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Shimano GRX FD-RX810 Front Derailleur 2x11 Braze-On black
Shimano GRX FD-RX810 Front Derailleur 2x11 Braze-On black black
Shimano
GRX FD-RX810 Front Derailleur 2x11 Braze-On black
£57.99 £54.99
Shimano GRX Di2 FD-RX815 Front Derailleur 2x11 Braze-On black
Shimano GRX Di2 FD-RX815 Front Derailleur 2x11 Braze-On black black
Shimano
GRX Di2 FD-RX815 Front Derailleur 2x11 Braze-On black
£232.99 £225.99
free shipping
Shimano Alivio RD-M3100 Rear Derailleur 9-speed black
Shimano Alivio RD-M3100 Rear Derailleur 9-speed black black
Shimano
Alivio RD-M3100 Rear Derailleur 9-speed black
£36.99 £29.99
- 19 %
Shimano GRX FD-RX400 Front Derailleur 2x10 Braze-On black
Shimano GRX FD-RX400 Front Derailleur 2x10 Braze-On black black
Shimano
GRX FD-RX400 Front Derailleur 2x10 Braze-On black
£36.99
Shimano Road SL-RS700 Shift Lever Right 11-speed clamp including cable black
Shimano Road SL-RS700 Shift Lever Right 11-speed clamp including cable black black
Shimano
Road SL-RS700 Shift Lever Right 11-speed clamp including cable black
£65.99
Shimano Deore XT RD-M8000 Rear Derailleur 11-speed black
Shimano Deore XT RD-M8000 Rear Derailleur 11-speed black black
Shimano
Deore XT RD-M8000 Rear Derailleur 11-speed black
£98.99 £88.99
  • Versions: mid cageLong Cage
- 10 %
Shimano GRX Di2 RD-RX815 Rear Derailleur 11-speed Direct Mount black
Shimano GRX Di2 RD-RX815 Rear Derailleur 11-speed Direct Mount black black
Shimano
GRX Di2 RD-RX815 Rear Derailleur 11-speed Direct Mount black
£236.99
free shipping
SRAM GX Eagle AXS Upgrade Kit
SRAM GX Eagle AXS Upgrade Kit
SRAM
GX Eagle AXS Upgrade Kit
£549.99 £489.99
free shipping
- 11 %
SRAM Eagle AXS Controller 12-speed Right black
SRAM Eagle AXS Controller 12-speed Right black black
SRAM
Eagle AXS Controller 12-speed Right black
£192.99
free shipping
Shimano Tiagra Shift Lever For flat handlebars SL-4700/4703 Left 2-speed clamp grey
Shimano Tiagra Shift Lever For flat handlebars SL-4700/4703 Left 2-speed clamp grey grey
Shimano
Tiagra Shift Lever For flat handlebars SL-4700/4703 Left 2-speed clamp grey
£39.99 £37.99
Shimano Deore XT FD-M8100 Front Derailleur 2x12 Side Swing Low Direct Mount Front-Pull black
Shimano Deore XT FD-M8100 Front Derailleur 2x12 Side Swing Low Direct Mount Front-Pull black black
Shimano
Deore XT FD-M8100 Front Derailleur 2x12 Side Swing Low Direct Mount Front-Pull black
£54.99 £43.99
- 20 %
Shimano Deore XT FD-M8100 Front Derailleur 2x12 Side Swing Mid Clamp Front-Pull black
Shimano Deore XT FD-M8100 Front Derailleur 2x12 Side Swing Mid Clamp Front-Pull black black
Shimano
Deore XT FD-M8100 Front Derailleur 2x12 Side Swing Mid Clamp Front-Pull black
£54.99 £46.99
- 15 %
SRAM X01 DH X-Actuation Trigger Shifter 7-speed Discrete Clamp black
SRAM X01 DH X-Actuation Trigger Shifter 7-speed Discrete Clamp black black
SRAM
X01 DH X-Actuation Trigger Shifter 7-speed Discrete Clamp black
£140.99 £128.99
free shipping
SRAM GX Eagle AXS Rear Derailleur 12-speed 52T lunar
SRAM GX Eagle AXS Rear Derailleur 12-speed 52T lunar lunar
SRAM
GX Eagle AXS Rear Derailleur 12-speed 52T lunar
£341.99 £308.99
free shipping
SRAM X01 DH Rear Derailleur 7-speed Short Cage red
SRAM X01 DH Rear Derailleur 7-speed Short Cage red red
SRAM
X01 DH Rear Derailleur 7-speed Short Cage red
£257.99 £225.99
free shipping
- 12 %
Shimano SLX SL-M7100 I-Spec EV Gear Lever 2-speed left black
Shimano SLX SL-M7100 I-Spec EV Gear Lever 2-speed left black black
