Open One + XT Di2 and Fox Build

After waiting a fair few weeks for Fox to custom build us a set of forks for this bike, our Open One+ is finally ready and heading off up north for 24 hours of Solo Mountain Mayhem.  For those not in the know we’ve stocked Open in our Ambleside store for 6 months now along with their.... More

Another Jaw Dropping Custom Bronson for you all!

I think it’s fair to say that everyone left our last Santa Cruz demo day pretty happy. We had great weather, great bikes and a great ride – and as a result we’ve been asked to put together some very nice bicycles! One of the stand out builds we’ve done from the demo has been Steve’s Bronson CC.... More

Patrick’s Custom Orange Stage 5

Say hello to the first Orange Stage 5 to leave our Ambleside shop! Patrick’s new steed, at first glance, doesn’t seem any different to a ‘run-of-the-mill’ Stage 5 LE, but when you start looking a little more closely you can see it has been given the BIketreks treatment. A few tweaks and upgrades here and there have turned.... More

Our nicest build yet? Custom Niner RIP9 RDO.

Having waited 3 months for ENVE and Chris King to get some stock into the UK we can finally show off our latest custom build project on the new Niner RIP 9 RDO frame.  Literally a no expense spared affair, this Niner features all the top end components without heading into “niche” territory, custom painting by the.... More

Our First Alchemy Arktos Build And We Aren’t Messing About- Podium WIN Too!

As most of you will know we took on the brand Alchemy a few months ago and since the Arktos has graced our shop floor it’s had more than a few pairs of admiring eyes and wondering grubby mitts!  Destined to be “the” bike of 2017/18 by Pink Bike and Singletrack we are glad we had the.... More

Limited Edition Specialized S-Works Enduro Jawbreaker with Hope Goodies!

When a long term customer and owner of many many Specialized bikes come into store to ask about a custom build on the latest limited edition SW Enduro frame you know you’ve got to pull something special out of the bag!  A man generally known for.... More

Juliana Furtado Custom Build With Hope Kit

Here is one very pretty Juliana Furtado tricked out subtly with Hope brakes, Hope Chainset and Hope wheels.  Based on the XT spec Julie the new owner came on one of our demo days in the spring and fell in love with the bike deciding to invest in this beauty. With an upgraded.... More

Open UP Orange built for the 3 Peaks CX Race

This is the second of our custom built Open’s that has left us destined for a trip round the 3 Peaks CX course in a couple of weeks.  Made ready for race day here (apart from the foam missing on the top tube obviously!) we have a SRAM Force CX1 groupset, a massive cassette for all those.... More

2017 Santa Cruz Tallboy, SRAM Eagle and ENVE Superbike!

Every now and again I have to hand over my custom building reins to other staff as I’m busy shouting at joiners at present and someone else has to step in with the enviable task of building a customer’s dream bike.  Well this beauty is John’s creation along with new owner Chris and as a “first off the.... More

Our First Open Custom Build–Gloss Brown with Ultegra

The first of our shop build Open UPs is already gracing the shop floor in Ambleside and will shortly have a couple brothers to sit alongside it too, but with a bike that offers unprecedented versatility both in terms of use but also in terms of the build it was difficult to know just where.... More

Orange Alpine 160 Factory Build – Black with Orange Hope

Luke is certainly no stranger to all things Orange. He bought his first Orange from us back in 2011 – a stunning black Five Pro – and was instantly hooked. Another couple of Oranges down the line (another Five for the missus and a Crush because why not?!), and a new found love of Enduro racing, and.... More

Orange Five RS – Cyan Blue with Red Hope

Pete was one of those “unfortunate” customers who came on an Orange demo day expecting not to like the bike and then sadly he did!  Having invested in a pair of new Hope blue wheels the week before to fit his Giant he hadn’t planned on this invest! So based around his blue Hope wheels he.... More

Gavin’s Beautiful Nomad – A Few UK Firsts!

