Cervelo Reinvented R Series #gotitatsteed

From geometry and technology to components and features, the R Series has been fundamentally re-engineered, revised and reinvented. The R5 makes no compromises as a race machine first and foremost. World Tour riders praise its new pro fit, stable and responsive handling, and unrivalled stiffness and lightweight design. Bernie Eisel calls it “the perfect bike […]

Giant Demo Day!

This Sunday June 4th join us for a day of Bike Demos with our friends at Giant!
They will be bringing their Mountain Bike Demo Fleet consisting of the Trance, Hail, and Full-E Bikes for you to take out and ride!
Email sales@steedcycles.com now to book in your bike! You can book the bikes from 10am-1pm or 2pm-5pm.
We look forward to getting you out and riding!

#fbf BC CX Champs 2016 Video

What an Adventure It’s Been

If you were riding down Marine Drive on Friday night, you may have noticed the faint, heavenly smell of fish tacos and beer, and you may have even stopped in to join the fun – we’re glad you did!

Jonny Grant, 1997 Steed Cycles logo and clothing

Jonny Grant wearing the t-shirt and jacket from 1997 collection.

On May 4th, we celebrated 20 years of service with an evening of good tunes, great food and even better company, here at Steed Cycles. The Tacofino food truck stole the show as we braved the pouring rain in true, Vancouver fashion. Beer was “cheersed” with old friends and new, and the DJ played to the tune of a full and happy crowd.

Being a part of this strong bike community has been an awesome, wild ride, and we are so grateful to all of you who have supported us over the years.

Here’s to another 20!

Celebrating 20 Years!

#steedbicyclebingo presented by Cervelo

Every year around this time we try to inspire riders to get back on the bike and out on the roads. This year is no different and to help you along the way for the whole month of April we will be having our first ever #steedbicyclebingo. Its simple, we will release a bicycle inspired bingo card on April 1st (this is not a joke) and the aim is for you to complete the bingo card by the end of the month. For each task you perform you will be added to the weekly draw for prizes from our amazing sponsors Cervelo Cycles. The more tasks you complete the more chances of winning. Complete the whole card and you go in the Grand Prize Draw at the end of the month.

The promotion will run through Instagram and will involve you sharing your images with us. Simply use the hashtag #steedbicyclebingo plus the number of the task you have completed in the description and add a fun comment. Make sure you tag @steedcycles and @cervelocycles in the image so we can see all the fun you are having on the bike. We will share your adventures with our followers. Each week we will pick a few winners for prizes which can be picked up at the store.

Save the Bingo Card to your phone so you can complete all the tasks.

PSA: Remember to always ride safely and have fun out there.

 

New Santa Cruz Demo Fleet at Steed Cycles

Its that time of the year again. The season is in full swing and we have just revamped our Demo Fleet from Santa Cruz. We have the Bronson CC X01 Eagle in Small, Medium, Large and X Large.

New to the Fleet this year is the ever popular Hightower CC X01 Eagle in both 29er and 27.5+. We have both wheel sizes available so you can ride them back to back on the trails and figure out what works for you.

 

Call the store for more details or to book in your test ride.

*Demo Charge is $90 (redeemable against the purchase of a Santa Cruz) + Pre-Auth of $5000 on Credit card. and I.D. Required.

Mountain Bikes Available:

Bronson CC – X01 – S, M, L, XL

Hightower CC – X01 – 29 or 27.5+ – M, L, XL

The Power’s in your Hands

 

From March 1st to May 31st we are offering 0% finance over 12 month on any Specialized Levo at Steed Cycles.

If that is not enough we will also give you $300 worth of Specialized accessories free of charge with the offer.

Come by the store/call to speak to Staff. We will also be offering Finance on any other bikes in store at a competitive rate with Finance It.

 

 

 

Velotoze – Outsmart the elements

Sick of the elements ruining your bike ride? Or want to be more Aero on the road? After some of the team at Steed have been using these we have decided to bring them into the store for you to all enjoy. Grab a pair before the Spring Series or Ride Club. Read below some of the FAQ’s people have and get some now.

Are they really waterproof?

  • veloToze products are made from a waterproof, flexible material. The Tall Shoe Covers form a seal around your calf to prevent water from entering the shoe cover and the waterproof material keeps water out on the sides.

To ensure water doesn’t enter through the cleat holes in the bottom of your shoe, you may need to put a small piece of tape over the vent hole. Here’s a video to show you how do to that.

How long do they last?

  • veloToze products are designed to be used multiple times, but if you take them on and off carefully and follow the proper care instructions, they can last longer.

