Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The 2014 Fuji Sportif 2.3 Achieves the Perfect Balance of Comfort, Quality, and Value

The 2014 Fuji Sportif 2.3 is Calling All Riders Who Want All-Day Comfort and Speed


Of course, speed is not the only factor in choosing a bike. You want a bike that allows you to discover the joy of the journey, and take in the simple pleasure of riding. If this sounds like you, the 2014 Fuji Sportif 2.3 is an excellent bike for you!



 This is the first Fuji bike group that features road type disc brakes. Fuji finds that adding this more dependable and stronger braking mechanism will help newer riders feel more safe and comfortable when riding. features Fuji's A2-SL frame, which is stiff, lightweight and durable, but also has a more upright and relaxed riding geometry that won't push your body to the limits on longer rides. The FC-770 carbon fiber fork gives some zip to the bike, but also soaks up road vibrations for a more comfortable ride. Integrated shifting from Shimano ensures riders remain in control when shifting gears on the most challenging roads.


If you are interested in any sort of commuting, you can also add fenders and racks to the bike. Bottom line — if you are looking for an entry level road, commuting, or touring bike — the Fuji Sportif 2.3 is a great option for you.

Come check it out today at either Gotta Ride Bikes location! We'd love to help you pick out the best bike for you!



Thursday, April 10, 2014

2014 Scott Speedster 30 Road Bike Review

Perfect Combination of Performance And Durability — At an Entry Level Price

(review from choosemybicycle.com)

The design of the Speedster 30 is highlighted by clean lines accentuated with what can only be described as a paint job that is nothing short of breathtaking. It is quite the looker from every angle.

 

Aero Alloy Frame
The frame is a double butted 6061 Aluminium alloy tubing with a road geometry integrated headtube. The frame is very well contoured and the build quality is top notch, the tubing is predominantly round with sleek seatstays and chainstays. The welds across key joints were compact, but for a bike slotted as a mid-premium level road bike, I would have expected a smoother, more aesthetic finish. 
 
Aero Carbon/Alloy Fork
Overall the frame is quite stiff and ensures that there is not too much flex while riding, this is expected, as the Speedster 30 is not an out-and-out performance road bike for competition. It is a stable, comfortable bike that is also capable of transferring all the energy and momentum forward when you decide to push the bike while sprinting.

The design and geometry of the bicycle has been intelligently altered to ensure comfort cruising and riding while retaining the bike’s inherent road bike DNA. It is easily one of the most comfortable road bikes out there that I have ridden; and the fact that the designers at Scott have marginally increased the Head tube compared to the usual performance road bike geometry, has resulted in making the riding stance more upright and comfortable for longer rides or just everyday cruising. 

 The bicycle comes with Schwalbe Lugano 700 x 25C road tires which are just the right tires when you need the perfect combination of performance with durability. They boast of a puncture protection belt, which is a good feature for Indian roads. They are fitted to Syncros Race 27 Aero Profile  Rims that will be a key factor in giving you that performance edge off the block.


The Tiagra combination found in the shifters (Shimano TIAGRA ST-4600 Dual control 20 Speed) and the front (Shimano TIAGRA FD-4600) and rear derailleurs (Shimano Tiagra RD-4601-SS 20 Speed) are predictable and expected for a bike in this road category. They perform well and are true and precise through all gears. It is a good combination if you’re someone who is happy cruising while occasionaly looking to burst away from your pack. 

The brakes are Tektro SCBR-525 Cartridge Pads which is sufficient for a road bike; however the brake levers are set really tight which could be difficult to operate for amateurs who are not used to dropdown brake levers.   

VISIT GOTTA RIDE BIKES TODAY TO SEE GREAT 2014 BIKES FROM SCOTT, FUJI, AND LOOK!


Monday, April 7, 2014

Light It Up For The Most Fun and Safest Night Rides

Safer Night Riding Begins With Good Lighting


Modern high-end light systems offer enough brightness to give your riding companions sunburn (kidding!). And, they come in a wide variety of price points. But, how much light is needed for safe road or off-road riding? We have a wide assortment of bicycle lights for every purpose!

Light It Up

To illuminate the road or trail ahead for your own eyes, not just to be seen at night by others, 10 watts is a good starting point. In general, the greater the headlight's wattage, the brighter the light. There are also systems with yellow and white light, the latter being brighter at the same wattage.

Find The Right Features

Modern lighting systems are packed with features. There are twin- and single-beam headlight systems. There are different battery types (rechargeables are found on better lights). There are ingenious quick-release mounts so you can install and remove the light in a blink. Most lights offer high- and low-beam options like your car (use the high beam for downhills, pitch-black woods, high speed and intersections). There are even computerized light systems on which battery usage and light output is controlled via microchip.


