Bikes

The Giant Summer Sale: Our Top Picks

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The season is just getting started. We might have steamrolled into September, but we’ve still got a full schedule of rides and races on the horizon and, thanks to Giant and Liv, you’ve got a really good excuse to pick up a new bike. 

The Summer Sale is here, and you’ve got a few days left to check out bikes on sale. There are some killer deals on the sale sheet, and to make it easier for you, we picked out three of the best deals. Like what you see? Call us and we’ll get the bike ordered up for you! We typically see bikes in the shop in 5 days, which means you’ll have a leg over the top tube in no time. 

Full Suspension Racer and Shredder: This is a bike we’ve loved since spring. The Giant Anthem 1 NX Eagle is a killer build for anyone who spends all day weaving together mile after mile of singletrack, but still wants to hit the start line at races like Bear Claw Epic and Iceman Cometh Challenge. A tough, lightweight aluminum frame offers up a sturdy platform on 27.5” wheels; ride width rubber for shredding and 2.25”s for race day! The huge gear ratio with SRAM Eagle 12 speed means you’ll never run out of gears here in northern Michigan, and 130mm travel means you’ve got all day comfort, too. Throw in a dropper and 25% off, and you have a bike that’s probably the best deal of the sale! 

Gravel Grinder: The Giant Revolt 2 is the best bang-for-your-buck in the world of gravel, and now it’s an even better deal. Need a bike to rack up road miles, hit the gravel race scene, and explore a mix of pavement, singletrack, and gravel on every ride? Here you go. Take advantage of D-Fuse technology on the handlebars and seatpost for a smooth ride quality, plus massive 45c tire clearance to tackle the sandpits that make up some of the most challenging parts of gravel riding. With 50x34 gearing up front, you’ve got the range to stick your nose in the wind at 30+ and still climb up rocky, loose trails. It might be the most versatile bike Giant bikes, and one of the best-spec’d bikes for the kind of riding most folks will do with it. Through the end of the week, it’s 15% off! 

Get Between The Tape: It’s cyclocross season! The Giant TCX SLR 2 is the perfect bike for the privateer racer. Bomb-proof aluminum frame, SRAM Apex 1 drivetrain, tubeless ready wheels, and hydraulic brakes that make even the most challenging ‘cross courses manageable. If you’re new to cyclocross, this is a great option to get something new, modern, and up for the circuit this fall. There’s a big difference between gravel and cyclocross geometry, and it will only take a lap for you to feel it. 

Give us a call; we can help you size up the right bike and look at everything Giant and Liv have on sale. Stop in and see us; we have a couple of these bikes in stock right now! 

Support The Trails at the VST TT This Thursday!

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This week is special. We’ve spent all spring and summer enjoying some of the best maintained, most fun, all-around amazing trails right here in Traverse City, and even further afield. If we ever need a change a pace from the Vasa Singletrack or the nearly 60 miles of unmarked trails in the Pere Marquette Forest, there’s always Glacial Hills in Bellaire, the Cadillac Pathway, Palmer Woods in Leelanau County, plus the High Country Pathway! 

All of those amazing trails have one thing in common, and that’s down to the Northern Michigan Mountain Bike Association maintaining each and every inch of them. We are incredibly lucky to have so many choices when it comes to our recreational experiences, and to have so many top-notch mountain bike trails so close is something we can’t ever take for granted. This Thursday is a chance to celebrate NMMBA and the trails at the 2nd Annual VST TT...with a twist. 

This Thursday, NMMBA is hosting the second edition of the Vasa Singletrack Time Trial. Starting at 6pm from the Supply Road Trailhead, riders will put down a hot lap of the Vasa Singletrack, skipping the Strombolis Loop, to see who is the king and queen of the VST! Some people go all-out, some people just go and have fun, but everyone is invited to join us to celebrate not just the second season of a refreshed VST, but all the work NMMBA has done. Become a NMMBA member online or at the event and help keep these trails going strong! 

That’s not the only competition of the night, either. Starting around 7:30pm, make sure you stick around for the first-ever Taco Competition! Ten local teams and clubs will nominate their champion to take on ten tacos as fast as possible. The winner will live with bragging rights for a full year...and a decidedly full belly, too. We’ll also have food from Keen Technical Solutions, cider and beer from Short’s Brewing and Starcut Ciders, plus dishes from riders, but don’t feel obligated to bring anything! 
The VST TT is about having fun and celebrating peak summer with friends, bikes, and great trails. This is a great chance to bring a new cycling pal to shake some hands and down some tacos; it’s all about building trails and community! We’ll have plenty of City Bike Shop riders on hand, including Mike Walters and Tom White on the grill.

Meet The Newest Fastest Woman In The World :: Rising with Kate Courtney

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For years, everyone talked about her potential. It was always a year or two away; her first World Cup podium, her first national championship, her first win. Well, it’s here. 

Kate Courtney ended two decades of disappointment for American mountain bikers on the sport’s biggest stage. The US went twenty years without a World Cup cross country win, and for the country that invented riding bikes in the dirt, it hurt. We’ve had some incredible riders and personalities and plenty to watch and root for, but at the end of the day, nothing speaks louder than standing on the top of a podium at a venue like Nove Mesto or Albstadt. 

