No.04 | FEBRUARY 2014
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NEWS & EVENTS
WE’VE BEEN BUSY...
SINCE THE START OF 2014 WE’VE LAUNCHED THREE NEW WEBSITES
e hope many of you have had the pleasure of visiting our all new Planet X website, which is much easier to navigate, shop and get all the information you need on our huge range of products.
Not only that but we also upgraded our On-One site to the same format giving it all the same great features as the new Planet X site. On top of that we updated the website of Podsacs - the legendary rucksack brand - which is now part of the Planet X family. Podsacs produce high quality packs and climbing equipment. Visit them all and give them a try we love feedback from our customers, it only helps us improve in everything we do!
ROAD, RACE & MOUNTAIN BIKES CLOTHING ACCESSORIES HELMETS NEWS DEALS PLUS MUCH MORE...
INSIDE THIS ISSUE P02 WE’VE BEEN BUSY It’s a new year and we’ve got a lot to tell you about...
P03 WELCOME BACK It’s great to be back in print;
we’ve got big plans for the year - read on to find out more.
P04 THE COMBACK KID An interview with our latest (and greatest?) sponsored rider Jonny Bellis.
P06 NEW PLANET X 365 CLOTHING RANGE All new for 2014, our cycle
clothing range made from the finest fabrics available.
P10 ROAD RANGE EXPLAINED We give you a lowdown on our road bike range.
P12 PLANET X RT58 One of our fastest selling bikes MOUNTAIN & CROSS BIKES CLOTHING ACCESSORIES HELMETS NEWS DEALS PLUS MUCH MORE...
CLIMBING EQUIPMENT BACK PACKS BAGS COVERS LINERS DEALS PLUS MUCH MORE...
in our range, here’s the story behind its development.
P14 ON-ONE CODEINE The most anticipated bike OnOne has ever made...
P15 ON-ONE 45650B The legendary 456 gets
treated to 650b wheels and Shimano Deore groupset.
P17 STAFF RIDES Who’s riding what and why? P20 JOBSWORTH TOOLS The right tool for the job! Jobsworth has it covered.
P22 OUR STORES You’ve got to come and see them. You won’t be disappointed!
P23 PRO BIKE FIT Getting a proper bike fit is an effective and economical way to improve your riding experience.
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PLANET X NEWS
THERE’S BEEN LOTS GOING ON HERE SINCE OUR LAST MAGAZINE
resh additions to our bike and clothing range, old favourites returning, new brands and, of course, all-new websites for Planet X and On-One.
We all ride here at Planet X that’s why there’s nothing more exciting than the launch of a brand new product, of which we’ve had quite a few recently, with more to come over the next few months.
Introducing the On-One Pickenflick: You may have noticed a head turning addition to our range recently, creeping out into the world from the trusted bosom of our development team. We thought it was too good to keep to ourselves, it would’ve been selfish and we were far too excited about it all to keep it at bay. So, here it is... the OnOne Ti Pickenflick Cyclocross bike.
The On-One Pickenflick, Planet X RT-58 Alloy and On-One 45650B, to name just a few, have been causing a stir in their respective circles, as has our Planet X 365x clothing range and the much anticipated On-One Carbon Fatty Fork - the first batch sold out within two hours! (there are more coming, of course...)
THERE’S SO MUCH COMING UP THIS YEAR WE COULDN’T HELP BUT SHARE A FEW HIGHLIGHTS Every Sunday Social store group rides - Sheffield Store & Barnsley Store
27th April Introduction to Bike DIY & maintenance course - Barnsley Store
23rd February Introduction to Bike DIY & maintenance course - Barnsley Store
We’re proud to be supporting and attending a number of exciting events in and around the UK and Ireland over the course of the year. Stay tuned for further information as the events draw near.
28th February - 2nd March The Triathlon Show - Sandown Park, Surrey 2nd March Introduction to Bike DIY & maintenance course - Barnsley Store 8th & 9th March Manchester Bike & Tri Show - Manchester 16th March Introduction to Bike DIY & maintenance course - Barnsley Store 30th March Introduction to Bike DIY & maintenance course - Barnsley Store 5th & 6th April Scottish Bike Show - Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, Glasgow, Scotland
Ride your bike away today & pay nothing for 6 months! After 6 months of interest-free credit, you can pay in full with just a £20 settlement fee. Alternatively, take either 12 or 24 months credit with Barclays at a competitive 9.9% interest rate (APR).
My riding career, ‘cross wise, started in steel - good old fashioned 531 and then 653, eventually handmade for me by a NW framebuilder. And great those frames were too - comfortable, light enough for the job and cost effective. As frame technology moved on, so did my taste in frames and a pair of aluminium Planet X Uncle Johns served me well for many years. The On-One Dirty Disco and Planet X XLS took things off in an interesting carbon direction but until last year, I hadn’t ridden a ‘cross bike made out of the one remaining mainstream material, titanium.
Visit planetx.co.uk/news for the full story
13th April Introduction to Bike DIY & maintenance course - Barnsley Store
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Alan Dorrington has been riding one for a bit now, testing it in the trench conditions of the North West Cross League, and the wind swept, also trench like conditions, of the 3 Peaks. Alan has been kind enough to scribble some words down for us in the shape of a review, and as he knows it better than anyone it’s a good place to start...
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JONNY BELLIS THE COMEBACK KID
PLANET X FOUNDER DAVE LOUGHRAN GIVES US AN INSIGHT INTO BIG PLANS FOR THE 2014 SEASON
PLANET X, THE CHRISTINA CONNECTION & OUR SPONSORSHIP HISTORY...
