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Bilsland Van Delivery

Have your Bike hand delivered straight to your door, by one of our Professional and Knowledgeable shop staff. Your new Bike will come fully built and ready to ride! Before leaving the store our qualified Bike Mechanics will have carried out a Pre Delivery Inspection (PDI) and Test Ride to ensure your new steed is in tip top condition on arrival.

The Bilsland Van Delivery service is designed to bridge the gap between shopping instore vs online as it; offers all the convenience of shopping online from the comfort of your own home, whilst our staff provide all the benefits of in store collection by going through your new bike with you and answering any questions you may have in person at the time of delivery. Not to mention there is absolutely no bike re-building required.

This service is available for £50 on bikes between £1,000 – £2,999 and FREE on bikes over £3,000. Delivery time will be arranged via phone call after we receive your order through our website.

At the moment this service is only available in mainland Scotland and North England. We hope to offer this mainland UK wide in the future.

Due to the Bilsland Van Delivery being Post Code restricted, the delivery option will only become available once you enter your address in checkout.

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If you already know which bike you’re after or would like us to help you find a bike, then please fill out the short form below to make a delivery enquiry.

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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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Topstone Tales

Gravel is the latest discipline to take the cycling world by storm, so obviously I had to jump on the band wagon…and I have to say I am a total Gravel convert! I’ve had my Topstone for almost a year now, making her the elder sibling of my other much loved Cannondale, Suzy the Supersix. My Topstone and I have been on many adventures over this past year – from local blasts around Whitelee Windfarm to BikePacking extravaganzas in the Scottish Highlands. Stay tuned to find out what makes the Topstone so addictive.

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Why I Chose the Cannondale Supersix Blog

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I have always loved all types of cycling; road, track and mountain. So the thought that Gravel could be the best of all three totally captured my attention. With the speed of a road bike and the playful handling of a track bike, all topped off with the capability of a mountain bike – I just couldn’t resist the temptation.

But why the Topstone in particular? Well first off, the colour…I’m not ashamed to admit that purple has my heart 😉 Aside from the good looks, the Topstone carbon stood out for me as it satisfied my inner nerd. Ground breaking kingpin suspension design and ballis tec carbon frame were features I just had to have in my life. After all I did say I wanted the most versatile, yet fast, bike on the market. I know you might be thinking suspension = slow, however when riding off road grip = fast. Therefore when riding eyeballs out on loose descents, having the piece of mind that your rear wheel is going to track well no matter the terrain (due to the suspension smoothing out the bumps to maintain contact with the ground) you naturally go faster. Also I will mention that Kingpin is only 30mm of travel as opposed to a typical Mountain bike which would have a minimum of 100mm, so don’t worry the Topstone is still a speed machine, not a bouncy slow poke.

I remember the moment my Topstone finally (damn COVID delays) arrived in the shop well. Sheer excitement! So much so that I threw her together and started planning the first ride for the very next day. I was so focused on getting out and riding that I neglected setting the bike up tubeless…we will come back to that later. Naturally I chose Aberfoyle for the maiden voyage of my new steed – as it’s hyped up to be some of the best gravel riding in the country. It’s safe to say I was not disappointed. I took inspiration from the Duke’s Weekender and set off for a 30 mile Gravelfoyle adventure incorporating some fine viaducts in the process. It was a blissful day and of course it wasn’t long before I got carried away…back to the lack of tubeless set up I mentioned earlier…I was pushing the boundaries of the Topstone’s off-road capabilities on singletrack trails around Loch Ard when I struck a hidden tree route with some force…BANG rear flat. To my surprise the WTB wheels that come stock were unaffected by the impact but of course those pesky innertubes inevitably popped. So long story short if you’re ever swithering to go tubeless, the answer is yes.

After this incident I set my bike up tubeless…and may have also bought some saucy new wheels as well. I know, a bit outrages to get an upgrade after one ride,but it’s dangerous working in a toy shop…especially when you’re a tech nerd like me. I topped off my Gravel beast with a set of DT Swiss CRC1400 carbon wheels and haven’t had a problem since.

One of my favourite things about the Topstone is how easy it is to go for a ride, because you can literally ride it anywhere. I stay in East Kilbride so my local gravel escape is Whitelee Windfarm which is where I ride the Topstone most as I can simply ride from my front door and be done in a couple of hours while riding some premium gravel sectors (and sometimes MTB singletrack) in the process.

