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Full Carbon Planet X XLS SRAM Apex 1 Mechanical Disc REM Norwegian Blue Edition Bike £699 @ Planet X
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Full Carbon Planet X XLS SRAM Apex 1 Mechanical Disc REM Norwegian Blue Edition Bike £699 @ Planet X

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The XLS represents the evolution of technology within cyclocross, namely, the introduction of disc brakes. If you're a road rider that's never experienced disc stopping power, you'll be thrilled with their performance. No longer must you compromise on speed - on discs you can brake later into corners and shred mud like never before, as the discs stay clean. This performance increase is even more outstanding when coupled with the XLS' lightweight carbon frame and fork. We've cleverly flattened profile top-tube for comfy shouldering over the roughest off-road terrain, too. Theres big tyre clearance, too, to avoid mud clogging. With features like these, we've made sure the XLS is future-proof.

Of course, with a bike this tough, theres the added advantage of using it for multiple types of riding. Wash off the race mud and enjoy its versatility as a commuter or road bike. Put some slick-tyres in there for the weekend club run. The XLS is quickly gaining popularity for good reason!

Groupset: SRAM Apex 1 is a 1x 11 speed groupset that brings a host of great new features to the party. A single front chainring with 'Narrow-wide' tooth profile ensures chain retention. Add in the extra chain tension that comes from the 'clutch mech' design and you have the best chain security you can ride. SRAMs wide-range cassette to give you the maximum gear options for powering up and down the trails, whilst powerful Avid BB5 brakes give effortless stopping power and great modulation so you can finesse your braking efforts to suit the surface conditions. Apex 1 brings all of SRAM's cuting edge off-road technology to the entry level CX or even commuting for just commuting to work. There's an awful lot to love and a lot of new races to be won.

Wheelset: Gipiemme are well known for their alloy and carbon fibre race wheels, now they've put their all into creating a practical, value for money 29"/ 700c disc brake wheelset. Built for road and off-road use the Gippemme Roccia is supremely versatile, it'll be equally at home on our touring bikes as it would any of our Gravel Adventure or cyclocross bikes. Disc brake ready and built to last the Roccia is the perfect inexpensive do it all 700c wheelset.

Finishing Kit: weve capped this bike build off with high quality finishing kit from Italian aces Selcof and our own Planet X pro range. With a combined package of this quality, you're getting a truly excellent bike and amazing value for money.

Please note: black frame colour finish consists of clear gloss lacquer over raw carbon, so you can see the beauty of the carbon weave!
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I bought a Norwegian Blue but had to return it to the shop because it was dead!
M_L22/02/2020 20:44

No I mean hydro, the slang for hydraulic brakes.


Ah, the well-known slang term used by precisely nobody except you!

I have been around bikes for 30 years and never heard a soul refer to their brakes as 'hydros'.
Now now, come on ladies, any chance we could leave room for people to comment on the deal
Nope, not regional. I bike (race and mtb) all over the country and if you use the term hydro when referring to brakes you'd be understood by 99% of people that own a bike. Think someone needs to stop googling and get out on their bike more
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I bought a Norwegian Blue but had to return it to the shop because it was dead!
wherescharlie22/02/2020 10:49

I bought a Norwegian Blue but had to return it to the shop because it was …I bought a Norwegian Blue but had to return it to the shop because it was dead!


It was expired?
Fantastic value but its £20 delivery on top.
This was £650 for the last few days
Don’t bother with a set up like this if you’ve ever experienced back ache - that’s not aggressive it’s threatening
Wow disk brakes on a bike! Incredible! I thought they were only on cars. Amazing!
jasee22/02/2020 13:25

Wow disk brakes on a bike! Incredible! I thought they were only on cars. …Wow disk brakes on a bike! Incredible! I thought they were only on cars. Amazing!


