Verenti Substance Sora

Why would you buy a bike designed, at least in theory, for the off-road world of cyclocross for more urban duties? Well, in spite of the sport’s growing popularity we reckon more cyclocross bikes see action solely on city streets and country roads than competitive mud-plugging duties.

Verenti’s distributor Wiggle alludes to the wider ambitions of its Substance by saying that it’s also designed to be “a bit of fun around town, a sturdy commuter and a weekend rambler”. Ah, it all makes sense now.

The gearing is certainly more all-rounder than ‘crosser. Competitive ’cross bikes need their gears closer together, hence the common 46/36 setup. That might be handy for racing, but it leaves you short at both ends of the range when it comes to more general cycling.

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Cable-actuated disc brakes offer ample power

The Substance’s 50/34 compact is a much better call for most uses, and gives a very impressive range when combined with the 11-32 cassette. The nine-speed Sora setup does mean biggish gaps between gears, especially at the lower gear range (bigger sprockets), but we think that’s a price worth paying. The 34×32 will get you up even the steepest hills (or help you carry loads comfortably), and only the likes of Mark Cavendish will find the 50×11 too small at the top.

Comfort and versatility

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BikeMotion Benelux 2015 mega gallery

On our way to checking out Holland’s FFWD wheels design and production facilities (look for a story on BikeRadar very soon), we got the chance to stop off at the Dutch BikeMotion show – so we thought we’d give you a gallery of some of the best bikes and bits from one of the biggest Benelux bike shows.

Salsa

Salsa may have taken a bit of a low profile of late (at least in the UK), but the new generation of ‘hardtail drop bar bikes’ takes things a little further than its pioneering gravel machines like the Warbird. The carbon Cutthroat is designed to be the ideal companion for long-distance bikepacking racing. The race-inspired geometry features super long 445mm chainstays to get you up and over technical singletrack trails, yet still give plenty of stability and comfort for big endurance rides.

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The Cutthroat features vast clearances at the rear

The bike features huge clearances and will accommodate up to 29 x 2.4in rubber (plus plenty of mud). It’s suspension-adjusted for a 100mm travel fork, though comes equipped with a full-carbon unit. At the rear there’s provision for 74mm post-mount brakes for rotors of either 140 or 160mm and a 142 x 12mm thru-axle.

Related: The weird and wonderful tech of the Roc d’Azur

Olympia and Scapin

Alchemist wheels

Chesini

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BikeRadar Bargains: MTB disc brakes

Hands up who’s going trail riding this weekend? Yup, us too. Things are getting a little, well, gloopy now that autumn’s firmly here, so for this week’s BikeRadar Bargains we’re taking a look at disc brakes.

Read on for the seven best deals we could find, starting with affordable anchors and moving up the price scale but without losing the focus on quality.

Related: Best mountain bike disc brakes

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Clarks Skeletal Hydraulic Disc Brake (single) – £63.99 £31.99

These pack in the features for such a low price, with both leverage and reach adjusters built in, while the caliper gets an adjustable angle hose for neat fitting.

Available now with 50% off from Chain Reaction Cycles

Avid DB3 Disc Brake Set £210 £85.99

Shimano SLX M675 Disc Brakes – Front & Rear Set – £149.98 £89.95

Hope Tech 3 E4 Disc Brake (single) – £150 £134.99

Shimano Zee M640 Disc Brakes – Front & Rear Set – £219.98 £144.95

Formula R0 Disc Brake Set – £478 £238.99

SRAM XX Disc Brakeset – £540 £269.99

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Recovery and Sherpa Service

Recovery and Sherpa Service

RECOVERY:

Stranded with your bike and no spares in the wilds of Yorkshire miles from home? As long as you have a signal on your phone we may be able to rescue you or repair the bike.  We’re able to get to the majority of Yorkshires wilds in our Landrover with space for 4 riders and bikes and deliver you safely back to either a rail, bus station, home or pick up point. Minimum call out fee of £40 dependent on location. 

Please Note: When attempting to contact us try both numbers and our email on the contact page, (emails are normally picked up hourly).  We’ll quote you on initial contact.

SHERPA SERVICES:

We’re suitably located to offer our sherpa services for the likes of the Sustrans ‘Way of the Roses‘ route, the recently opened Pennine bridleway, the coast to coast and any other adventurous journeys within the North of England you may have in mind.

Our services include luggage transportation along the chosen route, collection and delivery of luggage/bikes to start and from finish or If you want to take the pressure of yourselves we’ll plan the whole journey for your party including route, accommodation, guide books and maps and full transportation.

For further details email or call us to discuss your needs and/or ideas.

Introduction to Cycopath Cycles

Cycopath cycles are a recent addition to the ever expanding cycle industry.

‘On two wheels since knee high to a grasshopper’. 

Raleigh Grifter, Chopper, BMX, Road Bike, Mountain Bike… We’ve done it all and loved every minute. The countless repairs and upgrades along the way were an education and Cycopath Cycles is the result of that passion and knowledge. 

We Service, Repair, Assemble and Upgrade all types, makes and age of cycles. 

We have 3 levels of services ranging from £30 to £110 (plus parts).  Clients will always be advised of any parts or additional work required before work commences.

On site safety checks from £20.

Offering a unique collection and delivery service and wherever possible, a mobile on site tech/repair service.

Although we are currently a workshop rather than a retail outlet, If you’re in the market for a new or used bike then drop us a line and we’ll source you one within your budget and one which suits your current or projected skill.

Whatever your cycling requirements, contact Cycopath Cycles for a chat.