Burkes Cycles Blog

Tested: Giro Montaro January 19 2016

Recently I've noticed the increasing number of helmets that incorporate MIPS technology arriving on the market. Something that began as a trickle a few years ago (with the arrival of the fabulous POC range in our store) has now turned into the veritable flood. What used to be an option on only high-end helmets has now trickled down to youth and sport-level helmets, and this can only be a good...

Tested: CamelBak Palos January 08 2016

Is it a bum-bag? ... a fanny-pack? ... a waist pack? I guess all of these terms are applicable, but for me, it is an alternative hydration system that takes a load off (your back). Recent back/necks issues have led to source an alternative to the ubiquitous riding pack - you know the one you load up with everything you think you might need along with a litre or two...

Test Ride: Specialized Atlas Knee Pad July 28 2015

I have to say this up-front - I've never worn knee-pads in my life as I've never seen the need due to my style of riding. I'm firmly on the XC side of the XC/Trail riding (as evidenced by my latest steed, a Specialized Camber Expert EVO 29). I don't go massive or take big risks, in fact, if riding styles were careers then I'm an accountant. More vanilla than chocolate...

Riding ToraTora July 28 2015

As I was in Martinborough for the weekend, there was never really an excuse for me to not head on out to Tora and tackle the ToraTora mountainbike track "The Loop". The Loop is a 13km, grade 3-4, one-way track on privately-owned land. Built by Gareth Morgan, this track showcases what is typical of a lot of NZ trails - a sublime mix of farm track, pine forest & native forest. After...

Test Ride: Haibike XDuro All Mountain RC & SDuro Fullnine RC E-Bikes. May 13 2015

Here at Burkes Cycles we sell and support the growing demand for E-bikes most commonly in a commuter/utility context.  These bikes are typified by hub driven motors on a relaxed comfort orientated bike.  They offer a genuine option for those considering an alternative to cars for their everyday use.  They also serve to get folks out on bikes when injury, age, time or simply the need to turn up for...

Burkes Cycles Easter Hours April 02 2015

Our Retail store is open for limited hours over Easter - see below for full details;  

Test riding the Salsa Bucksaw 2 March 23 2015

Early Saturday I took out a bike quite unlike any other I've ever ridden - the Salsa Bucksaw 2. Gloriously decked out in a colour aptly named "Gold Rush", the Busksaw is a full suspension fat-bike with 100mm of sweet travel and monster 3.8" Surly Nate feet.   From the get-go I was pleasantly surprised at how easy the Bucksaw was to pedal, even climbing up the tarseal to get to the trailhead of...

Specialized Bikes Autumn Sale March 20 2015

Specialized bike prices are falling like Autumn leaves - some of our ever-popular Specialized bikes are reduced just in time to catch the last of the golden weather. Great savings abound but numbers are limited so be in quick to secure the bike you've been dreaming about/drooling over.   Don't leaf (ba-da-boom!) it too late, avoid disappointment and click on the picture that appeals the most;     

Test the Best is here! Get on down to Maupuia and/or Wainuiomata and experience what all the buzz is about - you won't regret it! February 20 2015

  Specialized Test The Best bike demo is on the road this summer and is setting up near you! Stocked with Road, Mountain, Cross and Triathlon bikes of all sizes, there is something for everyone. Come by Test The Best and take a spin. No Bookings Required! Womens Bikes Alias Comp TriSizes: 48 51 54 cm Ruby ProSizes: 48 51 cm Note: links to Specialized NZ site Rumor Expert EvoSizes:...

Test the Best - coming soon! February 11 2015

  Specialized Test The Best bike demo is on the road this summer and is setting up near you! Stocked with Road, Mountain, Cross and Triathlon bikes of all sizes, there is something for everyone. Come by Test The Best and take a spin. No Bookings Required! Womens Bikes Alias Comp TriSizes: 48 51 54 cm Ruby ProSizes: 48 51 cm Note: links to Specialized NZ site Rumor Expert EvoSizes:...

Test riding the 2015 Specialized Stumpjumper EVO 29 February 09 2015

So far, I've had a couple of demo rides on the Stumpjumper EVO 29 and I've been mightily impressed each time. As with the Camber Comp I have previously ridden, there are noticeable differences from my usual steed apparent immediately. The cockpit feels smaller/tighter - mainly due to the stem/handlebar combination. However, the smaller feel in no way detracted from the comfort, and this is especially true when riding rather than...

Test the Best - Round 2 January 29 2015

  Specialized Test The Best bike demo is on the road this summer and is setting up near you! Stocked with Road, Mountain, Cross and Triathlon bikes of all sizes, there is something for everyone. Come by Test The Best and take a spin. No Bookings Required! Womens Bikes Alias Comp TriSizes: 48 51 54 cm Ruby ProSizes: 48 51 cm Note: links to Specialized NZ site Rumor Expert EvoSizes:...

