Specialized bikes are running their demo test days this February, come and test ride Specialized’s latest 2016 mountain bike offerings including the 6Fattie, 29er and 650b wheel sizes back to back, both womens and mens bikes available. See below for details. Call shop for more details 98502996.
Lysterfield Demo Day
Where: Hallam North Road Carpark Area
When: 6/7 February 2016
Time: 8am – 2pm
You Yangs Demo Day
Where: Drysdale Road entrance
When: 13/14 February 2016
Time: 8am – 2pm
Helmet and ID required to test ride bikes.
Some crazy deals on 2016 model bikes, be quick to grab a bargin , stock wont last!
Mountain Bike SALE
2016 Bike model Old $ New Sale Price
FATBOY FATBOY 24 $1,299 $999
FATBOY FATBOY 20 $1,299 $999
FATBOY FATBOY SE $1,799 $1,499
FATBOY FATBOY $2,299 $1,999
FATBOY FATBOY TRAIL $2,999 $2,499
FATBOY FATBOY COMP CARBON $3,799 $3,299
FATBOY FATBOY EXPERT CARBON $7,499 $5,999
FATBOY SW FATBOY CARBON $9,499 $7,999
HELLGA HELLGA $1,799 $1,299
HELLGA HELLGA COMP $2,299 $1,799
HELLGA HELLGA EXPERT $3,599 $2,799
FATE FATE COMP 29 $1,999 $1,599
FATE FATE ELITE 29 $2,499 $1,999
FATE FATE COMP CARBON 29 $3,799 $2,999
FATE FATE EXPERT CARBON 29 $6,999 $5,499
FATE SW FATE CARBON 29 $10,999 $9,999
RUMOR RUMOR FSR 650B $2,699 $1,999
RUMOR RUMOR FSR COMP 650B $3,499 $2,999
RUMOR RUMOR FSR EXPERT 650B $6,499 $4,999
ERA FSR ERA FSR COMP CARBON 29 $5,499 $4,799
ERA FSR ERA FSR EXPERT CARBON 29 $8,999 $6,999
ERA FSR SW ERA FSR CARBON 29 $13,999 $9,999
ENDURO ENDURO FSR COMP 29 $4,799 $3,999
ENDURO ENDURO FSR COMP 650B $4,799 $3,999
ENDURO ENDURO FSR ELITE 29 $5,999 $4,499
ENDURO ENDURO FSR ELITE 650B $5,999 $4,499
ENDURO ENDURO FSR EXPERT CARBON 29 $8,499 $6,499
ENDURO ENDURO FSR EXPERT CARBON 650B $8,499 $6,499
ENDURO SW ENDURO FSR CARBON 29 $10,999 $9,999
ENDURO SW ENDURO FSR CARBON 650B $10,999 $9,999
Topgear Cycles Christmas Shop Hours
Saturday 19th 10AM TO 4PM
Sunday 20th 11AM TO 3PM
Monday 21st 9.30AM TO 6PM
Tuesday 22nd 9.30AM TO 6PM
Wednesday 23rd 9.30AM TO 6PM
Thursday 24th 9.30AM TO 4PM
Friday 25th CLOSED
Saturday 26th CLOSED
Sunday 27th CLOSED
Monday 28th CLOSED
Tuesday 29th 10AM TO 5PM
Wednesday 30th 10AM TO 5PM
Thursday 31st 10AM TO 3PM
Friday 1st CLOSED
Saturday 2nd 10AM TO 4PM
Sunday 3rd CLOSED
Monday 4th 9.30AM TO 6PM
2015 ITU World Duathlon Championships. 14-18 Oct 2015 Adelaide by Celine
My adventure started last October when I qualify to race the World Duathlon Championships at the National and finished 1st in my age group . I was very fortunate to be able to have a practice race 12 months earlier.
My excitement started when I received the National uniform with my name on it. Pressure, pressure I was representing Australia and the Hepworth Family.
My twins daughters Adele & Elise flew with me to Adelaide on Thursday. Registrations were at the Intercontinental in Adelaide. Getting my competitor pack and getting a photo in front of the ITU Duathlon Championships board gave me lots of goose pumps.