This year sees our re-entry to our historic roots of sponsoring and supporting many of the country’s top road cyclists and triathletes. Ever since I started this business in 1989 I have been a big believer in supporting the country’s top riders. Our interactions with them, and theirs with us, have over the years defined us as a company in terms of closeness to the sport and our products, not to mention provide us with a lot of great memories. In short our journey became
“I STILL FEEL LIKE I ‘OWN’ THE TRACK SOMETIMES WHEN I GO OUT THERE, CONTROLLED & STRONG”
our years after his horrific motorbike accident Jonny Bellis is still dreaming the dream and aiming for Gold in Glasgow. Brendan Gallagher caught up with him to look at the year ahead.
It is four long years now since Jonny Bellis came as close to death as it is possible without actually shifting off this mortal coil and for many that survival alone and the miraculously decent quality of life that has followed would be enough. But not Bellis, a
their journey and vice versa. These things are our roots.
further their progress as we had no defined route of progression beyond the UK.
In hindsight, we were very fortunate; the first two junior riders we supported with bikes way back in the early 90s were the (then) motley pair of youngsters Wayne Randle and John Tanner. Over the course of the next twenty five years these riders became two of the best, and certainly the hardest, riders of our generation, yielding victories including two British pro titles to Tanner.
TIME TO JUMP BACK IN...
Amongst others who we supported and who helped define our business were the likes of Paul Curran, a double commonwealth gold medallist who became our wheelbuilder. Mark Lovatt the six-time winner of the Tour of the Peak is now our head mechanic. Spencer Smith, the three time world triathlon champion, launched the S2 clothing range with us. And of course the benchmark Ray Eden - 100 mile time trial champion, points jersey winner at the Irish Ras who would in time dedicate himself to Planet X the company for over 10 years until his untimely death. In the past few seasons, with the huge growth of the UK scene and the distraction of a burgeoning business I’ve felt we lost our roots as we dropped out of the sponsorship scene. There were notable exceptions; juniors Ryan Mullen, Adam Blythe, Ian Stannard, Sam Harrison and a few others, but by definition we could only help a rider for a couple seasons before they had to leave to
former World Junior Bronze medal winner and a man on a mission. He still wants to ride fast, win races and stand on podiums. Once a racer, always a racer. The going has been as rough as hell for Bellis since 19th September 2009 when his skull was smashed into a score of pieces ,like a hammer cracking an eggshell, as he fell from his Vespa following a visit to the Quarratta home of his old mate Mark Cavendish. He’s been fighting the good fight ever since, mostly out of the public’s gaze and indeed many within cycling itself assumed he had finally hung his bike up but they would be very wrong there. Last week Bellis secured a new professional road racing contract with Christina Watches from Denmark and now he had gone public in his intention of challenging for track medals at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, where he hopes to contest the Scratch and Points races for the Isle of Man. Bellis, still only 25, has a good track pedigree. As a 19-yearold he won Gold medals in both Points and Scratch
Recently we were offered the chance to be involved with the Christina Watches team; a top Danish team with new strong 2014 Italian connection thanks to the legend Alberto Elli. It was the right time for our company to jump back in, and as sponsor of the team we are able now to give a few UK riders a berth on the team. So it was fortunate that the stars began to align - I was having dinner with Shane Sutton the National Coach, a straight-talking, hard-hitting man of passion who chided me for failing to rise to his previous year’s request to support a rider I knew only a little about, a certain Jonathan Bellis. For those that know Shane, a “chiding” is not a pleasant experience so I agreed for no other reason that I was pretty embarrassed and Shane is a man who inspires you to follow his lead. Over the next months as I met Jonny several times, I got to know him better and realised what a remarkable journey he had been through. I grew to understand the unstinting loyalty and fatherly support that Shane displayed in him. The following article penned by, and reprinted with permission of, Brendan Gallagher gives you an insight into why we are proud to support a unique rider in 2014.
at the European Under-23 championships and then, before he plunged headfirst into a road career, he was a member of the GB Team Pursuit squad and rode at the 2009 World Championships. He is no mug on the boards. “I did think about putting my name forward for the road race at Glasgow but it’s been a long haul over the last few years and it’s got to the point where I want do something on a bike again for myself. On the road I would be riding for others. It’s time to try and remind people I am still around - put my name out there again so I am targeting the Scratch Race and Points. “I’ve been getting over to the velodrome in Manchester quite a bit this winter and it’s been going good. Shane Sutton has been mentoring me which has been really good because I’m not officially part of the GB set-up anymore and he’s been helping me out as a favour. In fact the whole set up there has been very good, trying to get me onto a good level
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again. They have seen that I have come so far and it is just that last hurdle that needs clearing really. I feel good on the track, the track bike handling skills haven’t disappeared, they are always there. I still feel like I ‘own’ the track sometimes when I go out there, controlled and strong.” Hopefully the fates will begin to swing in Bellis’ favour again, he deserves the rub of the green. That crash in Italy was truly horrific. Within hours of his head had swollen like an oversized football and it was looking all over as the local hospital staff fought to save his life before former Italy team manager Franco Ballerini, a man of much influence in the region, intervened. Ballerini arranged for Bellis’ transfer to Florence General Hospital where a team of specialist surgeons patiently plucked the shards of bone from Bellis’ brain and reconstructed his shattered skull with titanium plates. Alas Ballerini himself was killed in a car crash weeks later during a rally before anybody from Jonny’s family had the opportunity to thank him personally.
recurring dream was being involved in a helicopter crash and another time I was convinced ‘Cav’ was for some reason was sleeping under my bed.”
There might just have been an element of truth in the latter seeping into Bellis’ scrambled subconscious Cavendish keeping a bedside vigil for weeks, putting his career on hold to support the Bellis family. A chartered plane eventually returned him to London and another 40-days in intensive care before his life was again threatened, this time by a dangerous dose of MRSA. He rallied again and finally he returned to the Isle of Man to begin the agonising rehabilitation process. The medics assumed it was just a decent standard of life he was aiming for, a continuation of his cycling career was clearly out of the question. Wasn’t it? Helped by long mornings in the hyperbaric chamber on the island - built initially for local divers but used frequently by recovering Isle of Man TT riders - and long afternoons in the gym he inched back to normality but normality is of little use for a professional cyclist, you need so much more.
