Sunday, 18 January 2015

New bike

So, the chain snaps on my old bike; I take it in to be replaced and get told the chain wears at the same time as my gear cassette ... to replace both a cool £100 (lol) ... so I refuse, "just give me the chain", the shop warn me that gears will start to slip and the chain could snap again... and yep, the gears start to slip unless I am on the large front cog ... this is fine, but makes it hard as hell to cycle up hills.

This was back in October, so I have a choice, get the ole bike fixed up (tyres, fix slightly buckled back wheel, replace rusted breaks, all new gears and crank set) or get a new bike on "cycle to work" ... as the price to do both is the same I decide on a new bike... the Implicit Beta 13 bike by Halfords.

Had to buy it unseen as they are so new they are not in the shops yet.

And here she is... very plain looking, not a head turner, but hopefully that will make her less desirable to thieves.

She is smaller that my last bike, is stupid light at 10kg and skittish as hell when being ridden !... a real bone shaker, a totally different beast to my old bike !... I would not feel happy on snow or ice with this bike. Cannot decide if she is quicker than my old bike, I am going to guess no.

I will ride her to work for the first time tomorrow and let you know how I get on!

 With my "Rossa" tramp stamp lol !

And a better one from the Halfords website:


  • Approximate Weight (KG): 10.9kg
  • Brake Type: Hydraulic Disc Brakes
  • Exact Frame Size:
  • Forks: Uni-Directional Carbon Fibre Blades with Tapered Alloy Steerer
  • Frame Material: Alloy
  • Front Brake: Shimano Acera Hydraulic Disc Brake - 160mm Rotor
  • Gender: Unisex
  • Geometry: Performance Hybrid
  • Number of Gears: 20
  • Rear Brake: Shimano Acera Hydraulic Disc Brake - 160mm Rotor
  • Suspension: Rigid
  • Wheel Size: 700c


  • Bottom Bracket: FSA MegaExo - 68mm Shell
  • Cassette: Shimano Tiagra - 12-30t
  • Chain: KMC X10
  • Chainset: FSA Omega Compact 50/34t - 170mm(S) 175mm(M,L)
  • Frame: 7005 Triple Butted Alloy with Smooth Welds
  • Front Mech: Shimano Tiagra - 2 Speed
  • Gear Shifters: Shimano Tiagra - 2x10 Triggers
  • Handlebars: 13 RS 580mm(S) 600mm(M,L) - 31.8 - 0mm Rise
  • Headset: FSA Orbit C-40 ACB/Industrial 1-1/2" to 1-1/8" Tapered - Integrated
  • Hubs: 9mm QR - 28 Hole
  • Pedals: Wellgo Alloy/Steel - 9/16"
  • Quick Release Front Wheel:
  • Quick Release Rear Wheel:
  • Internal cabling
  • Rear Mech: Shimano Tiagra - 10 Speed - Medium Cage
  • Rims: 13 RS Alloy Deep Section Double Wall - 28 Hole
  • Saddle: 13 RS - Chromoly Rails
  • Seatpost: 13 RS Alloy - 27.2mm - 350mm with offset
  • Stem: 13 RS 90mm(S) 100mm(M,L) - 31.8 with +/-7 degree rise
  • Traditional Mudguard Mounts:
  • Type: Hybrid Bikes
  • Tyre Size: 700 x 28c
  • Tyres: Vittoria Zaffiro II


Unknown said...

) Nice Bike )
Having the same model )

Were choosing from Cube Curve pro (no rigid fork) Boardman Comp and 13 Implicit Betta.

Installed a mud guards from Halfords.
Could you tell me the model of Pannier Rack used on yours bike ?

CCJack said...

Thanks about the bike, the rack is the Axiom Streamliner disc rack. :-)

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