Shimano
SLX SL-M7100 I-Spec EV Gear Lever 2-speed left black
£42.99 £33.99
- 21 %
Shimano Deore XT FD-M8100 Front Derailleur 2x12 Side Swing High Direct Mount Front-Pull black
Shimano Deore XT FD-M8100 Front Derailleur 2x12 Side Swing High Direct Mount Front-Pull black black
Shimano
Deore XT FD-M8100 Front Derailleur 2x12 Side Swing High Direct Mount Front-Pull black
£54.99 £46.99
- 15 %
Shimano NEXUS SL-3S41 Grip Shifter 3-speed right black
Shimano NEXUS SL-3S41 Grip Shifter 3-speed right black black
Shimano
NEXUS SL-3S41 Grip Shifter 3-speed right black
£18.99 £10.99
- 42 %
Shimano ST-EF500-4 Gear/Brake Lever front 3-speed black
Shimano ST-EF500-4 Gear/Brake Lever front 3-speed black black
Shimano
ST-EF500-4 Gear/Brake Lever front 3-speed black
£15.99 £12.99
- 19 %
Shimano Tourney SL-RS36 Grip Shifter 6-speed right black/silver
Shimano Tourney SL-RS36 Grip Shifter 6-speed right black/silver black/silver
Shimano
Tourney SL-RS36 Grip Shifter 6-speed right black/silver
£9.49
Shimano Tourney SL-RS45 Grip Shifter 3-speed left
Shimano Tourney SL-RS45 Grip Shifter 3-speed left
Shimano
Tourney SL-RS45 Grip Shifter 3-speed left
£8.69
Shimano Tourney RD-TY200 Rear Derailleur 6/7-speed Long
Shimano Tourney RD-TY200 Rear Derailleur 6/7-speed Long
Shimano
Tourney RD-TY200 Rear Derailleur 6/7-speed Long
£15.99 £13.99
- 13 %
Shimano Tourney SL-TX50 Thumb Shifter 6-speed right black/silver
Shimano Tourney SL-TX50 Thumb Shifter 6-speed right black/silver black/silver
Shimano
Tourney SL-TX50 Thumb Shifter 6-speed right black/silver
£9.69
Shimano Tourney FD-TX800-TS3 Front Derailleur Top Swing 7/8-speed black/silver
Shimano Tourney FD-TX800-TS3 Front Derailleur Top Swing 7/8-speed black/silver black/silver
Shimano
Tourney FD-TX800-TS3 Front Derailleur Top Swing 7/8-speed black/silver
£10.99
  • Versions: 63-66° angle of chain stay66-69° angle of chain struts
Shimano ST-EF500-4 Gear/Brake Lever rear 7-speed black
Shimano ST-EF500-4 Gear/Brake Lever rear 7-speed black black
Shimano
ST-EF500-4 Gear/Brake Lever rear 7-speed black
£15.99 £12.99
- 19 %
Shimano Altus SL-M2010 Shift Lever Rapidfire Plus 3-speed left black
Shimano Altus SL-M2010 Shift Lever Rapidfire Plus 3-speed left black black
Shimano
Altus SL-M2010 Shift Lever Rapidfire Plus 3-speed left black
£19.99
Shimano Tourney RD-TY500 Rear Derailleur Direct Mount 6/7 speed
Shimano Tourney RD-TY500 Rear Derailleur Direct Mount 6/7 speed
Shimano
Tourney RD-TY500 Rear Derailleur Direct Mount 6/7 speed
£15.99 £12.99
- 19 %
SRAM MRX Comp Grip Shifter 3-speed, front black
SRAM MRX Comp Grip Shifter 3-speed, front black black
SRAM
MRX Comp Grip Shifter 3-speed, front black
£8.00
Shimano Altus RD-M310 Rear Derailleur 7/8-speed medium length silver
Shimano Altus RD-M310 Rear Derailleur 7/8-speed medium length silver silver
Shimano
Altus RD-M310 Rear Derailleur 7/8-speed medium length silver
£22.99 £17.99
  • Versions: mid cage
- 22 %
Shimano ST-EF500-2 Gear/Brake Lever front 3-speed black
Shimano ST-EF500-2 Gear/Brake Lever front 3-speed black black
Shimano
ST-EF500-2 Gear/Brake Lever front 3-speed black
£15.99 £12.99
- 19 %
Shimano Acera RD-M360 Rear Derailleur silver
Shimano Acera RD-M360 Rear Derailleur silver silver
Shimano
Acera RD-M360 Rear Derailleur silver
£23.99
Shimano ST-EF500-4 Gear/Brake Lever rear 8-speed black
Shimano ST-EF500-4 Gear/Brake Lever rear 8-speed black black
Shimano
ST-EF500-4 Gear/Brake Lever rear 8-speed black