“I HAVE NEVER CONSIDERED QUITTING. AT THE END OF THE DAY CYCLING IS MY LIFE”
Bellis still wasn’t out of the wood mind. There were blood clots to be cleared and a crushed cranial nerve meant he could neither swallow nor breathe properly. Another crushed nerve meant he had no feeling or use of his left leg below the knee. Internal brain haemorrhaging caused a stroke down the left-hand side of his body and on two occasions an emergency tracheotomy was needed to sustain his life. Just to compound the agony he developed a bedsore on the back of his head.
“I spent all of 2010 trying to recover and my first year back “racing” with Saxo Bank I simply wasn’t at the level required to be racing the pros. Even the so called easy races on the professional circuit are bloody hard and I just got a kicking all the time. Saxo did a lot to help my rehab, they were great, but I didn’t get my contract renewed at the end of that season and then went to AN Post, the Irish set-up in Belgium. I still wasn’t really back at the level to be riding races there and to be honest I was left doing my own thing and not racing which was a bit rubbish really, it wasn’t good for the head and morale. I had moved up from Italy to Belgium and I had to try and settle to a new way of life and the different kind of racing up in Belgium.
struggled a bit with that but felt better generally and was planning to ride again with them this season then the approach came up from Christina Watches a couple of weeks ago, which offered a great opportunity at getting back to a level of racing I feel I can still compete at. They are based back in Italy so that’s great, i enjoy the climate and the training territory down there and they have a good race programme so hopefully I can get stuck into some good races. It would be great if the team could secure an invite for The Tour of Britain, I had a couple of good sprint finishes in the 2008 race. That’s the sort of race I want to be appearing in again.” Bellis was talking to me this week after a punishing six hour ride around the Isle of Man in high winds as he tried to get some big miles in his legs before the predicted rain storms arrived. Next week he takes himself off to Spain for a ten day mini-camp he has organised for himself and then joins Christina Watches for their team camp in Italy. You would think the frustration would gnaw away at him. Given his rate of development up to 2009 it would take no stretch of the imagination to speculate that a fine career as perhaps the lead out man to one of the world’s top sprinters might have ensued and he would almost have certainly been involved at the death at the World Championships in Copenhagen helping to lead out his fellow Manxman Cavendish. Who knows he might also have ended up making the move to Sky when Cavendish joined them from HTC High Road at the end of the 2011 season. The road not taken. “Occasionally I find myself thinking ‘what if?’ I suppose that’s only natural. There might have been senior World Championship rides, London 2012 and who knows what else but at the end of the day I can’t do a single thing to rewind the clock so it’s no point thinking like that. I can only play the cards I have been dealt and be positive. I have basically been given a second chance at life and cycling and I am determined to take it. I am still only 25 and there is time for me yet. I want to get back to that level, that is what drives me and who knows you might see me back in a Great Britain jersey one day.
“It wasn’t going well but I have never considered quitting. At the end of the day cycling is my life, it is the only thing I have really known and it’s what I do. The biggest problem was the massive weight loss I suffered when recovering from the crash, I became a bit of a stick insect and without the weight and muscle I had lost a lot of power. I’m naturally pretty lean so getting that strength and power back has been an issue.
Initially he was fed and watered by a tube into his stomach but that process went drastically wrong when the food became stuck into the surrounding soft tissue, not the stomach itself. He contracted peritonitis, a bowel infection, and for the second time parents John and Linda were warned to brace themselves for the worst as the surgeons tooled up yet again and went to work painstakingly repairing is innards.
“Yes mentally I was finding it a bit difficult as well. If you lose confidence and your head goes it is going to affect your racing even after getting back into pretty good physical shape. I spoke to Steve Peters a few times but I have never lacked for good people to talk with, either on the island or with the like of Shane, who is a really good guy. The bottom line though is that none of them can go out there and ride your bike for you, there comes a time when you just have to get stuck in and prove it to yourself and others.”
“I have no recollection at all for the first couple of months and was so full of drugs that I had the oddest dreams except I thought they were for real. One
“Last year I joined a small Belgian amateur team last year - ILLI Bikes cycling and enjoyed that much more. I had a few knee issues as well last year and
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I’VE COME SO FAR. WHY WOULD I WANT TO GIVE UP NOW?” This article was written by Brendan Gallagher for www.thetour.co.uk
Every garment that carries the research and development, an
Regardless of level or ability, cyclists f from one extreme to another. Thats why in all conditions... 365 days a year.
PRO LEVEL PERFORMANCE
1/ AQUAPRO RAIN GILET
2/ 365X PRO-FIT ROUBAIX LONG SLEEVE JERSEY 3/ THICKY MERINO SOCKS (3 PACK)
This lightweight and breathable Gilet can be used for either cycling or running. The perfect fit for the cyclist, coming with a longer back for more ride comfort. The large back vent keeps the gilet more breathable, allowing for vital air flow, and keeping you cool and comfortable in the saddle.
The high stretch, fleece lined Super Roubaix fabric has been coupled with Mittis Thermoair, breathable, mesh fabric, for the contoured side and inner arm panels, allowing maximum comfort and climate control. Comes with a zip up rear valuables pocket with hidden headphone eyelet.
100% Merino wool cycling socks that will keep your feet toasty warm throughout the worst of the British winter. At Planet X we love merino - it is a wonder material - warm, naturally odour free and silky next to the skin - and it’s natural too.
