Welcome Guerrilla Gravity to the UK!

We are really pleased to welcome Guerrilla Gravity to our collection of bike brands! This is a big one, and we couldn’t be more excited to get them in the shop and under riders bums. But why? What’s special? Well, loads to be honest. From the manufacturing, frame materials, linkage design, geometry changes and sizing…

Don’t care about our rambling? Want to know what we have coming in? First two bikes being delivered is one The Smash long travel 29er and one Megatrail long travel 27.5″, these are both our demo bikes and should be ready to ride before the xmas break (that is quite soon, even if you don’t want it to be!) Limited stock will follow in the new year, and we have three sizes of both Smash and Megatrail frames coming in, with a choice of black or orange decals and either Fox DPX2 Performance Elite or MRP Hazzard Coil shocks. These are online already and can be found here:

Guerrilla Gravity UK Stock 

Guerrilla Gravity Frame Deposit £250

Guerrilla Gravity The Smash & MRP Hazzard Coil Orange £2850

Guerrilla Gravity Megatrail & DPX2 Black Me Out £2750

So who are they and what’s the big deal?

  • True Made-in-USA frame with carbon front end
  • Adjustable reach
  • Adjustable rear travel or suspension feel
  • Modular frame platform
  • Progressive geometry
  • Plays very well with coil
  • Coil options out of the gate
  • Fantastic value
  • Frame inc DPX2 P/E – £2750
  • Frame inc MRP Hazzard Coil – £2850
  • Water bottle
  • Integrated loop storage

One of the best overviews we have found was done by bicycling.com, linked below. They say:

The revolution is being staged from a non-descript brick building on a gritty industrial block in Denver. The insurgents share a parking lot with a CrossFit gym. But you can tell which trucks are theirs by the tailgate pads. From beyond the lot’s chainlink fence, you can see the Mile High Stadium; across the street, a noise barrier for I-25.

This is the modest home of a 13-person company that says it has beat Trek, Specialized, and Giant to a new technology—and figured out how to do something those companies have not: manufacture a carbon mountain bike frame in the USA, and sell it for less than bikes made overseas.

The company calls itself Guerrilla Gravity, and its claims are bold: Their new carbon fiber material and manufacturing process, collectively called Revved, enables them to automate much of the layup process—a step typically done by hand—which decreases labor by 80 percent. They can bake a frame in 30 minutes, compared to the two to four hours they say it takes competitors. Their carbon is 300 percent tougher than the industry standard. And they’ve cut what they say is a 24 to 48-hour process down to 8.

The bikes employ a revolutionary “modular frame platform” design inspired by racecar engineering. A racing team, instead of building multiple cars for multiple tracks and conditions, engineers one vehicle with interchangeable components that can be optimized for each track. All four of Guerrilla’s new carbon mountain bikes—from the short-travel trail to the all-mountain model—use the same front triangle. Riders can convert their frame to any of the other models with a new shock and one of Guerilla’s “seatstay tuning kits,” sold separately.

President and co-founder Will Montague, 33, believes their new carbon technology proves that it can be cheaper and more efficient to build a mountain bike frame in the U.S. from U.S.-made materials, compared to the industry-wide model of outsourcing to Asia. Despite the shop’s small size, Montague’s has been dreaming big for years. In a 2015 interview with The Denver Post, Montague was less circumspect about his intentions: “We want to go toe-to-toe with those big guys.”

Get the full low down here – bicycling.com Guerrilla Gravity Overview

 

So how do you get a frame or bike in the UK then? If you can make it to the Tweed Valley and want to book a demo, get in touch! We have a Smash and Megatrail arriving in time for xmas break testing. Both Size 3, so 465-475ish Reach.

We have our first delivery of frames arriving in Jan 2020, these are a mix of Megatrail and Smash frames in sizes 2, 3 and 4. Kept it simple and just went with a mix of black stealth and orange decals, with both Fox DPX2 Performance Elite and MRP Hazzard Coils.

These are available as just a frame and shock for home builds, or a frame/fork combo, rolling chassis or full bike. The packages will be online as we get closer to the arrival date, but one key combo for us is the ‘Colorado Coiler’ – so GG are from Colorado, MRP are from Colorado. These bikes ride great with coils, MRP make great coils. So there will be packages available with the MRP Hazzard and Ribbon Coil – so you can get that plush ride straight out of the box.

If you fancy something we don’t bring in that’s no problem at all, we can special order anything you fancy. These do carry pretty long lead times so it’s not for the impatient folk, but if you are willing to wait we can get it in. Just get in touch for a chat if you don’t see what you want. We might be able to create it from current stock, or can get it ordered for you.

