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Our Bikes

Charleston Bicycle Center is your source for all kinds of bikes: road, mountain, hybrid, comfort, cyclocross, triathlon, and more. We would like to offer you two different ways to browse the bikes you will find at our shop: by brand or by style.

Our Bicycle Brands

Specialized Bicycles

Specialized Bicycles Specialized is the most recent addition to the shop's offerings, and we are very excited to bring their quality bicycles to our customers. Specialized makes a bike for every kind of rider and for every kind of terrain. From road bikes that feature prominently in road races like the Tour de France to mountain bikes that win World Cup downhill races and everything in between, Specialized has your next ride covered.
 

Trek Bicycles

Trek Bicycles Trek Bicycles is the world's largest cycling brand, and they have a very wide variety of bikes in their catalog. Trek won a few Tour de France titles under a certain cyclist from Texas - no judgment about his collection of yellow jerseys - and they have only built on that legacy in the years since. They have a bike in their line-up for just about every purpose under the sun, and they are all worth riding.
 

Cannondale Bicycles

Cannondale Bicycles Cannondale Bicycles have been our best-selling brand for many years, and for good reason. With a line-up including top-notch road, mountain, hybrid, and kids bikes, they make one for every kind of rider out there. Cannondale makes bicycles that have won races the world over both on pavement and dirt - you'll know why the first time you get on one.
 

Pivot Cycles

Pivot Cycles Pivot Cycles is the newest company that we carry, in business since 2007, but are among the finest bicycles in production today. They have been pushing the boundaries of what is possible in bicycle design and technology, working together with Shimano, Dave Weagle, Fox, DT Swiss, and other leading companies to make a better bike.

Our Bicycle Styles

Road Bikes

Just like the bikes raced in the Tour de France every summer, a road bike is a dedicated, pavement-only two-wheeled rocketship. They are designed to be very efficient and carry a cyclist effortlessly for hours on end. Featuring drop handlebars and narrow tires...

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    Road Bikes

    Just like the bikes raced in the Tour de France every summer, a road bike is a dedicated, pavement-only rocketship. They are designed to be very efficient and carry a cyclist effortlessly for hours on end. Featuring drop handlebars and narrow tires, today's road bikes commonly come with double chainrings and 9- to 11- speed cassette drivetrains.

    The premier category of road bike is the traditional race bike. Riders are positioned with a lower, longer reach to make them more aerodynamic and faster, because it's made for racing. Race bikes are primarily concerned with getting the rider across the finish line in first place, so it is intended to have maximum drivetrain stiffness at all costs. Examples include the Cannondale Supersix Evo, the Trek Emonda, and the Specialized Tarmac.

    The last ten to fifteen years have seen the development of a new subset of roadies called endurance bikes, which are designed to offer a more relaxed position and clearance for wider tires. These bikes were developed to race over cobblestone roads in Europe, so they have nearly all the efficiency of a race bike with a more comfortable ride. Check out the Specialized Roubaix, Cannondale Synapse, and Trek Domane for examples of endurance bikes.

    The newest craze in the bike world is the gravel grinder. Pitched as a 'do it all' road bike, the gravel grinder has even more tire clearance for wide, knobby tires to handle gravel and dirt roads. Most gravel grinders feature hybrid- or hydraulic-disc brakes for increased stopping power on mixed surfaces. Bikes like the Specialized Diverge, Trek Checkpoint, and Cannondale Topstone are excellent examples of an all-road bike.

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Mountain Bikes

When the trail turns into the woods, you want to be riding on knobby tires and suspension. Mountain bikes these days have all kinds of features to keep the tires in traction over the various terrain where they will be ridden.

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    Mountain Bikes

    When the trail turns into the woods, you want to be riding on knobby tires and suspension. Mountain bikes these days have all kinds of features to keep the tires in traction over the various terrain where they will be ridden. Most mountain bikes will come equipped with a suspension fork and tires wider than two inches. Wheel sizes vary from 27.5" to 29", depending on use and intended riders.

    The most common mountain bikes fall in the category of hardtails: bikes built up with a rigid frame and front suspension. The shock in the fork will absorb all but the biggest bumps, and not having a rear shock will keep the bike light and fast. Today's hardtails come equipped with 29" or 27.5" wheels. Take a look at the Pivot Les SL, Cannondale F-Si, Specialized Epic Hardtail, and Trek Procaliber to get a better idea.

    For more aggressive terrain and for people looking for a softer ride, full-suspension bikes are the ticket. Built with a rear shock, there is no better way to soak up all the roots and rocks than a full-suspension. They sacrifice some pedaling efficiency because of the rear shock, but offer an unbeatable ride quality in return. There is a broad range when it comes to how much travel a full-suspension bike has, from 60mm to over 200mm. They fall into a few categories:

    Cross Country full-suspensions will have between 60 and 100mm of suspension travel front and rear. They are designed for a typical cross country race, where riders start in mass, ride the same course, and the winner is determined by being the first to cross the finish line. Check out the Specialized Epic, Trek Supercaliber, Pivot Mach 4 SL, or the Cannondale Scalpel Si.