ALL PLANET X CLOTHING IS DESIGNED & DEVELOPED IN-HOUSE
e 365 X label has been developed through years of experience, innovative nd the finest fabrics available.
frequently experience the many faces of Mother Nature - often fighting the wildest conditions y we have gone that extra mile to offer you the highest level of comfort and performance
4/ 4/ SEAMLESS SKULL CAP
5/ SEAMLESS NECK WARMER
Designed specifically to be worn under cycle helmets. Super thin and light thanks to its hollow core prolen construction.
Our multipurpose, seamless neck warmer protects your head, neck, nose and mouth from cold wintery conditions.
The Planet X seamless skull cap works perfectly in all climatic conditions. Keeping you warm in extreme cold, and cool in the summer, thanks to its Prolen dryfast properties.
This technical neck warmer keeps out the cold from delicate areas around your neck and face, but also lets out any excess heat, so you can breathe with ease, even on the coldest winter rides.
6/ ECHOBASE WATERPROOF JACKET
7/ PRO ROAD HELMET
Designed and tested by Jamie Burrow, with the needs and wants of cyclists firmly in mind. The Echobase is cut longer at the back and features more room around the bicep, freeing up movement. Reflective strips keep you seen when lighting conditons worsen, whilst your valuables will remain safe and sound in the large back pocket with mesh inserts for phone and MP3.
Superlight, super strong Planet X Pro Road Helmet to protect you out on the roads in style. Meeting the latest safety standards (incl: CE EN1078), and exceeding performance expectations, the Pro Road is a sleek, aerodynamic road helmet.
The Echobase is specifically cut for cycling but can also be used for a range of outdoor pursuits.
All the latest technologies have gone into the Pro Road. At the heart of it is the unique Conehead technology, that consists on conical cones that compress to absorb upon impact, protecting your head and giving you confidence on the road.
8/ PRO-LINE 365 X BIB TIGHTS As with all items in the 365 X range, pro level performance is never compromised for comfort or climate control. We have combined a durable and supportive Lycra based fabric, with strategically placed Windblock panels and our Triple density 365X Cool air, chamois pad.
The Lycra fabric is highly elasticated, optimizing movement in even the most extreme riding positions. The Wind-block technology keeps you warm in even the coldest conditions and our anatomic 3D chamois provides comfort and breathability on even the longest days in the saddle.
DESIGNED BY JAMIE BURROW - PRO RIDER & PLANET X DESIGNER
1/ ECHOSTORM SOFTSHELL JACKET Fleece lined, waterproof shell; ideal for cold, damp days in the saddle when keeping warm, dry and comfortable is the priority.
PRO LEVEL PERFORMANCE
Perfectly suited to winter road riding, this high performance jacket balances the need for warmth with advanced ventilation. Designed with cyclists in mind, the Echstorm is cut longer at the back, and with extra room around the biceps and back for extra protection and comfort. For storing away in-ride essentials the large zipped rear pocket, and MP3 compartment add to the features.
2/ 100% WATERPROOF LOBSTER GLOVE
A whole new way of making gloves that keep your hands warm, dry and comfortable. The hipora glove - the first lining is the pre stitched glove liner, which is stitched to the breathable hipora glove insert which is made of waterproof and windproof PU membrane. The outer glove is then added to protect both the first 2 layers, this has then had grip and design features added to increase performance.
3/ PRO 365X SHORT SLEEVE BASE LAYER Like all of our Pro 365X range of high performance, professional clothing, this short sleeve base layer brings you the highest quality and attention to detail, through vigorous testing and professional design.
This is a year round, performance layer with extra focus on comfort cool zones. Constructed to increase breathability matched with its seamless tubular knit, antibacterial and UV protection, making this the ideal base layer for both cool and summer conditions.
PLANET X CLOTHING IS EXCLUSIVELY AVAILABLE AT PLANETX.CO.UK
5/ UNDER HELMET CAP
For the depths of winter, this under helmet cap keeps your head toasty and warm. A whole lot of heat is lost from the extremities, especially the head, that’s why adequate head wear is important. The cap is lined with a light fleece and features a sweat band to keep you dry and comfortable. One size fits all, and the cut is snug enough to fit under your helmet without feeling restrictive.
6/ PRO ROAD HELMET Superlight, super strong Planet X Pro Road Helmet will protect you out on the roads in style. Meeting the latest safety standards (incl: CE EN1078), and exceeding performance expectations, the Pro Road is a sleek, aerodynamic road helmet. All the latest technologies have gone into the Pro Road. At the heart of it is the unique Conehead technology, that consists of cones that compress to absorb upon impact, protecting your head and giving you confidence on the road.
7/ AQUAPRO RAIN JACKET Performance rain jacket cut specifically for cyclists. Taped seams keep out the worst of the elements. Large back and side vents keep the air flowing and you comfortable on your ride.
8/ 365 RACE GLOVES The Planet X 365 Race Glove is, as the name suggests, ideal for race day. Light, warm and snug fitting, with a nice tacky palm grip to boot.
