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The front view of the crisptitanium fully equipped with the Campagnolo 80 Anniversary Collection

The front view of the CRISP Titanium fully equipped with the Campagnolo 80th Anniversary Collection

The CrispTitanium and the Campag 80 Anniversary Collection

The CRISP Titanium and the Campag 80th Anniversary Collection

The Campagnolo 80 Anniversary transmission

The Campagnolo 80 Anniversary transmission system

The Matt Black of the 80 Anniversary Collection and the raw color of the titanium frame

The microsanded matt black Ergopower controls

The 80 Anniversary transmission

The 80th Anniversary carbon crankset and derailleurs

The 80 Anniversary Full Carbon Wheelset ( A bora Ultra with newly developed N.E.A.M. microsanding and opaque sanding treatments

The 80th Anniversary Full Carbon Wheelset (1310g/pair).  A Bora Ultra with newly developed N.E.A.M. microsanding and opaque sanding treatments

The 80 Anniversary rear derailleur.

The 80th Anniversary rear derailleur.

Also the brakes of the Campagnolo 80 anniversary collection ( have been treated to give them this special matt finish.

Also the brakes of the Campagnolo 80th anniversary collection have been treated to give them a matt finish

The 80 Anniversary Crankset and the front derailleur.

The 80th Anniversary carbon crankset and the front derailleur.

The 80 Anniversary front derailleur.

The 80th Anniversary front derailleur.

Earlier this week I posted a video from Campagnolo that the company created in celebration of their 80 years in business. Continuing that 80 Anniversary theme, the company has all launched an 80th Anniversary Collection groupset.  As the company say’s on it’s Facebook page: “Beautiful components for beautiful frames: Celebrate 80 years of Campagnolo history with the most elegant groupset to date.

The photo’s above show the new groupset and wheelset modeled on the new titanium frame from CRISP Titanium. The groupset look ace and so does the bike!

But that’s not all. According to Campy, the company has taken the highest evolution of the mechanical groupset and wheels and added revolutionary and cutting-edge treatments to create the unique look of the 80th Anniversary Collection.

For example, all the components come with a unique and technologically advanced finishing. Best yet, this limited and numbered 80th Anniversary Collection will come with its own dedicated suitcase!

The limited edition Campagnolo 80th Anniversary Collection and its very own suitcase.

The limited edition Campagnolo 80th Anniversary Collection and its very own suitcase.

A very nice touch for the Campag connoisseur!



So you’ve all heard of Danny MacAskill, the trials rider like no other. Well, fellow trials rider Martyn Ashton decided to do something spectacular, but with a twist.

Ashton decides to display his awesome bike handling skills using a Pinarello Dogma 2 – the £10,000 carbon road bike the same as used by Bradley Wiggins for his Tour de France win.

The 5-minute vid, a promotion for WD-40, was filmed in a variety of urban and coastal settings. Ashton also hits the skatepark, rides a wall of death at the fair, and backflips from the most unlikely of locations – a golf course bunker.

The new customisable Lake CX401

My friend Martin, from Todays Cyclist, popped around the other day for a cup of coffee and a chat. He’s a great guy and it’s always good to see him. While here he showed me the new 2012 range of Lake Cycling shoes that he had in his bag of goods.

Lake CX401

The first pair he had to show me was the new customisable CX401. These are the top range of shoes available from Lake. As you can see from the picture above and below, these shoes just look awesome. But it doesn’t stop there. Its features include:


For sale: 2011 Basso Astra (Black/Blue)

After moving to the UK over a decade ago and getting back into the world of cycling I said to myself that I should get a Basso again. Why? Well, in my last three years of racing as a junior all I rode on was a Basso Astra with Columbus EL OS (oversize) tubing. I have many fond memories of racing and training on that bike. So I wanted to rekindle those memories with a new Basso.

So in October 2010, off I went to Todays Cyclist and bought myself a new (well, actually a demo) Basso Astra (as you see it above). However, in November that year after entering a competition on, I won for myself a brand new NeilPryde Diablo.

Over the coming months the poor Basso just stood in my study and gathered dust as I was now riding the NeilPryde.  This was the main reason that last month I made the decision to sell the Basso. It was a hard decision for me to make, but it is something I had to do.

