by Jamie Ware
August 12, 2014
Your once a week dose of retail therapy from Singletrack’s Premier Dealers, stockists and advertisers.
Tuesday Treats gives you a quality serving of independent bike retailing and a chance to win big in this week’s prize draw.
This week, we’re revisiting Crosstrax.
This week we’re donning our sophistication cap and heading back to north Leeds. Home not only to a great network of trails straight ‘out the back door’ but a mighty fine bike shop to boot. Matthew Peacock provides the Crosstrax update …
If you know us, you’ll know we were conceived back around the turn of the century (2000AD), so now being a spotty teenager, we’re big on attitude but still like a cuddle with Mum.
What’s changed since we last dropped in, we’re all a year wiser no?
Well, we still offer our customers a very friendly, rider-staffed retail and workshop experience. Our forthcoming 2015 bike range (due to land from September) will include top-end MTBs from the brands of Lapierre, Transition, Nukeproof, Bianchi, Kinesis and Saracen.
We also cater for those who prefer tarmac and for cyclocross riders, with our staff team and sponsored riders testing everything out in the field. This means we can stock and sell with confidence. Don’t believe us? Check out one of our sponsored riders Rob Young playing out in the woods. Video by Noah Collins Media …
Our fully equipped workshop, is still staffed by the likes of Jon Hobson (who is not only a pro-tour mechanic with Hope Tech but a top Endurance rider of the singlespeed flavour and current European 24hr Champion).
What about this new wheel size?
27.5″ is definitely looking like it’s taking over. 29er for the fast XC and 27.5″ for everything else. Downhill is still 26 but with the recent World Cup win on 27.5″ maybe the end of 26 is coming… the latest Transition Tr500 can run both!
Tell us about your custom services and what about demo bikes?
In support of building shiny bikes, we stock Mavic, Hope, Renthal, Shimano, Easton, Continental, Bos, Rockshox to name but a few. Rest assured, if we don’t have it we can get it! Coffee is always brewing and we’ll quite happily spend as long as it takes to work with you to spec your dream bike.
With regards to demo bikes, we have an up to date demo fleet and access to bikes from Transition, Kona and Lapierre if you need to try something we don’t have – just ask!
What’s your current best-selling/hottest product?
With both Jon and myself in the shop racing and riding 29ers for over 10 years, it’s only natural that we are fans of the bigger (correct!) sized wheels. We always have a good stock of wheels, tyres and tubes to keep you on your bike too, whatever wheel size you choose. Even cyclocross is fine!
Which product/brand does every staff member have on their bike?
Drivetrain by Shimano is a no-brainer. We are starting to see an increase in riders looking to swap to 1×9 transmissions and the like, where kit options offered by Hope Tech are second to none. For the more adventurous boingy bits, we’re authorised BOS Suspension dealers.
What brand of tea bags do you use?
Yorkshire of course. Coffee is usually Taylor’s of Harrogate. Local products for local people.
What do Singletrack Subscribers get from you guys?
Crosstrax offer Premier Subscribers 10% off all sales services for members – excluding finance, cyclescheme and already discounted sale items.