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My favourite route around Whitelee

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In more recent times I have taken my Topstone a bit further afield into the Scottish Highlands for a bit of BikePacking. Inspired by Lachlan Morton’s GBDURO epic, I thought I’d try a BikePacking adventure of my own. However on a not quite so extreme level…I started my route at Kinloch Laggan and finished at Corrour Station House for some venison casserole and a pint before a WildCamp at Loch Ossian, then back to Kinloch Laggan the following day. Aside from making my position too aggressive to successfully fit a handlebar bag to an XS frame…I had a blast! and the Topstone was perfect, almost made me forget I was fully laden.

So long story short Gravel totally lives up to the hype and the Topstone is one of the best tools for it. In my opinion the Topstone Carbon really is the fastest and most versatile bike on the market. From local bimbles, weekend adventures and BikePacking extravaganzas the Topstone will leave you with a huge smile ear to ear, what more could you want from a bike.

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Check out some of Ellie’s Topstone Tales on her YouTube Channel

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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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Electric Bikes – Explained.

Ride further and grin wider with Electric. There is no question that Electric Bikes are the future of transport and leisure cycling. However buying one can seem a little daunting. So that’s why we have written this post, to give you all the info you need to make the decision that’s right for you.

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What is an Electric Bike?

An Electric bike shares many of the same qualities as a regular bike but with an added boost in the form of a pedal driven motor and battery. Yes this does mean you do still need to pedal, but with most systems offering up to 4 or 5 assistance levels you can tailor how much (or how little) effort you would like to put in.

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To view our full range of Electric Bikes

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How long does the battery last?

Depending on drive system and time spent in max/high assistance settings most electric bikes will last for around 60 miles on a single charge. However all electric bikes have a handy screen or light system which shows you your battery life at any time with the click of a button. All our electric bikes come fully charged as well as a charger included. For a full charge it will usually take around 3 hours (brand depending).

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Which Electric Bike is right for me?

Just like buying a ‘standard’ bike choosing the correct type is mainly based on what style of riding you are planning on doing. If you are looking to do leisure rides with friends and family on tarmac/light off road surfaces, commute to work or head along to the local shop. Then an Electric Hybrid would be the best option for you. Other models of Electric Bikes include; Mountain, Road and Gravel. If your heart lies in the mountains and you wish to spend your time winding through single track switchbacks then check out our range of Electric Mountain Bikes. If you once were an avid member of the local Road club and were often seen out on the Saturday bunch run then check out our Electric Road Bike range. Finally if you love the best of both worlds, then check out our Electric Gravel range to meet all your BikePacking and adventure riding needs.

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An example of an excellent Electric Hybrid would be the Ridgeback Electron +. With relaxed geometry, mudguards, lights and pannier rack the Electron + is ideal for carrying a spare change of cloths for commuting, supplies for a mid ride picnic or your local shop.

To view the Ridgeback Electron + Click Here

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To view our Electric Hybrid Range

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An excellent example of an Electric Mountain Bike would be the Cannondale Habit Neo. With front and rear suspension as well as 29″ wheels, the Habit Neo can take on even the most technical of trails.

To view the Cannondale Habit Neo Click Here

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To view our range of Electric Mountain Bikes

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An excellent Electric Road Bike Example would be the Cannondale Supersix Evo Neo. The Supersix Evo is known for is exceptional handling and climbing prowess, and now with a motor – its just got faster.

To view the Cannondale Supersix Evo Neo Click Here

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To View our range of Electric Road Bikes

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An excellent Electric Gravel Bike option would be the Cannondale Topstone Neo SL. Created from Cannondale’s most popular ‘standard’ Gravel Bike the Topstone, this is the ultimate Electric Gravel package with speedy 700c wheels and capable geometry.

Topstone NeoCannondale Topstone Neo SL Click Here

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Why Turbo Training is Awesome.

You may often find yourself getting rolled at the 30 sign sprint on your local club run. Left in the dust, wondering how to get that ‘edge’ on other riders. Well that’s where the Turbo comes in. Consistent, Specific and convenient. Training from home is an excellent way to fast track your training to meet your goals, and more importantly, drop your mates 😉

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Turbo Trainer Sale!!

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Convenience

Turbo training is easy. Simply get changed into a pair of bibs and start your warm up. Whereas if you were training outside; get into full kit, plan route, get nutrition ready, ride out to suitable efforts location and then finally, begin your warm up. By the time you’ve done all that faffing, you would have finished the session already if you were indoors. What I’m trying to say is, turbo sessions usually range between 45 minutes to an hour and in that time you can cram in a whole lot intensity (suffering). As opposed to having to ride for at least 2 hours outdoors, to get the same anaerobic training benefit.

