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Specialized S-Works Power

Well it's certainly not cheap, but it's absolutely brilliant. Soft but firm, comfortable almost like suspension. No run in time required, put it on rode three 100km days in a row and absolutely no issues. Endurance, sprints and hills all no trouble.

Is it worth the spend - well i would not like to have to justify needing to buy it over others but that said i am loving the feel of the saddle.

ION K-Pact Select Knee/Skin MTB Pads my take!

Straight out of the bag these pads were comfortable i wore them in the house for about 3 hours before i even rode and they were comfy!
1st ride at my local was great they were great on the climb top the top and i felt super protected when descending,

The sizing is pretty spot on for me i am a large guy and the sizing chart was correct to my size.

The only cons for and these are both no really a problem
1. They get warm but not outrageously so
2. They are expensive , but sometimes you get what you pay for and so far these are the best Knee pad i have worn

I will buy these again and also would buy from Drift Bikes too! they were easy to deal with and were very prompt with my order!

POC air elbow pads

Very prompt service and extremely fast shipping

Very good.

Impressed with this rotor. Build quality is fantastic, looks great to boot. Excellent power, nice and quiet. Runs extremely true providing very smooth stopping power. Great service and fast delivery from Drift, thanks again!

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Check out the article on Drift Bikes in the Newcastle Herald

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Bigger and better: Drift Bikes owners, from left, Sophie and Rhys Smith, and Alana and Robbie McNaughton. Picture: Jonathan Carrollte.

Read the complete article here: 

https://www.theherald.com.au/news/local-news/5545012/newcastle-bike-shop-drift-relocates-with-new-partnership-team/

Or below (Words by Penelope Green)

In 2003, Rhys Smith and Robbie McNaughton were both 21 and opening their own Newcastle family businesses, respectively Sanbah surf shop and Drift bike shop.

Strangers then, their paths crossed more than a decade later when competitive downhill mountain biker and surfer McNaughton popped into Sanbah. A friendship grew and Mr Smith, son of Surfest founder Warren Smith, caught Mr McNaughton’s bike bug.

The thrills are continuing: nine weeks ago he accepted Mr McNaughton’s offer to buy a half share in Drift, just as a bigger retail site for Drift came up for lease in Northcott Avenue, Kotara, across the road from the first store. 

Drift version 2.0 is about diversification. Its stock has expanded from mainly mountain bikes to include road, recreational and kids bike plus ever-popular e-bikes.  And far more. 

Both men note the retail and brand synergy between surfing and biking, and Mr McNaughton appreciates his new partner’s business nous: “The surf industry is ahead of the cycling industry, it's more mature, and Rhys is at the top of his game,” he says.

Mr McNaughton believes the biking industry is closely following the surf industry’s retail stance to broaden its appeal.

“It's the first time that lifestyle and bike shop has been combined properly [at Drift], and that's across the country: it's saying cyclists have an identity and continuing to sell hardware to them doesn't allow that identity to grow,” he says. “We'll be the first bike shop to sell Patagonia – we are bringing a highly technical product but it doesn't mean you have to own a bike to wear it.”

The old Drift store is now a bike workshop, with renovation plans afoot to ensure it offers a state-of-the-art service level. There are plans to more than double its mechanical staff, with a focus on training up local youth.

Mr McNaughton opened the original Drift with his wife, Alana, and Smith is supported by his wife Sophie.  

★ Reviews ★

Let customers speak for us

78 reviews
94%
(73)
6%
(5)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
Specialized S-Works Power

Well it's certainly not cheap, but it's absolutely brilliant. Soft but firm, comfortable almost like suspension. No run in time required, put it on rode three 100km days in a row and absolutely no issues. Endurance, sprints and hills all no trouble.

Is it worth the spend - well i would not like to have to justify needing to buy it over others but that said i am loving the feel of the saddle.

ION K-Pact Select Knee/Skin MTB Pads my take!

Straight out of the bag these pads were comfortable i wore them in the house for about 3 hours before i even rode and they were comfy!
1st ride at my local was great they were great on the climb top the top and i felt super protected when descending,

The sizing is pretty spot on for me i am a large guy and the sizing chart was correct to my size.

The only cons for and these are both no really a problem
1. They get warm but not outrageously so
2. They are expensive , but sometimes you get what you pay for and so far these are the best Knee pad i have worn

I will buy these again and also would buy from Drift Bikes too! they were easy to deal with and were very prompt with my order!

POC air elbow pads

Very prompt service and extremely fast shipping

Very good.

Impressed with this rotor. Build quality is fantastic, looks great to boot. Excellent power, nice and quiet. Runs extremely true providing very smooth stopping power. Great service and fast delivery from Drift, thanks again!

$50 In-store Gift Card