magazine february 2014
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DESCRIPTIONWe're getting excited about the new season ahead with a handful of new bikes and clothing, including the On-One Pickenflick 'crosser, Planet X RT58 Alloy, and our brand new 365X clothing range, designed and tested by Jamie Burrow. We also news of upcoming events, new releases, plus a special interview with Jonny Bellis of Christina Watches.
No.04 | FEBRUARY 2014
ROAD // TRI // MOUNTAIN // CROSS // URBAN
FASTER NEW BIKES
PLANET X RT58 CARBON & ALLOY/ PLANET X XLS 105/
NEW PLANET X 365 CLOTHING
EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR 2014 - QUALITY
PLUSCARBON WHEELS / TOOLS /
CROSS BIKES / PRO BIKE FIT& MUCH MORE
PLANETX.CO.UK OR VISIT ONE OF OUR DESTINATION STORES // SHEFFIELD // BARNSLEY
JAMIE BURROW,PRO RIDER &
NOW PLANET XDESIGNER& TESTER
WERE BRITAINS BIGGEST PERFORMANCE BIKE BUILDER2
NEWS &EVENTS INSIDE THIS ISSUE
P02 WEVE BEEN BUSY Its a new year and weve got a lot to tell you about...
P03 WELCOME BACK Its great to be back in print; weve got big plans for the year - read on to find out more.
P04 THE COMBACK KID An interview with our latest (and greatest?) sponsored rider Jonny Bellis.
P06 NEW PLANET X 365 CLOTHING RANGE All new for 2014, our cycle clothing range made from the finest fabrics available.
P10 ROAD RANGE EXPLAINEDWe give you a lowdown on our road bike range.
P12 PLANET X RT58 One of our fastest selling bikes in our range, heres the story behind its development.
P14 ON-ONE CODEINE The most anticipated bike On-One has ever made...
P15 ON-ONE 45650B The legendary 456 gets treated to 650b wheels and Shimano Deore groupset.
P17 STAFF RIDES Whos riding what and why?
P20 JOBSWORTH TOOLS The right tool for the job! Jobsworth has it covered.
P22 OUR STORES Youve got to come and see them. You wont be disappointed!
P23 PRO BIKE FITGetting a proper bike fit is an effective and economical way to improve your riding experience.
WEVE BEEN BUSY...SINCE THE START OF 2014 WEVE LAUNCHED THREE NEW WEBSITESWe hope many of you have had the pleasure of visiting our all new Planet X website, which is much easier to navigate, shop and get all the information you need on our huge range of products.Not only that but we also upgraded our On-One site to the same format giving it all the same great features as the new Planet X site. On top of that we updated the website of Podsacs - the legendary rucksack brand - which is now part of the Planet X family. Podsacs produce high quality packs and
climbing equipment. Visit them all and give them a try we love feedback from our customers, it only
helps us improve in everything we do!
CLIMBING EQUIPMENTBACK PACKSBAGSCOVERSLINERS DEALSPLUS MUCH MORE...
ROAD, RACE & MOUNTAIN BIKESCLOTHINGACCESSORIESHELMETSNEWSDEALSPLUS MUCH MORE...
MOUNTAIN & CROSS BIKESCLOTHING
PLUS MUCH MORE...
MORE THAN 10,000 PRODUCTS ONLINE AT PLANETX.CO.UK 3
BUY NOW, PAY LATERRide your bike away today & pay nothing for 6 months!After 6 months of interest-free credit, you can pay in full with just a 20 settlement fee. Alternatively, take either 12 or 24 months credit with Barclays at a competitive 9.9% interest rate (APR).
CYCLE TO WORK & SAVESave up to 40% on the cost of a brand new bike and equipment!If your employer is enrolled in any of the various cycle to work schemes, we can help you get a new bike & accessories worth up to 1000 tax free! (Terms online)
PLANET X NEWSIntroducing the On-One Pickenflick:You may have noticed a head turning addition to our range recently, creeping out into the world from the trusted bosom of our development team. We thought it was too good to keep to ourselves, it wouldve been selfish and we were far too excited about it all to keep it at bay. So, here it is... the On-One Ti Pickenflick Cyclocross bike.
Alan Dorrington has been riding one for a bit now, testing it in the trench conditions of the North West Cross League, and the wind swept, also trench like conditions, of the 3 Peaks. Alan has been kind enough to scribble some words down for us in the shape of a review, and as he knows it better than anyone its a good place to start...
My riding career, cross wise, started in steel - good old fashioned 531 and then 653, eventually handmade for me by a NW framebuilder. And great those frames were too - comfortable, light enough for the job and cost effective. As frame technology moved on, so did my taste in frames and a pair of aluminium Planet X Uncle Johns served me well for many years. The On-One Dirty Disco and Planet X XLS took things off in an interesting carbon direction but until last year, I hadnt ridden a cross bike made out of the one remaining mainstream material, titanium.