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Consistency

Discrepancies in weather, road surface and traffic can have a huge affect on the quality of your training. You could be dodging potholes and getting stuck behind lorries whilst trying to do a threshold effort. However Turbo Training eliminates all external factors, allowing you to focus on high quality uninterrupted time in your required training zone. Therefore making your efforts more consistent, and in turn more beneficial.

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Specific

Most Turbo Trainers these days come supplied with an internal Power Meter. This means, with regular testing, you can be sure you’re training in the correct zones. Making it super easy to fast track your training by getting the maximum out of your body in each session. Many Turbo Training software’s such as Zwift offer a variety of specific sessions for you to chose from.

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Fun

Long gone are the days of old where Turbo Training involved staring at your garage door with only the smell of burning rubber for company. Now home training is more sociable and enjoyable than ever. With the introduction of Smart Trainers which mimic road surfaces and parkours, such as hills and gravel roads, there is plenty going on to keep you engaged. Furthermore the rise of Esports is prominent making it easier than ever to meet up with your mates for a spin or enter a virtual Gran Fondo or even a Stage Race. If you’re really keen, then you can even race against cycling heros such as Matthieu Van der Poel and Geraint Thomas! Who doesn’t love a bit of healthy competition?

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By all means we are not saying that you should never ride outdoors again. However we are saying that you should definitely incorporate Indoor Training into your weekly program, it’s a no brainer 🙂

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Press Play.

…with Cannondale’s Habit Neo 2

Cannondale have taken their most playful trail bike – the Habit – and fitted a powerful Bosch motor and battery to it, making the ups as fun as the downs without taking away from the descents.

Cannondale Habit Neo 2 – Saber Orange

We’re incredibly impressed with how Cannondale’s range of mountain bikes have come on over the past few years, becoming slacker, lower and more capable than ever. So much so that both Barry and Josh have both opted for the Habit as their go to trail shredders! Albeit the non-electric versions the story of the Habit transfers over to the Habit Neo. And with the Habit Neo 2 being equipped with Bosch’s 625Wh battery and Performance Line CX motor that offers upto 67 miles of assistance, the reading on the fun-ometer are only going to be higher!

Excellent and Capable Spec Choice

The Habit Neo 2 comes with serious features that makes it a responsive, heavy hitting trail e-bike that will take on pretty much anything you chuck at it. The bigger 29 inch wheels are fast becoming the new standard in mountain biking and the Habit is one that has adopted the trend. Offering far less rolling resistance and a smoother ride, 29ers are way faster in straight line speed but often deemed cumbersome when trails get twisty. The Habit does a good job of knocking this theory by managing to keep the bike incredibly agile and nimble. Rolling on reliable Maxxis rubber the bike offers excellent grip across a variety of terrain.

Another choice of kit that we really like on the bike is the burly Magura MT 4-Pot Trail Sport brakes with 220mm rotor on the front and 203 on the rear. The 4 cylinder callipers link up with these huge rotors offers some serious anchorage to reign in the inevitable addition in weight.

To help save on weight the Habit Neo 2 is armed with a full carbon front triangle in order to help compensate battery and motor weight, while being linked up to an alloy rear triangle. A feature that really sets Cannondale’s mountain bikes out from the rest however is something they have implemented called Proportional Response. This adjusts the suspension layout for each size of bike to ensure that riders have optimum suspension performance regardless of their height. We’re really impressed by this and demonstrates how Cannondale are committed to nailing geometry.

Take a further look at Cannondale’s Habit Neo 2

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Buying your first Bicycle.

Bicycles are chameleons. They can do it all, exercise, transport, fun and most importantly, freedom. However if this is your first time buying and/or haven’t ridden since your adolescence then check out our handy guide to make things a bit less mind boggling.

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What style –

Our most popular bike styles for first time buyers are Hybrid and Gravel bikes. This is because bikes can get expensive and these two styles generally offer the best bang for buck as opposed to fancy Road or Mountain bikes and secondly they are super versatile. Hybrids are ideal for customers who don’t want to make the jump to drop bars right away, as well as using for leisure riding and commuting. Hybrids can also take light off road paths/fire roads along with smooth tarmac which makes the switch between everyday rider to weekend adventurer seamless. Gravel bikes are ideal for riders who are a bit more serious and want to ride further/faster on tarmac or across rougher terrain. Whether you’re wanting to get into BikePacking, have a longer commute or want to go exploring on the weekend with friends a Gravel bike could be a great option for you. However, if your heart lies purely off road and you plan to only be riding single track and trail centres, then a hardtail Mountain bike would be a better option than a hybrid or Gravel bike. Although we would only recommend a MTB over a Hybrid if you are purely riding off road. Hybrids are far more efficient and therefore more fun than a MTB on cycle paths and tarmac. We often see people make the mistake of buying a MTB as a simple daily run around, don’t make that mistake buy a hybrid instead.