How do I put them on?
For the Tall Shoe Covers, make sure to put on the shoe cover BEFORE your shoe. Instructions are as follows:

  1. Put on sock
  2. Place foot through ankle hole, then large cleat hole to pull on shoe cover.
  3. Then put on shoe.  Warning: Shoe cover may tear if you do not FIRST put on shoe cover, then shoe.
  4. Pull cover over heel of shoe FIRST, then toe
  5. Ensure no part of shoe covers are over cleats or heel pad. Pull shoe cover off of cleats and heel pad if necessary.
  6. To remove, follow instructions in reverse order. To make it easier to put them on the next time, add baby powder to inside of shoe covers after wearing.

For the Short Shoe Covers, make sure to put on the shoe cover AFTER your shoe. Basic instructions are as follows:

  1. Put on sock and shoe
  2. Pull cover over toe of shoe
  3. Then pull cover over heel, being careful not to catch cover on cleats
  4. Ensure no part of shoe covers are over cleats or heel pad. Pull shoe cover off of cleats and heel pad if necessary.
  5. To remove, follow instructions in reverse order.

How do I clean them?

  • To clean shoe covers or Helmet Cover, rinse with cool water or wipe with a cool, wet cloth. Do not put in clothes washer. (see video)

 

  • To dry, hang over a hanger or ledge or wipe with a dry cloth. The material does not absorb water, so they should dry quickly. Do not put in clothes dryer.
  • After repeated use, apply talcum or baby powder to inside of shoe covers to prevent sticking

Pro Tips: 

  • If wearing legwarmers or tall socks, ensure top of Tall Shoe Covers are directly against the skin. If socks or legwarmers are between top of shoe cover and skin, water may enter the shoe cover.
  • To prevent water from entering the shoe from the bottom of the shoe, remove insole of shoe and place tape over vent opening.
  • Apply talcum powder or baby powder after using the shoe covers to make them easier to put on
  • Avoid contact with sharp objects
  • Do not store in direct sunlight

Do they breathe?

  • veloToze products are made of a waterproof fabric that allows some vapor transfer. As with most waterproof materials, the fabric has mitigated breathing ability, which will result in some heat and sweat build-up inside the shoe cover. The design of the Short Shoe Cover, Toe Cover and Helmet Cover allow moisture to escape more easily.

Will they make my feet hot?

  • veloToze shoe covers are designed to be waterproof and wind-proof to keep your feet warm. If the weather is hot or you are riding vigorously, your feet may become hot. If they do, simply remove the shoe cover and store it for your next cold weather ride.

What temperature are they best for? 

The Tall Shoe Covers are designed for temperatures from around 5C/40F to 16C/60F

The Short Shoe Covers, Toe Covers and Helmet Cover are designed for temperatures from around 10C/50F to 18C/65F

I’m allergic to latex, can I still use them?

  • If you have a latex allergy, you should ask your doctor before using veloToze products.

Do you make a non-latex version?

  • We currently do not make a version without latex, but we are always developing new products and may offer one in the future.

Do the shoe covers work for mountain biking or cyclocross? 

  • veloToze shoe covers are designed for road cycling shoes and for use during road cycling. The material on the bottom of the shoe is likely to tear if they are worn for walking or running on rough surfaces and are therefore unlikely to last more than one or two times if used in this way. Also, because they cover a portion of the bottom of the shoe, they may be slippery when walking or running on muddy surfaces.

How do I dry them?

  • Hang over a hanger or ledge to dry. The material does not absorb water, so they should dry quickly. Keep away from sharp objects. Do not put in clothes dryers.

How do I clean them?

  • Wipe with a wet cloth to clean. Do not put veloToze products into a clothes washing machine.

Where are veloToze products made?

  • veloToze products are designed in California and manufactured in Malaysia

Smith Helmets – The new Rover get thumbs up!

The guys at Pinkbike got their hands on the new Smith Rover Mtb Helmet and have given it a great review. We now have the Rover MIPS in stock at Steed. There is a bunch of colours available to suit all your current riding kit.