Even within what we have here there is plenty of scope to mix it up with the modular frame platform. Most obvious being the MegaSmash (secret menu… shhh!).

This is essentially the Megatrail frame but with the lower stack headset cup fitted, then using a long travel 29er fork and wheel up front giving the latest in mullet glory.

 

 

 

2019 Brother Cycles Summer Sale – Big Savings on Big Bro and Kepler Disc!

You wouldn’t think it’s summer with the constant rain and thunder storms, but apparently it is and that means only one thing, it’s Brother Cycles Summer Sale time!

Kepler Frameset now £420 – 2019 Brother Cycles Kepler Disc Frameset

Big Bro Frameset now £499 – 2019 Brother Cycles Big Bro Frameset

Big Bro Complete now £1479 – 2019 Brother Cycles Big Bro Complete

Kepler Complete now £1340 – 2019 Brother Cycles Kepler Disc

We have 20% off Big Bro and Kepler Disc framesets and complete bikes, finance and CTW still available on complete bikes contact us for more information.

Shipping through the UK free of charge and framesets to the EU, these are both real staff picks here at planet Pedals lots of love for the Big Bro and Kepler.

 

 

 

 

Hope HB.130 In Stock, Custom Builds, Demo Bike and First Ride! Woah!

So it’s finally here, after a long seven months since it was first announced back in January the Hope HB.130 has finally landed! By the time you are reading this the reviews will be up and all the main online players have laid their opinions on the table. Not sure what the result is going to be, but pretty certain they are going to love it. We have ridden it, and we did.

What do you need to know? If you haven’t already read the reviews it’s a 130mm rear 140/150mm front aggressive 29er, with pretty modern and progressive geometry and a really nice linkage/pedaling platform.  It’s available in one stock build (£6299), with a ton of options, and also a frame kit (£3949, frame, shock, headset, BB, chain device, hubs). We have put together a few of our own ‘staff pick’ builds ready to go as off the peg customs (£5899-£6499), and obviously offer full custom builds as well.

2020 Hope HB.130 Stock X01 Build – £6299

2020 Hope HB.130 Frame Kit – £3949

2020 Hope HB.130 Pedals Trail Build – £5899

2020 Hope HB.130 Pedals Enduro Build – £6499

Hope HB.130 Deposit Item – £350 

We take a £350 deposit to reserve either a frame or bike, this is available on the items page.

The images aren’t quite right just yet (in fact it’s all the same image!) but this will change over the next few weeks once we get bikes built up. Oh yeah, and it’s also made totally in house. In Barnoldswick. But more on that later!

First up the important stuff – what does it ride like? Unfortunately we didn’t get the sunshine and buff Ballater trails the journos did, instead we had to settle for a sopping wet lap of Gisburn trail centre but it certainly hit the spot. The bike has a great lightness of step on the climbs, making easy work of the slippy tech rock and root covered ups (swear they were more technical than the descents!). Jumps, puddles and berms were order of the day going down, with both the Ohlins and Fox equipped bikes offering tons of grip with some decent pop off the lips, while still managing to dispatch the rough sections with ease. A proper all round bike and very easy to jump on and ride, no adjustment period needed.  Real nadge tech testing will have to wait for another day, but luckily we have one of the UK’s first demo bikes being delivered over the next few days, will be ready to ride by Saturday 10th, and plenty of jiggly tech to get it settled in. One thing we did really notice was the narrow back end, in a world of Boost spaced bikes us wonky feet folk can struggle a little scuffing stays and to be honest don’t notice half the time, but when you take it away… then you really DO notice the absence of heel rub.

Our in shop demo is a large stock build bike, with 475ish reach and suits people about 5 foot 10 and up, perhaps a bit shorter if you are keen for a long bike. Standover is really low and seat tube length short so plenty of room to just pick the reach you want. We should also have a medium (450 reach) on hand over the next few months available for full demos. Anyone looking for an XL we can get a demo sent up from Hope very easily, just ask. Looking for a small? Lodge a note of interest and we can pass it on to Hope. If they get enough orders a small can be produced.

What’s in stock? Well, not much! We ordered our demo bike and two frame kits to have here (one medium one large, one green and one blue) so for anyone wanting first picks then custom builds can be built pretty fast, but for any new orders they get slotted into Hopes production schedule and how long that is depends how popular the bike is from launch! Get in touch for current accurate timescales. Doing everything in house means they can react pretty fast, and production is getting pretty fast.