Trail Torch

The ultimate trail setup is having one handlebar light and another on your helmet. The head-mounted light illuminates your field of vision and is especially handy for following bends in the trail because it moves with you as you turn to look (just don't look directly at friends when riding because you'll blind them for a few seconds). Meanwhile, the bar-mounted beam allows monitoring conditions directly in front of the bike for bumps, roots and trail irregularities.

Portable Power

High-watt light systems require large amounts of power so battery systems have gotten very sophisticated. In ascending order of cost, bicycle lighting systems use lead-acid batteries, Nickel-Cadmium (NiCad) batteries, and Nickel-Metal-Hydride (NiMH) batteries. NiCad batteries are lighter and less susceptible to power loss at high or low temperatures than lead-acid, and will last many more recharge cycles. NiMH batteries weigh 30% less than NiCad batteries and offer similar run-times and durability. Proper care and feeding of your battery must be followed to insure you get maximum battery life. Always follow the manufacturer's instructions regarding charging and use of any rechargeable battery.

Night Rides Can Be The Best Rides

Having a good light means you can ride safely at night, which is sometimes the best time to ride. It's after car-commuting hours so the roads are less busy. The sun's gone down, so it's often the most comfortable time of day, too. And, at night, off-road riding can be magical. The best way to decide on a lighting system is to come in and look at some to compare features and cost. Which one is best for you really depends on how and where you plan to use it and how much you'd like to spend. If you can answer these questions, we can help you pick the perfect light.


Friday, April 4, 2014

2013 Mavic R-Sys SLR Is The Wheelset From Your Dreams

Mavic R-Sys SLR: Light weight and responsiveness with no compromise on reliability.


What do you need in a road wheelset? 


You need your wheels to move efficiently with each pedal stroke and in every race situation, but especially during demanding climbs and mountain races. You need it to be light and responsive.
And, you really want it to be easy to change a flat during a training ride.

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Mavic's R-SYS SLR Clinchers bring these fantasies into reality, and Mavic has gone to great lengths to ensure it. "We put a great deal of demand on our wheels. If they're not stiff, responsive, and lightweight, we tend to treat them with either neglect or complete disdain."

"Though you may be intrigued by the idea of full carbon wheels with deep rim profiles, the rim depth on the front and rear wheels (22mm front and 25mm respectively) promotes the healthy aerodynamics and stiffness that you need for climbing bursts and swift descents" — Competitive Cyclist

Mavic uses exclusive technologies to create this light alloy wheelset that is perfect for demanding climbers. The R-Sys SLR now features ISM3D and featherlight Yksion Pro tire for even lower inertia, boosted by superlight bearings and the exclusive Tracomp technology.

KEY BENEFITS

SSC Wheel-Tyre System: the pros choice
Optimized Wheel-Tyre System: GripLink / PowerLink
Superior endurance: Exalith
Distinctive full black - SSC graphics

Lighter

Light and resistant spokes: Tracomp carbon technology
Lighter rims: ISM machining and Exalith

Highly responsive
High energy transfer: Tracomp technology
Lowered inertia for the same stiffness: ISM
Lower rolling resistance: Yksion PowerLink

Weight (pair of wheels with tyre - WTS): 1960 grams
front wheel: 605 grams
rear wheel ED11: 765 grams
pair of wheels: 1370 grams
front wheel with tyre - WTS: 900 grams
rear wheel ED11 with tyre - WTS: 1060 grams

FEATURES

RIMS
Material: Maxtal
Color: Exalith
Height: front 22 mm, rear 25 mm asymmetrical
Joint: SUP
Drilling: Fore Brake track: Exalith
Weight reduction: ISM
Valve hole diameter: 6.5 mm
Tyre: clincher or tubular
ETRTO size: 622x15C
Recommended tyre sizes: 19 to 32 mm

SPOKES
Material: carbon fiber (front and rear non drive side) and Zicral (rear drive side)
Shape: Tracomp tubular (front and rear non drive side) and straight pull bladed (rear drive side)
Color: nude carbon with black nipples and heads (front and rear non drive side), black (rear drive side)
Nipples: integrated M7 aluminum with dry thread lock
Count: front 16, rear 20
Lacing: radial front and rear non-drive side, crossed 2 rear drive side

HUBS
Body: aluminum
Color: black
Front and rear axle material: aluminum
QRM+
FTS-L steel

TIRE
Link: GripLink
Link: PowerLink
Front Tread: Dual Compound "S+"
Rear Tread: Dual Compound
Casing: 127 TPI
Breaker: Strong Nylon
Dimension: 23-622 (700x23c)
Min. Pressure: 7 bar / 100 psi
Max. Pressure: 10 bar / 145 psi
Color: Black / SSC

VERSIONS
Clincher M10
Clincher ED11
Tubular M10
Tubular ED11

DELIVERED WITH
BR601 quick release
Wheelbags
Exalith brake pads
Computer magnet (front wheel)
Bearing adjustment tool (rear wheel)
Spoke wrench (rear wheel)
Spoke holder for aerodynamic spokes (rear wheel)
Tracomp ring tool
User guide

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