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Raleigh Mustang E Comp

The 2018 Raleigh Mustang E Comp has arrived in store, and we have to say, we’re psyched. From the moment we opened the box to reveal the awesome deep metal flake black finish, excitement levels were rising. First impression were good. An all round awesome frame designed by Kenesis, who really know what the gravel customer wants and needs.

A 650b gravel eBike powered by Shimano Steps e6000, how does the 2018 Raleigh Mustang E Comp fair up against the rest?

Firstly, what is the purpose if the 2018 Raleigh Mustang E Comp? Well, put plainly by Raleigh themselves, versatility. The Mustang E Comp is designed for real world riding. The daily commuter and the weekend warrior. performing superbly on road, path or even a short cut home through the woods.

On our initial test ride around the local area, we all couldn’t believe how rapid the Mustang E Comp performs out of the blocks. Obviously assisted by the Shimano Steps e6000 System, acceleration is your first smile when you jump onto the Mustang.

Secondly was the thought of “Am I actually riding a 650b gravel eBike?” The 2018 Raleigh Mustang E Comp feels like a race ready road bike but with the comfort of a gravel/adventure machine. This is helped by the 650bx42mm tyres running on XLC A250 wheels with bolt thru axles. This complimented by the carbon fork creates perfect combination of comfort & stiffness.

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Like most eBikes and certainly gravel bikes of late, the Raleigh Mustang E Comp comes 1×11. Sram Apex 1 is a super simplistic style of shifting with Double Tap. The Mustang boasts a huge range of 11-24t cassette and 42t chainring. Meaning you can climb with ease, especially with the assistance of the Shimano Steps e6000 and gain excellent top speed without spinning out. With all that to get you upto speed, your going to need something to slow you down. Never fear, the Mustang E Comp comes with Apex 1 hydraulic brakes with 160mm rotors front and rear.


Now for the POWER

Shimano Steps e6000 System

Shimano have proudly created two eBike systems, the e6000 as their city/touring system and the e8000 as the eMTB system.

The Shimano Steps e6000 system is one of the lightest on the markets. With the motor only weighing in at 3.2Kg. As Roadies cower away in the corner shuddering at the thought of 3.2Kg, in the eBike world this is extremely low weight for a motor. Not only that the motor produces a whooping 50Nm of torque, giving the Raleigh Mustang E Comp that awesome acceleration. Shimano have fitted the Steps e6000 system with 504Wh battery, giving you plenty of life to mount up those miles. As with every eBike, the question crops up, “How far will it take me?” Shimano have claimed the Steps e6000 System will take you upto 150Km. Obviously depending on a number of variables such as rider weight, weather, mode etc.

The Shimano Steps e6000 System is extremely user friendly. The healthy sized display is easily readable whether your just commuting along the road side or through your local woods. To change modes and cycle through your display, Shimano has equipped the Step e6000 system with a super friendly shifter that attaches to your handle bars, allowing you to keep full control of the  2018 Raleigh Mustang E Comp.


The 2018 Raleigh Mustang E Comp is set to become a best seller. An ideal bike for the masses. Whether your pedalling to work every day, hopping on and off kerbs, cutting through the woods to get to the next cycle path and then finally get into town and nipping through traffic. The Raleigh Mustang E Comp is going to perform superbly. Why wouldnt you want a drop bar gravel bike to do everything extremely well and keep a smile on your face.

We are all convinced and it has our backing. So much so were waiting to get our hands on one for an even longer test period, really push its boundaries. Keep your eyes peeled for updates.

If your still not convinced, come in store to check out this GAME CHANGER!


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HaiBike AllMtn 6.0 2018 Has Arrived

HaiBike XDURO AllMtn 6.0 has arrived in stock and is available for Demo.

Boasting 150mm travel front and rear courtesy of a RockShox Deluxe RT damper and SR Suntour Aion 35 RC forks, powered by the immense Yamaha PW-X System. 250W output, 80Nm of torque and 500Wh battery.

With Shimano Deore 2×10 drive chain, FSA 32-44 chainring and 11-40t cassette.

With all that to get you flying, the HaiBike XDURO AllMtn 6.0 comes with huge stopping power from Magura’s MT32 brakeset, 203mm front and 180mm to the rear.

