Specialized Align II Helmet

April 9, 2021

Wearing a helmet used to be uncool. These days, though, wearing a helmet is becoming more common practice in the cycling world, even for just riding around town. The unexpected pothole, car that pulls out in front of you, or runaway dog off-leash are all hazards that could send you flying over the handlebars. Wearing a helmet greatly reduces the risk of suffering a head injury in a bike crash.

Safety Technology

Bike helmets have come a long way. They are lighter, more breathable, more protective, and in some cases more affordable. That is why we are loving the Specialized Align II. According to the Specialized, the standout feature of the Align II is the inclusion of the Multi-Directional Impact Protection System (MIPS), a patented technology designed to mitigate against rotational forces transmitted to the brain during certain angled impact scenario. In addition, the Align II became the only $50 helmet to earn the highest Five Star rating from the independent testing done at the renowned Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Wear A Helmet

Wearing a helmet will keep you protected in the case of an accident. Like the old saying goes: it’s not you we’re worried about, it’s the other guy. Keeping your noggin’ protected is one of the best preventive measures you can take, and with helmets like the Align II, you get Grade A protection for only $50.


Dusting Off Your Bike After A Long Winter

March 31, 2021

After a long Colorado winter and living through a pandemic, we are all excited to be getting outside again. The 70-degree weather in the forecast has us reaching for our bikes and looking for an escape from zoom meetings and being trapped indoors. Our bikes give us the freedom to go miles and miles until our legs, our lungs, or both, won’t let us anymore. For those of us who didn’t use bike trainers during the winter, it might even be the first time we’ve got in the saddle all year. Which is both exciting and painful. Exciting because we’re biking again. Painful because we still need to find a better saddle.

The first ride back usually has a bit of contrast. You were in great biking shape last fall. After a long winter indoors, not so much. “This is harder than I remember,” and “I feel like I used to be faster than this,” are thoughts that might enter the mind. A great athlete once said, “you can’t buy fitness, we’re all just renting it”. Remembering what to wear or what to bring can be a challenge, too. It’s a good reminder of what it feels like to be a “beginner”. Remember that feeling next time you’re getting impatient with someone who is new to biking :]

The start of biking season means a lot of things: the end of ski season, warmer weather, flowers, shorts, spring cleaning, the list goes on. We’re excited about all of it. Whether it’s mountain biking around Table, cruising around Golden with the family, or road biking 100 miles with Dan Dwyer, we hope all of you are ready to get outside and enjoy some time on two wheels. Happy Spring from all of us at Peak Cycles!


POC Kortal Helmet | Now In Stock

March 29, 2021

Epic Protection

The POC Kortal is the newest edition to their mountain bike helmet lineup. Focused on Enduro riding, this lightweight and highly protective helmet is certified for use with e-bikes. According to POC, the helmet passes the Dutch NTA8776 standard, which tests helmets at higher impact speeds than for standard bicycle use. Currently, this is the only standard for e-bike helmets. In addition to that, it comes with the latest technology from Mips, Integra, and in case of a crash the patented breakaway peak will snap away from the helmet, helping to protect against neck injury.

Colors and Fit

The Kortal comes in some rad colorways including Fluorescent Orange, Hydrogen White, Fluorite Green, and Uranium Black. The size can be dialed in on the back for a snug fit which is key for maximizing your protection. The Kortal is covered in vents for supreme cooling ability and the vents are strategically placed to not be blocked by goggle straps. Designed to be worn with either Goggle or Glasses, POC recommends pairing this helmet with their Devour Glasses or Ora Goggles for a streamlined fit.

Our Takeaway

The Kortal is a great-looking helmet with all of the technology and features we want to see on a mountain bike helmet in 2021. Lots of ventilation, Mips, adjustable fit, and great style make this a top pick for a high-end mountain bike helmet. To purchase head on over to Peak Cycles or purchase online!


Five Ten Freerider Pro | Back In Stock

March 19, 2021

The Wait Has Ended

Supply on all things bike-related has been volatile. Over the past year, the bike industry has faced unprecedented demand that couldn’t have been predicted by anyone really. Slowly but surely, we’re starting to see various items come back into stock and we get excited every time. Just when we think we might never be able to get our hands on something, it comes back into stock.

Five Ten Freerider Pro

If we are recommending a flat pedal mountain bike shoe to a rider, it’s the Freerider Pro. That’s because we’re using the Five Ten Freerider Pro, too. The unparalleled grip and classic style have been our standby year after year. The proprietary Stealth® S1 dotty rubber is the driving force behind this shoe. We also love that Five Ten took on a sustainability effort, by using plastic that was intercepted from beaches and coastlines before reaching the ocean. Two thumbs up!

FIVE TEN FREERIDER PRO PRIMEBLUE FLAT SHOE – MEN’S, DGH SOLID GREY / GREY FIVE / CLOUD WHITE

Specs

All-day comfort on and off the mountain. The Five Ten Freerider Pro flat pedal biking shoes provide grip and durability for all-mountain and enduro riding. An impact-resistant toe box complements the medium-stiff build for a responsive ride. The signature sticky rubber and purpose-built tread pattern keep your feet firmly planted on your pedals. The shoes have a casual look for times off the bike. Sustainably crafted using PRIMEBLUE technology.