The Parade of the Nations was held at the Elders Park where transition was at 6.30pm. Marching in my Australian Uniform with all the other competitors of the other countries was an amazing and proud moment especially in front of my beautiful daughters. I felt very privilege and very lucky.
We got back to our accommodation at West Beach and I started to put my bike together. I only had to screw the hanger back on my Shiv and managed to do it the wrong way. After calling Peter all distressed he told me to go to Bike Society the next day to get it fix.. I did not sleep very well and I was very worried that I had stripped the hanger. I got there at 9.30am and it was all fixed in 10 min.
Friday was very relaxing just went for 6km run and I felt like a gazelle. Took my twins shopping and a walk down the beach. It was overcast and 22 degrees.
Saturday morning my 20 km ride felt amazing and fast. I love my Shiv. Lots of riders out with lots of colourful uniforms. I picked up Peter from the Airport and we went to bike check in. Race day was tomorrow I was getting very excited and so relaxed at the same time. I have been training and racing well .
They had the under 23 Women’s presentation and the played the National Anthem for Annelise Jefferies who finished 1st. I was World Duathlon Champion 20 years ago in Hobart. How amazing would it be to win again in front of my daughters.
We all got back to West Beach to have my good luck pasta vegetarian dinner and get organized for tomorrow World Duathlon Championships Day.The twins cooked dinner and even clean up just so their Mum could relax. It was time to get my number and category tattoo organized. Oops forgot to remove the paper and after keeping wetting the Number with no luck it was destroyed… Lucky, we drove to the 24 hours petrol station and mini shop to get a black marker. My twins carefully re did my number 553 so perfectly it was better that the tattoo.
5.45am Wake up. Ready to race. Perfect day and perfect condition. Just got in transition to put my helmets and shoes and pump my tyres. My wave was second last at 15 min. Just did a small warm up and I felt really good and so relaxed. Gave a big kiss to Peter and my twins and lined up to my wave start.
Starting with the 5km run I took the lead at the first km mark and felt very comfortable. The run was along the river so scenic and perfect condition. I kept passing the wave in front and all the Aussies kept cheering me up. I had a 30sec lead when I got to transition. Run with my bike to the bike start and saw another competitor from my age group passing me in transition. I went passed as soon as I started riding down the hill.
The cycle course was 2x 10km loop with a few sharp corner and a couple of short climbs. I just kept passing people and felt very strong. My Shiv is such a good bike, the DI2 makes it so smooth. I just felt amazing, powering off the corners. The 1 hour sessions on the wahoo kicker finally paid off.
I got to transition for my second run and could not believe how fresh I was still feeling. Try to have a speedy transition and started the 3km run. I kept passing people, kept being encouraged and I only got passed by 2 men from the last wave no women. I kept thinking relaxed your shoulders, enjoyed ( My husband’s directions when we do our speed sessions together)
I got to the finish line and look at my watch 1h 06min nearly 3 min faster than last year on the same course. I was not sure if I had won as they did not announce it as you finished. Peter came to get me and checked on the live results on his phone and yes I was World Champion win by 3 min and got 9t overall women. I had tears in my eyes and I could not believe that I did it again at 53 years old.
My girls where so proud of their mum and so was my husband Peter. I could not have done it without their help and support. My twins are amazing they wake up and go to bed happy, nothing is ever too hard. And my husband has always put my training first and he always encourage me.
He is racing the off road triathlon in Bendigo next month so it is now his turn. I am so lucky we train together, own Specialized Dealer bike shop and I get to ride the best bike in the world.
When I got called on the Podium at Presentation Night I could not stop smiling and I wanted to cry.
I would like to thank you all my relatives, friends and customers your good luck wishes and all the congrats and comments after my win. Also to the crew who put on the Park Run at Diamond Creek and Westerfolds Park , I really have improved my 5km run time by doing these great community events. It has been an amazing and very emotional experience. Thank you all so so much to have made it so Special.
DESTINATION TRAIL ……. ARE YOU INTERESTED?
“Are you interested? Are you available this weekend?”
