Cloud 9 Cycles specialise in Custom Built Bikes but stock many well known brands as well. We service to a very high standard and also rent bikes. Please come and see us in our shop @ 38 Store St, London, WC1E 7DB
Jay is a great customer and this beaut of a bike is the third one we have built for him and it is to date our favourite!
We started off with the "revolutionary" 3T Strada frameset in the limited Matt Black / Gloss Logo edition.
The show piece of this bike (if you can choose only one) is the transmission:
1X System - Narrow-Wide oval chain ring from Absolute Black, Easton EC90sl Crankset, Speed Play Zero Nanogram Pedals, Sram Red 11-28 cassette, KMC DLC-11 black chain and the cherry on the cake: Sram Red Etap rear derailleur!
Other notable parts inc:
Chris King Hubs laced to Enve SES Disc Rims and wrapped with Schwalbe Pro One tyres (tubeless of course!)
This is one of the fastest bikes we have ever built and so do not be surprised if you get lapped in Regents Park early one morning by someone riding the Bat-Bike!
PARIS ROUBAIX 2018
Looking forward to...
There's no other race quite like Paris-Roubaix in pro cycling and the 2018 edition takes place on Sunday April 7th.
There are plenty of other long Classics that exceed 250km, plenty of other big races held in France, and plenty of other races that feature cobblestones, but none are as difficult nor unique in character as the so-called 'Queen of the Classics'
For one thing, the cobblestones here are on another level of difficulty to those found in the Flandrian classics like the Tour of Flanders and Ghent-Wevelgem. The most difficult sectors are very unevenly paved, and take real skill, power and a heavy dose of fortune to negotiate.
There are also an awful lot of them. In total there are 29 sectors of pavé, amounting to 54.5km – roughly a fifth of the entire race. That far exceeds the ratio of any cobbled classic held in Flanders, and makes Paris-Roubaix something of a test of endurance, with riders generally reaching the finish in dribs and drabs.
The race can be even more gruelling if the weather turns foul. Epic editions involving slippery cobbles and mud-caked jerseys have gone down in folklore.
Each sector of cobblestones is rated between one star (the most straightforward) and five stars (the most difficult), and it's on the three five star stretches that regularly sees the most spectacular racing.
First is the Arenberg Forest at 94km, a long stretch of road rendered dark by the overstretching trees either side of the road, where the race's first major sort-out usually takes place. Then at 47km to go is the Mons-en-Pevele, which, if a rider is on the form of their life, can provide the launchpad for a race-winning attack (as Fabian Cancellara managed in 2010 and 2012 respectively). But more often than not it's the Carrefour de l'Arbre at 15km to go that has the final say.
Even the finish of the race is unusual and iconic. When finally arriving in Roubaix (these days the race might start in Compiegne rather than Paris, but the finish has always been in Roubaix), the riders head to the town's velodrome to complete one and a half laps laps of the track, in front of a cheering crowd. Whether the arena plays host to a sprint between a leading group or a lap of honour for a sole leader, it's invariably a perfect spectacle to end a perfect race.
To find out more info about the PR check this awesome article from Cycling Weekly.
We build award winning bikes that are ridden by Athletes, Commuters and Enthusiasts across the globe.
We service all bikes in our state of the art workshop and complete jobs quickly and professionally.
All of our mechanics are Cytech 3 qualified and experienced with working on high end bikes (fyi services can be booked online).
In our store you will find - Bike Fitting, Wheel Building and Hand Built Frames and much more!
If you need any advice please get in touch (or pop in) and we will be glad to help!
OUR BIKE OF THE MONTH: A BESPOKETITANIUM ADVENTURE DREAM MACHINE!
Andrew's bike is the prime example of what we do at Cloud 9 Cycles!
Andrew came to us and asked us to help him build a bike that he could Commute, Race and do Ultra Distance Riding on!
The Maiden Voyage was going to be a self supported 5,000 mile trip following the UK Coastline!
So the first thing to do was design a frame that would be perfect for Andrew and his needs.
We collaborated with Tony Corke for the fitting and worked together choosing every part to make sure it would perform perfectly.
Everything from the size of the tubing, the way the cables were routed and the ease to which the bags would mount was analysed.
Andrews Bike Design
Once completed we sent the fitting file to our Titanium Frame builder and waited anxiously for the frame to arrive.
12 weeks later and we were not disappointed! A beautiful Titanium frame with a brushed finish and gold logos!
We got straight to work building the bike using the best components possible:
- Chris King Hubs, Bottom Bracket and Headset in Limited Edition Emerald Green - Compass Tubeless Tyres wrapped around on own Carbon rims - Enve Carbon Forks, Front mudguard, Cockpit and Seatpost. - Shimano Ultegra Di2 drivetrain with 11-40 XT Cassette (using Wolftooth Roadlink) and driven with a KMC Diamond Chain. - Brooks Cambium Saddle
The bike was gorgeous and Andrew embarked on his UK tour on the 26th September avergaing 78miles a day for 64 consecutive days!
Andrew chose to raise money for the Paul Sartori foundation and single handedly raised over £5,400! After spending more than 2 months on the saddle most normal people would think about taking a break….
But Andrew is most definitely not "a normal person"!