£19.99 £15.99
- 20 %
Shimano Deore Trekking SL-T6000 Shift Lever 3-speed left black
Shimano Deore Trekking SL-T6000 Shift Lever 3-speed left black black
Shimano
Deore Trekking SL-T6000 Shift Lever 3-speed left black
£30.99 £27.99
Shimano Altus FD-M310 Front Derailleur 3x7/8-Speed Clamp Dual-Pull silver
Shimano Altus FD-M310 Front Derailleur 3x7/8-Speed Clamp Dual-Pull silver silver
Shimano
Altus FD-M310 Front Derailleur 3x7/8-Speed Clamp Dual-Pull silver
£16.99 £13.99
  • Versions: 63-66° angle of chain stay66-69° angle of chain struts
- 18 %
Shimano Acera RD-M360 Rear Derailleur black
Shimano Acera RD-M360 Rear Derailleur black black
Shimano
Acera RD-M360 Rear Derailleur black
£24.99
SRAM X3 Rear Derailleur 7 - / 8-speed long cage black
SRAM X3 Rear Derailleur 7 - / 8-speed long cage black black
SRAM
X3 Rear Derailleur 7 - / 8-speed long cage black
£19.00 £15.99
- 16 %
SRAM MRX Comp Grip Shifter 8-speed rear/right
SRAM MRX Comp Grip Shifter 8-speed rear/right
SRAM
MRX Comp Grip Shifter 8-speed rear/right
£12.00 £9.99
- 17 %
Shimano Tourney FD-TY700 Front Derailleur Clamp Top Swing 66-69° 7/8-speed
Shimano Tourney FD-TY700 Front Derailleur Clamp Top Swing 66-69° 7/8-speed
Shimano
Tourney FD-TY700 Front Derailleur Clamp Top Swing 66-69° 7/8-speed
£12.99 £10.99
  • Versions: Ø34,9mm
- 15 %
Shimano Alivio SL-M3100 Shift Lever 9-speed right grey
Shimano Alivio SL-M3100 Shift Lever 9-speed right grey grey
Shimano
Alivio SL-M3100 Shift Lever 9-speed right grey
£20.99 £16.99
- 19 %
Shimano Tourney TX RD-TX800 Rear Derailleur 7/8-speed black
Shimano Tourney TX RD-TX800 Rear Derailleur 7/8-speed black black
Shimano
Tourney TX RD-TX800 Rear Derailleur 7/8-speed black
£18.99 £10.99
- 42 %
Shimano Altus SL-M2010 Shift Lever Rapidfire Plus 9-speed right black
Shimano Altus SL-M2010 Shift Lever Rapidfire Plus 9-speed right black black
Shimano
Altus SL-M2010 Shift Lever Rapidfire Plus 9-speed right black
£19.99
Shimano Nexus SL-3S42 Grip Shifter 3-speed Right Long Grip black
Shimano Nexus SL-3S42 Grip Shifter 3-speed Right Long Grip black black
Shimano
Nexus SL-3S42 Grip Shifter 3-speed Right Long Grip black
£14.99 £11.99
- 20 %
Shimano Tourney TX RD-TX800 Rear Derailleur 7/8-speed silver
Shimano Tourney TX RD-TX800 Rear Derailleur 7/8-speed silver silver
Shimano
Tourney TX RD-TX800 Rear Derailleur 7/8-speed silver
£19.99 £12.99
- 35 %
Shimano Claris ST-RS200/-RS203 Gear/Brake Lever right 8-speed grey
Shimano Claris ST-RS200/-RS203 Gear/Brake Lever right 8-speed grey grey
Shimano
Claris ST-RS200/-RS203 Gear/Brake Lever right 8-speed grey
£25.99
Shimano Tourney RD-TY500 Rear Derailleur with adaptor 6/7 speed
Shimano Tourney RD-TY500 Rear Derailleur with adaptor 6/7 speed
Shimano
Tourney RD-TY500 Rear Derailleur with adaptor 6/7 speed
£15.99 £12.99
- 19 %
Shimano SL-M315 Rapidfire Plus Gear Lever 2-speed Left
Shimano SL-M315 Rapidfire Plus Gear Lever 2-speed Left
Shimano
SL-M315 Rapidfire Plus Gear Lever 2-speed Left
£17.99 £15.99
- 11 %
Shimano Tourney SL-RS36 Grip Shifter 3-speed left black
Shimano Tourney SL-RS36 Grip Shifter 3-speed left black black
Shimano
Tourney SL-RS36 Grip Shifter 3-speed left black
£9.49 £7.99
- 16 %
Shimano Tourney FD-TY700 Front Derailleur Clamp Top Swing 63-66° 7/8-speed
Shimano Tourney FD-TY700 Front Derailleur Clamp Top Swing 63-66° 7/8-speed
Shimano
Tourney FD-TY700 Front Derailleur Clamp Top Swing 63-66° 7/8-speed
£10.99
  • Versions: Ø34,9mm