Shame they are mechanical discs instead of hydro though
If you can live with the extra 3lbs in weight, the alloy frame equivalent comes in at £499

planetx.co.uk/i/q…ike
Can not understand why they can not put the weight for each frame size.
M_L22/02/2020 13:47

Shame they are mechanical discs instead of hydro though


I think you mean hydraulic, hydro is water
M_L22/02/2020 13:47

Shame they are mechanical discs instead of hydro though



I've found Mech disc brakes are way better than caliper brakes and much easier and cheaper than hydro to maintain. This bike would be great as a commuter if you fit mud guards and something like 32c Schwalbe Marathon Plus tyres (yes, if not used to position you may have to work into it with a few weeks of plank exercise!)
mcrobbj22/02/2020 19:09

I think you mean hydraulic, hydro is water


Isn't water brakes the next big thing in cycling? lower weight but adds £1k to the price and they fade badly in hot weather...
mcrobbj22/02/2020 19:09

I think you mean hydraulic, hydro is water


No I mean hydro, the slang for hydraulic brakes.
M_L22/02/2020 20:44

No I mean hydro, the slang for hydraulic brakes.


Ah, the well-known slang term used by precisely nobody except you!

I have been around bikes for 30 years and never heard a soul refer to their brakes as 'hydros'.
SpamJavelin22/02/2020 22:14

Ah, the well-known slang term used by precisely nobody except you! I have …Ah, the well-known slang term used by precisely nobody except you! I have been around bikes for 30 years and never heard a soul refer to their brakes as 'hydros'.


I'm a half keen cyclist, and I've heard and used the term "hydros" for hydraulic disc brakes.
Perhaps it's a regional thing The term isn't used by the profession or the cycling press. If you Google it you get results for drainage and flood prevention.
Nope, not regional. I bike (race and mtb) all over the country and if you use the term hydro when referring to brakes you'd be understood by 99% of people that own a bike. Think someone needs to stop googling and get out on their bike more
Now now, come on ladies, any chance we could leave room for people to comment on the deal
M_L22/02/2020 20:44

No I mean hydro, the slang for hydraulic brakes.



Stupidest Thing I've Ever Heard
I would understand the phrase "hydro brakes" but be lost without the word brake after it.

Hope that's helped the thread in some small way.
wherescharlie22/02/2020 10:49

I bought a Norwegian Blue but had to return it to the shop because it was …I bought a Norwegian Blue but had to return it to the shop because it was dead!


Maybe it was just stunned or having a kip.
I would upgrade wheels straight away.
Had some many issue with them on my London road bike.
Broken spokes were replaced monthly and I had to replace the bearings very quickly.
drwal4423/02/2020 11:09

I would upgrade wheels straight away.Had some many issue with them on my …I would upgrade wheels straight away.Had some many issue with them on my London road bike.Broken spokes were replaced monthly and I had to replace the bearings very quickly.


That sounds like they are awful quality wheels, are you exceptionally heavy or have extremely poor roads where you are?

Personally I'd never buy a bike with the intention of upgrading it straight away, I'd want to use the components fitted to it for a reasonable length of time or choose a different bike in the first place.
bonzobanana23/02/2020 11:23

That sounds like they are awful quality wheels, are you exceptionally …That sounds like they are awful quality wheels, are you exceptionally heavy or have extremely poor roads where you are? Personally I'd never buy a bike with the intention of upgrading it straight away, I'd want to use the components fitted to it for a reasonable length of time or choose a different bike in the first place.


Just poor quality.
Use them on road only for commuting.
I remember that wheelset used to cost £79 on planet X website.
Very cheap .
I'm heavy biker ,110 kg so maybe for a lighter biker they'll ok.
drwal4423/02/2020 11:09

I would upgrade wheels straight away.Had some many issue with them on my …I would upgrade wheels straight away.Had some many issue with them on my London road bike.Broken spokes were replaced monthly and I had to replace the bearings very quickly.


If you break one spoke expect to break more and don't bother replacing. In that situation you really need to rebuild the wheel by slacking off all the spokes and retensioning them properly.
Brakes more trouble than they're worth. Spend your life adjusting them, cleaning them, bedding them in.

