Yesterday a team from Specialised UK came to QECP for a ‘Test the Best’ day. This was a chance for riders to book in and try some of the 2013 models on the red mountain bike route.  About 50 people signed up from as far afield and Bournemouth and London.

The 2013 range of models are called 29ERs after the novel wheel size, 29 inches instead of the standard 26. The larger wheel is better at coping with bumps and obstacles. In addition they have more spokes and the wheel rims are wider. Other innovative features from the range include carbon fibre frames and a very low centre of gravity.

Within the 29ER range there are three models, the Epic, Camber and Stumpjumper. All are aimed at off-road single track cycling.


Specialized staff were on hand to fit the right bike to the rider, and with entry-level models starting at £1,500 this personal service is key to the company’s success after 34 years of making and selling bikes.

The team will be in Staffordshire next weekend and Cumbria the weekend after.

For more information about Specialised go to their web-site at

Details about the red trail are available on the volunteer groups web-site The group meets on a monthly basis for practical work sessions.