Equipped with RodiTR35 rims on HaiBike TheHub++ and Maxxis Minion DHF/DHR 27.5×2.8 PLUS size tyres.

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Yamaha PW-X System

Powered by the Yamaha PW-X system, boasting a huge 80Nm of torque. The 2018 HaiBike XDURO AllMtn 6.0 is guaranteed to leave you with a lasting smile as you turn those mountains into mole hills.

Yamaha proudly focused on three main areas, Compact & lightweight motor unit, Quicker response and Higher output. Compared to the PW-S system the PW-X motor unit has been noticeably slimmed down to reduce weight and size.

Yamaha have boosted the Torque output upto 80Nm on the PW-X System, which helps the HaiBike XDURO AllMtn 6.0 climb with minimal effort and accelerate rapidly out of every corner.

There is no denying that the Haibike XDURO AllMtn 6.0 is a responsive weapon. Yamaha have revised not only the control program, but also mechanical parts of the PW-X System to create a direct response to pedaling. They have designed a lighter axle shaft and reduced the backlash of the ratchet mechanism by a third, meaning a much more engaged feel when piling on the pressure.

They have also finely tuned the output of the EXPW mode to create a more responsive and  maneuverable feel to the HaiBike XDURO AllMtn 6.0.

One of the big questions with eBikes is battery life. “How many miles with I get?”. That is fully dependent on a number of factors, rider weight, riding style, terrain, even weather conditions. Yamaha have claimed that the PW-X System can get you upto 110Km. Meaning you can have a full day of fun on the trails with your HaiBike XDURO AllMtn 6.0, and still have enough juice to bimble back home.

With all of the power from the Yamaha PW-X System, grouped with the Shimano Deore transmission and the huge stopping power of the Magura MT32. Not to mention 150mm of travel from both the RockShox Deluxe RT damper and the SR Suntour Aion 35 RC forks. Why wouldn’t you want the 2018 HaiBike XDURO AllMtn 6.0.

Still not convinced? Why not book your demo today. Click here for more details.

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Transition TR11 now available for pre-order

Three years in the making. Born in Carbon and based on Transition Bikes Giddy Up trail bike suspension platform. Bred in Cascadia and World Cup proven, the TR Eleven will elevate your riding whether you’re racing downhill or doin’ it in the park bud and it is now available to pre-order at KB Cycles, Newcastle The North East leading Trek, Scott, Haibike and Transition Bikes dealer.

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The Transition TR11 Framesets are online NOW and build kits will be on shortly 

195mm rear wheel travel driven by Transition Bikes DH tuned Giddy Up linkage provides supreme grip, excellent mid stroke support and plenty end stroke ramp to prevent harsh bottom out when hucked to flat.

What else is there to say? In the words of Nigel Tufnel

“The numbers all go to eleven. Look, right across the board, eleven, eleven, eleven and…”

  • Full Carbon Front Triangle, Chainstay and Seatstay
  • Aluminum Rocker
  • Molded Rubber Chainstay and Downtube Protection
  • External Cable Routing
  • Enduro MAX Bearings
  • Collet Style Main Pivot Hardware
  • Universal Transition Derailleur Hanger, compatible with Giddy Up trail models
Transition TR11

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Trek introduce RE:aktive Thru Shaft

From the Trek Suspension R&D Lab comes a unique new shock that improves the benefits of RE:aktiv and responds to the trail faster than ever.
Thru Shaft

RE:aktiv was the result of Trek’s partnership with Penske Racing Shocks—the global leader in custom motorsport suspension design—to develop a shock with an incredibly responsive damper. Despite RE:aktiv’s instant success, our research and development team wanted to further improve the damper’s responsiveness. We bucked the suspension status quo through additional work with Penske and came up with an entirely new approach.
All-terrain responsiveness is RE:aktiv’s calling card: extra-firm low-speed compression damping; supple and controlled high-speed compression damping; and a seamless transition between the two. RE:aktiv with Thru Shaft improves upon this responsiveness. RE:aktiv with Thru Shaft responds to every input that the trail can throw at riders, delivering a shock that keeps up with riders as they push their limits on technical terrain.
Thru Shaft is a superior alternative to traditional dampers that rely on an internal floating piston (IFP). The IFP in a typical shock compensates for oil displacement from the damper shaft. This system has served mountain bike shocks well for years, but has its challenges: pressure and friction from the IFP create lag in the shock’s responsiveness. Thru Shaft eliminates the IFP and associated oil displacement, which significantly decreases lag and produces a shock with telepathic trail response for ultimate control.
It will feature on the 2018
We can’t wait to see it in KB Cycles, Newcastle The North East leading Trek dealer
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2018 Bosch eBike innovations

Bosch ebikes are at it again with their new innovations for 2018 from software and hardware updates to all new never before seen technology in an ebike they really have taken the bar that little bit higher!