An intriguing email subject that landed in my inbox from Pete at TopGear Cycles … and grabbed my attention.
What: Destination Trail ….. Glamping, Specialized Destination Trail swag bag, Test riding the latest Specialized Bikes 650B, 29er and 6Fattie and riding the famous Cairns trails with the World Trail crew
When: Thursday 24th – Saturday 26th September 2015
Where: Smithfield, Cairns QLD
Hmmmm ….. Am I interested and available??? ……… AM I EVER !!!!!
Fast forward a couple of weeks and with bags packed, it was off to Cairns we were headed. Pete had been kind enough to extend the invitation to me as one of the TopGear ambassadors to join him on the Destination Trail experience that Specialized Australia had organized for Smithfield and the fantastic Cairns trails.
The anticipation and excitement had certainly been building for an adventure that sounded pretty much like the perfect escape from the stresses of the work world of Melbourne via a nice little break that was well and truly needed.
We didn’t really know exactly what we would be encountering, but the #Destinationtrail series of videos that had been published on social media over the previous few months had certainly planted some seeds. If what we were about to experience was even a tenth of what any of those films had been about, then we were certainly in for a fun weekend.
Well … the one tenth part was pretty much shattered, exceeded and multiplied on arrival at Smithfield. On exiting the bus with a number of other guests that had been invited from various shops around Australia, we were greeted by the smiling team of Emily, Helen, Emma and Pat from Specialized Australia, welcomed in and checked into our accommodation for the next couple of nights. Flash Camp. Flash Camp indeed!!! Two rows of 10 safari style tents neatly arranged and kitted out with two double beds each; towels and bed linen with accompanying fully powered and heated showers and amenities. There were even after dinner mints on the pillows!!! I should have known that Specialized don’t normally do anything by halves, but this truly did surpass my expectations.
On dumping our stuff in our Glamping tents we were onto the exceedingly important task at hand …. Getting a beer. Once again … expectations exceeded as the Specialized team hadn’t just set up the tents to sleep in … they had also erected a massive marque that covered some dining tables, a display area and a bar. Beer …. Tick. But …… where were all the bikes that we were to be testing??? Well …. Ummmm …. There had been a bit of an issue. The boys driving the truck and trailer had some mechanical issues. . …. About 15 hours short of their destination. But as the team said …. Nothing to worry about. Operation rescue had swung into action and amazingly, the bikes were all loaded into two new trucks and due to arrive a bit later than night. Needless to say, we all waited until they did arrive and welcomed them in. As stressful as this must have been for the entire team at Specialized, it was actually fantastic to see how well they handled the situation and swung into gear to ensure the event proceeded as planned. Many months had no doubt gone into the planning of this event … and this team was determined to make it happen. You could excuse them if they decided to pull the pin given the gravity of what had happened, but they were determined to see it through. And do that they did, with aplomb. In actual fact, if they hadn’t said anything to us about what had happened, I actually doubt we would have realized. Such was the professionalism of how the event as a whole rolled out. Well done Specialized Australia.
Following a night of Taco’s via the Taco Loco guys from Cairns, a fire pit, great company, a few liquid refreshments and a perfect nights sleep, Friday morning dawned with a smorgasbord breakfast and a Rise and Grind coffee van (As I think I’ve already mentioned …. Not done by halves) then straight into the good stuff. The bikes.
We were introduced to the various machines that we would be able to test during the day. There were a multitude of models across male and female specific models, including the Camber, Stumpjumper, Rhyme, Rumour, Fuse and Ruze. But essentially the choices and the riding experiences came down to the wheel sizes. The bikes were available in 29’er, 650b and 6Fattie wheel options. Broken down again, basically this meant 29’er for Fast, 650b for Fun and nimbleness and 6Fattie for Forgiveness and traction. The rest of the features of the bikes were actually all very similar. Frame geometries were similar if not identical, all bikes ran dropper posts and all bikes also ran a 1 x 11 gearing set-up. The bikes had various iterations of Specialized’s SWAT Technology (Storage, Water, Air, Tools) with innovative ways of storing each of the SWAT elements including on some models a huge storage area under the bottle cage in the down tube that literally could fit all your tools, a banana and a beer if you really needed it to. The main difference between the bikes though …. The wheel sizes.