Speaking of production, what they have managed to develop down there in Yorkshire is really something special. Not just producing carbon frames at a price the same as a lot of far east carbon, but the total control they have over it and how many of the small parts are also made in house. Take the front triangle as a case study, the carbon sheets are woven by a company near Manchester then shipped to Hope on huge rolls. Fed into a huge plotter and cut out into numbered sections. These are then laid inside a CNC machined mold (obviously also produced in house!) and baked at gas mark 7 until golden brown. Once out and checked, the pivot hardware is added most of which is also made in house. In fact out of that drawer up there, only the bearings and snap rings are not produced by them, and I am happy to be corrected about the snap rings!

Anyway, I am sure the real journalists will have much more coherent words to say about the whole thing, but we were already huge fans of Hope and the new bikes before the visit, and come away even more so. Get in touch with any questions, we are sure this bike is going to be big.

Full details are over on the Hope site – Hope Tech HB

Welcome to 2019, the Year Of Adventure!

We are just getting back into the swing of things after the festive break an it’s looking like Jan is going to be all about drop bar adventure machines! Finally got a couple of Brother Cycles offer bikes built up – a lovely Kepler Disc 650b and a BigBro Hydro Dropbar. BUT ALSO….

The 2019 Rondo Ruut bikes are finally arriving – we have kept these a bit quieter this year as we couldn’t get solid delivery dates but they are now in the UK and filtering through to us over the next week or so.

 

The new steel ST is the first to be sent out to us but the AL is expected to follow in a few days!

 

 

2018/2019 Hardtail Sale

In short – hardtail sale – offer code hardtail10 – any hardtail frame or bike inc sale items

Urgh, it won’t stop raining! With all the trails now officially soaked it’s time to grab a hardtail and do some of the old steep and sketchy slip n slide.

This is our 2018/2019 Hardtail Sale – many existing frames and bikes discounted but use the code hardtail10 to take an extra 10% off any list price. Offer valid until Sunday 9th, giving us just enough time to get them out to you before xmas.

We have updated our site with all our in-stock Orange frames, we have the 2018 Clockwork 129 in Large, a tasty alu aggressive mile muncher with long reach, along with a couple of super cheap 27.5 P7’s in Large with free custom colours and one single P7 29″ in Large Norlando Grey.

2018 Orange Clockwork 129 Frame Large 29

2018 Orange P7 27.5 Frame Large Norlando Grey

2018 Orange P7 27.5 Frame Large Tropical Blue

2018 Orange P7 29″ Frame Large Norlando Grey

On top of the clearance frame the offer code hardtail10 also works on all 2019 hardtails, including the P7, Crush, Alma, Lauffey

2019 Orange Crush Frame – £450 After Code 

2019 Orbea Alma 29 M15 – £2879 After Code 

2019 Orbea Laufey 27+ H-LTD – £2249 After Code

 

 

2018 Transition Bike and Frame UK Sale

See ALL SALE ITEMS HERE

Wow, turns out we have over twenty five frames in stock! Coupled with a few still left at Transition UK HQ it’s about time we got our sale section into shape. Plenty of great bargains to be had, and with only colour changes for 2019 these basically remain fully current, grab a deal! And someone please take the large black Sentinel carbon before I make it into a sweet new staff whip!

So what are the highlights?

2018 Transition Sentinel Alu Frame Large – Was £1849 Now £1399

Just a couple of these left and both with us in store. Both frames are large, one is TR Blue and comes with FREE INVISIFRAME the other is matte grey.

2018 Transition Sentinel Alu NX XL  – Was £2999 Now £2499

The last 2018 Sentinel complete bike and it’s a good one, NX complete in XL far as we can find the last one online, and at the best price.

2018 Transition Patrol Alu Frame – Medium and Large Both Colours Was £1849 Now £1399

Last couple of Patrol Alu frames, one here with us and a few with TR UK but we seem to have the only Large still available! The joys of our basement of wonder.

2018 Transition Sentinel Carbon Frameset Large Black Powder – Was £2699 Now £2299

This is the very last Sentinel Carbon frame in Large we can see anywhere, and we have access to SBG forks to with it if needed.

Loads more available on our sale page – SALE ITEMS

 

2018 Transition Smuggler Sale

2018 Transition Smuggler Carbon Sale – Over 20% on remaining UK stock and 40% Ex-Demo

The 2019 Smugglers in carbon and limited edition alu are now in the UK so it’s time to take a look at what’s left from 2018. With only colour changes this is a fantastic way to pick up a bargain on a great frame or bike. A really versatile mid travel 29er that punches way above its weight we have been riding the Smuggler as staff bikes way back to 2015 (remember that blue!) and now the latest version in carbon really just packs all the long-reach-short offset SBG into a light weight all day machine, capable of big climbs and super techy downs.