The new eMTB Mode for the Performance Line CX

eMTB modeThe eMTB mode replaces the former Sport mode of the Performance Line CX and varies between the Tour and Turbo riding modes. With a maximum torque of up to 75 Nm, the motor dynamically boosts the pedal power of the rider between 120% and 300%. Depending on the pedal force, the progressive motor support automatically adapts to the individual riding style. Without any need to change the mode, the motor always supports the rider with the ideal amount of power, even at low cadences.

The highlights at a glance

  • No Trigger: More rider enjoyment without changing modes. There’s no need to change between the support modes; the rider can focus all of their attention on the trail.
  • Direct Flow: Perfect support from the very first step. Steep uphill starts become noticeably easier.
  • Progressiver Support:: For a natural riding experience and optimum control. Depending on the pedal force, the progressive motor support automatically adapts to the individual riding style.
  • Trail Control: Improved control in difficult riding situations. Ensures the rider makes effortless progress and has the best possible traction in technical uphill sections and where there are obstacles.
  • Maximum Momentum: With a torque of up to 75 Nm. The motor dynamically boosts the pedal power of the rider between 120% and 300% for sporty acceleration, even when riding over alpine terrain.
  • Ultimativer Uphill Flow: Uphill riding becomes an unforgettable experience; the rider always remains in the flow.

PowerTube 500

powertube 500With the PowerTube 500, Bosch offers a battery that can be integrated in the bike frame and that can be installed horizontally or vertically. The PowerTube combines modern design with high-quality Bosch technology, for e-bikers who are committed to a clean and timeless look. When unlocked, the battery pops out of the frame by about two centimetres and can be easily gripped. A safety catch prevents the battery from falling out. The battery is also optimally protected by the frame


Active Line Plus

The new Active Line Plus is the perfect companion for the comfort-seeking commuter from the suburbs or country areas as well as for e-bikers who regularly undertake short tours and want to ride with a harmonious, agile drive system. The system is equipped with a new gear concept: at speeds over 25 km/h, no pedal resistance is felt and the motor noise is significantly reduced. The “Plus” version has a torque of 50 Nm and weighs approx. 3.2 kg. The drive unit is thus the best in its class and offers a significant plus in riding enjoyment, as well as improved handling due to its low weight and reduced size.


The new Bosch eBike ABS

Greater safety, improved stability

Safety is a decisive factor for eBike riders and their environment. The first production-ready eBike ABS worldwide now enables controlled and stable braking, even in critical situations. Bosch eBike ABS uses proven technology for a new solution adapted to eBikes. Your safety is enhanced through the combination of front wheel ABS and rear wheel lift control: The pressure at the front brake is regulated during critical braking manoeuvres and stabilises the riding situation – an advantage particularly during trekking and city riding.

ABS for the front wheel

Wheel speed sensors monitor the speed of both wheels. If locking of the front wheel is anticipated during severe braking, Bosch eBike ABS improves the riding stability and steerability of the eBike – especially under slippery road conditions. Harmonious and sensitive braking behaviour significantly increases control and safety.

Intelligent rear wheel lift control

The intelligent rear wheel lift control of Bosch eBike ABS reduces the possibility of the rear wheel lifting when the front wheel brake is applied forcefully. The likelihood of flying over the handlebar is reduced. This allows you to use the front brake more actively and efficiently.

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Trek and Transition Prototype reveal new DH bikes.

Here at KB Cycles Newcastle, The North East’s Leading Trek, Scott, Haibike and Transition Bike Dealer, we love a prototype and Trek and Transition have delivered the goods for us this past weekend at the British Downhill Series up at Fort William.

First up, Gee Atherton was spotted riding a 29er Trek Session. We have known about this one for a while but its great to see it finally see the light of day.