    Trail bikes are a sort of in-between category: more travel than a cross country and less than an enduro. Without a racing discipline to lay claim to, trail bikes are designed with fun-seeking enthusiasts in mind. Expect 120mm to 150mm of front and rear suspension to outfit a trail bike. Look at the Trek Fuel EX, Cannondale Habit, Pivot Trail 429, and Specialized Stumpjumper.

    Enduro bikes are based on the same-named race format. Racers are only timed on a series of mostly downhill segments, and can take as much time as they choose in between those portions of the trail. Enduros typically have 150mm to 180mm of travel front and rear, making them significantly better at going down hills than up. For further examination, read up on the Specialized Enduro, Cannondale Jekyll, Trek Slash, and Pivot Firebird 29.

    Downhill bikes are exactly what you would guess: bikes created for the sole purpose of being ridden down the hill exclusively. Generally used at a bike park with a lift to shuttle riders up the hill, downhill bikes are built for going down: massive travel, high drivetrain gearing, and little concern for weight. A couple examples are the Specialized Demo, Trek Session, or the Pivot Phoenix 29.

    Fat bikes were originally developed for riding over snow, but they will ride over top of anything else you put in front of the wheels. Tires usually range between 3.5 and 5 inches wide, more than enough to cushion the blows that their rigid frames will take. The Trek Farley, Pivot Les Fat, Cannondale Fat CAAD, and Specialized Fatboy should give you some idea of what a fat bike is all about.

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Recreational Bikes

Many people just want to get out on two wheels for a stroll around town, or on the bike path or rail-trails. Recreational bikes vary from focusing on multi-purpose riding to offering the highest level of comfort possible.

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    Recreational Bikes

    Many people just want to get out on two wheels for a stroll around town, or on the bike path or rail-trails. Recreational bikes vary from focusing on multi-purpose riding to offering the highest level of comfort possible.

    Fitness hybrids are lightweight, efficient bikes designed to be easy to use and fun to ride. They are the closest things in comparison to a road bike, but feature wider tires and flat handlebars to give the rider more confidence. Fitness hybrids are geared for riding on pavement while still being capable of exploring off the beaten path. Take a look at the Specialized Sirrus, Cannondale Quick, or Trek FX for a good example of a fitness hybrid.

    Dual-sport bicycles are just what they sound like: bikes that are equally capable on pavement or on trails. While not suited for serious mountain biking terrain, the dual-sport bike is versatile enough to tackle just about anything else. Featuring a flat handlebar, suspension fork, and tires in between road and mountain bikes, these are handy all-around bicycles. Check out the Cannondale Quick CX, Specialized CrossTrail, or Trek DS series bikes to get a better idea.

    Comfort bikes are designed to cater to riders who need a very upright position and a generous dose of cushion for their riding. Ample tire clearance and suspension seats and seatposts, as well as relaxed geometry and front suspensions, combine to make these the smoothest rides available. The Specialized Roll, Trek Verve, and Cannondale Adventure provide examples of a comfort bike.

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Electric Bikes

There has been a recent development in bikes in the US, and it involves a pedal-assist electric motor. Whether it's commuting to work or overcoming injury and age, an e-bike will help accomplish any and every ride with ease.

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    Electric Bikes

    There has been a recent development with bikes in the US, and it involves a pedal-assist electric motor. Whether it's commuting to work or overcoming injury and age, an e-bike will help tackle each and every ride with ease. Recent development has seen companies produce bikes that place the battery and many times also the motor in the frame, solving a lot of issues that was associated with older hub-driven electric bikes. Today's e-bikes have a much better ride quality thanks to the lower center of gravity and more central weight distribution. Bicycle brands typically only manufacture class I and class III e-bikes, which are pedal-assist only and regulated to 20 or 28 mph respectively. With that kind of capability , you will quickly see that these machines are the most fun you can have on two wheels!

    Electric bikes come in almost as many styles as traditional bikes do, from road to recreation to mountain bikes. Read on to help identify which fits your riding style best.

    E-Road bikes are pedal-assist rocketships designed to carry their rider on longer and more challenging rides than what they thought was possible. Some will assist riders to 20 mph and others all the way to 28 mph. Most will accommodate wider tires than a typical road bike, usually up to 35 or 38mm, and are stocked with disc brakes to provide ample stopping power on all terrain. For an example, take a look at the Specialized Turbo Creo SL or the Cannondale Supersix EVO Neo.

    E-Mountain bikes are the full-send shredders you would expect them to be! Hardtail and full-squish options are available, so you can pick your riding preference and have all the power you want to go with it. Built just like a normal mountain bike, and designed to take every bit of the same abuse, these bikes will have you smiling every minute you are riding. Check out the Pivot Shuttle, the Cannondale Habit Neo, or the Specialized Turbo Levo SL.

    Electric Hybrids provide just the right ride quality for so many riders out there: comfort, capability, efficiency, and tons of fun! There are several nuanced expressions of hybrid pedal-assist bikes, just as there are traditional bikes. Some are more comfort-oriented, others are more utilitarian, some are more performance-oriented, but they all have their place. There are many styles to choose from, so look into the Cannondale Treadwell Neo and the Specialized Turbo Vado.

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