If you know what kind of riding you want to do but are still unsure on what that relates to in terms of bike styles then please don’t hesitate to get in touch via sales@billybilslandcycles where we will be happy to answer any queries and steer you in the right direction.

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What size –

Sizing can be a tricky subject. Most riders can fit two sizes of bikes, I know that might seem crazy but it’s true. Yes you can use the manufactures sizing guide, but I stress this is a guide. All bike brands measure their bikes differently, therefore you could be a small in a Genesis and an extra small in Cannondale. Although we can’t go through the bike buying process in store, we can offer our click and collect service. This means that (if you’re comfortable) we can do a basic position check on collection of your new bike to ensure that the size is right and in turn, make any necessary changes to benefit your ride. However don’t panic if you have to buy your bike for delivery. If after a couple of riders you don’t feel something is right then please get in touch via sales@billybilslandcycles with a side on picture of you on your new bike and/or a video of you riding. From this information we will be able to make some observations and suggest changes which will help alleviate your issues.

Where to buy –

Obviously we would always recommend shopping with an independent bike shop, however this isn’t us just blowing our own trumpet. Buying local allows you to have experts pretty much at your disposal who you can, ask for advice, take your bike in for servicing/repair and even get a Professional Bike Fit to avoid any aches and pains that never bothered you X amount of years ago, when you last rode a bike . Of course due to the current climate it is nearly impossible to buy a bike in store. Although try and be mindful of the websites you are browsing on. Buying from big chains and online only bike shops will only rob you of all the aftercare and support you receive when buying from a local independent, which is crucial if you are a first time buyer.

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Check out our ‘How to buy a bike from Billy Bilsland Cycles – Pandemic Adittion’ blog post. Where we cover the best ways to buy from our website – no matter your situation – while still getting human interaction and excellent customer service.

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Genesis Vs Cannondale – Gravel Bikes

Gravel bikes are quickly becoming the most sought after bikes in the industry, as they propose this ‘one bike’ theory that many customers are after. Commuting – Gravel bike, BikePacking – Gravel bike, Leisure rides – Gravel bike, Events/races – Gravel bike. These bikes are often all lumped into one category. However since Gravel bikes can do such a multitude of activities it is impossible for every bike to be the best at every activity. Therefore naturally there are some differences between bikes to look out for when buying one that will suit you better, depending on your riding style.

Generally Gravel bikes are split into two main categories – reliability and performance. Brands such as Genesis are best known for their exceptional reliability which makes there bikes ideal for multiday tours in remote areas where bike shops are few and far between and getting to work mechanical free. On the other hand brands such as Cannondale are best known for their performance, which makes their bikes best suited for Gravel events and BikePacking adventures. Both brands offer bikes that fall into both the reliability category and performance category, but as a general rule of thumb Genesis = reliabilty and Cannondale = performance.

Reasons to buy a Genesis –

CDA

Budget. The CDA range from Genesis offers outstanding quality and reliability at an affordable price range starting at £749.99. The CDA is the little brother of the ever popular (and more expensive) Croix de Fer (CDF) from Genesis. They share the same frame design and therefore have the same mounting points to take on mudguards, pannier racks and anything else you might need. The only difference is the frame material, the CDA is made from aluminium whereas the CDF is available in Titanium and Steel options. Aluminium isn’t quite as reliable as Titanium or Steel, however that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have benefits of its own. Aluminium is a whole lot lighter than steel and comes in at a way cheaper price point than titanium. Making this bike more accessible to a wider demographic and your overall set up will be lighter once you load it up with bags and the like. The CDA is best suited to riders who are just getting into gravel, commuting as it keeps the cost down on repairs and riders starting out their touring/BikePacking journey.

