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Habit Neo 2 – Four Rides In

Cannondale Habit Neo 2 in Glasgow Green

Working in a bike shop, you have a varied choice when it comes to borrowing a bike for a ride, but I’ve had my eye on the Cannondale Habit Neo 2 since it came into the shop and over the space of a week, I’ve had it out 4 times to put it through its paces.

It’s had a varied few rides, some tarmac, some flowing trails with berms and drops, and some more technical sections with roots and ruts. This bike has not missed a beat.

My first ride on the Habit was at the trails at Cathkin Braes. We were cycling from the shop and I was happy to be able to play with the power modes on a solid surface before hitting the trails. After some initial fiddling around with modes, I found Tour mode to be the best for the cycle from the shop, as it adapts to the surface and riding style, pulling the power back on the flats and still making you work.

The first thing I did when I got on the trails was crank it to turbo – big mistake. Too much power for those tight turns, especially for a newbie like myself. I was overshooting and skidding out of corners so caution is advised with that much power at your fingertips – there’s no real need on the way down.

And breathe… boss man @neil and @steesh taking a breather at Cathkin.

Uphill is a different story however.. I’m very new to trails but having that power behind me for going uphill really made the going easy, and easy is what I am looking for. While the rest of the team were puffing away on steep climbs, I was able to shift down, crank up the power and make it back up to the top easily.

The battery makes the bike heavier than a standard MTB, but it wasn’t a dead weight. I was able to lift over gates fairly easily. This came in handy when I had the bike up at Callendar Estate in Falkirk, on our staff Tuesday ride.

The beauty of having that power on demand is that it gets you up the hill and back to doing the fun stuff more quickly.

The rest of the guys at Callendar Estate, Falkirk, on one of our weekly staff rides.

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The Techy Section

Bike Components:

The components on the Habit Neo 2 are high quality, which is to be expected for a bike of this standard and price range.

The drivetrain is Shimano SLX 12 speed, brakes are Magura hydraulic disc with 220mm rotor on the front and 203mm on the rear. The frame is Cannondale’s BallisTec carbon layup. Rockshox front and rear suspension.

Front Rotor
Rear shock
DMR V8 in Fools Gold
Bling DMR V8 in Fools Gold

@liam-d set it up tubeless and with a lovely set of bling Gold DMR V8’s

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How the E system works:

The Kiox colour display is bright and packed with functionality, with power, cadence, rpm, bpm, avg/max speed, distance, range, calories and route planning capabilities (route planning via the connected phone app).

Power is delivered from the Bosch Performance CX drive unit in 4 modes – Eco, Tour, eMTB and Turbo.

Eco is as you’d think. Fairly restrained with a gentle curve upwards up to a maximum of 40Nm of torque

Tour+ is the new mode which adapts to your riding style, allowing you to forget about switching between modes, whether on flat tarmac or climbing a steep ascent. Tour+ gives you the full 85Nm of torque.

eMTB holds back slightly on power delivery initially then gives you the full guns. Depending on pedal pressure, progressive motor support perfectly to the riding situation. Start-up behaviour is much finer and more sensitive – especially in low gears.  

Turbo is self explanatory – full power delivered as fast as possible. Not advisable on loose surfaces but definitely advisable all the way home after riding 🙂

Shamelessly TURBO all the way home and still with 50% battery.

Summary..

This bike is all about one word – fun. Spend a bit of time setting the positions of the shifters, dropper lever and brakes, play about with the modes for a bit then just have at it. I had absolutely no shame having it on Turbo when cycling back from Cathkin to the shop and it was definitely a help at the big hills and for getting away from lights sharply.

On the trails it’s something else entirely, an absolute machine for getting you back up to the top quickly and ready to do the fun stuff again – flinging yourself down a hill at speed 🙂

We have these in various sizes in the shop so give us a shout if you fancy taking one for a spin round the Green.

https://www.billybilslandcycles.co.uk

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Meet Our Staff

Steesh

Staff Member:

Steven Graham

Time Served:

One year and five months

Position:

Web Guru/ Tech guy

Optimal Tyre Size:

Big and round

Number of Bikes Owned:

One – Whyte 801

Favourite Bike:

The 801 I own, although I do covet a Cannondale Topstone Lefty

Favourite Piece of Kit:

The bike itself.