  • PRIMEBLUE upper features Parley Ocean Plastic which is made from recycled waste, intercepted from beaches and coastal communities before it reaches the oceans
  • Impact-resistant toe box for protection from trail hazards
  • Lace tuck located on the middle of the tongue
  • Mid-flex midsole balances pedal feel and power output
  • Stealth® S1 dotty rubber outsole for unbeatable grip
  • Weight per shoe: 380g

Shop Now

Due to the demand the bike industry has seen over the past year, we recommend acting fast on these shoes before it’s too late! Click here to shop now.


Heart Rate Zones

March 9, 2021

Cycling is an amazing low-impact way to maintain fitness or get into shape. With advances in wearable technology like smartwatches, heart rate monitors, and power meters, you can find out incredibly detailed information about your performance. For heart rate monitors like chest straps or watches, they will often work alongside an app that will present the data in an easy-to-digest format. For the purpose of this article, we will discuss the various heart rate zones, max heart rates, and what you need to know about them!

Max Heart Rate

A quick and dirty test to calculate your maximum heart rate is by subtracting 220 from your age. According to Bike Radar, the only way to get a precise max heart rate is with a physiological test from scientists. Well, that doesn’t bode well for most of us! The good news is, you can get a pretty good estimate by doing your own max heart test. Instructions as follows!

  • Warm-up for at least 15 minutes
  • On a long, steady hill, start off at a medium pace and increase your effort every minute.
  • Do this seated for at least five minutes until you can’t go any faster while staying seated.
  • At this point, get out of the saddle and sprint as hard as you can for 15 seconds.
  • Immediately check your heart rate reading or, after the ride, download your data and look for the highest heart rate number. This is your max heart rate!

Heart Rate Zones

 The Association of British Cycling recommends a six-zone system for tracking your heart rate:

Zone 1 (60-65% of maximum heart rate): For long, easy rides, and burning fat.

Zone 2 (65-75% of MHR): The basic base training zone. Longish rides of medium difficulty.

Zone 3 (75-82% of MHR): Cardio zone. Increasing aerobic capacity and endurance.

Zone 4 (82-89% of MHR): For simulating a fast pace when preparing for a race.

Zone 5 (89-94% of MHR): For raising anaerobic threshold.

Zone 6 (94-100% of MHR): For high-intensity interval training to increase maximum power and speed.

Using This Information

Using heart rate information will help you become a better cyclist overall. Not only will this data give you something fun to look at after each ride, but you will also get insights into how your performance is changing over time. If you are looking for a smartwatch or heart rate monitor to start tracking your rides, head over here!


What Makes Carbon Great?

March 8, 2021

Carbon is the undisputed champion when it comes to bike frame materials. It’s lighter, stiffer, more comfortable… the list goes on. While it’s simply not black or white, carbon does offer a variety of benefits over your typical aluminum frame bicycle. Here is a list of the most common reasons carbon is worth the extra money.

Weight

Carbon is lighter and stronger making it a great material for bicycle frames. According to Bicycle Magazine, “by far the most commonly used bike frame material for higher-end mountain and road bikes (including virtually every bike being raced at the professional level), carbon fiber is a composite of carbon sheets that are bonded together in a mold using resin. The primary advantage of the material is that at a given stiffness, carbon fiber is significantly lighter than aluminum, steel, or titanium.” Carrying less weight on your bike means less energy on your part!

Stiffness Where You Need It

Carbon fiber can be stiff in one direction and flexible in the other. This special attribute of carbon fiber lends well to the design process of bike frames. Engineers have poured hundreds of thousands of hours into optimizing the placement and direction of carbon fiber layers to make the ultimate ride. We’re no scientists, but trying to do this with metal would be a tall task. Adding carbon where extra strength is needed and shedding it where it’s less important helps keep the weight down and tunes the overall feel of the bike.

Comfort With A Caveat

Carbon fiber is less dense than metal and will transmit less chatter and vibrations. While this is true, carbon fiber is stiffer and can feel harsh when riding in rough terrain. This can be especially true on bikes that have carbon wheels and carbon cranks, so there is certainly a balance when it comes to comfort and stiffness. Overall, however, carbon will help reduce the buzz from the road and bumps on the trail making it more comfortable.

Conclusion

Carbon fiber offers many benefits when it comes to the feel and performance of a bike. This light and strong material gives engineers the freedom to optimize construction that would be nearly impossible to do with metal. If you are looking to upgrade your next bike, consider one with a carbon fiber frame for a lightweight high-performance ride. As an added bonus, when you enter the price range of carbon bikes they come with upgraded components that add to the overall experience of your bike!