THERES BEEN LOTS GOING ON HERE SINCE OUR LAST MAGAZINEFresh additions to our bike and clothing range, old favourites returning, new brands and, of course, all-new websites for Planet X and On-One.We all ride here at Planet X thats why theres nothing more exciting than the launch of a brand new product, of which weve had quite a few recently, with more to come over the next few months.
The On-One Pickenflick, Planet X RT-58 Alloy and On-One 45650B, to name just a few, have been causing a stir in their respective circles, as has our Planet X 365x clothing range and the much anticipated On-One Carbon Fatty Fork - the first batch sold out within two hours! (there are more coming, of course...)
THERES SO MUCH COMING UP THIS YEAR WE COULDNT HELP BUT SHARE A FEW HIGHLIGHTS
Visit planetx.co.uk/news for the full story
Every SundaySocial store group rides - Sheffield Store & Barnsley Store
23rd FebruaryIntroduction to Bike DIY & maintenance course - Barnsley Store
28th February - 2nd MarchThe Triathlon Show - Sandown Park, Surrey
2nd MarchIntroduction to Bike DIY & maintenance course - Barnsley Store
8th & 9th MarchManchester Bike & Tri Show - Manchester
16th MarchIntroduction to Bike DIY & maintenance course - Barnsley Store
30th MarchIntroduction to Bike DIY & maintenance course - Barnsley Store
5th & 6th AprilScottish Bike Show - Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, Glasgow, Scotland
13th AprilIntroduction to Bike DIY & maintenance course - Barnsley Store
27th AprilIntroduction to Bike DIY & maintenance course - Barnsley Store
Were proud to be supporting and attending a number of exciting events in and around the UK and Ireland over the course of the year. Stay tuned for further information as the events draw near.
FOLLOW JONNYS PROGRESS AT PLANETX.CO.UK/SPONSORED-RIDERS4
I STILL FEEL LIKE I OWN THE TRACK SOMETIMES WHEN I GO OUT THERE, CONTROLLED & STRONGFour years after his horrific motorbike accident Jonny Bellis is still dreaming the dream and aiming for Gold in Glasgow. Brendan Gallagher caught up with him to look at the year ahead.It is four long years now since Jonny Bellis came as close to death as it is possible without actually shifting off this mortal coil and for many that survival alone and the miraculously decent quality of life that has followed would be enough. But not Bellis, a
former World Junior Bronze medal winner and a man on a mission. He still wants to ride fast, win races and stand on podiums. Once a racer, always a racer.
The going has been as rough as hell for Bellis since 19th September 2009 when his skull was smashed into a score of pieces ,like a hammer cracking an eggshell, as he fell from his Vespa following a visit to the Quarratta home of his old mate Mark Cavendish. Hes been fighting the good fight ever since, mostly out of the publics gaze and indeed many within cycling itself assumed he had finally hung his bike up but they would be very wrong there.
Last week Bellis secured a new professional road racing contract with Christina Watches from Denmark and now he had gone public in his intention of challenging for track medals at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, where he hopes to contest the Scratch and Points races for the Isle of Man. Bellis, still only 25, has a good track pedigree. As a 19-year-old he won Gold medals in both Points and Scratch
at the European Under-23 championships and then, before he plunged headfirst into a road career, he was a member of the GB Team Pursuit squad and rode at the 2009 World Championships. He is no mug on the boards.
I did think about putting my name forward for the road race at Glasgow but its been a long haul over the last few years and its got to the point where I want do something on a bike again for myself. On the road I would be riding for others. Its time to try and remind people I am still around - put my name out there again so I am targeting the Scratch Race and Points.
Ive been getting over to the velodrome in Manchester quite a bit this winter and its been going good. Shane Sutton has been mentoring me which has been really good because Im not officially part of the GB set-up anymore and hes been helping me out as a favour. In fact the whole set up there has been very good, trying to get me onto a good level
PLANET X, THE CHRISTINA CONNECTION & OUR SPONSORSHIP HISTORY...This year sees our re-entry to our historic roots of sponsoring and supporting many of the countrys top road cyclists and triathletes.
Ever since I started this business in 1989 I have been a big believer in supporting the countrys top riders. Our interactions with them, and theirs with us, have over the years defined us as a company in terms of closeness to the sport and our products, not to mention provide us with a lot of great memories. In short our journey became
their journey and vice versa. These things are our roots.
In hindsight, we were very fortunate; the first two junior riders we supported with bikes way back in the early 90s were the (then) motley pair of youngsters Wayne Randle and John Tanner. Over the course of the next twenty five years these ride