Stock Update

We have had a busy past week to say the least. Time for an update on all the latest gear in the shop…

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We have just received a new order of Evoc hydration packs. Pictured is the Cross Country 6L (with 2L bladder). We are also stocking the CC 3L (with 2L bladder) which is proving to be a favourite with our staff as it is so light and minimal. We have also received a new delivery of Evoc bike travel bags in both black and multicoloured.

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Our mechanics are currently building up one sweet Yeti ARC for stock. Featuring an XTR/XT drivetrain, Sid WC forks,  Crossmaxs, S-Works bars etc. These bikes are a race winning machine, just ask Jared Graves! Call for more details.

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Did anyone catch the article on Rocky Mountain in the latest Revolution mag? Rocky are one seriously cool bike company who build bikes designed for real world riding.  We have Altitudes, Instincts and a Thunderbolt to demo. Drop in for a look and have a chat to us about hitting the trails on a demo model!

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Yep, that is a 26 x 4.6 Ground Control. This means one thing: the Fatboy has landed. If these bikes are up your alley, come in and have a chat about pre-ordering a 2015 model.

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Along with all that we have had several new bikes hit the road and trail under our team riders, including an S-Works Tarmac, an Epic Expert World Cup and a Tarmac Expert kitted out with Mavic Ksyriums. Keep an eye out for them on the tarmac and trails.

Thats all for now folks!

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Swap Meet Rules & News

Our Cycle Swap Meet is only 2 days away! With this in mind it’s time we all brushed up on the five gold plated rules of the cycle swap meet, supplied courtesy of store ambassador Chris Fisher.

 

Rule 1: One man’s junk is another man’s treasure

Remember this when deciding what to bring to the stall. Swap-meeters will be interested in anything and everything for the right price. Yes amazingly someone WILL want that 650C cruiser with the Spanish threaded bottom bracket you have been keeping hostage in the shed. And those slightly used Biopace chain rings, and that half-worn Nobby Nic, and that assortment of flashing bike lights…

 

Rule 2: Declare your crash damaged carbon

Remember that time you crashed your new carbon bars into that rock because you had put your brake levers round the wrong way? Remember how you put those aforementioned bars back into the cupboard because they were a bit iffy? Well now is not the time to pull them out and sell them on to some poor sucker.This is bad Karma and Karma has a long memory. Karma will hunt you down and bite you. Karma will send Chuck Norris out to get you while you are sleeping. Don’t mess with Karma people!

If you must bring them along then please declare them. My suggestion would be a big flashing neon sign – “Crash damaged carbon – ornamental use only”.

 

Rule 3: Some stuff is just not welcome

Now although swap-meeters will purchase and swap just about anything (refer Rule 1), there are some items which you should leave at home, preferably in the bin. I’m talking cracked helmets, expired protein powder, see-through knicks, soiled knicks, skin-coloured knicks, asbestos-based chamois cream and RaceFace bottom brackets. Use your common sense on this people.

 

Rule 4: Think outside the bike box

It’s a “Cycle Swap Meet”, but that doesn’t mean you should just bring along bikes and bike parts. Look outside the bike room for items the cycling crowd will want. Now is a great time to purge your library of Lance Armstrong books or trade some Maxxis stickers. Perhaps swap a few synthetic event shirts.  That VHS copy of “American Flyers” autographed by Kevin Costner will be snapped up faster than you can say “I’m right here Belov”.

 

Rule 5: Know your gold

A swap meet is the ideal place to find gold but you must be prepared. Gold is that hard to find, valuable rare stuff. It’s the stuff that discerning swap-meeters will lust after and drop serious coin on. It’s that unused, 1993 edition eight-speed XTR groupset still in the box, or that XL sized GT Xizang frameset complete with original decals. Buyers must be ever vigilant and keep their eyes peeled for gold. Sellers must be able to recognise the gold they have. Buyers must look for sellers who have gold but don’t know it. Know your gold.

 

Bring, buy, swap and sell. But most importantly have fun!

 

In other swap meet news, one of our distributors Monza has decided to get involved. At their stall you will find a bunch of filthy cheap Louis Garneau shoes, and assorted road and mountain components from SRAM, Truvativ and Avid.

 
We are looking forward to seeing you all and your treasure on Sunday!

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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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