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To view the Gensis CDA range on our website

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CDF

The CDF from Genesis is one for the ‘Steel is real’ club. If you’re an avid tourer/BikePacker with plans to be off in the wilderness for days on end, then the CDF offers the best reliability and comfort to do so. Steel is not only reliable but it also offers a super smooth, yet responsive, ride feel which you will be thankful for on those long days in the saddle. The CDF also has relaxed geometry with riding fully laden in mind. Meaning that the CDF is a lot easier to navigate once you’ve got all your bags on, which can be a lifesaver when on unfamiliar routes. Like I said above the CDF is also available in a Titanium frame option which provides the best of both world, lightweight and bombproof. However that does come at a price. Unlike other brands, the CDF is a high end touring/BikePacking machine with mounting compatibility for pannier racks (due to the bike not being full carbon). Therefor the CDF is ideal for riders not looking to break any time records but have the ability to be on tour with more luggage. Or have a bombproof commuter.

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To view the Genesis CDF range on our website

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Fugio

If you’re all about having fun with friends on weekend Gravel rides and overnight BikePacking adventures then the Fugio is the bike for you. Built for fun and backed up with Genesis’ heritage in reliability, you can push your limits without worry. The Fugio comes spec’d with 650c wheels and wide tyres allowing you to ride even the roughest terrain. It’s not all about fun though, the Fugio still has the practicality of mounting points for bags on the frame so you can always carry gear for longer trips. Furthermore the ‘entry level’ Fugio is available in an aluminium frame option, as well as steel further up the range, so can be available to customers on a bit more of a budget (however still not CDA territory). Like the CDF above if you’re after a high end Gravel smasher, that isn’t carbon, the Fugio is an ideal bike for epic social rides and overnight stays.

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To view the range of Genesis Fugios on our website

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Reasons to buy a Cannondale –

Topstone Aluminium

The Topstone Aluminium is Cannondale’s ‘entry level’ Gravel bike range which blends performance with practicality. Therefore the Aluminium Topstone is ideal for people looking for a slightly nicer bike to commute on or a BikePacking adventure ride without splashing the cash for full carbon. This bike has the capacity to take full length mudguards and a pannier rack (which none of the other Topstones can offer) making it ideal for carry laptops to work or longer BikePacking/Touring trips. Since the Topstone is aluminium rather than steel (like the CDF) it is a lot lighter, especially once you have loaded up with luggage. Therefore if you’re more of a weight weenie, as opposed to searching for ultimate robustness, then the Topstone Aluminium is a great performance option with a cheap price tag for what you get.

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To view the range of Cannondale Topstone Aluminium on our website

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Topstone Carbon

The Topstone Carbon is Cannondale’s flagship range of Gravel bikes which are ideal for events/racing and minimalist BikePacking set ups in order to keep the speed high, even when carrying kit. Whilst offering a an exceptionally high performance fast ride, the Topstone really stands out from the crowd with what they call, ‘Kingpin suspension’, this is a single pivot design, located at the join of the seat stays to seat tube, which offers 30mm of suspension. Don’t worry this doesn’t hinder its efficiency and therefore speed, Kingpin actually advances efficiency, comfort, control and therefor in turn, speed. However this does mean that the Topstone carbon cannot take a rear pannier rack, however BikePacking bags are still suitable. If you’re after a performance Gravel machine to rip the legs off your mates, chase the win at Grinduro or faster BikePacking trips then go for the Topstone Carbon.

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To view the range of Cannondale Topstone Carbon on our website

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Topstone Carbon Lefty

If you’re really a mountain biker at heart or looking for a bit more comfort and confidence when out on rides then the Topstone Carbon Lefty could be for you. This bike is ideal for blurring the line between Gravel and MTB, with Kingpin rear suspension, Cannondale’s Lefty Oliver Gravel specific front suspension fork and 650c wheels with wide tyres, you can tackle much more challenging terrain than a rigid Gravel bike. On the other hand if you are new to off road riding, having that extra bit of cushion can boost your confidence and allow you to push yourself to ride further without taking unnecessary risks. Again due to the Kinpin design the Topstone Lefty cannot take a pannier rack but BikePacking bags can be fitted if you wanted to take your adventures to the next level. Due to the 650c wheels this bike has more of a comfort and/or playful story as oppossed to flat out speed. However depending on how technical the event, this bike could be the one to go for so you don’t get caught out on any descents.

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To view the range of Cannondale Topstone Carbon Lefty’s on our site

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In summary, Genesis’ heat lies in long tours in the outback, whereas Cannondale’s lie in going fast and day trips with your friends. Therefore depending on your top priority (Reliability or Performance) start with choosing between Brands then decipher which other characteristics you would like. For example, if your top priority is reliability but you still want to be able to have fun on the weekends and don’t plan to be an out and out tourer then go for a Genesis Fugio. Whereas if Performance is your top priority but you don’t want to break the bank, then go for a Cannondale Topstone Aluminium.