Shimano Groupset Hierarchy for Road Bikes

February 26, 2021

When it comes to bike components, the groupset goes a long way towards the overall performance of the bike. As bikes climb in price, the groupset will get lighter, crisper, and more high-tech (electronic shifting anyone?). Before we get too deep into this, let’s talk about what a groupset is. A groupset is generally defined as “any mechanical or electronic parts that are involved in braking, changing gear, or the running of the drivetrain. That means the shifters, brake levers, front and rear brake calipers, front and rear derailleurs, crankset, bottom bracket, chain, and cassette,” according to Cycling Weekly. Now let’s cover the Shimano Groupset Hierarchy for Road Bikes from least expensive to most expensive.

Shimano Claris

The CLARIS group is developed completely to cover a very broad range of use. It will equip fitness bikes, touring bikes or even turn road bikes into genuine racers for entry-level road races. CLARIS ensures easy-to-operate, accurate and light-action shifting with SHIMANO 8-speed index system, powerful brakes, and smoothly rotating hubs. Durable and low maintenance quality 8-speed drivetrain gives you the optimal range of gears for on-road cycling. The simple and intuitive Dual Control Lever offers comfortable riding.

Shimano Sora

The new SORA is the most attractive and robust 9-speed component ever. SORA is pitched towards sports/fitness cyclists with a stylish and clean design. Now with technology adopted from higher level groupsets, both new starters and enthusiasts will feel comfortable sport riding with the features that 9-speed SORA R3000 introduces.

Shimano Tiagra

New 10-speed TIAGRA provides serious entry-level riding performance with cascaded technology from top-tier lines. It also features more intuitive control for shifting, a new 10-speed cable pitch for wider frame compatibility, upgraded with cascaded technology from DURA-ACE, and a 30% increase in brake power (same level as BR-5700).

Shimano 105

Shimano 105 will empower more riders than ever before to embrace the sport of road cycling. It will become the supportive 11-speed groupset that beginner riders choose to help them train for, and ride in more serious races.
By combining trickle-down technology with greater accessibility, Shimano 105 will continue to motivate and inspire more riders than ever to go after greater challenges.

Shimano Ultegra

The ULTEGRA R8000 series is “pro-proven” as it is a direct trickle down from DURA-ACE groupset. As road bike component, the stress-free operation is one of the most important feature to lead all day riding comfort with braking and shifting. The next step up from the Ultegra R8000 is the R8050, otherwise known as Di2 (Digital Intergrated Inteligence).

Shimano Dura-Ace

System engineering at its peak. Each of the components magnifies the qualities of the others for an unparalleled level of performance. Optimizing input to maximize output. That’s how it achieves supremacy.


Bike Storage

February 19, 2021

Setting up a storage solution for your bikes can be a fun project or a daunting task depending on how much extra space you have and how easily accessible you want the bikes to be. Whether you have a house or an apartment, there is a bike storage solution out there for you. Keeping your bikes stored properly will help protect them from accidental damage, free up extra space, and keep things organized.

DELTA ADJUSTABLE FLOOR STAND WITH WHEELS

Apartment / In-Home Storage

No garage? No problem. Using the walls, ceiling, and floor will all work as potential bike storage. Keeping the bikes off the floor will free up the most space, so using wall-mounted hooks, racks, or bike pulleys are the best option. Looking to show off your bike? There are several decorative wall mounting options for your trusty steed. You may not be allowed to drill into the wall, so if that is the case using a free-standing bike rack will keep your bikes organized and reduce visual clutter in your room. There are many options for bike storage for apartments and small houses, and checking out or indoor/outdoor rack collection will help give you some creative ideas.

DELTA SINGLE BIKE WALL MOUNT RACK WITH SHELF: HOLDS ONE BIKE

Garage Storage

Storing bikes in the garage can be a cluttered mess, but with dedicated bike stands or racks, it will look organized and clean. Here at Peak Cycles, we hang the bikes upside down from rubberized hooks. Alternating the direction of the bikes keeps the handlebars from hitting one another, and lets us hang 20+ bikes in a relatively small space. Hanging bikes vertically from hooks will take up more room, but getting them on and off is a bit easier than lifting them over your head. If you frequently work on your bike, why not choose storage that doubles as a repair station? Bike repair stands are a great way to keep your bike in top shape and store them in a secure location. The easiest option would be a parking rack, like the Saris Mighty Mite.


Bikes On Sale?

February 5, 2021

Yes, that is right. We actually have mountain bikes on sale which is hard to believe in a COVID world. Come spring this will certainly not be the case. So take our advice and act quickly! We currently have two 2020 Stumpjumper Experts in a Small and Medium. These bikes are marked down $1000.