2018 Transition Smuggler Carbon Frame – Was £2699 Now £2099

2018 Transition Smuggler Carbon GX Large Blue Ex Demo

We also have our 2018 Ex Demo – It’s a large gunsmoke blue as seen below (not the medium blue in the action shots, we are keeping that one!) Immaculate condition, invisiframed from new, sold fully serviced and ready to hit the trails.

RRP – £4999 Offer £2999 – Whole lotta bike for the cash

 

 

2019 Rondo HVRT UK In Stock!

It has been a little time coming but the new Rondo HVRT bikes have started to arrive, and they look stunning. Pronounced ‘Hurt’ (just like the ‘V’ in our home town Edinbvrgh!)

The result of blending fast and focused road geometry with clearance for large tyres, you no longer have to choose between speed and comfort. We have been asked a few times what exactly they are for, and to be honest that’s up to you! Especially on the carbon versions you can mix with the fastest bunch on a Sunday run, smash crit races, or just pack the miles in. However they are equally at home on rough back roads or ‘true gravel’ – like they do in the States – or mudguarded up for the commuting grind.

First ones to arrive in the UK are the aluminium (£1599) and steel (£1999) with the carbons to follow shortly. Click through for full details. – Please note we are currently updating our site and have a couple of legacy HTTP images to get rid of – you may get a security warning. If this happens to you please get in touch if you want to know more about the bikes.

2019 Rondo HVRT ST

2019 Rondo HVRT AL

2018 Rocky Mountain UK Sale – Bikes Added!

We managed to sneak a few more seconds to update our sale bikes, now the Element has been added and the Powerplay C50 removed (sold out!)

The Element is a great bike, in fact it was our most popular Rocky last year! But who wants an XC bike? Well, it’s not really just an XC bike. It can be, sure. We have built them sub 24lbs, but where this really excels is light weight long rides with fun downhills. Welcome to #downcountry! Silly hashtags aside this is a style of riding really popular in Scotland and throughout the UK, lightweight trail bikes can be a lot of fun. Also makes a great bikepacking machine.

This one takes two bottles, one 500ml and one 750ml, a dropper post (standard on the C70) and is a whole lot of fun to ride. We have a medium demo bike available, get in touch if you want to test it.

2018 Rocky Mountain Element C70 RRP £5199 Sale £4250 

2018 Rocky Mountain Element C50 RRP £3699 Sale £2999

Second focus is the 2018 Altitude C50 – Carbon front end Alu rear end.

Limited time offer on this – we need to clear some space for 2019 colours and are feeling a little silly so for a limited time only all remaining C50 stock can be yours for only £2999!

2018 Rocky Mountain Altitude C50 RRP £3999 Offer Price £2999

Finance price £3199.

 

Last up, SLAYERS! No changes since last week, prices remain the same and with only three bikes left they are running out fast. We also just like posting pictures of SLAYERS. These bikes rock hard. If they don’t all go soon. I might buy one. Or a 2019. Honestly, SLAYERS! Are you still reading? Go and look at SLAYERS.

2018 Rocky Mountain Slayer C30 – RRP £3999 Sale £3299

2018 Rocky Mountain Slayer C50 – RRP £4499 Sale £3699

2018 Rocky Mountain UK Bike Sale

It’s that time of year again, and as we step ever closer to next years colours arriving we need to clear some space. With only small changes to spec and colours next year this is a great chance to pick up a bargain on a 2018 Rocky Mountain.

We have big discounts on Altitude Powerplays, non-electric Altitudes, Slayers and Element completes.

2018 Rocky Mountain Altitude A30 – RRP £2799 Now £2299

2018 Rocky Mountain Slayer C50 RRP £4499 Now £3699

2018 Rocky Mountain Slayer C30 RRP £3999 Now £3299

2018 Rocky Mountain Altitude C70 Ex Demo RRP £4999 Now £3499 

2018 Rocky Mountain Altitude C50 RRP £3999 Now £3299

2018 Rocky Mountain Altitude C70 RRP £4999 Now £4150

2018 Rocky Mountain Altiude C90 RRP £6999 Now £5699

2018 Rocky Mountain Altitude Powerplay C50 RRP £5999 Now £4999

2018 Rocky Mountain Altitude Powerplay C70 RRP £6999 Now £5699