SEE THE FULL RANGE OF PLANET X HELMETS ONLINE
Every bike in our road range is built for a specific purpose; a type of riding or racing. Some are versatile do-it-all bikes whereas some are highly specialised. Here we take a look at each bike and what it’s best suited for. Planet X RT-58 Alloy - Ideal For The Club Ride An ideal starting point for those looking to get into road riding, with a lightweight alloy frame, carbon fork and tried and tested, long distance focused geometry. The RT-58 fits the bill for club runs and general training activities. Groupset = Shimano Tiagra Weight = 8.84kg
Custom Build Options From £599.99 Planet X Kaffenback 2 - The Classic Steel All-Rounder The Kaffenback is a bit of a workhorse, handling all riding duties with confidence. Commuting, touring, light off-road riding; the Kaffenback does it all thanks to its balance of classic steel tubing and modern componentry. Groupset = Shimano Tiagra Weight = 11.32kg
Custom Build Options From £799.99 Planet X Pro Carbon - The One That Started It All Full carbon construction, compact geometry and high-end componentry enable the Pro Carbon to out-climb and sprint bikes that cost twice the price. Probably the best value road bike on the market today, the Pro Carbon has garnered near legendary status. Groupset = Shimano Ultegra 6700 Weight = 8.04kg
Custom Build Options From £999.99 10
CHOOSE CUSTOM OPTIONS ON ANY OF OUR BIKES
Planet X RT-57 - Ideal For The Category Club Racer The RT-57 is a fast and capable race bike with a 1kg frame that handles corners and climbs with composure. If you’re looking to get into racing the increased stiffness and stretched out position will appeal. Groupset = Shimano Ultegra 6800 Weight = 8.12kg
Custom Build Options From £1199.99 Planet X RT-58 - The Lightweight Mile Eater Sportive events have become the bread and butter of UK road riding in recent years, and the RT-58 is aimed squarely and long distance riding. Light, comfortable, with enough bite to keep you at the front of the pack. Groupset = Shimano Ultegra 6800 Weight = 8.1kg
Custom Build Options From £1399.99 Planet X N2A - The Race Machine Our most race-lead bike, perfectly suited to being thrown sideways through criterium corners. It’s very light and very stiff, enabling optimum power transfer at all times. Clip on some TT bars and the N2A doubles as a capable tri steed too. Groupset = Shimano Ultegra 6800 Weight = 7.88kg
Custom Build Options From £1999.99 Planet X Mondo - The Grand Tour Bike Handmade in Italy by artisan frame builder Sarto Antonio, it’s pro peloton worthy quality is the finest we’ve ever produced. It’s the ultimate gran fondo bike, and for fast, responsive, long distance riding, it is simply peerless. Groupset = Shimano Ultegra 6800 Weight = 7.2kg
Custom Build Options From £2999.99 ALL OUR BIKES ARE HAND BUILT TO ORDER IN SHEFFIELD
£1399 .99 FROM Finance available from £64.27 per month
PLANET X RT-58 CARBON ULTEGRA FRAME Planet X RT-58 Carbon Road Frame FORKS Planet X RT-58 Carbon Road Fork WHEELS FSA Team 30 Wheelset / 700c / Black / Shimano or SRAM BRAKES Shimano Ultegra BR-6800 Brake Caliper CHAINSET Shimano Ultegra CN-6800 11-Speed Chain FRONT MECH Shimano Ultegra FD6800 Double Front Mech REAR MECH Shimano Ultegra RD-6800 Rear Mech / 11 Speed WEIGHT 8.1 kg (17lb 85oz) SIZES X-Small - X-Large COLOURS White/Green, Matt Black
THE SPORTIVE BIKE OF CHOICE FOR ALL DAY COMFORT...
e launched our brand new RT58 frame in 2013. It has rapidly become one of the fastest selling bikes in our range; here’s the story behind its development.
We’ve had a combination of racing and recreation at Planet X for many years. Seasoned Pro riders and enthusiasts work and ride for us and all of them add different things to the mix. It became clear well over three years ago that in order to bring the best to our customers we needed to be able to offer bikes specced and designed for all levels of ability, and that carbon fibre and £1000 plus price tags didn’t have to mean tall gearing, razor blade saddles and pain. Of course we’ve had the other side of the road bike spectrum too. Planet X founder, Dave
Loughran cannot be separated from his eight year old “blue dragon” Kaffenback frame, and it was wanting to bring something lighter and yet still high speed performance based that brought our design team together around 18 months ago. Head Mechanic and six times winner of Tour Of The Peak, Mark Lovatt, and Chief Designer Brant Richards began to write a hit list of key pointers our new bike should have. We’d already been offering compact chainsets on our bikes, and of course allowing customers to specify stem length, bar width and saddle type too. But what we wanted was more than that. More than just a setup option on a standard frame. Our N2A frame was a brilliant fast road race bike capable of mixing it with the best, but even though it offered a superb ride, we wanted a geometry and frame construction that put comfort alongside performance. The geometry wasn’t hard to nail down, but also alongside what we did want, we knew what we didn’t. Long headtubes were firmly on the “no” list, as we knew that we could achieve a shallower drop to the stem with a touch lower bottom
bracket, also improving high speed stability and easing mounting and dismounting. Chainstays were lengthened to further increase stability and to allow good sized tyres and lightweight mudguard fitting. Top tube length was slimmed back a little to stop a full on racer stretch and maintain weight distribution fore/aft. A standard seatpost fitting would allow riders with the funds to run a comfortable carbon seatpost. The head tube length mated perfectly with our Strada bars. It was all coming together. Our first sample arrived. Always exciting. Mark’s test spec is based around a classic 53/39 crankset and 11-26 cassette. Not what we had in mind for production but it’s his baseline setup to let him get a feel for where it is. Standard AL30 wheels were fitted initially, then later a prototype development testbed pair of carbon spoked hoops. Initial reports were very favourable. Triathletes loved it for its easy handling allowing you to concentrate on eating and eating up the miles. Hairy legged mountainbikers loved it. Less extreme than our other performance models
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£ 599 .99 FROM Finance available from £27.54 per month
PLANET X RT-58 ALLOY TIAGRA FRAME Planet X RT-58 Alloy Road Frame FORKS Planet X RT-58 Carbon Road Fork WHEELS FSA Team 30 Wheelset BRAKES Shimano BR-R561 Road Brake Caliper CHAINSET Shimano Tiagra CN4601 10 Speed 114 Links FRONT MECH Shimano Tiagra FD-4600 Double 10 Speed Front Mech REAR MECH Shimano Tiagra RD-4601 Rear Mech WEIGHT 8.84kg (19lb09oz) SIZES X-Small - X-Large COLOURS Blue/White, Black/White
some of our team barely dallied in the dirt during the RT58 test time. It did time trials. It did the Bradley Wiggins Sportive. It was trained on. It rode to the Christmas Party and back. Bench testing of stiffness showed excellent performance and we dispatched our carbon engineers to the factory to ensure layup methods were held precisely to our liking, modifying methods and testing and checking construction along the way. With the carbon bike signed off and in production, we turned our skills to making an alloy version, with the same handling characteristics and geometry, but a lower entry price, for riders without the carbon budget. Which is what we’re showing you today. We used the same geometry, then bench tested the frame to ensure it has the same frame baseline characteristics, with us riding the same test loops to trial things on. And the results were fantastic. We wanted a bike that rode with the same style and handling as the full carbon model, and we reckon we’ve nailed it. The carbon bike is great, but the ride quality from the tuned aluminium
My Winter Trainer, Commuter. “The frame beats my expectations by miles. Its the most responsive alloy frame I have ridden, its stiff in all the right places. In behaves really well when stomping on the pedals while out of the saddle. The Shimano components are also great for the money. The brakes are just as strong as my Sram
frame gives a performance that’s every bit as good for the money. A triple butted, formed, 6061-T6 aluminium alloy frame is hand welded, then heat treated. The carbon forks are hand laid up with each item individually checked for alignment and quality. Each bike is assembled individually by our skilled Cytech qualified mechanics in Sheffield, with your bike being made for you, allowing you to customise aspects of it, like tyres, stem and bar width, saddle choice and gearing.
