding we have in Perth.

 

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Our staff instantly fell in love with the Rocky Mountain Altitude. We found it provided a plush ride that was very forgiving, yet with a handlebar mounted CTD switch it still got up the steepest climbs with no problems. We were impressed with how well the bigger wheels on the Altitude carried speed through the rough sections, yet the bike was still playful and easy to move around on the trail. We found ourselves forgetting about wheel size, and just enjoying riding an insanely fast and fun bike. The Ride-9 adjustable geometry feature is a nice touch, we set the bike up in its slackest setting for our test, but within minutes it can easily be converted to nine different geometry settings to suit your weight and intended trail. We definitely foresee some of our staff owning this bike in the near future!

 

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Our take on 650B? They ride great! There is definitely not the ‘wow’ factor of jumping on a 29er, to us riding a 650B bike felt very similar to a good 26”. The bigger wheels rolled a touch better and felt like they held traction in corners well, but required a touch more body language to corner and move around in the air. We feel that 650B is very well suited to the mid/longer travel trail bikes that we tested it on.

 

To conclude, we think a good trail bike will be a good trail bike regardless of the size of its wheels! We are in no hurry to sell our 26” bikes and buy a new bike purely based on wheelsize alone. However, if you are in the market for a new trail bike, there are some fantastic 650B bikes (such as the Yeti SB-75 and Rocky Mountain Altitude) that ride well and are worth considering. Why not try one of our demo models and see for yourself?

 

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Thanks to Brad Serls Photography for the great snaps!

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Christmas Gift Ideas

Yup, it is nearly here… Christmas that is.
For those of you pulling hairs out trying to find presents, we thought we would help you out with a few Christmas gift ideas for the cyclist in your life.

Our number one recommendation? Gift Vouchers.
You can’t really go wrong with a gift voucher! These are an easy option; simply stroll up to the counter and we will hand you one. Job done!

For those after something more, read on!

Gift ideas for the ladies:

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1. Specialized Propero Lululemon helmet – $150. Keep their head cool and protected over summer in this sharp new ladies colourway.
2. 4Shaw socks – $25/pair. Available in a great range of colours.
3. Oakley glasses – from $239.

Gift ideas for the gents:

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1. Garmin computers – from $150 (810 shown @ $499). Help them to keep track of their rides with a Garmin GPS computer.
2. S-Works Evade helmet – $300. The new top of the line Evade helmet is aerodynamic and has plenty of ventilation, not to mention it looks stealthy!
3. Oakley glasses – from $239.
4. K-Edge Garmin mounts – $60. Why not put that new Garmin computer in a position they can see it with this mount?
5. 4Shaw socks – $25. Just ask anyone’s Nan, a new pair of socks is a hard present to beat.

Gift ideas for the mountain bike fanatic:

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1. WA Trail guide – $35. Help them burn off the Christmas turkey by discovering some new trails to ride.
2. Garmin 810 computer – $499. The mapping function will make sure they don’t get lost while discovering those new trails!
3. Specialized EMT multi-tool – $50. This neat little tool will fix just about any trail side breakdown.
4. Specialized EMT top-cap chain breaker – $50. Lessen the load they need to carry with this integrated tool that fits on the bike.
5. Specialized Zee cage w/ multi tool – $90. Another way to lighten the load, with a multi-tool mounted onto a bottle cage.

Need more ideas? Drop in and have a chat with our staff for their suggestions.

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Weekly Windup

Along with John’s new S-Works Epic WC that we posted earlier in the week, we have recently received a bunch of other new goodies in-store!

 

We have been using EVOC bike travel bags for a while now and have been impressed with their quality (that hire bag has been EVERYWHERE).  Built to the same standard, these packs are lightweight and have plenty of ventilation, making them perfect for the onset of a hot summer. Plus, they come in some pretty neat colours too.

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Plenty of drool was spilt over the new Mavic Cosmic CXR 60s that came through the door. These are a great all round wheel, use them for triathlon, hilly races and sprints. The magic is that they use ‘CX technology’ to cheat against the wind. This is essentially a strip that sits between the rim and tyre to smooth the interface and prevent drag. Such a simple idea, and so well executed to save your precious energy. Plus they have Mavic’s Exalith 2 braking surface, so stopping will not be an issue on these hoops. Check out Mavic’s website for more details.

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Mitch bolted together our medium sized Yeti SB-75 this week. We decided to go all out on this build… so on went a Rockshox Pike up front, a set of Mavic Crossmax Enduro 650b wheels, XT build kit and a set of Renthal bars. The SB-75 is a 125mm travel 650b bike, which we think will be perfect for the aggressive trail rider on Perth trails. We will be riding it ASAP and letting you know how it goes… The best thing about this bike? If you can prise it away from the shop staff, this bike is for DEMO (S and L sizes also available to demo)!

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We got our first delivery of the long awaited S-Works Evade helmet this week. Specialized designed the Evade in a wind tunnel to be the ultimate aero helmet, making it perfect for road and triathlon use. It breathes very well, making it a great choice to keep your head cool over summer. We have them in medium and large sizes in black, white and black/red. If you are keen on one be quick, we received 10 yesterday and we only have 5 left today!

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Garmin’s new action camera ‘the Virb’ arrived. With a bunch of nifty features this is definitely an option to consider if you are in the market for something to capture your rides. Check out Garmin’s website for the specs on this impressive little camera.

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We now have a good lineup of Rocky Mountains built, including an Altitude, Instinct, Instinct BC Edition and a Thunderbolt, all of which are available to demo. Jimmy has been out and about on the Thunderbolt and immediately decided that he NEEDED one as his personal bike! These Rockys are made with some high-tempo riding in mind, just check out what Geoff Gulevich does with his Altitude and Flatline in this video. Roost Mag also gave the Flatline a glowing review. Flatline framesets are still available in black, why not have a chat with us about building your dream machine?

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Brad also got himself a set of S-Works MTB shoes. He was so excited by his new shoes he took a few (excellent) snaps of them. We recommend following Brad’s example and treating your feet to a set of S-Works shoes for Christmas, they will love you for it!

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That is all for now, we hope that you shred some dirt or tarmac this weekend.

 

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