Another bike that was ordered the day after our last Hope / Santa Cruz demo day, this wonderful Nomad is one of my favourite bikes we’ve ever done and if it ever goes missing Gav should check my house for sure as it’ll probably be there! The second bike out of the mark.... More

Juliana Roubion with a Spattering of Purple Hope Kit

Having attended one of our demo days with a certain lady rider from Hope, it’s fair to say Karen was inspired when she ordered her stunning Juliana Roubion from us the day after! Now we all know there’s a fine line between subtle detailing and the Christmas tree look and Karen has kept.... More

Santa Cruz Hightower Carbon CC 29er Custom Build

So we showed you the frame only when we first received it and said that we’d be building up something swanky onto the frame and here is the result!  Our first Santa Cruz Hightower that’s hit the trails for a month or so now. Having owned a Bronson for a couple of years and.... More

Santa Cruz Heckler R Build Atomic Orange

We should definitely sell more Hecklers, they are always so pretty yet beefy when we get the chance to build one for someone. In the glorious Atomic Orange colour you certainly won’t lose it in a crowd and this is the R AM spec with the forks upgraded to a set of Pikes.... More

2016 Orange Crush–A rare beast indeed!

For those of you who have wondered what a new Orange Crush looks like as you didn’t manage to get yours on order in time here it is! A hardcore hardtail that doesn’t weigh as much as a truck we have quite a few riders locally who have this as a winter friend to their.... More

Orange Five Hope Orange Edition – Don’t Worry We Checked He’s Fast Enough For It!

  So Chris had a dream…that dream involved a lot of Hope kit and a lot of orange and something unique…I think it’s safe to say John has delivered on this one!  Here we have an Orange Five RS with all the upgrades and some custom decals to finish it all off.  Swapping his old.... More

2016 Santa Cruz Hightower Carbon CC Frame – Build is coming…!

  To say I was more than a little excited when Dave from Fedex turned up this morning would be an understatement!  I’ve never unloaded a van so quickly, dismissing the Hope, SiS and SRAM deliveries and concentrating on anything that was wrapped in Santa Cruz tape!  Literally seconds later I present you the 2016 Santa Cruz Hightower.... More

2016 Santa Cruz 5010 Carbon CC XT with Some Tinkering!

  We’ve had something of a surge in Santa Cruz 5010 sales recently and this is one of my favourites as it stands out from the crowd but doesn’t shout LOOK AT ME which you can be in danger of with over customising a bike (each to their own).  Here we have the fancy carbon cc.... More

Santa Cruz Tallboy Carbon CC – XC Race Bike

Our workshop lad Tom is a busy little bee.  He races cyclocross, XC and Enduro for us and as such he has more than one or two gucci bikes in his stable.  His dad Tim regrets what he started I think with his bikes but when your dad lends you his Blur LT adorned with XTR when.... More

Santa Cruz Nomad Emerald Green Custom Build

Our lovely Enduro team rider Kyle was more than happy with his Orange Five that he got a couple of years back until I persuaded him he needed to come on my Santa Cruz demo day a few months ago.  Well now the Orange has found a new home and here’s his new Nomad! .... More

Santa Cruz Tallboy Carbon CC – XX1, Chris King and ENVE Stunner!

So my new bike has arrived…. I wish (in case anyone’s reading this and thinks I deserve something nice for all my hard work!)  Anyways, here we have a beautiful Santa Cruz Tallboy Carbon CC XX1 with plenty of upgrades. 27lbs in an XL on the scales it must be one of the lightest we’ve built.... More

Santa Cruz Bronson Mark 2 – Stealth all the way!

Not everyone who buys a Santa Cruz wants it to shout “look and me” and here we have the perfect example of stealth in action!  After a quick car park demo on a Juliana Roubion as there were no medium Bronson’s in the UK at the time, Mark was sold on getting one for his big Birthday.... More