Specialized Stumpjumper Expert Carbon 29 GLOSS NAVY / WHITE MOUNTAINS M - 2020
SPECIALIZED STUMPJUMPER EXPERT CARBON 29 GLOSS NAVY / WHITE 

Specialized Stumpjumper

In addition to the Stumpjumper Experts, we have two Custom Stumpjumper’s on sale at Peak Cycles right now. They are a mix between an expert and a pro-level build. These custom Stumpys feature an S Works grade FACT 11m carbon chassis and rear-end, asymmetrical design. In addition to that, they come with an amazing component and suspension package including Fox Factory Suspension, a GX drivetrain, Roval Carbon Wheels, and 130mm dropper post. The two models that we have in stock are size small. One comes with a coil and the other comes with an air shock.

Save $1500 on a Custom Specialized Stumpjumper! This is the coil version in oak green.

Giant Reign

The Giant Reign is an all-around fun bike that climbs super well and is a blast on the descent! We think it’s best suited for riders who want an aggressive one quiver bike that has modern geometry and high-end components. Compared to similar bikes in the same category, there is a ton of value for the price!

Giant Reign Advanced Pro 29 1 M Charcoal, 2020
IANT REIGN ADVANCED PRO 29 1 M CHARCOAL

Benefits of Bike Commuting

February 2, 2021

We all know that riding our bikes is, well, good for us. But how many of us actually use our trusty steeds to get us to and from work? While driving a car to and from work certainly has it conveniences, it comes with environmental, financial, and emotional costs (think sitting in traffic slamming your head on the steering wheel). Cities like Denver have robust bike path networks that makes bike commuting an increasingly safer option.

Exercise

Riding your bike to and from work gets your exercise in for the day and takes care of your commute at the same time. In this busy world we live in, time is one of our most valuable assets. Carving out an hour to exercise each day after a full day of work can be a lot to ask. Bike commuting solves this issue by killing two birds with one stone. Don’t feel like showing up to work sweaty? E-Bikes are becoming an increasingly popular option worth checking out!

Cost

Whether it’s paying for parking, gas, or tolls, driving to and from work every day adds up. With the average American spending about $2,600 per year getting to and from work, according to Citi’s 2015 Commuter Index, commuting by bike can help reduce that expense!

Get Inspired

Thinking about commuting to and from work but not sure where to start? Give us a call at Peak Cycles and we can help set you up with a bike commuting setup that is practical and cost-effective. Be sure to check out the Cyclist Lawyer on Instagram, too! She is an avid bike commuter and all around advocate for cyclists! If you’re interested in checking out a commuting option via bike path, Google Maps has a built-in feature to show Bike Paths.


Measuring Your Sit Bones

January 25, 2021

Sit Bone Measurement

You could buy the most expensive saddle available but if it’s not the right size for your anatomy, it’s not worth much. Bike saddles come in a variety of sizes for this exact reason. Our sit bones support us on the bike saddle, and if they aren’t sitting right on the cushion it can lead to some serious pain and discomfort. Measuring your sit bones is easy. Most bike shops, like Peak Cycles, have a sit bone measuring tool. It’s essentially a gel pad that you sit on and leave an impression on. Your sit bones will leave two dimples in the gel pad that you can measure to find the proper width. 

Measuring Your Sit Bones At Home

If going into a bike shop isn’t an option right now, there are some creative ways you can measure your sit bones at home. The first method is to take a sheet of aluminum foil and set it on something soft like carpeting or a yoga mat. Doing this on some steps or a low table works the best for really exposing your sit bones. Sit on the foil for about 30 seconds and then stand up. Measure from center to center on each of the dimples. A typical range for most sit bones is between 100-200mm. Once you know your measurement, a general rule of thumb is to add 20 mm to your sit bone measurement when selecting a saddle. If your sit bones measure 135mm, go with a 155mm saddle.

More of a Guideline Than A Rule

Knowing your sit bone measurement will put you leaps and bounds ahead of riding whatever saddle comes on your bike, but it’s no replacement for a bike fit or your own personal preference. Once you know your sit bone measurement, find a saddle that matches your riding style and go from there! If you’re in need of any help selecting a saddle, give us a call at Peak Cycles to talk shop, (303) 216-1616.


Our Favorite Tires for Road, Gravel, and Mountain

January 13, 2021

It is conventional wisdom that most bike tires will last 1000-3000 miles on average. Depending on how often you ride this can be as often as every 6 months. If it’s time for new tires on your bike, consider some of these shop favorites for road, gravel, and mountain bikes.

Specialized Turbo Pro

Specialized has been really stepping up their tires in recent years and a standout tire in our minds in the Specialized Turbo Pro. This tire features a great tread, supple casing, and unrivaled GRIPTON® compound, extremely low rolling resistance, and superior cornering traction. Put it all together, and you’ll be climbing and descending with confidence and speed.

SPECIALIZED TURBO PRO 700 X 28 – 2021

Panaracer GravelKing

Panaracer makes reliable tires for gravel biking. The tried and true GravelKing is a high-performance all-road tire that can handle a wide variety of road or trail conditions and performs well through a wide range of inflation levels. The nearly smooth tread keeps rolling resistance low. At $50, they won’t break the bank either.