Today’s mountainbike marketplace is full of different choices and different opinions on what’s good and what’s bad, what suits who and who suits what. The purpose of today was going to be to try to simplify this and simply go and ride the bikes … and feel the differences. As Nick said during his brief presentation to us about the bikes, he could talk to us for hours about each individual feature of each bike and where and how one bike was different to another, but this would likely get pretty boring. Instead, Destination Trail would be about actually going and riding these bikes and feeling for ourselves the differences. Then making up our own minds as to what was good where and what we liked and what we didn’t. With the renowned Cairns trails literally at our camp doorstep, more riding sounded pretty good to me!!
The idea with the riding was that we would be split into three separate groups with each group being provided with a specific wheel size. We’d each get to cut a lap of some of the Cairns trails, then head back to camp, grab some water and food, swap bikes and wheel sizes and then head out again, doing this three times to cover all the bases and get a ride on each wheel sizes on the same sections of trail for a true comparison. Our group would hit up the 29’er to start with, followed by the 6Fattie and then ending on the 650b models.
Our group had Nick and Scotty from Specialized to guide us around the trails as well as Rhys Atkinson from World Trail … one of the actual builders of the trails and a professional Specialized rider, so we were pretty much looked after with regard to knowledge of the trails and also being shown how to best ride them. And shown we were. The trails were a fantastic mix of fast flowing downhills with berms and jumps a plenty, flat to climbing sections where views and the rainforest could be appreciated and short sharp little climbs with varying levels of technical difficulty. The thing I noticed the most though was the ability for you to take a “B” line if the “A” line simply was beyond your ability. World Trail really have done a great job here with regard to making the trails as accessible as possible to all levels of rider. Certainly, the loop that we were taken on provided a raft of different terrains and experiences. My favourite probably being the Jacobs Ladder section of the World Cup XC course. This was a combination of technical downhill switchbacks or a drop into a rock garden depending on the line you took, followed by berm after berm of flowing goodness. Heaps of fun that generated whoops of joy on every lap ….. and a couple of sneaky additional laps of this section just for the fun factor!!
As for the bikes, comparing the wheel sizes certainly was an interesting exercise, with riding each of the sizes back to back absolutely highlighting the differences between each. Our group started with the 29’er wheel size that I was quite accustomed to having ridden this wheel size on my own bike for the past couple of years. The Stumpjumper model that I rode though was vastly different to my short travel XC Epic. This bike simply ate up the terrain and literally felt like it could take anything I could throw at it and more. I have a saying for my own bike that each time I ride it, it shows me how much better at being a bike it is than I am of being a rider. My ability will never exceed this bike. Likewise with the Stumpjumper, my ability will certainly never exceed this bikes capability. There is a reason that the Specialized Stumpjumper model is so well respected. And getting to ride it on trails that were absolutely made for it, was an experience I won’t soon forget. Just so much fun!!!
The 6Fattie was next on the agenda. All I can say here is traction, traction, traction. Just when you think you’re at the limit of speed and angle that you can throw this bike into a corner at …. It allows you to do more. Likewise in climbing up some very loose and rocky elements on the Cairns rails, I was unable to break traction with this wheel and tyre size. Given, I was running about 17 Psi in these tyres as recommended so there was plenty of give to be had, but this 3 inch tyre with this wheel size really is unlike anything I had ridden before. It certainly isn’t as nimble and easy to get up the hills and doesn’t have the speed of a 29er, but for fun factor and loads of confidence and forgiveness when things get a little out of hand, this wheel size is amazing.