Force on my Nanolight. Best bang for the buck on the market at the moment.” David Hill - Valued Planet X Customer
All this is based around a full Shimano 10 speed Tiagra groupset with no corners cut, a quality set of Shimano wheels, this specification would cost you around £1000 on the high street. But we’re able to offer you it for a remarkable £599. How do we do it? By working with the world’s best manufacturers, designing our own models and not accepting any middlemen to ramp up the pricing. This is a new level of performance from Planet X, not just getting Britain Cycling, but Getting Britain Cycling Faster, For Less.
BUY YOUR BIKE TAX FREE & SAVE UP TO 40% WITH CYCLE 2 WORK SCHEMES
LESS PAIN MORE GAIN ARRIVES APRIL 2014
29” wheels 130mm/140mm travel 1x11 Gearing Sram X01 Groupset Rockshox Pike RCT3 forks Cane Creek CCDB rear shock Avid X0 Trail brakes Rockshox Reverb Seatpost
Finance available from £114.76 per month
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IT’S HERE! the best value trail bike on the market
• 650b wheel size offers fast handling and amazing roll-over traction • Evo geometry gives you our best handling long travel hardtail ever • DN6 chromoly tube set - hand welded high strength steel for the best ride for the money • 30.9mm seat tube - fit a dropper suspension post to help you ride more dynamically • 44mm headset - Run taper forks or straight steerer models • Asymmetric chain stays - the lightest, strongest, best clearance chainstay we’ve ever designed giving you better tyre and chainring clearance
Finance available from £41.31 per month
Unique, limited edition Ti cyclocross frameset, kitted out with the smooth, responsive ride of SRAM Rival. The low geared set-up lends itself squarely at the ‘cross racers, yet the Pickenflick is one of the most versatile bikes around. FRAME On-One Ti Pickenflick Cyclocross Frame FORKS On-One Ti Pickenflick Cyclocross Fork WHEELS Selcof WHT29 Tubeless MTB Wheelset / 29 Inch / Tubeless / White CHAINSET SRAM PC1031 10 Speed 114 Link Chain FRONT & BACK MECH Avid BB7 Mechanical Disc Brake Road WEIGHT 9.49kg (21lb03oz) SIZES Small, Medium Large, X Large COLOUR Brushed
Finance available from £64.27 per month
XLS SHIMANO 105 (FLANDERS)
XLS SHIMANO 105 (CARBON)
FRAME Planet X Pro Carbon XLS Cyclo Cross Frame FORKS Planet X Pro Carbon XLS Cyclo Cross Fork WHEELS Mach 1 820 Rims On Deore M525 29er Wheelset CHAINSET Shimano 105 CN 5701 10 Speed Chain FRONT & BACK MECH Avid BB7 Mechanical Disc Brake Road with Avid G3 Clean Sweep Rotor WEIGHT 9.61kg (21.03lb) (approx) SIZES 51cm, 54cm, 57cm, 59cm
FRAME Planet X Pro Carbon XLS Cyclo Cross Frame FORKS Planet X Pro Carbon XLS Cyclo Cross Fork WHEELS On-One Reet’ard Trail Wheelset 29 Inch CHAINSET Shimano 105 CN 5701 10 Speed Chain FRONT & BACK MECH Avid BB7 Mechanical Disc Brake Road with Avid G3 Clean Sweep Rotor WEIGHT 9.61kg (21.03lb) (approx) SIZES 51cm, 54cm, 57cm, 59cm
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MATT’S XLS ULTEGRA NAME: AGE: POSITION: YEARS WITH PLANET X: STAFF BIKE: CYCLING DISCIPLINES: FAVOURITE COLOUR: STAR SIGN: SHOE SIZE: FIRST BIKE:
Matthew Shenton 24 Copywriter 10 month XLS Ultegra ‘Flanders’ Cyclocross and Road Blue Pisces Is that a euphemism? Hand me down, white Peugeot MTB, with bright pink cable outers. Got my Dad to change them sharpish.
