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Giant Contend SL 1 Disc

Meet the all-new Giant Contend SL 1 Disc. Built on Giant’s industry-leading ALUXX SL aluminium technology, this all-rounder blends speedy acceleration with overall comfort and control. Seamless disc-brake integration means confident braking in variable road and weather conditions. The innovative D-Fuse composite seatpost dampens road vibration for a better ride quality. The proven combination of an OverDrive tapered steerer tube and PowerCore bottom bracket ensures precise handling and maximum pedalling efficiency.


Price: £1149
Frame: ALUXX SL-Grade Aluminium
Fork: Hybrid Composite, OverDrive Aluminium Steerer
Drivetrain: Shimano 105 22 speed 11-32 & 50/34
Brakes: Giant Conduct hydraulic disc brakes, 140mm rotors
Wheels: Giant PR 2 Disc Wheel Set
More details on Giant’s website


Giant Defy Advanced Pro 1

This is another really exciting bike we’ve just received in stock – it’s the Giant Defy Advanced Pro 1. It’s a high specification bike, built for long days in the saddle. The Advanced-grade composite frame features Giant’s “endurance geometry”, combining light weight and stiffness with a degree of compliance that adds comfort. The vibration-damping D-Fuse seatpost also adds to the ride comfort, whilst powerful Shimano R685 hydraulic disc brakes take care of stopping.

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Spec Highlights
Advanced-Grade Composite frame
Pro-Spec, Advanced-Grade Composite, Full-Composite fork with OverDrive 2 Steerer
Shimano Ultegra/RS685 disc 22 speed drivetrain
Shimano R685 hydraulic disc brakes
Giant P-SL0 Disc WheelSystem
Price: £2599

Women’s Mountain Bikes

Following on from last week’s feature on women’s road bikes, we’re having a quick look at some of the off-road options for women riders currently in our showroom.

Many of you will now be familiar with Giant’s “Liv” brand, which is a range of bikes and kit specifically designed for women. Here’s the Liv Intrigue, a full suspension 27.5 wheeled mountain bike £1999.

This is what Giant/Liv have to say about the bike: “Ridden by Liv pro Kelli Emmett on the demanding courses of the Enduro World Series, Intrigue is built specifically for women seeking maximum control and confidence on aggressive trails. The lightweight ALUXX SL aluminium frame features women’s-specific geometry, engineered to optimize the light, agile and super stable 27.5-inch wheels and with 5.5 inches/140mm of plush Maestro Suspension travel, you get efficient pedalling and traction on climbs and unrivalled handling on descents. Additional features include the tapered OverDrive steerer tube and 15mm front thru-axle for more precise steering, plus special cable routing for a dropper seatpost so you can dial in saddle height, on the fly, while riding varying terrain.”

Our View: a high-spec bike, ideal for the experienced rider who has the fitness to tackle the big “ups”, but lives to ride the big downhills. This bike will take you riding to a new level, whether you are a trail centre junkie or just love the natural trails of the South Pennines!


Close up of the Intrigue’s rear suspension

For those looking for a first mountain bike, we’ve also got in stock the Specialized Myka (pictured below), a traditional 26 inch wheeled bike with suspension forks. This bike will cope with most local trails as well as offering a good all-round performance on canal tow-paths, cycle paths and the hilly roads around Halifax. It’s rugged, easy to ride and surprisingly light and agile and at only £350 it’s highly affordable too!

Our View: the perfect budget all-rounder for the Halifax/Calderdale rider who wants a bike that will go anywhere, do anything, whilst opening up off-road exploration at home and on holiday!


Also well worth a look is this 2014 Specialized JETT Comp 29er with 10 x 2 gearing
which is now on special offer – it was £1100 but is going for only £799.  Light, and very well specced, it’s a really classy thoroughbred XC bike.

Our View: This is a highly capable bike, equally at home riding on local trails or on the start line of a Cross-Country race. A pedigree bike at a real knock-down price!


Why not pop into the shop where we can take you through the options – or you can just browse around the showroom!

Feature: Three Women’s Road Bikes

The ever expanding range of women-specific bikes has been a major feature of the last few years and we’ve got some interesting and contrasting designs in the shop at the moment. We’ll be looking at some more women’s bikes in the next few days, but we’ll start with three bikes that offer a lot of performance and high specification, yet are also within reach of most budgets and adaptable enough to handle anything from a family ride through to entry level Road, Sportive or Triathlon events.