Now you have the chance to own this beautiful Italian racing machine! The total distance ridden on the bike comes to 300km’s. It did 200km while used as a demo bike for the 2011 range, and then I added 100km when the Diablo was in for a service at the bike shop. So it is mint condition and has been looked after.

The full specs for the bike (as it stands) are:

Make Basso
Model Astra
Size 53cm (seat tube, centre to top)
Colour Black / Blue
Frame Full carbon monocoque
Fork Full carbon fibre
Groupset Shimano Ultegra
Chainset Shimano Ultegra 6750 10-speed 172.5 compact
Chain KMC X10 Gold
Stem MicroTech Race Black Carbon Bonded 110mm
Handlebar MicroTech – Quantum Black – Carbon Monocoque 420mm
Headset MicroTech
Rims Mavic Ksyrium Elite
Hubs Mavic Ksyrium Elite
Seatpost Microtech Race Black Carbon Bonded
Saddle Fizik Arione white
Additional Comes with kevlar reinforced JagWire cabling
PRICE £2000 ono

If this interests you and you would like more information or have any questions, please give me a shout at:  sweatngears [at] (remember to replace the [at] with @). Now for the crème de la crème, the pictures:


Onix Black RH Pro

A couple of months ago I wrote about the new guy on the block, Craig Middleton and his own named brand Onix. Well, he’s back and this time with some BIG news for his new 2012 range.

For his new range, Middleton will now have the  expertise of three time Olympic medallist and former double World Champion on the track, Rob Hayles, to help guide his company’s product development. A big kudos for Onix!

With this new signing, Onix has launched two new bikes for 2012: the competition focussed Onix Black RH Pro and the more sporting Onix Black RH. The RH of course refers to Hayles himself.


NeilPryde Alize

For those who read my blog regularly will know that at the end of 2010 I became a NeilPryde Epic rider. What this meant was I could choose which NeilPryde bike to ride – Diablo or Alize – and then spend the next 12 months riding it, with the purpose of writing about it for the NeilPryde website. So for the past eight months I have been riding the Diablo and have loved every minute of it. An extremely stiff and aggressive bike that keeps wanting more from its rider.

At the start of last week, I took my Diablo in for a service at the local bike shop. Unfortunately I don’t have the specific tools required by Shimano to service its products, otherwise I would have completed the service myself. I had a ride on Sunday so six-days would be more than enough to get it serviced. Well, so I thought. Turns out they hadn’t even started on the service yet.

Not worrying too much about it as I have my Basso at home that I could ride, I let it be. So on Friday I was exchanging a few emails with Scott, the UK agent for NeilPryde, and we were talking about the weekend’s upcoming ride. I told him about the situation to which Scott then suggested I ride the Alize. Jumping at the chance to ride it we arranged to meet up the following day.


Last night I was lucky enough to be invited to attend the launch of the 2011 Boardman Performance Bikes series at an exclusive venue in the heart of London. World and Olympic Champion, Chris Boardman was there talking about the new 2011 range and the new developments put into the line.

Here’s Chris welcoming us all and talking about the 2011 range:

The 2011 Performance Series line up comprises of five Road, three Hybrid, CX, five MTB Hard-tail and two MTB full suspension bikes.

Highlights of the range include:

  • the all-new Pro Carbon Road featuring BB30, tapered steerer, internal cable routing and Shimano Ultegra at £1,799
  • the Pro Carbon MTB featuring internal cable routing, tapered steerer, Rock Shox SID fork and SRAM X9 at £1,599,
  • the Road Team featuring tapered steerer, BB30 and Shimano 105 at £999
  • the MTB Pro with tapered steerer, BB30 and SRAM X9 2×10 at £999

According to the press release, the aerodynamic road and race ready MTB frames utilise high modulus carbon fibre combined with computer developed tube profiles. The new alloy Road, MTB, Hybrid and CX models have all been re-engineered with the emphasis on attention-to-detail resulting in pure performance and range from £500 to £1,000.

I’ll upload some pictures of the frames as soon as I receive them from the Boardman’s PR company.