Smith Rover Helmet Review by Vernon Felton
Smith rolled out the Rover this fall. Whereas their first mountain bike helmet, the Forefront, debuted in 2014 as a fully-featured, premium-priced lid, the Rover strikes a more pared-down pose. To wit, it isn’t overflowing with helmet-cam mounts, goggle retaining devices or other brain bucket accouterments. It also bucks the extended-coverage tide. The Rover is not the kind of wispy head thong made popular in the `90s, but there is less rear coverage on the Rover than on popular competing models such as the Bell Super 3, Giro Montaro, POC Trabec or Specialized Ambush (to name just a few).
Smith Rover Details
• EPS foam liner with Koroyd employed on sides
• 18 vents
• Eight different colors available
• MIPS system available in all colors
• X-Static performance lining
• Integrated visor
• Sizes: S, M (tested) and L
• MSRP:  $185 w/MIPS
• www.smithoptics.com
The feature that truly pushed the Forefront out, er, front was its extensive use of Koroyd—a polymer honeycomb layer material that can be combined with expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam to create a kind of dual-density helmet liner, which, theoretically, should provide cushioning for both high- and low-energy impacts alike. Smith calls it Aerocore. The Rover uses quite a bit less Koroyd in its liner than the Forefront—just a couple patches on either side of the helmet. But while the Rover has a more Spartan ethic than its pricier sibling, it does share some fundamental features, including X-Static anti-microbrial helmet padding, VaporFit adjustable retention system and lightweight, single-layer webbing. If you are all about MIPS, the Rover can be had in both MIPS and non-MIPS version. If matte charcoal isn’t cutting it for you, the Rover is also available in seven other colors.
Smith Rover Helmet Review by Vernon Felton
 Dialing in fit is as simple as twisting the dial on the VaporFit retention system. The rubberized dial offers nice, solid clicks in both directions.
Smith Rover Helmet Review by Vernon Felton
 Running the straps through the helmet liner helps keep the sweaty webbing from nestling up against your cheekbones at all times.
Smith Rover Review
 The Rover in use.
On TrailSmith did good work with the overall fit of the Rover. How well a helmet molds to any one person’s head is always going to vary. Smith, however, ticks off the core basics with the Rover.

To wit, the X-Static padding is comfortable and the VaporFit retention system offers a wide range of adjustment via solid clicks of a dial that’s easy to fiddle with, even when you are wearing gloves and your digital dexterity isn’t anything to brag about.

I do, however, have one sore spot in the comfort department—the plastic webbing of the VaporFit harness has two tightly-radiused corners that, on particularly long rides, rub me the wrong way. The picture at right shows what I mean here. This may simply be a bald-guy issue. If I had hair, it probably wouldn’t have been a problem whatsoever. Indeed, on cold days when I wore a skull cap, I didn’t notice it at all. But if you are lacking hair back there, it’s something to consider.

Smith Rover Helmet Review by Vernon Felton
The Forefront’s aesthetics have always been a love or hate kind of thing. The Rover, with it’s cleaner silhouette, will likely appeal to a broader audience. There is, as mentioned earlier, less rear coverage to be had with the Rover than with most all-mountain/enduro half-shells these days. Whether or not that matters to you is a personal call. I like the sleek look, but have personally grown accustomed to having more of a foam mullet cascading down towards my shoulders.

Smith absolutely nailed ventilation with the Rover. There are very few helmets on the market that do a better job of channeling air over your scalp. The massive, sculpted vents get much of the credit here, but the lack of Koroyd also helps. Koroyd may offer a kind of enhanced energy absorption, but the mat of thermowelded straws tend to block airflow—that was always my one gripe with the Forefront.

The relatively sparse use of Koroyd here means that airflow isn’t hampered here at all. So, there’s two ways to look at the limited use of Koroyd on this helmet: If you want the maximum benefit of the material, go with the Forefront. If you ride in hot areas or are simply a fan of cooler lids, but you still want some of Koroyd’ protective value, the Rover is the better choice.

Smith Rover Helmet Review by Vernon Felton
 Massive, well placed vents make the Rover one of the best ventilated helmets I’ve ever ridden.
Finally, there’s the visor: Its lack of a tilt option didn’t bother me on descents. Smith’s done a good job of finding the right angle to fix this thing at. I never found myself actually wanting to ratchet the thing up when riding with sunglasses. The visor also works well with goggles in place. However, if you feel like giving the goggles a break (say on a climb), the lack of visor adjustability means you can’t perch the goggles up on the forehead section of the helmet. That’s a shame because the Rover is otherwise a great choice for goggle-loving riders; the shell’s shape meshes perfectly with goggle straps. Bottom line—a tilting visor is simply the kind of feature that should show up on any helmet at this price point.

Speaking of price point, you might notice that I’m listing a different price on the Rover than what’s been previously published elsewhere—that’s because Smith just lopped $30 USD off the sticker price for both the MIPS and non-MIPS versions. Given the recent debuts of more wallet-friendly helmets, such as the Giro Chronicle and Specialized Ambush Comp, the Rover’s new price is a move in the right direction.

Pinkbike’s Take: 

bigquotes The Rover is a solid choice for riders who want a well-executed, highly-breathable lid. At $120 (non MIPS) I’m not expecting a ton of bells and whistlers, such as helmet camera or light mounts, goggle clips and so forth. That said, the lack of visor adjustability might be a sore spot with some riders. – Vernon Felton