Bike Gearing: precision mechanics

From the first velocipedes invented in 1818 to the mountain bike, the history of cycling is one of constant technical improvement. One of the essential components of a bike is its gearing. Your bike will always have one of four gearing systems: single speed, fixed gears, hub gears and derailleur gears.

Bike gearing

Single speed

A single speed bike is equipped with a single gear ratio: one chainring at the front and a smaller sprocket at the rear. Single speeds have a drivetrain with a freewheel mechanism. This means that the wheel can rotate without the pedals needing to and you’re able to back pedal.

Pros

  • No gears or shifting means an uncomplicated, fuss-free ride
  • The absence of gears and brakes makes for a far lighter bike
  • Easy to maintain and clean

Cons

  • Uphills and downhills can be a bit of a pain without extra gears

Fixed gears

A fixed-gear bike is a type of single speed bicycle, but one that has a drivetrain with no freewheel mechanism. This means that the bike pedals must continue to rotate whenever the bike is moving – even if you stop pedalling.

Pros

  • As with the single speed, no gears etc mean a simple, unfussy ride and a far lighter bike
  • Constant rotation of the pedals offers a unique ride feel and thrill
  • Stylish looks

Cons

  • Less user-friendly. They are harder to corner, ascend and descend
  • No handbrakes, so you may choose to have some installed

Hub gears

Internal hub gears work on the principle of planetary gearing and are mounted on the rear wheel hub. The classic gear hub offers three speeds and five speeds, however there are modern gear hubs available today that offer many more speeds than that.

Pros

  • Long life and requires little maintenance
  • Usually uncomplicated operation
  • It’s also possible to shift gears when the bike is stationary
  • Protected from the elements

Cons

  • Possibly perceived limited sporting flair
  • Harder to maintain if you need to

Derailleur gears

The majority of bicycles are equipped with a derailleur gear transmission system which is made up of the following: a front derailleur, rear derailleur, crankset, pedals, shifters, brakes, rear cassette and chain.

Pros

  • Spare parts are usually available quickly
  • More sporty flair than a hub gear system
  • Comparatively low weight
  • Ascent and descents are much easier with a range of gears at your disposal

Cons

  • High maintenance and high cleaning effort required
  • Chain protection is often not possible