Favourite Local Ride:

To the pub in Ardrishaig, and sometimes back

Next Purchase:

A pint at the pub in Ardrishaig…

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E-bike Loan

Secure yourself an E-bike with an interest-free loan from the Energy Saving Trust.

You’ve read our Electric Bikes – Explained Blog (HERE) and you’ve decided that an electric bike is for you. You’ve even chosen the model which suits your needs best (all our in stock bikes HERE)

Now to pay for the thing..

There is a solution which won’t cost you anything more than the purchase price of the bike; there are no interest charges whatsoever.

The E-bike loan from the Energy Saving Trust is a cost effective way of funding an electric bike purchase. This is an interest-free loan for individuals, repayable over four years, that can be used for:

  • 2 x ebikes capped at £3,000 each
  • 1 x family cargo bike capped at £6,000
  • 1 x adapted cycle (value assessed on a case-by-case basis)

Applying is easy, you simply call Home Energy Scotland on freephone 0808 808 2282 and speak to one of their advisors who will guide you through the process (more info on the Energy Saving Trust website HERE)

We can provide you with a quote which you will need to submit as part of your application.

Here’s an example scenario:

Steven (not his real name) decides to buy an E-bike at £3000. He has £1000 to put down as a deposit. He obtains a quote from his friendly independent local bike shop and submits his application, which is successful!! He will now pay the balance of £2000 over 48 months, which is £41.67 per month.

Steven is now the happy owner of a brand new E-bike and hits the trails on his Cannondale Habit Neo 2 on a weekly basis

Be like Steven.

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Thank you to all our lovely customers, we hope you have a brilliant festive period and we’ll see you next year!

Love, The Billy Bilsland Cycles Team x

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E-Bikes: The non-biker perspective.

I may work for a bike shop, but an avid cyclist I am not..

I’m the kind of biker that needs to be dragged out on a ride, grumbling about somewhere I have to be, some imaginary appointment that I may miss if we are out for too long.

That all changed on Saturday after spending a few hours with a Ridgeback X2 e-bike, courtesy of Alec at the Ardrishaig bothy.

Instead of making excuses to avoid going out, I was coming up with reasons to take the bike out over the weekend. Nipping down the shop to get the morning rolls, going on a couple of rides with the kids, popping out to get another bottle of milk (wine).

“I’ll go!!”

The motor doesn’t propel the bike, it “assists” with pedal rotation. It’s a strange sensation, but quick to feel natural. On e-bikes, pedal assist usually comes in several levels of power. On the X2, it’s Eco, Standard and High, depending on how much assist you want, and if you need to conserve battery on a longer ride. I did briefly try the lower modes for comparison, but happily fired it up to high for the rest of our outing, leaving the kids in the dust, complaining about having cold fingers or something.

On the flat, you could easily have it on eco or standard, but if you are like me (lazy) you’ll want the bike to be doing most of the work, most of the time.

In all seriousness, I was blown away by how much fun it was. I hate hills and the ebike makes them fun. You can do as much or as little work as you want. If you are looking for more of a workout, turn the assist down or, if you are insane, off.

I had it cranked up to the max and loved it.

I’m all for something that encourages us to get out on the bikes and the e-bike certainly does that. Fresh air, exercise, tired and quiet children. What’s not to like.

There’s nowhere quite like Argyll ❤️

The Ardrishaig Bothy is a brilliant resource for Mid Argyll, lending bikes to encourage cycling and getting outdoors. Give Alec a shout if you are local and you’d like to try a bike – https://www.facebook.com/ArdrishaigBothy

Give us a shout at the Glasgow shop if you are thinking of buying an e-bike, or indeed any bike – https://www.facebook.com/billy.bilslandcycles / https://www.billybilslandcycles.co.uk

Tip for Ridgeback – Needs a drinks holder.

Tip for Parents – Remember to take gloves for the kids.

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