Surrey Hills MTB


Cycleworks Haslemere

Fat boy Brakes?

As I wrote in my last post, my somewhat melted Shimano XT pads from the summer have been weighing on my mind a bit.

If I’m honest this is mostly because those “bronzed little beauties” reminded me that I have a biblical need to get at least one Alps trip in my life where my brakes make it all the way to “day four” without running up the white flag of surrender and boiling away into the ether.

So it was that this afternoon, I found myself speaking with Tom down at MB Cyclery in Haslemere ** who told me about Shimano’s up and coming M8020 four pot (yep, count them) brakes.

According to the Shimano site, these new brakes (which are aimed at the e-bike market but will also suit normal humans) offer a 20% improvement in brake power, massively reduce the risk of overheating and if they are capable of stopping an e-bike at full chat they are indeed the fat boy brakes I’m looking for.

The callipers look remarkably “Shimano Zee” to me, but let’s be honest that is not a bad thing and there are “rumours” your existing XT brake lever “might” just cut the mustard and be transferable. I think this is a very exciting announcement and it’s also not a bad thing seeing as the callipers are expected to sit around the $100 mark (pricing TBC apparently).

I may not be in the e-bike camp just yet (and hopefully not for a good while) but I see no reason why I can’t start fitting e-bike kit to my rig asap!

Roll on my February when the M8020’s are released and conveniently also when my Scout will be getting her spring service. At this stage I can definitely see a pair of Shimano’s new four pots in place as soon as they become available in 2018.


** MB Cyclery was previously Cycleworks, but now Mike and Ben are running the show, still offering with the same level of superb expertise, Orange, Whyte and Trek steeds, top notch servicing and all round grooviness but now with some added Troy Lee gear (and potentially other boutique bikes… maybe…). They are my go-to LBS and I absolutely recommend them 150% if you are in Surrey and in need some MTB love, general help or advice. Pop in and say hi or checkout their website here!.



My Transition Bandit is Dead. Long live my xxx

Oh my God. Well, that was quite possibly the most depressing visit to my LBS I have ever had.

So, I sent my beloved Transition Bandit into Cycleworks Haslemere for some springtime TLC – you know, new go-gear and freshen up the stop gear – nothing drastic and nothing to write home about…

Well, that was until I picked up a message from Tom@Cycleworks about them “hitting a snag”. “Zut Alors!” I thought “What could it be?” and so I beetled off to the shop to see what the deal was – confident it was simply something minor that needed my approval. I was in for a bit of a surprise….

My frame is cracked!!!! F***********CK….

Yep, the lower section of my rear swingarm has a ‘developing’ crack about 1 cm long and stretching through the metal.

Now, I’ve got to be honest – I felt sick – I felt depressed – I felt sad – I felt like someone had just dynamited my cat.

I love my bike – it is fully awesome in every way and the source of sooooo much joy – and I was totally unprepared for the complete and utter emotional wrench of frame damage.

Anyway, emotional damage aside (sniff…), after speaking to the awesome and very sympathetic guys at Cycleworks I moped off home (wiping the occasional tear from my eyes…) and I started a frantic internet related search and came across this article on Singletrack which has much better photos but interestingly has the same crack in pretty much exactly the same place.

Thankfully (unlike the guy in the above post) I am the original owner of my Bandit, so, right now I’ve dug out all the proof of purchase stuff I’ve got and need to get this passed through to Transition who have, in addition to their standard frame warranty, a crash replacement policy:


In addition to our warranty, all Transition Bikes frames are covered for life under our “Crash Replacement Policy” to the original registered owner. If for any reason (and we do mean “any” reason) you should find yourself with a broken frame, you may send us the broken frame section and we will replace it at a cost well below retail. You are responsible for all shipping costs to get the frame to and from Transition Bikes.

Which is just one more reason I fully love Transition Bikes!

The good news is, while I’m going through the motions, the very lovely Bob M has offer me the “long term loan” of his Transition Scout which I’ve ridden a couple of times in the past.

Transition’s Scout is IMHO a Bandit in all but name (but with the added benefit of GiddyUp suspension) and will very much satisfy my Transition urges while my Bandit’s frame shenanigans are resolved.

So for the moment, as Bob is fond of saying, where there is a problem there is always a solution!


Love your LBS: Cycleworks Haslemere

So it’s reached that time of year on two fronts.

Firstly the time of year for the “Pizzamageddon” that is David D’s birthday (Pizza, beer, samba, peach schnapps and OMG, red wine shots…) at the Ship Inn near Guildford. I have to be honest, my kidneys hurt as much as my head today.

However, and indeed more importantly, it’s also the time of year for some Spring TLC for my Transition Bandit.

I’ve decided it’s high time I had my drivetrain, headset (I think), and bearings need a bit of attention and / or replacement. Particularly my bearings which I’ve not replaced since I bought my Bandit. So with spring starting to poke it’s nose around the corner, I figured I would avail myself of my LBS’s services.

Now Cycleworks Haslemere had just re-opened yesterday after a couple of weeks refit and I have to say the shop looks amazing. Much lighter, very welcoming (but it always was!), much more room for MTB kit and associated bling and VERY importantly a much bigger service area.

And aside from everything else the lovely guys down at CWH have very kindly let me have a go on the Stumpjumper Fattie that Mark T has been riding recently as a loaner until my Bandit is fettled and back to full health. So I advise all the TFITers to head down asap to check out the shop.

So yeah, the internet is great sometimes but do you know what – you can’t beat a great LBS.

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