PANARACER GRAVELKING TIRE – 650B X 48, TUBELESS, FOLDING, BLACK/BROWN

Maxxis DHF

The Minion DHF from Maxxis is a great tire that is intended for the front but also works great on the rear. It has become the benchmark for riders wanting maximum control in loose and muddy conditions. The directional ramped center knobs provide low rolling resistance and signature channel cut side knobs provide excellent cornering traction. This tire thrives in loose, loose over hard, medium, and wet conditions.

MAXXIS MINION DHF TIRE – 29 X 2.5, TUBELESS, FOLDING, BLACK, 3C MAXX TERRA, EXO+, WIDE TRAIL

Everyday Bike Maintenance

January 8, 2021

Putting a little love into your bike every time you ride will help it go a long way. We recommend taking these steps before and after riding your bike to help keep you on the road or trail with a bike that’s performing in tip-top shape.

Before Your Ride

Pump up those tires! Get them to your desired pressure before each ride. Tubes hold air pretty well but tubeless tires have a knack for losing it. Not sure what tire pressure to use? There are formulas out there like Schwalbe’s Tire Pressure Professor that can help you figure it out. You can also check the sidewall of your tire for the correct pressure range.

After Your Ride

We are believers that lubing your chain after each ride is the way to go. Applying lube before your ride can be a magnet for dirt! Doing it after lets any excess lube dry overnight, which means less dirt and crud clinging to your chain. Taking the time to do this after every ride is the best way to prolong the life of your drivetrain and improve shifting simultaneously. There are three primary categories of lube: wet, dry, and hybrid. Depending on where you live and the type of riding you do will dictate which is the best to use! Check out this older article explaining the difference between the three.

For road bikes, we recommend wiping down any sweat that may accumulate on your bike, especially if you’re using an indoor trainer. The reason being the salt in our sweat will corrode away at our bike over time. For mountain bikes, wiping down the stanchions and dropper post will help prolong the life of the seals and overall performance.

It Adds Up

Taking the extra few minutes to pump up your tires before each ride will help you avoid unnecessary flats, punctures, and other tire mishaps. Keeping your bike lubed up and wiped down will keep it running smoother for longer. We hope you found these tips helpful. As always, you can shop online for all of your bike part needs at www.bikeparts.com!


Mountain Bike Shoes For Flat Pedals

January 2, 2021

When it comes to using flat pedals on a mountain bike, having the right shoes makes a world of difference. Between the sticky rubber and stiffer sole, you get better grip and support with a pair of mountain bike specific shoes. While many of the big-name brands make them, Five Ten is widely regarded as the industry leader. Five Ten, now owned by Adidas, has a proprietary compound called Stealth Rubber that is known for its durability and tackiness. Born from rubber used on climbing shoes, Five Ten began making shoes in 1985.

Benefits

So what are the benefits of using a mountain bike specific shoe? Incredible grip and support is the number one reason. They will also give added protection for smashing into rocks and other hard stuff. Compared to clipless shoes, they give you an instant release in case you need to put your foot down or are flying over the handlebars. They’re also easier to walk in, although most mountain bike clipless shoes are easy to walk in as well (compared to road bike shoes). They have the cool factor too. You could hang out in your mountain bike shoes at the bar, at a restaurant, or a barbecue with your friends and no one would think twice. Not that that’s much of a reason, but it’s definitely an added bonus.

Downsides

What are the downsides of a flat pedal shoe? Well, you don’t get the same power that you would be if you were clipped in. There’s no doubt about that and there’s no point in trying to argue any different. While being able to get off your pedals quickly and easily with flat pedal shoes is a benefit in a lot of instances, it can also be a detractor when your foot is bouncing on and off the pedal in rowdy situations. Another downside is that they don’t last as long as we’d hope. Even after one season of riding, a pair of Five Ten shoes will have significant wear from the pedal pins digging into the rubber. 

What We’re Using

The Holy Grail of mountain bike shoes that most riders gravitate towards is the Five Ten Freerider Pro. This shoe gives a great balance of ruggedness, stiffness, and grip. It isn’t the lightest or most breathable shoe, but the positives greatly outweigh any of the negatives with this shoe. Due to the pandemic, most of their stock has been completely wiped out. We should start to see these come back on stock in the spring so keep your eyes peeled!


Christmas Gifts for Any Budget

December 21, 2020

Gifts under $50 

As a cyclist, it’s really great to get an upgrade on a bike where you can truly feel the difference. A new pair of grips or fresh bar tape does just that, plus it won’t break the bank! For mountain bikes, checkout Deity. The Supracush and Knuckleduster are both good options. So good in fact that Specialized has been putting them on their 2020 and 2021 bikes. For road bikers, there is no doubt that Lizard Skins makes the best bar tape in the game. While it is pricey at $40 + the cost of installation, it’s hard to deny the feel and quality. If you’re feeling adventurous and would like the wrap the bars yourself, check out this video from ParkTool on how to do it. Other great options would be the EDC Lite tool, water bottles, a tubeless tire plug kit, or a pair of cool socks

Gifts Under $100

For gifts in the $50-$100 price point, think outerwear. For road bikers, a new jersey from their favorite shop would be a great gift. Cyclists are often nostalgic and loyal to their local bike shops, so this purchase will feel good to them and support small businesses at the same time! Club Ride makes some sweet gear for mountain bikers that’s functional and looks good both on and off the bike. Check out some of their button-down shirts like the Motive or the New West.