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How to buy a bike with Billy Bilsland Cycles -Pandemic Edition

As a business we have been very lucky during the COVID19 Pandemic as we have been able to stay open throughout the many lockdowns. However we understand that we have not been – and still can’t – able to offer our usual bike buying services, such as test rides and bike fits.

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Due to face to face contact being limited and our shop currently operating under Appointments only. We have decided to create a small guide on how to buy a bike through our website, while still benefitting from human interaction, in order to be sure you’re making the right purchase.

Already know what bike you’re after –

Our bikes can be purchased via our website for delivery or click and collect at our store. But if you have some questions or need sizing advice, then please don’t hesitate to get in contact via sales@billybilslandcycles.co.uk where we will answer any queries.

Want a new bike but don’t know which model –

If you’re new to cycling or unsure of what style of bike to go for next (hybrid,road,mountain etc) then send us over an email to sales@billybilslandcycles.co.uk with your plans for the bike (commuting,Bikepacking,sportives etc). Along with your height and rough budget. From there we will send over a few options that best suit your needs where you can choose your favourite. Once you have chosen, the bike can be purchased via our website for delivery or click and collect at our store.

Found a bike you like but its out of stock –

Since the beginning of the Pandemic stock in the bike industry has been a nightmare! Meaning that getting your hands on your dream bike is a bit more difficult than usual. On all of our out of stock bike product pages there is a notify button, this is where you can send us a ‘back in stock request’. Once we receive your request we will get back to you with the following options; pay a minimum of a 10% deposit to pre order the bike. Or we provide alternative options that are currently in stock that are similar to the original bike you enquired about.

If you decide to collect your new bike from our store we will do our best to ensure everything is perfect, by carrying out a basic position check on collection, where we will set your saddle height and reach if needed. Don’t panic if you have ordered your bike for delivery, we include building instructions in the box. If you want to be sure or are having any discomfort after building your bike up, then please don’t hesitate to send over a side on picture and/or video of you on your new bike. From there we can suggest possible changes to saddle height and/or stack and reach adjustments which will make your ride more comfortable.

*When emailing us, the more information the better. The more you give us, the more we can give back :)*

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If this is your first time buying a bike then why not check out our guide on ‘Buying your first bicycle’

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Why I Chose The Cannondale SuperSix.

Buying a new bike can be daunting, spending months researching models and brands making sure everything is perfect. Endless lists of pros and cons and scrolling through forums to find exactly what you want in a bicycle. That’s why I decided to write this blog, as someone who is fortunate enough to work in a bike shop which means I can access pretty much all the brands in the industry, I wanted to showcase why the SuperSix from Cannondale stood out for me.

Firstly, being a female cyclist its often very hard to find a brand which takes women’s cycling seriously and in turn offers a high end women’s option(s) so initially that’s why Cannondale caught my eye. They are also one of the few brands who have female brand ambassadors as opposed to solely male riders. As well as being female, I am also only 5ft so this also makes buying bikes hard, for both vertically challenged men and women. However Cannondale offer their SuperSix Evo right down to a 44cm frame (I ride the 48cm) making the bike super accessible to all riders.

In the past I have only ever ridden aero road bikes as my heart lies in racing and riding flat out. However when Cannondale released their new rendition of the Supersix in 2020 marketing it as the perfect all rounder with new truncated aerofoil tubes, the bike was instantly on my radar. I’ve never been much of a mountain goat, so the idea of having the best of aero and lightweight interested me. After the SuperSix won ‘Bike Of the Year’ for 2020 I knew it was a force to be reckoned with.

After doing a bit of digging I found that the new SuperSix truncated aerofoil tube shapes have reduced drag by 21% compared to its predecessor. I also found another study showing that the Supersix came out on top in a windtunnel Yaw angle test covering 95% of riding conditions at 30mph against the top competitors lightweight models from brands such as Specialized and Cervelo. I’ll link the full article below if you really want to nerd out.

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Another deciding factor for me, as silly as it might seem, was the colourway. I already had another bike from Cannondale, the women’s Topstone Carbon 2 which I love! Both of which are in Cannondale’s stunning Lavender colourway, which is like a pearl purple. So it would have been rude not to get bikes that complimented each other.