The 650b wheel size isn’t something I had normally considered in my riding future. I’ll be honest. I really like the feel of a 29’er wheel and have been convinced for quite some time that this size is the size for me. However …. Trying this 650b wheel size again on a Stumpjumper and in these trails really was an eye opener. The roll over ability of a 29’er wheel perhaps wasn’t quite there, but the nimbleness and pure fun factor of this wheel size was something I really wasn’t expecting. For this type of riding too, that of a pure fun based trail experience, this wheel size was just so much fun. The traction obviously wasn’t the same as the 6Fattie, which was ridiculous, but the mix of climbing ability, and lightness and “flickability” when descending made this bike a pure fun machine. Smiles a plenty after this loop …. Even after being convinced to ride a bit more and being taken a long, long way up a very steep hill, I was still having fun. Admittedly, we did get to bomb down from the very top on a section of trail that is being used next month in the Australian Enduro championships … so that likely accounted for more than a bit of the fun factor, but regardless, the 650b wheel size was a pleasant surprise to me.
Before we knew it, our three laps of the trails and our three wheel size rides were done. The sun was setting and it was time for a well earned beer. Again the Specialized team put on a beautiful dinner of spit roasted meats, some live music, a fire pit and more great company. Plus giant Jenga and some faux fire twirling and juggling. They were making it very hard to think about going back to Melbourne that is for sure!!
The final morning afforded us the opportunity to sit in again on the product presentation to the new arrivals at Destination Trail that had arrived the previous afternoon as both Prize winners from the Specialized Destination Trail competition and also as local Cairns shop owners and customers. Having been through the experience the previous morning, it was interesting to sit back and see some of the reactions of the attendees to the information being given to them and seeing the excitement on their faces in anticipating the riding adventure that they would be having that day. We were lucky enough to be able to sneak in another ride around the trails prior to our departure from Destination Trail. It was during this ride that I had a chance to reflect on what we had experienced the day before and the amount of fun that was had. And that is what really stuck with me. The fun. At the end of the day … isn’t this exactly what mountainbiking should be about? As much as I can recommend a certain wheel size and the positives or negatives of one over another …. As Nick had said on our very first morning …. Just get out there and ride and see for yourself, have fun and then make up your own mind as to what you enjoy most. What do you enjoy the most?
Now I know that not everyone gets to go to Cairns to be looked after by Specialized, ride around on their bikes, eat their food and drink their beer …. BUT … if you DO have an opportunity to ride the Cairns trails, then take it. They are awesome. Likewise, if you get the chance to test ride the various Specialized offerings of bikes and wheel sizes, then I can also recommend that you take it. Specialized is running their Destination Trail Experience via various Demo events being held around Australia over the next few months. Details are available on their website, but for those in Victoria, they are going to be at Lysterfield on February 6th – 7th and at You Yangs on February 13th – 14th. Alternatively, TopGear Cycles also has various models available in store for you to try before buying. If you can make either of these demo event’s or get into the store then it will be well worth it. And it will be fun!!! And that is the most important thing.
As a side note, the team at Specialized had not only provided us with their full range of trail bikes to ride as part of the Destination Trail experience, but had also kitted us out for the riding with some of their latest trail kit. The new Ambush helmet, XC Lite Gloves, Atlas Knee Pads and a range of their SWAT enabled knicks, baggie shorts and tops. They also had available for trial their new 2FO Cliplite and Flat shoes. Essentially a trail enabled bike shoe with the function of a more traditional mountainbike shoe, but the comfort and usability of a normal flat pedal shoe.
Now I’m not normally a baggie wearer when I go riding …. Well … I’m NEVER a baggie wearer. That being said though, one of the things about the Destination Trail is that we weren’t actually there to race for sheep stations. We were there to experience the trails, the bikes and to have fun. And that’s what we did. I can honestly say that having put all the new equipment on and got used to the slightly different feel to that of tight lycra everywhere, that I then didn’t think about the equipment again. Not at all. Now that isn’t a bad thing … that in my book is a great thing!! All the stuff was simply so comfortable that I didn’t think of it once when riding. We had come from cold Melbourne to hot and humid Cairns and thrashed around up and down some pretty demanding trails and for me to be in gear that I hadn’t worn at all previously and not feel one bit of discomfort … and in fact not even think about anything that I was wearing is a big tick in my books. Don’t tell anyone … but I’ve ridden back home a couple of times since … and both times I’ve reached for the baggie gear rather than the normal lycra. This trip may well have changed me!!! The Ambush Helmet and the SWAT knicks in particular are just so comfortable to wear that I am struggling a bit with the thought of going back to my lycra ways. A huge tick for me for both of these products.