We don’t know a lot about it at the minute, but it appears that the floating shock has been removed and it mounted in the frame similar fashion to the all new Trek Slash 29er.

Sadly Gee had a crash in his race run but he claimed the top top in qualification on the new bike.

So we know one thing…its designed to go fast!

Transition Bikes also reveled their new carbon downhill bike. The T11 appears to features their “Giddy Up” Horst-Link-type four-bar configuration which is a move away from their previous aluminium downhill bike the TR500.

Transition are keeping things very hush hush but we can’t wait to find out more. Head on over to for more images of the new Transition downhill rig

Both the Trek Session and the Transition TR11 will be available from KB Cycles Newcastle when they become available to the public..we’ll keep you informed 😉

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Trek bikes delivering the goods again…

Here at KB Cycles Newcastle, The North East’s Leading Trek, Scott, Haibike and Transition Bikes dealer are please to see the new Trek Remedy 9 RSL and Trek Fuel EX 9 are getting some stellar press and rave reviews in Mountain Biking UK

First up is the Fuel EX 9 which claimed top honors and won the Best In Test .

It took on some big competition from Specialized, Canyon and Norco. Its clever suspension and outstanding frame geometry out shone those with higher spec’s

“It bowls along flowing trails effortlessly and really comes alive when pointed downhill”

Trek’s updates have taken the ultimate trail bike right up to date and ahead of the pack. It’s great to see this mind blowing bike come out of the the shadows from behind the in demand Remedy and Slash and stand on it own two feet, its also great to see MBUK finally acknowledging great design and engineering will out perform specification every day of the week!!


Not to be out done by it baby brother the all new Trek Remedy 9 RSL flexed it muscles to deliver an outstanding performance of in the “Mountain Biking UK Bike of the Year Test”

“The bike feels accurate and fast when you are throwing it between linked turns at pace”

Trek bikes have turned the Remedy 9 RSL into an all mountain slayer and have taken what was already an award winning bike and taken it to the next level. This one bike quiver packs a punch and will have you questioning why you even need a downhill bike AND a trail bike.

Stock on these are extremely limited but being the North East leading Trek bike dealer we we have managed to get our hands on them in 18.5″ and 19.5″ so hurry before they sell out



Trek’s road bike got in on the action as well with a “Best in Test” for the interstellar Madone

“The Madone is a joy to ride. One the road the bike sticks perfectly to the corners yet feels very slippery through the air.”

With its jaw dropping looks the Trek Madone is at the pinnacle of road bike technology. Trek’s clever integration of the ISO Speed delivers unrivaled comfort without sacrificing speed.  But don’t just take our word for it Cycling Weekly put all the aero bikes to the test and Madone came out on top.

So if you want to go fast or you want every marginal gain at your finger tips accept nothing else 😉

…and of course it is available on Trek’s Project One

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Joining forces with the Newcastle Cycling Film Festival

We are proud to announce here at KB Cycles, Newcastle, The North Easts Leader Trek, Scott, Haibike and Transition Bikes dealer, that we will be supporting the Newcastle Cycling Film Festival at the Blackfriars Ouseburn Cinema.

It is set to be a great day with something for everyone. With films, live music, local beers and French street food.  For a full list of everything on offer and to get your tickets booked get yourself over to their website


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KB Cycles in partnership with the Green Commute

green commuteKB Cycles Newcastle, The North East Leader Trek, Scott, Haibike and Transition dealer is proud to announce our partnership with the Green Commute Initiative.

The Green Commute Initiative is a revolutionary new Cycle to Work scheme perfect for é-bikes. It offers up to 42% savings on bikes for employees as part of the Government’s Green Transport plan but without a £1,000 Limit

For more information on how you sign up head on over to our Cycle to Work page or head straight to the Green Commute Initiative website.

Once you have signed up head into the shop, Newcastle’s first Electric Bike Specialist, and have a chat to our friendly and knowledgeable staff so you can find the perfect electric bike.


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Trek Slash 9.8 back in stock at KB Cycles

Trek Slash 9.8 29er what a beast and quite possible the rarest bike in the country, now sold out at Trek for 2017….in February.

But lucky for you guys, we as the North East’s leading Trek bikes dealer have managed to get our hands on another 2! 1×17.5, 1×19.5

Available on 0% finance


Once they are gone we can get no more until 2018! So you’ll have to be fast!