What’s your cycling history? Spent my formative years riding around cross country style on ill equipped, fully rigid mountain bikes. I remember doing lots of TT’s through the ginnels and housing estates; everybody won those. After that it comes a blur, I certainly spent a few years off the bike as a teenager, before picking it up again as I became more and more interested in taking things apart. I’d had enough of taking synthesisers and amplifiers apart and thought the bike would be easier, and to be honest it is. I started riding more and more whilst at university in London, I worked in bike shops, took part in a few alley cats, fell off a lot, and generally had a blast. Somewhere amongst all that I took an interest in ‘cross, and years later it’s still what excites me most.
Best thing about working for Planet X? I’m going to be diplomatic and say the people, but a part of me thinks it’s the cheap merino socks and my massive mac monitor (27”, if you must know). As it happens, Sheffield is pretty good too, offering some of the the best riding outside of West Lancashire. (Editor’s note - Sheffield is better)
Why the XLS? I like getting muddy and carrying my bike a lot, and the XLS has a very convenient flattened top tube to accommodate this. It’s a very fast bike and without doubt the fastest ‘cross bike we make. I’ve got carbon 50’s on mine, which I also commute on daily, so it must be fairly resilient too. The Flanders colours allow me to dream of the grid at Koksijde, when in reality i’m just stuck behind the X78 on the Wicker.
Cycling plans for the year? Just ride more and more; week in, week out. I’m trying to incrementally increase my miles ever week at the moment, so by December I’ll be doing about 1000 miles a week at this rate. Aside from that it’s summer ‘cross and preparation for my first 3 Peaks. I should probably buy some new overshoes and toe-in my TRP’s too.
MATT’S FLANDERS XLS & THE FLANDERS KIT ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE
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GREATER STABILITY & AERO PERFORMANCE... Lets be clear - our carbon wheels are already regarded as the best bang for buck smoking hot super quick carbon wheels in the world. If you are riding a 25 or an Olympic triathlon, a set of Planet X carbon wheels should save you around 90 seconds to 2 minutes. Over Ironman distance you are looking at a whopping 10 minutes plus. Crafted with care and with the maximum attention to detail - you will not find a better made set of race wheels - we are sure of that!
Bikeradar said: “The best aerodynamic time trial wheels for the money”
PRO CARBON 50/50 WHEELSET
PRO CARBON 82/101 WHEELSET
52MM CARBON CLINCHER WHEELSET
Cut through the wind to a personal best with our amazing carbon wheels. By using a deep section carbon fibre rim, you’ll cut through the wind more effectively. Ideal For: Club road race
Quality Planet X Superlight sealed-cartridge hubs, with flat aero spokes, laced radially on the front wheel and 2-cross on the rear. Ideal For: TT & Triathlon
With 52mm rims, these wheels weigh just 1796g per pair, for quick acceleration and nimble handling, with CNCmachined aluminium sidewalls. Ideal for: Road training & race
NOW £ 399.99 WAS £499.99
NOW £ 399.99 WAS £499.99
NOW £ 399.99
DISC & CANTI PRO CARBON WHEELSET
CT45 CARBON TUBULAR WHEELSET
CT45 CARBON CLINCHER WHEELSET
Disc cyclocross wheels. We’ve got them. To take tubular tyres, with a braking surface if you’re not ready to move over yet. Ideal for: Cyclocross race
Faster, wider, better. Our new CT45 carbon tubular wheel set offers greater stability and aero performance than ever before. Ideal for: Elite road race
They’re the fastest, most aerodynamic and downright stealthy wheels we’ve ever produced. You won’t find a higher performance wheel at this price. Ideal for: Elite road training & race
£549BIGGEST .99 BRITAIN’S PERFORMANCE BIKE.99BUILDER NOW £ 399.99 WAS NOW £ 399 WAS £549.99
NOW £ 399.99
PARTS & ACCESSORIES Planet X have all the must-have cycle accessories for you and your bike. Whether you’re track riding, mountain biking, touring, racing or commuting, we have a huge range of cycle accessories to get you riding. Prevent wear and tear and protect your bike from the elements with frame protectors, mudguards and a full range of protective wheel bags. We also have a growing selection of luggage carrying solutions, from pannier racks to saddle bags, shoulder bags, messenger bags and courier bags everything to carry your kit and keep it safe and dry. Here is a small selection of some of the great deals we have today...
ROAD CYCLING STARTER BUNDLE
SHIMANO 105 5700 GROUPSET
This Road Cycling Starter Bundle contains a colour matched selection of road essentials for riders new to the road.
Shimano 105 features many great improvements, and is the ideal choice for riders looking for proven performance without breaking the bank: A no-nonsense, consistent, durable and great performing component group with an attractive design.
Bundle contains: • Fizik R3 Road Mens or Ladies Shoes • Planet X Pro Road Helmet • Shimano R540 SL Road Bike Pedals
GET ALL THIS FOR ONLY £129.99
SELCOF 10 SPEED CHAIN
MICHELIN PRO 4 SERVICE COURSE ROAD BIKE TYRE
After considerable research and development, Michelin have been able to simultaneously enhance the speed, safety and agility of the tyre while also reducing rolling resistance in comparison to their Pro 3 Race.
10-speed chain from Selcof. The chrome plated finish highlights the impressive, weight saving, performance driven features. Hollow pins and plates reduce the weight like nothing else, whilst the rounded external edges improve shifting in all conditions. • Speed: 10-speed • Compatible: Shimano, SRAM, Campagnolo • Size: 1/2” x 11/128”
ON-ONE SMORGASBORD 29” X 2.25” TYRE Created with UK and Pacific Northwest riding in mind the Smorgasbord offers performance in a wide range of conditions world wide.
No-one else can match us on price and you - our customers - are the winners. You get more bike for your buck! We’re so confident in our no-nonsense prices that we’ve got a no-nonsense price guarantee, just to make sure: If you find an identical product cheaper elsewhere within 7 days of purchase then we’ll beat that price! In fact, we’ll refund the difference plus 10% (Terms & Conditions online)
SHIMANO ULTEGRA CS-6800 CASSETTE
The new 11-speed drive allows each cyclist to “tune” the bike for each specific application by various gradations.