Thanks to TopGear Cycles for inviting me to Destination Trail Cairns and thanks to Specialized Australia for organizing it. It was a truly amazing experience.
Until next time, keep riding and keep having fun !!!
We are open the Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd of October. Both days our trading hours are 10am to 4pm. Looks like its going to be a fantastic weekend to get out into the sunshine. Enjoy your ride
Peter and Celine Hepworth
We are running a 6 weeks Pilates course that is tailored for the cyclist. Celine has been in the Fitness industry for over 25 years and teaching Pilates for more than 15 years. With her back ground in Elite sports such as Gymnastics, Cycling and Triathlon, she has a lot of experience to help you with improving your bike fitness.
The course will be run over 6 weeks starting on Monday the 12th of October. Starting at 6.30pm from our store in Bulleen. Each class is 45min long. Bring a mat [we will have a limited supply of extra Matts]and a waterbottle, we also have change rooms if your coming straight from work.
If you have brought a bike from us it is a free class, other wise it is a $10.00 charge.
RSVP by the 9th of October to reserve your spot. Email email@example.com or 98502996
Top Gear Cycles at 2015 DOUBLE CROSS DIRTY GRAN FONDO -Big Hill Events- ( by Celine Hepworth)
Last weekend we got a group of riders together to take on the Dirty Grand Fondo, super fun event that was challenging but very rewarding at the same time.
I am training for the World Duathlon Championships in 3 weeks and my skills off road are non existent, my last family ride at Lysterfield with my husband Peter and my 15 year old twins girls was a little tense and my twins kept telling me to relax and let the bike to the work… I decided to enter the 50km to get a solid strength training up the hills and to survive the down hills. First cycle cross event was only two weeks ago and now I would be riding with my husband Peter.
When I woke up Sunday morning I got a special note from my twins girls which made my day. And the perfect weather blue sky and 20 degrees.
Peter my husband, Nick and Lucas our staff memebers. Jackie, Greg and Jenny and Angus were all at the starting line.
It was great that there were 17 womens entered in the 75km and 33 womens in the 50km versus 121 M in the 75km and 71 men in the 50km.
The race started easy rolling down hill on a gentle fire trail and the view was spectacular. After 6km the filed starting to spread out as we started the first 7 km climbs which had an average gradient of 4.3% . I kept passing riders up encouraging them and telling them that I was only riding the 50km. We started the first descent and got a little nervous , it was very bumpy and lots of water bottle were flying of the rider’s bikes. The 5.3km Drop Hill descent was brutal with lots of pot holes and gravels. I tryed to stay relaxed.
I got passed by a few riders on the decent. I was really happy when we started the second climb another great challenge with agood gradient. The view was amazing.
Greg came flying passed at the 50km and 75 km turn off.I kept working hard 10km to go I was riding by myself until I caught another women rider 5 km to go . My competitive nature took over and I worked really hard until the finish line not knowing where I was placed.I finished and was very happy and amazed when I was told I finished 2nd women overall and 1st cycle cross rider and 5th overall.
Nick crossed the line 3rd in the 75km CX category and Jackie 2nd in the women 75km MTB. Jenny , Greg and Lucas all did so well. Great work for Top Gear Cycles. I was waiting for my husband to finish when he called me I got worried but he asked me to tell the official that a rider had a bad crash and needed first aid and an ambulance. Peter and Angus had stopped at the 60 km mark to give assistance to a rider who was badly hurt and waited for the 1st aid to get there before finishing there ride. Then a women came up to me at the finish to thank my husband Peter for changing her tyre during the ride as she had a puncture.
IT was a great experience and I will do it next year. The burgers made by the CFA were delicious and it was such a friendly atmosphere. Great event run by Bighill events.
Peter and Angus were given some beers for providing 1st aid.
Bikes used by shop riders
Diverge, Crux, Epic.
Our shop is closed this Saturday to commemorate Anzac Day. We will be open till 8pm on Friday for those who want to pick up there repairs or last minute items for the weekend.