Gifts Under $200

A new set of tires is a practical gift that will make any avid cyclist smile. Tires are wearable and eventually need to be changed but many cyclists will try and get every last bit of use of their tires before replacing them. Often times, much later than they probably should have. It’s all too easy to keep riding until a mountain bike tire starts to look like a road tire. To get the right ones, just sneak in the garage and see what tires they have on their bike and order those. Even if they don’t need them at this very moment, they eventually will. You might be surprised that tires would fall into this category, but that is the reality! High-end mountain bike tires run around $90 per tire! Another great gift could be a tuneup on their bike, a dropper seat post, or a deep tissue massage they can give themselves! 

Gifts Under $500-ish

Wow, you’re a big spender! With a budget like this, there are many great options to choose from but a cycling computer is a gift that will make anyone grin. Our top-selling is the Garmin 1030. This would be best suited for a road biker because it comes packed with features like real-time data including speed, distance, and cadence. Plus it provides great directions and routes for easy navigation and will record the ride every time they go out. It can also be used alongside the Garmin Varia taillight which is an incredibly powerful safety feature to add to any bike. This smart taillight monitors cars approaching from the rear and displays this information on the computer screen. As cars approach the light will blink faster and shine brighter to make the cyclist that much more visible.

Gifts $1000 and Up

Ok, now you’re starting to enter new bike territory. The best thing to do here would be to call the shop and talk bikes with us. We have great deals on 2020 bikes like these Custom Stimpjumpers, e-Bikes, and more. You can see some of our inventory online at www.bikeparts.com, but we’ve got more here in the store. Check out our recent blog post that details some of the newest bikes we’ve received at Peak Cycles. Give us a call at (303)216-1616 to discuss more options, here what we have in stock, or just talk to someone other than your quaranteam. 


Custom Stumpjumpers On Sale

December 16, 2020

$4,999.99 $6,500.00

We have two custom Stumpjumper’s on sale at Peak Cycles right now. They are a mix between an expert and a pro-level build. These custom Stumpys feature an S Works grade FACT 11m carbon chassis and rear-end, asymmetrical design. They come with an amazing component and suspension package including Fox Factory Suspension, a GX drivetrain, Roval Carbon Wheels, and 130mm dropper post. The two models that we have in stock are size small. One comes with a coil and the other comes with an air shock.

Save $1500 on a Custom Specialized Stumpjumper! This is the coil version in oak green.

Two Size Small’s

The size small Stumpjumper would fit someone between 5’2” and 5’6”. Specialized has done away with gender-specific bikes so this would work for men or women. We are really big fans of the Stumpjumper for its versatile nature and the fact that it’s just a really fun bike ride. If you’re looking to upgrade your mountain bike and fit into the size window for this bike, come check it out. We are closed to in-person shopping but can assist curbside or over the phone. As always you can shop online at www.bikeparts.com and choose Free Store Pickup!


Alert: More Bikes Arrived Last Week!

December 10, 2020

Happy Holidays everyone. What a crazy year we have had here at Peak Cycles. We have been out of most bikes since June but are now just starting to see some bikes trickle in. Over the past 2 weeks we have received some townies, mountain bikes, kids bikes and gravel bikes. Our website is not showing all of the bikes we have in the shop so please call or email (303 216-1616 – contact@bikeparts.com) if you are interested in any of these bikes.

Here is what is new in our inventory at Peak Cycles over the past couple of weeks.

2021 Specialized Sirrus X 3.0 – $950

Some Sirrus X bikes arrived last week and we quickly built these up. They are our #1 townie that we sell. This bike can handle just about anything. Specialized increased the tire size this year and tweaked the geometry making it perform better on gravel. With bigger, confidence inspiring tires, a slightly more upright riding position it rips on dirt. It also features a super intuitive one-by drivetrain and plenty of mounts for racks and fenders for hauling and staying dry.

Fathom 29 2 – $1200

The Fathom 29ers were a surprise and Giant finally sent us some affordable mountain bikes under $1500.00! Thank you Giant. This aluminum hardtail 29er delivers a balanced ride quality with a nice build. It has a Giant Crest 34, 100mm fork and an SX Eagle 1×12 drivetain. These won’t last long..

Escape City Disc 3 – $710

Available in all sizes and recently added to our sales floor, this fully loaded affordable townie is ready to go. It comes with integrated pannier racks and fenders and as an added bonus, there’s clearance for larger tires up to 45c, which makes it easier to ride rougher roads including gravel. The 2x Shimano drivetrain has enough range for whatever road or path you choose..