Since upgrading to a cable to hydro conversion caliper I never looked back. But by that point I'd spent so much on overhauling BB5s and upgrading to BB7s before going for the hydros.

Honestly I just now ride caliper rim brakes, they're cheap, simple and have been effective enough for hundreds of years.
Felix.36023/02/2020 12:35

Brakes more trouble than they're worth. Spend your life adjusting them, …Brakes more trouble than they're worth. Spend your life adjusting them, cleaning them, bedding them in.Since upgrading to a cable to hydro conversion caliper I never looked back. But by that point I'd spent so much on overhauling BB5s and upgrading to BB7s before going for the hydros. Honestly I just now ride caliper rim brakes, they're cheap, simple and have been effective enough for hundreds of years.


Most road cyclists favour rim brakes. Disc brakes are useful for attracting new cyclists as they are seen a high tech and trendy.
People being taken in with the Carbon frame.
ebble23/02/2020 12:51

Most road cyclists favour rim brakes. Disc brakes are useful for …Most road cyclists favour rim brakes. Disc brakes are useful for attracting new cyclists as they are seen a high tech and trendy.


Popular on cyclocross bikes, like this, as rims can clog with mud, same for mtb’s obviously.
Felix.36023/02/2020 12:35

Brakes more trouble than they're worth. Spend your life adjusting them, …Brakes more trouble than they're worth. Spend your life adjusting them, cleaning them, bedding them in.Since upgrading to a cable to hydro conversion caliper I never looked back. But by that point I'd spent so much on overhauling BB5s and upgrading to BB7s before going for the hydros. Honestly I just now ride caliper rim brakes, they're cheap, simple and have been effective enough for hundreds of years.


Rim brakes are generally fine in good conditions, but definitely feel safer with discs in the winter.
Not bad for the money, but would never buy from Planet X
Edited by: "cycleman" 23rd Feb
ebble23/02/2020 12:51

Most road cyclists favour rim brakes. Disc brakes are useful for …Most road cyclists favour rim brakes. Disc brakes are useful for attracting new cyclists as they are seen a high tech and trendy.


You wont have much choice on new bikes soon. It will be disc or disc, cable pull or hydro.
mattrixdesign223/02/2020 15:51

You wont have much choice on new bikes soon. It will be disc or disc, …You wont have much choice on new bikes soon. It will be disc or disc, cable pull or hydro.


I just love how compact and elegant the new hydro calipers are on road bikes they look beautiful.

Nothing against a good set of discs. But with the brakes on the bike in this post I had so much squealing and rubbing and really often less than optimal performance.

Hydro ftw.
rugman22/02/2020 15:19

If you can live with the extra 3lbs in weight, the alloy frame equivalent …If you can live with the extra 3lbs in weight, the alloy frame equivalent comes in at £499https://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/EBPXCXXLA1/planet-x-xla-sram-apex1-cyclocross-bike


If isn't just weight though. After riding a carbon bike you'll not want to ride alloy again - carbon soaks up road buzz, even better than a steal bike. So comfy to ride - I have a similar planet x bike and added a carbon seat post and carbon unpadded saddle - soaks up so much buzz I didn't need the extra padding (though I do ride in padded bib shorts).
M_L22/02/2020 13:47

Shame they are mechanical discs instead of hydro though


Hydraulic disc brakes are good (my Trek has them) , but you do have to factor in paying extra to get them bled once every 12-18 months
ebble23/02/2020 12:51

Most road cyclists favour rim brakes. Disc brakes are useful for …Most road cyclists favour rim brakes. Disc brakes are useful for attracting new cyclists as they are seen a high tech and trendy.


This is designed as an off road bike, so rim brakes aren't what you need
M_L22/02/2020 13:47

Shame they are mechanical discs instead of hydro though


You won't get hydraulic brakes at this price. But the frame is good for upgrading in the future
You can buy a car for that much!
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