A MASSIVE SELECTION OF PARTS & ACCESSORIES ONLINE AT PLANETS.CO.UK
MINI TOOL KIT
The Jobsworth Mini Tool Kit contains a wide variety of mini tools that may be needed when heading out on the bike. From double ended hex keys to tyre levers and a puncture repair kit, wrapped up in a small, secure case.
TORQUE WRENCH SET
Made specifically with cycle maintenance in mind, it has a wide variety of hex key attatchments and a 2-24 NM range, so you can tighten your components to the correct manufacturer’s guidelines, avoiding damage along the way.
13 PIECE TOOL KIT
19.99 18 PIECE TOOL KIT
All the essential tools to make adjustments, fix and maintain your pride and joy, all packaged up in a toughened toolbox. Jobsworth are great quality, bike specific tools, perfect for the home user or workshop a like.
30 PIECE TOOL KIT
29.99 41PC SWAP-SHOP
This kit is idea for the home mechanic or a race weekend away, the all in 1 kit gets you rolling again. The tools are all kept safe in a durable plastic box with protective internal foam separating the two halves.
54.99 HOME WORKSTAND
This pro kit is a cut above the rest. Heavyweight, superstrong and constructed for professional workshop or home use. The sleek black steel finish sets them apart from your standard tools in both aesthetics and performance.
This is a unique tool kit by Jobsworth. Featuring a wide range of tools needed for the cyclist’s workbench, plus a swappable BB/pedal wrench. Finished in an aesthetically pleasing, stealthy black within a sturdy toolbox.
59.99 ALL-U-NEED TOOLKIT
Foldable, with quick, easy height adjustment the Josbworth Home Workstand has a 360 degrees clamping mechanism for versatility and microadjustment of bike position. Constructed from tough alloy for extra strength.
Advanced, professional bike mechanic’s tool kit from Jobsworth, containing everything you need to fix, build and maintain your bike. All tools are enclosed in a two level workshop tool box and are some of the highest quality tools on the market.
VISIT PLANETX.CO.UK FOR THE FULL RANGE
OUR STORES PACKED FULL OF UNIQUE & EXCITING PRODUCTS
ur stores in Sheffield and Barnsley are the perfect way to experience what Planet X has to offer. Both stores are kitted out with the latest products from our range of bikes, clothing and accessories for you to view whilst enjoying the unique, antique surroundings and good coffee.
Our stores stand out from the crowd thanks to their unique character. Created within the image of what we wanted form a bike shop, both the Sheffield and Barnsley stores go against the grain. Packed form floor to ceiling over two floors, our flagship Sheffield store has become known for it’s excellent range of products and knowledgeable staff. If you’ve got a bike in mind, the Sheffield store will probably have it for you to get to grips with before you buy. Retul professional bike fitting is also on offer to get your position dialed
in for your new, or even your old bike. The Barnsley store has grown from strength to strength since opening last year. Lying next to the Trans Pennine Trail that connects Yorkshire to Lancashire, cycling is very much part of the landscape. A full range of bikes and products, antique furniture and great coffee are order of the day. Both our stores hold weekly rides every Sunday at 9am. This is a great chance to come down, meet some of the team and enjoy a bike ride amongst new friends. The routes take in some of the best riding spots in the South Yorkshire area, and are communal based affairs, where the joy of riding is valued more than excessive pace. Nobody gets dropped on our rides. Afterwards rest your legs and have a coffee and browse the stores till your heart’s content. Come down and visit us, I’m sure you’ll agree there isn’t another set of bike showrooms as unique as ours.
COME AND SEE THE BIKES, TAKE ONE OUT FOR A TEST AND TALK TO THE EXPERTS
BOTH STORES NOW OFFER PRO BIKE FITTING
hether you are a professional or recreational rider, getting the proper bike fit is an effective and economical way to improve your riding experience.
As all bodies are different and your position on your bike should reflect your biomechanics. By achieving an optimal fit on your bicycle, you in turn maximise efficiency, comfort and control. Traditional tools of the trade such as tape measure and plumb bobs don’t allow accurate measurements whilst the rider is pedalling. That’s why we’ve installed the state-of-the-art Retül bike-fit system. Check out the video on our website to see what’s involved in more detail. Using infra-red LEDs placed in specific locations on the rider’s body, a 3D scanner is then used to measure each of these LEDs 29 times a second. This allows us to collect rapid streams of information about a rider’s position and movement while riding under load. The Retül software is linked up to our computer system, recording this real time biometric data. During Retül a tracing of body motion is produced and a set of measurements are taken. This allows our trained fitters to make informed, accurate judgements regarding the adjustments each individual rider needs. Planet X fitters are highly experienced and trained to the highest industry standards. When combined with the unique advantages of the Retül system, this makes for the very highest standard of fit available.
£150 FOR ONE BIKE FIT £250 FOR TWO BIKE FITS 1/2 PRICE FITTING WHEN YOU BUY A BIKE
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Both stores are open 7 days a week for you to come and test ride bikes, get your pride and joy serviced by our experienced Cytech mechanics, or get your riding position set up to perfection with our Pro Bike Fitting.
IF YOU’RE SERIOUS ABOUT YOUR RIDING, YOU NEED A PRO BIKE FIT
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Planet X Strava Club Strava lets you track your rides via your iPhone, Android or dedicated GPS device to analyze and quantify your performance. Strava makes fitness a social experience, providing motivation and camaraderie even if you’re exercising alone. Join in our store cycle rides from either Barnsley or Sheffield and compete in the Planet X Strava leagues.
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