I also love to make my bikes different from the stock model and the Cannondale came in at a price that let me do that. Unfortunately you cannot buy the SuperSix as frame only, however you can sell the stock components to fund different ones, which is what I did. Originally the bike came with a Shimano 105 hydraulic disc groupset, Cannondale One crankset and Cannondale RD 2.0 wheelset, I had other ideas. The wheels were changed out for Enve Composites Foundation 45mm carbon deeps (a nod to my aero obsession) the tyres changed to Vittoria Corsa Control Tubeless Ready in 28mm. I also upgraded to a Sram Red AXS electronic groupset (including cranks) and finished the build off with an Deda Zero handlebar and stem combo.

My new SuperSix (nicknamed Suzy) turned out to be pretty much my dream build which I am super proud of. I’ve only managed to get out on her for a few rides so stay tuned to see my next write up in the coming months after I’ve had a bit more time in the saddle, where I will go into a bit more detail on how she rides.

Thanks for reading, Ellie 🙂

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Check out the range of Cannondale Supersix’s on our website.

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Check out the video below of Ellie’s new SuperSix being built up and some more information on the components.

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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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Our Best Selling Kids Bikes

Looking for a new bike for your little shredder? Here is our kids bike top picks.

Our kids bike are built to last. Equipped with lightweight frames and quality components such as Sram and Shimano making them easy to work on. However, we do offer lifetime free servicing on all kids bike bought from ourselves so you don’t even need to get your hands dirty.

Firstly we have the Tadpole from Frog. This is where the bike riding journey begins for your little one. The Tadpole is a balance bike, this means that there are no pedals or stabilisers. The Tadpole is designed to get kids used to the balance needed to ride a bike by using there feet to balance rather than leaning on the stabilisers because if you teach your kid this, when you take them away it will more often than not involve a few crashes as when they lean over there will be nothing there, this is why a balance bike is the safest and quickest way of teaching your kids to ride. The Tadpole would roughly suit kids aged between 2 and 3 years old. Don’t sweat it if your little one isn’t so little, we often take the chain set and pedals off of bigger bikes to make them into a temporary balance bike until they are confident enough to put the pedals back on. This also stops our customers from having to buy another bike as soon as their child learns how to ride. The Frog Tadpole comes in a plethora of colours, even spotty, and is coming in at £160.

Next up we have our most popular kids bike by far, the Frog Hybrid. This is the natural progression from the Tadpole and beyond as it is available in all sizes from 14” wheels right through to 26” wheels therefore suiting kids at all ages. The Frog pedal bikes are numbered, this is not a only a model number but also their sizing system. The number on the frame correlates the the riders inside leg measurement making it one of the most accurate kids bike sizing systems out there. For example the Frog 55 is aimed at kids aged 6-7years old but if you want to be sure, the minimum inside leg measurement that will fit this bike is 55cm. We love this sizing system here at the shop because the last time we check kids came in all shapes and sizes no matter their age. These bikes are equipped with either a single speed gear set up or rapid shift 1x gear system depending on the bike size. The Frog Hybrids are available in a wide variety of colours and are starting at £270.

Frog 55 Hybrid Kids Bike for Ages 6-7 - Spotty - Buy Online ...

Now have a very similar bike to the Frog Hybrid, the Ridgeback Dimension. This bike from Ridgeback comes in marginally cheaper than the frog but is not available in as many sizes or colours. The Dimension comes in 14”, 20”,24” and 26” wheel options and each model is available in two colours. These bikes are also available in either single speed or rapid shift 1x gear systems, depending on size. The Dimension starting price is £250.

Dimension 24 Blue | Ridgeback

Now we have another bike from Frog, their Mountain Bike range. These bikes are ideal for introducing your kids to the woods, equipped with suspension fork and nobly tyres these bikes are ready to eat up the single-track. Frog’s Mountain Bike range is available in two wheel sizes (24” and 26”) and three frame sizes (62,69 and 72). Frog say that their Mountain Bikes will fit kids roughly aged 8-14 years old. The 69 model won the Red Dot Design award in 2018 so there is no telling that these are top notch bikes. Each of the Frog Mountain Bike models are available in two colours and are starting at £630.

Frog MTB 72 mountain bike preview: 'If only they'd made bikes like ...

Here we have arguably the coolest looking kids bike out there, the Cannondale Cujo+. Yes that’s right a fat bike for kids! This bike is equipped with super wide tyres which allows you to ride with lower tyre pressures therefore offering suspension. This allowed Cannondale to offer suspension for kids while maintaining a lightweight construction that makes it easy for them to ride. This is why the Cujo+ is available in smaller sizes(20”and 24”wheels) compared to the Frog Mountain Bike Range. The Cujo+ is available in two colour schemes, 1 per size, and is coming in at £350 for the 20” and £400 for the 24” model.

