Spa Cycles (Harrogate)

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Milfred Cubicle
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Re: Spa Cycles (Harrogate)

Postby Milfred Cubicle » 1 Sep 2019, 4:45pm

Good guess on the Genesis Vagabond...I already have one of those. That was the bike I was going to lighten up with the carbon forks. It's a brilliant bike, but saving weight on the forks is like eating a kebab but ordering a diet drink... pointless.
In the end I got a Pinnacle Arkose R2. Evans knocked 10% off without me asking, and did a free tubeless conversion.
It has carbon forks, bosses and eyelets, good tyre clearance, 105 groupset with amazing hydraulic discs. It comes in under 10kg too.
Initial impressions are great; very comfortable for an aluminium frame. I'm £1000 better off, which is an awful lot of Audax entries or weekends away riding. Ok, so it's not exclisive, but I'm a bloke who thinks George at ASDA is a designer range, so I'm ok with that.

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Re: Spa Cycles (Harrogate)

Postby brynpoeth » 1 Sep 2019, 5:22pm

A grand 'saved', but what is the downside?
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Re: Spa Cycles (Harrogate)

Postby Milfred Cubicle » 1 Sep 2019, 7:05pm

I guess the downside is accepting an aluminium mass produced frame against a titanium frame made in limited numbers. However I'm not sure if the Elan frame is in any way handbuilt; probably still made in a factory to Spa's specifications.
Then there's the whole longevity/finish/durability thing too. Titanium won't tarnish, and can in theory be repaired by the right person.
Then there's ride quality; titanium is supposed to be a superb material for long distance bikes....but then again so is a nice steel frame.

Lastly we come down to aesthetic sensibilities. The Pinnacle is very nice, but it's not a WOW bike. But WOW has downsides though...any tea-leaf would see the Spa bike is expensive. The Pinnacle might be more understated. Besides if I was going purely on bling, I'd sell a kidney and go to someone like Paulus Quiros.

I guess I decided in the end I didn't need a Jag, because I was put off by the salesman. Instead I got a Mondeo, because it shares much of the same components, but is a tool for a job.

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Re: Spa Cycles (Harrogate)

Postby Sweep » 1 Sep 2019, 7:15pm

Would a Spa bike attract a thief?

I know bike thieves are pretty switched on these days, but a lot of folk would never have heard of Spa?

I take your points about feeling more secure with an apparently less attractive bike though.

My most ridden bikes are my old Ridgebacks and I like to think that they won't attract thieves - makes me feel more relaxed.
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Re: Spa Cycles (Harrogate)

Postby Milfred Cubicle » 1 Sep 2019, 9:48pm

From what I have read, bike thieves fall into two categories. Those who nick bikes and have no idea what they are...and those who are quite savvy about their trade and recognise quality. They steal because they know quality components can be stripped off the bike, whatever the name.

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Re: Spa Cycles (Harrogate)

Postby PH » 27 Oct 2019, 11:34am

Bought a rim a couple of weeks ago, the one I wanted at a good price - except they sent the wrong size, despite the invoice being for the correct one. A phone call, an apology, right rim sent straight out, postage refunded. Not a disaster (I've only just got round to building it) but an inconvenience and something that happens more with Spa than any other retailer I use. It's too minor to stop me using them again, but it's enough that if all other things are equal they're not my first choice. It's a shame and it must cost them more than improving stock control probably would.

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Re: Spa Cycles (Harrogate)

Postby Polisman » 29 Oct 2019, 7:17pm

Milfred Cubicle wrote:From what I have read, bike thieves fall into two categories. Those who nick bikes and have no idea what they are...and those who are quite savvy about their trade and recognise quality. They steal because they know quality components can be stripped off the bike, whatever the name.


A fair number of bike thieves are more than savvy. Using the dark Web they are taking 'orders' for bikes to steal. Usually high end carbon and titanium offerings. This has gotten so sophisticated in major towns and cities that they will often case entire areas via live video messenger apps like WhatsApp and Telegram, coming back maybe weeks later to steal a machine they have seen locked up on consecutive days outside offices or transport hubs.

Note to the wise. Its a bad idea to chain up ANY big brand or exotic bike for more than a few hours in the same place on consecutive days. These people are technology enabled now, and your bike will probably sell hundreds of miles away, if not in a different country before plod can even register the theft.

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Re: Spa Cycles (Harrogate)

Postby pete75 » 2 Nov 2019, 9:35am

PH wrote:Bought a rim a couple of weeks ago, the one I wanted at a good price - except they sent the wrong size, despite the invoice being for the correct one. A phone call, an apology, right rim sent straight out, postage refunded. Not a disaster (I've only just got round to building it) but an inconvenience and something that happens more with Spa than any other retailer I use. It's too minor to stop me using them again, but it's enough that if all other things are equal they're not my first choice. It's a shame and it must cost them more than improving stock control probably would.


Have bought a fair bit of stuff from them and never had the wrong items sent. Now I've said that it probably will happen next time I order :wink:

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Re: Spa Cycles (Harrogate)

Postby Oldjohnw » 13 Nov 2019, 6:17pm

Just received a Carradice Junior. Amazing price and great delivery.
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