Test riding the 2015 Specialized Camber Comp January 14 2015

Last night my steed of choice from our range of demo bikes was a 2015 Specialized Camber Comp and it certainly didn't disappoint. On another stunning Wellington evening I tackled a 10km loop I ride regularly. Being a 29er rider anyway, this bike was more in keeping with what I am used to, a Specialized Epic with longer travel fork. It is certainly a different animal to the Giant Anthem SX I...

Test Riding the 2015 Giant Anthem SX January 12 2015

Last weekend I had the chance to ride this seasons Giant Anthem SX, just one of the many demo bikes we have on offer at Burkes Cycles. Being a 29er rider meant I was "down-sizing" to a 27.5"/650b wheel size so I was pretty interested in the differences I would notice on a loop I have ridden hundreds (well, maybe 10's) of times before.  First off the bike is specced well, a...

Specialized "Test the Best" this weekend! October 30 2014

It's happening this weekend - your chance to ride a fine selection of Specialized bikes in your own backyard.   Saturday we're at the Wainuiomata MTB park and Sunday we're keeping it urban on Mt Victoria.   All you need to bring is your identification, helmet, shoes (and pedals if you have them) and a desire to test the best that Specialized has to offer - see you there!   Check...

Giant Demo Day - Sunday 12th October October 08 2014

This Sunday from 10am to 5pm the Giant Demo Day at Wainuiomata is a happening thaing - dust off your crusty shoes & helmet and hit the trails in a tasty 2015 Giant.   Book your demo ride online (this is recommended so you don't miss out) and choose your weapon of choice from the following list;   • Lust Advanced 27.5 2 • Lust 2 • Intrigue 2 • Anthem 27.5...

October - Womens Ride Month October 02 2014

October is Womens Ride Month. To kickstart summer, in conjunction with Specialized, we are holding a series of free Events to encourage new ladies to get into cycling and provide more ride opportunities to our current riders. We’d love to have you along. Please help us spread the word, and get more ladies out there riding with us! All events except the wind training sessions are free. For more information...

Giant Demo Day September 23 2014

The dates are set for the Giant Demo Day at Wainui in October so get your leave passes ready!   As always you can book your demo ride online (this is recommended so you don't miss out). This year you'll be able to demo the following 2015 Giant bike models;   • Lust Advanced 27.5 2 • Lust 2 • Intrigue 2 • Anthem 27.5 1 • Anthem 27.5 SX •...

2015 Subrosa Completes are in the house! September 19 2014

A selection of the mighty fine 2015 Subrosa complete bikes have found their way to our shores & have taken up residence downstairs. Whether they're turning heads with their rugged good looks, styling & overall fineness or creating general mayhem with all the locals clamoring for a closer look, these bikes are real show-stealers! Here's a sneaky at what we've got so why not pop in this weekend and see for yourself...

Upcoming Demo Bike days September 10 2014

It's that time of the year when the new seasons bike offerings are filtering through to the retail stores and that leaves many licking their lips & gnashing their teeth in equal measure - licking their lips in anticipation of something bold, new & exciting arriving on the scene and gnashing their teeth in frustration - "I'll never be able to afford one!", "Why would I spend up large on...

Thinking of riding the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge? September 03 2014

It can be a daunting ride, especially if you're a beginner or are lacking a bit of on-road confidence. The good news is that it's not too late to get started. In conjunction with our good friends at Capital Sports Performance, we're running a 12-week programme aimed at the beginner wanting to "knock the bugger off", someone who needs a more structured training approach or the more experienced rider looking to...

Bukes Cycles End Of Season Sale September 01 2014

That's right, 2014 is soooo last season! We're having our "End of 2014 Season Sale" starting today, Monday 1st September and running until Sunday 7th September. Get 20% off everything* in-store right now! Note - this is for "bricks'n'mortar" customers only and does not apply to online orders.   * excludes GoPro, Garmin & Electric Bikes, no lay-bys or rainchecks.

Day 3 Specialized Dealers Event August 07 2014

Well it's all over bar the travel. Day 3 at the Specialized trade show is really the business end of the deal. No more thrashing bikes in the Brisbane bush it's time for some final presentations and the nailing down of orders and the stock wish list. There has been a wide spread grumble about the omission of the new Ohlins, triple clamp equipped Enduro 650b Evo from NZ. Some...

Day 2 Specialized Dealers Event August 07 2014

Day two of The 2015 Specialized dealer event and we're up bright and early. A quick discussion and we're bundled into the bus for our second session of bike testing. Today is all about road bikes or is it? Specialized have a long history of awesome road weapons and naturally 2015 is no different. Stiff and light are always going to be core concerns but what do you do to...
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