First up is the Liv Avail 5 – Liv is the women’s specific brand of the Giant company. Specification includes ALUXX-Grade Aluminum Frame, AluminumAlloy OverDrive Steerer Fork, Shimano Claris 16 speed drive train with FSA Tempo chainset, Dual Pivot brakes and the tough Giant S-R2 wheel set. It retails at £499 – Click on a pic to see a bigger version!

The next bike is the Liv Avail 1, which is at the top of the Avail range. This bike’s spec includes ALUXX SL-Grade Aluminum Frame with composite D-Fuse seat post, Advanced-Grade Composite fork with Hybrid OverDrive Steerer, Shimano 105 22 speed drive train with FSA Gossamer chain set, Tektro TK-R540 Giant Specific, Dual Pivot brakes and Giant P-R2 wheel set. Retail price is £899  – Click on a pic to see a bigger version!

Finally, we’ve got the Specialized Dolce Elite Disc – The Dolce Comp has an E5 alloy frame with Women’s Endurance Geometry, plus Zertz for a responsive, yet forgiving ride. The 10 speed Shimano Tiagra compact drivetrain delivers smooth, fast and efficient shifting performance. The EQ is ready for your first adventure with two alloy Zee cages and a Mini-Wedgie seat bag. Retail price is £1100 – Click on a pic to see a bigger version!

Holiday Bike Box Hire

Many of our customers now regularly fly with their bikes to training camps, holidays and even races. Keep you bike ultra-safe by hiring our Polaris Bike Pod Pro. We charge £35 per week, plus a refundable £100 deposit. Call in at the shop or call us on 01422 361460 to book it now!

We’ve also got an interesting alternative the “Helium”, which includes inflating chambers to cushion your bike – full details


 – Manufactured in the UK
– Clam shell moulded design
– Bike wheels lock in position for security
– Internal foam padding for bike protection
– 4 lockable draw latches & luggage tag
– Castor wheels for ease of movement
– Suitable for both road and mountain bikes
– Conforms to all major airline baggage handling restrictions

DIMENSIONS: Length 1160mm, Height (tallest) 866mm, Depth 260mm
WEIGHT: 10.5kg (+/- 5%)

New: Vittoria Wheels

vittoria-wheelsWe’ve recently added Vittoria’s excellent range of wheels to our product range. Best known for their tyre range, Vittora have now developed an extensive range of Road wheels and we now have examples in stock.

As you’d expect, they are backed by a full service back up in the UK and the wheels are generally very serviceable, with cartridge bearings, for example.

All Vittoria wheelsets come with wheelbags and a skewer-bag. Pop into the shop to have a look or place an order. Full details of the Vittora wheels range can be found on the company’s website.

New! Stages Power Meters

stages-crankpileThis is an interesting addition to our stock, a power meter mounted on a left crank, manufactured to match the look etc of your current crank, and coming in at approx half the cost of any other power meter on the market. And with compatibility with a good range of devices, via ANT and Bluetooth and a tiny weight penalty, it’s a pretty exciting addition to any serious cyclist’s kit.

The Stages Power meter is primed to bring power-based training to all disciplines of performance cycling.

With advanced technology and simple elegant design, the Stages Power meter is perfect for any cyclist looking for their first power meter or a power-training expert wanting to add power measurement to a second MTB, ‘cross or DH bike. You’ll find the Stages Power meter to be the lightest, smallest, most technologically advanced unit available today.

The Stages Power meter is the first power meter to add the new Bluetooth Smart protocol, which offers an extended range compared to standard Bluetooth. Bluetooth 4.0 (at the device end) offers one major benefit for our application: the ability to communicate both to and from our meter for true two-way communication. This allows the Stages Power meter to both send power data to your phone or Bluetooth enabled head unit, but also allows us to use your phone to send firmware updates to the power meter without need for an external wire port.

Stages Website

Key Features

  • ±2% accuracy of strain gauge measured power
  • Light fully sealed unit adds just 20g of additional weight to the crank arm
  • Designed and approved for Road, Tri, MTB, DH, cyclo-cross, BMX and Track.
  • Bilingual communication with ANT+™* and Bluetooth Smart** protocols
  • Internal sensor based cadence measurement — no magnets needed
  • Active temperature compensation
  • Wireless firmware upgrades
  • Simple zero reset
  • Fast set up: install crank arm, pair, and go
  • No wires, magnets, zip-ties, or additional mounted hardware
  • Left arm only design, means no compromise on drive-side spider stiffness or chainrings
  • 1-year warranty against manufacturing defects
  • Optional 2-year accidental damage protection; Stages Cycling PMP (power meter protection) plan