Cannondale Cujo 20inch Kids Bike 2020 Orange Crush £349.99

Finally we have our favourite mountain bike brand’s kids hardtail, the Whyte 403. This is the ultimate kids off road machine. Equipped with hydraulic disc brakes,suspension fork, sleek internal cable routing, 1×9 Shimano gear system, WTB trail boss tyres and Whyte’s famous out front frame geometry the 403 from Whyte will have your little ripper railing every trail. This bike is available in only one model with 26” wheels and is coming in at £599.

403 PETROL – WHYTE BIKES

A little extra tip for you, our best selling kids bike accessories, besides a helmet of course, is a kickstand and a gear guard. These accessories will fit on every bike on this list apart from the Frog Tadpole and are only £20 (£10 each). We offer trade ins on all kids bike bought from us as we understand it can be hard keeping up with how fast they grow! Therefore most of our customers end up going for these accessories in order to get more money back for their trade in towards the next bike. Also I mentioned the free servicing on all kids bikes bought from us at the top of this list, this is for labour only if your kids bike needs any parts then there will be a charge for this but we will fit them for free. The gear guard is a mere £10 but protects against a very popular yet very expensive repair where the rear derailleur catches on the spokes of the rear wheel, therefore resulting in new rear wheel, new rear derailleur and new chain. So long story short, our advice would be to spend the £20 at the start to avoid a much greater expense in the future…

If you interested in any of these bikes please don’t hesitate to get in contact with the shop via Sales@billybilslandcycles.co.uk or give us a call at 01415520841/01415527882.

We are always free to chat bikes Smile

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Buying Bikes with Billy Bilsland Cycles

Here at the shop we believe that buying bikes should be fun and easy. That’s why we offer a buying process tailored to each customers needs to ensure that all our customers buy the best bike for them. Whether your bike of choice is a speedy Cervelo S5 Di2, Cannondale Treadwell Hybrid, Electric Bike or a Frog kids bike we do our best to make sure our customers are 100% satisfied with their purchase.

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If you are unsure of what bike it is that you want to go for, then we will start by asking you what kind of riding it is that you plan on doing and how tall you are (to determine the bike size) . Then we will show you a selection of bikes that are best suited for your riding style and go through with you the pros and cons of each model.

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Then once you have decided your favourites our bikes at Billy Bilsland Cycles are available for a free test ride! We consider bums on saddles the best way for our customers to chose the correct bike. We understand that reviews don’t lie, but bikes are so personal in terms of fit and how you like to ride so that’s why we are on hand to offer our advice on what’s best for your riding style and most importantly you can decide based on your own opinion and not the keyboard warriors on the internet. As the picture above shows, our bikes very rarely go out the door ‘as stock’ from the supplier as during the test ride process more often than not slight position changes are made. Whether that be a different stem, saddle or in some occasions if our customers want to go that extra mile to ensure an optimum position on their new bike we also offer a full professional bike fit service.

bike fit

As a shop we believe that the biggest mistake bike riders make is waiting until their bikes break then bringing it in for repair, that’s why even after you have purchased a bike from us it’s not bye bye customer. For the first year you own the bike we offer free ‘tune ups’ with all bikes bought from us (excluding sale bikes) and life time free ‘tune ups’ on all high end road bikes and kids bikes. This service is to help our customer save money by nipping small issues in bud to avoid big and possibly costly repairs in the future. As well as educating our customers on how to look after their bike and what the tell tale signs are that their bike may need some adjustment. We recommend that your first tune up should be roughly six weeks from when you bought the bike so we can make sure that your bike is still running sweet after the settling in process of new bike components such as headset, bottom bracket and gear cables. This service is usually done while you wait as bikes we sold jump the repair que past ones not bought from us.

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As a shop we pride ourselves in having the quickest repair turnaround time in Glasgow. Although if we still aren’t quick enough for you then we do offer free courtesy bikes from our range of hire models (only for bikes bought from ourselves).

If you do find the right bike in our store but you don’t want to splash the cash all in one go, that’s okay. We take all Cycle To Work Vouchers! E.g Halfords, CycleScheme, Bike2Work etc. Don’t have access to the Cycle To Work Scheme? No worries, we also take payment via V12 Finance.

So why not come by the shop or give us a call/e-mail, we are always free to chat bikes.

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