Biketart | Blog

23/08/2017

Santa Cruz Rocks the 2017 Vital MTB Audience Survey!

Santa Cruz was voted number one during the 2017 Vital MTB Audience Survey in six of seven classifications in the bike and frame intent-to-buy categories: Bike Brand, Frame-Only, Trail Bike, Enduro/All-mountain Bike, 29-inch Bike, and 27.5-inch Bike. That’s pretty impressive we think! “We’re blown away about how the demand for our bikes continues to grow,” said Santa Cruz Global Sales Director Tom Larter. More than 10,000 visitors completed the survey, 25% of whom either work, or had worked, in bike shops themselves. At Biketart we have an extensive range of Santa... Read More

01/06/2017

The All-New Santa Cruz Nomad

Today Santa Cruz have launched the brand new Nomad. The 4th generation of this famous bike sees an overhaul of the design introduces new features to keep it on top of the enduro stack. The 2018 Nomad brings more travel, adjustable geometry, killer looks and some very cool build kits. Key changes: 170mm travel (up 10mm). More pedal efficient – the Nomad surprises everyone at how well it pedals. It’s now even better. If you want a big travel bike that you can pedal up this ticks the boxes –... Read More

28/05/2017
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Work at Biketart – New Mechanic Required

Biketart are looking for an experienced mechanic to work at our shop in the centre of Canterbury. You will be responsible for bike servicing, in-store sales and bike rentals. The main job roles are: In store advice & sales of bikes, parts and accessories Advising customers on bike servicing and repairs Booking bikes into the workshop calendar system Carrying out bike repairs and servicing PDI’ing bikes ready for collection Customer service and technical support by email/phone Placing orders with out warehouse and suppliers Receiving goods into stock.   Skills/Experience Required... Read More

21/03/2017
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Santa Cruz Chameleon: Looking Back at an Ever Changing Beast

In the animal kingdom, creatures make use of all sorts of clever little techniques to camouflage themselves. From striped zebra, to leaf life stick insects to bark coloured treecreepers – all very clever. But it all looks like kids playing hide and seek compared to the amazing chameleon. Capable of actually changing their skin colour by internally manipulating a range of pigments at different levels, allowing them to blend in, signal to other chameleons and even regulate their body temperature, they are one of the most adaptable creatures in the... Read More

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Orange Bikes: A Brief History of the All Round Range

Orange Bikes: A History if the All Round Range   Big news at Biketart. We have a new bike brand coming on board. They are British. They hail from Yorkshire. They’ve been around since the dawn of MTB time. That’s right folks..Orange bikes are coming to Biketart. Time to let you know a bit about their history and development. Because that  sort of thing’s important, right? It all begins with wind surfing. Yep, that’s right, windsurfing. Keen outdoor sports guy and windsurf company owner, Roger Tushingham acquired, in 1986, a Muddy Fox Courier... Read More

Orange Bikes:  The All-Round Range Comes to Biketart

While wandering the isles of the London Bike Show back in February, on a mission to track down the secrets behind the mythical DH29er, I visited a few of my personal favourites. While I had the job of chatting to Biketart’s regular suppliers, I also used a bit of my own time to peruse the brands that, after more than twenty years of mountain biking, I hold in some affection. Amongst those brands, one of them makes me go a little more doe-eyed than the rest – Orange bikes. I... Read More

29er DH: Downhill Finally Goes Big

You’ve heard them haven’t you? The whispers. The rumours. The secretive suggestions. And I’m sure you’ve spotted the furtive glances from industry types and seen the odd leaked photo. It’s been coming. Of course it has. The thing they said could never happen, is finally on its way. Downhill bikes are going to become 29ers. Seriously, I’m not kidding. First off, plenty of people said that downhill bikes would never work with 27.5” tyres. And they were so, so wrong. For the last three years, every single UCI World Cup... Read More

14/02/2017

I Hear you Calling: The New Bike from Evil

Evil Bikes might be known for quirky launches, like bringing out the Following just as everyone fell in love with 27.5, but they are no mugs when it comes to the direction that the industry is taking. Founder Kevin Walsh went for a hooligan 29er while everyone else thought they were just for XC racing and had spotted the potential for slack geometry when the rest of the industry reckoned it was just for downhill. Which means that most people in the know had their eyes peeled for the first... Read More

All that’s good about Evil: A history of MTB comebacks

Evil Bikes: Bad boy comeback kings With most mountain bike manufacturers, there’s one of three ‘stories’ behind them. They are either an old road bike/established company that started building mountain bikes when they came along, or they are one of the ‘originals’ linked to a mystical bloke who started knocking together off road frames in the 70s or 80s in California/Yorkshire/The Alps, or they are a marketing company who spotted a niche, had a chat with a factory in Taiwan and then started selling online. Then there is Evil bikes.... Read More

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Öhlins Suspension: The New Old Kid on the Block

Öhlins Suspension: The New Old Kid on the Block Aah, Sweden, a country of moose, forests, reliable cars, friendly blond giants and, um, the highest performance suspension company in the world. Who knew? Well, pretty much everyone in motor sport it turns out. For a shade over forty years, Öhlins has been offering some of the finest precision manufactured suspension products that motorcyclists (and race car drivers) could lay their hands on. Luckily for us mountain bikers, Öhlins have now started making shocks and forks for our particular brand of... Read More