Riprock Coaster 12″ and 20″- $250

Unfortunately we have been absolutely starved of kids bikes this year. It’s feels like the year without a Santa Claus with hardly any kids bikes in here. Luckily Specialized was kind enough to send us a couple of 12 and 20 single speed Riprocks that will probably not last long. We also have a few Striders and Hotwalks for anyone looking for a balance bike.

2021 Specialized Diverge Sport Carbon – $2900

If you are looking for a Gravel Grinder, you are in luck. We have received a bunch of the new redesigned 2021 Diverge Sport Carbon bicycles. Gravel riding may be new but the Diverge Sport Carbon has been developed thanks to over four decades of experience. It features a Future Shock 1.5 and a FACT 8r carbon frame for a fast, confident and comfortable ride on road, in the dirt, and over thick gravel. It has the new Shimano GRX 600 1×11 drivetrain and a solid pair of DT Swiss G540 wheels. The entire Diverge line is as capable as it is versatile.

2021 Specialized Enduro Comp Carbon – $4499

Dollar-for-dollar, the Enduro Comp is hard to beat. You get the same full-carbon frame as the Enduro Expert and Elite models, loaded with great components that include powerful four-piston disc brakes, a wide-range 1X drivetrain, and capable RockShox suspension.

Here are a few other mountain bikes we have in the shop right now that are on sale.

Giant Reign Advanced Pro 29 1 XL Charcoal, 2020 $5,000.00 $4000

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Giant Reign Advanced Pro 29 1 M Charcoal, 2020 $5,000.00 $4000

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Giant Reign Advanced Pro 29 2 Blue, 2020 $4000.00 $3200

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Giant Trance Advanced Pro 29 3 L Red $3,350.00 $2850

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Giant Trance Advanced Pro 29 3 L Black $3,350.00 $2850

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Well that’s what’s new here at the shop as far as bikes. Give us call or email if you have any questions (303 216-1616 – contact@bikeparts.com). Happy Holiday’s!


New Mountain Bikes In Stock

December 2, 2020

What a Year It’s Been!

2020 has been a crazy year for the cycling industry. The pandemic sparked the inner cyclist in many of us and caused a surge in bicycle sales as we’ve never seen before. Unfortunately, this meant that many of you were unable to buy a bike due to the limited supply. Companies are getting things in order now and the next wave of models have begun to arrive at Peak Cycles

New Mountain Bikes We’re Drooling Over

Two models in particular that were excited about are the Specialized Enduro and Giant Trance X. Both of these mountain bikes feature some of the most innovative technology and modern geometry that you can find. Slack head tube angles, steep seat tube angles, updated suspension design, crisp 12-speed drive trains, and powerful 4-piston brakes. Let’s dive into each of these bikes and talk about what we like, what we don’t, and whether it’s the right fit for you.

Specialized Enduro

As of 12/2/20 we have an S3, S4, and S5 Comp Carbon available for $4510.

The new Specialized Enduro was one of the first bikes to be released during the pandemic. It features an updated suspension design that brings the linkages down low giving the bike a planted and confident feel at high speeds. This bike was designed similarly to the Demo, the downhill counterpart to the Enduro. While the Enduro certainly excels on the downhills, it also is a capable climber and will get you back to the top of the hill. 

Specialized increased the anti-squat and redirected the chainstay angles so the suspension better resists pedal bob. Additionally, the 76-degree seat tube angle keeps the rider in the center of the bike for a more balanced climbing position. We love the integration of the SWAT tube on this bike as can pretty much eliminate the need for a fanny pack or backpack. We would have liked to see this bike come with a GX groupset, but this would have brought the price up on the bike. We’d recommend the new Specialized Enduro to the type of rider who loves Enchanted Forrest, White Ranch, and other fast smashing downhills. Give us a call or visit the shop to see if we have your size in stock!

Giant Trance X

We also have the Trance X Advanced Pro 29 2 in Medium and Large! Call to purchase!

Another bike that we have stocked at Peak Cycles right now is the Giant Trance X 29er. We would describe this bike as a great all-arounder. 150 mm of travel in the front and 135 in the rear give it enough travel to make it through the toughest downhill sections while not being overkill for the climbs. Giant uses their proprietary Maestro rear suspension design with an adjustable composite flip-chip that will change the head tube angle and bottom bracket drop on the bike. Choose between a 66.2 or 65.5 degree head tube angle and a 77.9 or 77.2 degrees seat tube angle which will change the bottom bracket drop to either 30 mm or 40 mm. 

Steeper seat tube angles make it generally easier to climb. Slacker head tube angles make for a smoother descent. We like the Trance X 29er 2 build which features a Fox 36 Float Rythym Fork and Shimano SLX drivetrain. The dropper post is a bit shorter than we would like to see but an easy upgrade if the rider feels it’s necessary. This bike would be best suited for someone who is looking to ride it all. The Trance X 29 is a bike that handles long days in the saddle, big climbs, jumps, bike parts, or any of the trails around here in Golden. It sits comfortably in the category of a Trail Bike.

Shop Now!