Enter Kate Courtney. Rumored to be the next next big thing, Kate was never the breakout star some cycling outlets would have you believe. Her 2018 World Championship win didn’t come out of the blue; dedicated, less dramatic followers of mountain biking always saw not just her potential, but a work ethic to match. Her win wasn’t so much revelation as it was confirmation, and that’s a confirmation she’s repeated with a consistent spring and summer on the World Cup. Wins, podiums, even a few handy wins in the short track prove she’s done everything right in 2019. 

Her move to Scott-SRAM has put her in the same team as living legend Nino Schurter, perhaps the most dominant mountain biker in a generation. Being able to draw on his knowledge and support crew as played a role, but it’d be remiss to think that the information exchange didn’t go both ways. When it comes to putting in the work both on and off the bike, few can keep up with Kate. Scott has unveiled a new series, Rising, to highlight the process fans usually don’t see; before the start line and the podiums, there are hours and hours of riding and nearly equal time in the gym. 

See what it takes to be a World Cup mountain biker, and more; see what it takes to be Kate Courtney


The Perfect Cycling Weekend In Northern Michigan....

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The ultimate cycling weekend in Northern Michigan is coming up quick! 

This July, there’s one weekend that offers riders of all abilities a chance to get out and experience the diverse offerings for cyclists in our region. On July 19, 20, and 21, you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to amazing cycling events. 

It all starts on Friday with the Tour de TART. It’s one of the biggest fundraisers of the year for Traverse Area Recreational Trails, an organization that’s dedicated to offering paved rail-to-trail routes, advocate for non-motorized transportation, and get moving! The ride is a one-way, 17 mile adventure along the Leelanau Trail. Make the most of the numerous food stops, meet new friends, and stick around for a treat at the end before getting a ride home. Proceeds go to support TART programs and projects like the proposed trail to Elk Rapids. 

Save a little something for Saturday, though. Saturday cranks that adventure up to eleven with the Traverse City Trails Festival presented by Short’s Brewing. As we’ve mentioned, it’s a really unique event that offers 40, 25, and 15 mile race routes, as well as the option to tour the 25 and 15 mile courses at your own pace with all your friends. All proceeds go to Northern Michigan Mountain Bike Association to support their mission to build, maintain, and protect mountain bike trails across the region. The 40 and 25 mile routes utilize miles of unmarked trails; this is the only day of the year you’ll find them marked and easy to follow! Add new singletrack to your repertoire the rest of the year by learning it on July 20! 

If you can’t make it Saturday or if you’re looking for a fun ride to spin out the legs. Sunday is the Cherry Capital Cycling Club’s Ride Around Torch, one of the most beautiful rides on the Midwest. Take in views of Torch Lake and choose from 20, 40, 60, and 100 mile distances and don’t ride past those food stations; if you’ve got a sweet tooth, you won’t want to pedal by! The ride offers a great mix of flat roads on the 20, 40, and 60 mile routes, with the 100 mile option tying in a few fun climbs to the north and east of Torch Lake. 


Do one, do two, or tackle all three rides and make experience the full menu of riding we have to enjoy here in Northern Michigan. Each event supports programs that help our cycling community thrive, and we all benefit from these organization’s hardwork.

First Look: Scott Addict RC

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We’ve been watching and waiting for the new Addict to drop, and it was well worth the wait!

While we haven’t been able to swing a leg over one yet, we’re really excited to get a few of the all-new Scott Addict RC rigs on the shop floor. Scott was looking to update one of the most succesful bikes on the planet over the past year, and they’ve timed their release to come just ahead of the 2019 Tour de France. One of the riders participating in this week’s Grand Tour, Simon Yates, gave the Addict it’s most famous win at the Vuetla a Espana in 2018.

At first look, what is most striking about the Addict is how many aspect of it’s sister bike, the Foil, its adopted. The Foil was Scott’s aero road bike, and its disctinctive integrated stem and bar shift over to make the Addict more aero as well. Those aerodynamic touches also tickle the top tube and downtube, with the forks looking just a bit more thick as well. That’s all apart of the mission to make the Addict even more well rounded, adding a new element to its reputation as one of lightest climbing bikes in the world.

And that aero touch hasn’t hurt its weight, either. The new frame is 14% more stiff than previous models. They didn’t add weight to the frame, and left no stone unturned in trying to save a few grams. Even the seat clamp gets an update, reducing the mechanism to just 12 grams and offering a secure closure that won’t stress your carbon frame.

One of the biggest changes and things we love about the new Addict doesn’t make the press sheet, but it’s not lost on us. Scott has always done a great job offering a wide range of models, but they’ve never done as good a job in offering options than with this model. There are a full DOZEN specifications to choose from, each with a different colorway and unique groupset and build. Any budget and any preference, there’s an Addict for you.

To learn more about the Scott Addict line-up, check out Scott’s info sheet or stop by to see us!