There is no saying how long these bikes will be in stock at Peak Cycles. As a reminder, we are not doing in-person shopping at this time, so give the shop a call to see if we have your size in stock! 


Bike Repair Stands

November 21, 2020

A Great Gift For the Holidays

The holidays are just around the corner which has all of us thinking about great gifts for our loved ones. One item that comes to mind is a bike repair stand. Bike Repair Stands are great for avid cyclists who enjoy working on or fixing up bikes. A good bike stand will keep that garage full of bikes running smoothly and makes most repair jobs that much easier. Whether you’re looking for a full-on mechanic stand or one that mounts to the wall, there’s something out there for your needs.

PARK TOOL PRS-4W-1 DELUXE WALL MOUNT REPAIR STAND AND 100-3C CLAMP

Why are Bike Stands Awesome?

Why are bike stands such a great thing to have? Think about something as simple as fixing a flat tire. The bike is held in place as you’re doing it. No more trying to balance the bike upside down on the handlebars. How about trying to align a derailleur? A bike stand allows you to wrench on the bike while it’s hanging in the stand. Trying to do this on the ground is much more tedious and time-consuming. In a bike stand, the job can be done in a matter of minutes.

FEEDBACK SPORTS PRO-ELITE WORK STAND

Our Favorite Stands

Bike stands cost anywhere from $150 and up, and as you go up in price, you will usually be getting sturdier materials and a heavier weight capacity. The benefit of this is being able to work on e-bikes, which can weigh over 50 pounds. Bikeparts.com carries stands from two of the most popular brands, Park Tool and Feedback Sports. Some of our favorites are the 10.2 Home Mechanic Stand and the Pro-Elite Work Stand.

PARK PCS-10.2 HOME MECHANIC REPAIR STAND

Back in Stock Soon

Due to COVID-19 and the surge in demand for bike-related products, most stands are completely sold out. Luckily, our suppliers are showing bike stands coming back into stock in early December. Keep your eyes peeled on Bikeparts.com for them! If you need ideas for tools to go along with your new bike stand, check out our article on the best bike tools for your at-home kit. 


Riding in the Fall

November 12, 2020
Learn the essentials of riding during the fall. We’ll cover pre-ride preparation, proper layering, staying warm and dry, and a hack for finding weather windows!

The leaves are turning and temperatures are dropping. Yes, Fall is certainly in the air but don’t put those bikes away just yet. The cooler temps can make for a comfortable outing and you may find it to be less crowded. At the same time, you also run the chance of being caught in a freak snow/hail/rain/sleet storm. Especially here in Colorado! But with a bit of preparation, you can prepare yourself for the elements. Bringing along the proper layers will help keep you warm, dry, and hopefully smiling on your fall bike ride.

Grand Teton National Park on a Fall Day. Featuring the 2020 Specialized Tarmac Sport.
📸 Hunter Swanson

Pre Ride Preparation

It’s best to check the weather before you head out. Using an app like MyRadar can be invaluable for seeing what the weather is doing. We’ve been able to sneak in some rides on days where calling it quits looks like the only option. If you plan things right, you might be able to find a weather window and enjoy your ride with minimal crowds. It’s also worth noting the type of riding you’ll be doing. You might need fewer layers when mountain biking, since your moving speed is typically slower. Road biking, on the other hand, can feel colder since you’re moving quickly. Know the type of riding and know your own tolerance for cold and wet conditions.

Layering Up

What type of person are you? Be bold, start cold? Bundle up at first then shed layers? There isn’t a right or wrong answer here but you’ll often hear that it’s best to not sweat, as this will make you colder in the long run. For that reason, it’s best to wear breathable, wicking layers that will keep you dry when you’re putting down the watts. We recommend avoiding cotton as it’s not known for quick-drying properties. Being prepared for precipitation is important too, so bringing along a packable windbreaker often does the trick. Keep in mind windbreakers won’t keep you completely dry if it really starts coming down. The plus side is, they’re often lighter weight and more compact than a full-on rain jacket. You make the call!

The S-Phyre booties from Shimano are fire! Note the Patagonia Houdini jacket stuffed in the water bottle cage! 📸 Hunter Swanson

Staying Warm and Dry

Stay warm but avoid sweating! Good areas to layer up include your head, hands, and feet. Something as simple as a buff under your helmet or long finger gloves can make all the difference if the weather turns south. As you’re riding try to shed layers as necessary. This is where apparel like arm and leg warmers, booties, or overshoes can come in handy. They don’t take up much space and if it gets too warm, you can easily stash these in your jersey, saddlebag, or SWAT tube. Look for fabrics that dry quickly like polyester, rayon, or Lycra.

Get Out For a Ride!

Fall is a great time to ride and enjoy the cool weather. Doing a pre-ride preparation by analyzing the weather goes a long way. Bringing along the right layers that will keep you warm and dry. Remember to bring layers that are breathable and packable while keeping in mind your personal tolerance for cold weather and plan accordingly. Happy fall everyone!