Scott Spark 950 2020

Bedgebury ride on the new Scott Spark 950 2020 absolutely loved the bike.

Gave me so much more confidence on the downhill segments still a lot to learn.

Loved the Twinloc remote gave me so much more control at a press of lever. Could not find a fault on this test ride.

Thanks Paul Jones for the company also enjoying his new Bike

The SCOTT Spark 950 2020 has a super light Alloy frame, a FOX Float shock and fork, a SRAM Eagle drivetrain and our TwinLoc remote to always optimize your ride. It’s lightweight, durable, affordable and retains all the great geometry and ride of its Carbon cousins.


Frame Spark 3 Alloy SL 6011custom butted Hydroformed tubestapered Headtube / BB92 / Boost 12x148mm2.6 tire compatible

Fork FOX 32 Float RhythmGrip 3 / 3-Modes / 15x110mm QR axle / tapered steerer44mm offset / Reb. Adj. / Lockout / 120mm travel

Rear Shock FOX Float EVOL Performace Trunnion3 modes / Lockout-Trail-DescendDPS / Reb. Adj.Travel 120mm / 165X45mm

Remote System SCOTT TwinLoc TSPSuspension-Seatpost Remotebelow Bar / 3 modes / integ. Grip clamp

Headset Syncros Pro Press Fit / Tapered 1.5″-1 1/8″OD 50/61mm / ID 44/55mm

Rear Derailleur SRAM NX / Eagle 12 Speed

Shifters SRAM NX Eagle Trigger

Brakes Shimano MT501 Disc180mm F&R SM-RT54 CL rotor

Crankset SRAM NX Eagle DUB Boost32T

Chainguide SCOTT custom

BB-Set SRAM DUB PF integrated / shell 41x92mm

Handlebar Syncros Alloy 6061T shape Flat / 9° / 740mmSyncros Pro lock-on grips

H’stem Syncros FL2.0 / 6061 Alloy6° / integrated Top Cap / 31.8mm / 1 1/8″

Seatpost Syncros Duncan Dropper 2.0 Remote31.6mm / S size 100mm / M, L & XL 125mm

Seat Syncros Belcarra Regular 2.5

Hub (Front)Shimano HB-MT400-B CL / 15x110mm

Hub (Rear)Shimano FH-MT400-B CL / Boost 12x148mm

Chain SRAM CN NX Eagle

Cassette SRAM NX-PG1230 / 11-50 T

Spokes Stainless Black 15G / 1.8mm

Rims Syncros X-25 / 32H / 25mm

Tires Maxxis Rekon / 2.4″ / 60TPI Kevlar BeadTubeless Ready / EXO

Scott Spark 950 2020
Scott Spark 950 2020

Absolute Black ChainRings



Premium Oval chainrings work because riders do not produce power evenly through a pedal stroke –the musculature of human legs makes it difficult to maintain an even power delivery to a round chainring. Believe it (or not), but a round chainring doesn’t transfer torque to your rear wheel as smoothly as an Oval one. Oval rings work with the natural human physiology. Oval chainrings maximize the part of the stroke where power is produced and minimize resistance where it isn’t. As a direct consequence, Oval rings enhance a cyclist’s ability to spin with a smoother power delivery and feel easier on legs while climbing. You will actually feel your pedal stroke to be more “round” with an Oval chainring than with a round chainring.

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What makes a good local bicycle shop?

What makes a good local bicycle shop?

Hi, I’m Mike. I’m currently riding around SE Asia, but when I’m not on the bike I’m running my cycling blog pinch-flat. Romney cycles has let me write a post on what makes a good local bike shops today. I hope you like it.


When you walk into a bicycle shop for the first time, when the bell on the door dings and you’re hit with the smell of new tires, there are certain things you can look out for which will let you know whether you’ve found a gem or a dud.

With more and more small businesses popping up all over the place, it’s never been easier to keep your cycling habits going strong. In an ideal world, every bike shop would be a haven for cyclists of all kinds.

But, alas, that’s not always the case. So here are some things to keep an eye out for, which every good local bicycle shop should possess.



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People with passion

Passion’s a funny thing. You can spend 10 minutes talking to an expert, and walk away thinking “They really know their stuff!” You can chat to the friendly merchant at the counter who might brighten your day a little afterwards with their positive vibes.

But passion? That’s something infinitely more attractive – and something which you pick up on right away. (Romney cycles have lots of this).

Whether you’re still tingling with the initial excitement of just breaking into cycling, or you’re a seasoned veteran with countless miles on the clock, you want to be dealing with people who share your fire.

You want to walk in knowing that you can geek-out over any aspect of cycling, in a safe haven where everyone’s on the same page. The staff shouldn’t just sell you things to keep you going, they should reflect your love of the bike-life and remind you what it’s all about.

But, that being said…

No snobs, please

Unfortunately, this is an all-too-common trait of many niche hobby stores. The shop owner may have particularly strong views of who qualifies as a “real cyclist” in his or her eyes, and if you don’t meet that criteria – well, you probably won’t feel too welcome.

Whilst it’s puzzling that so many business owners limit their customer-base with their snobbery, what’s more frustrating is the effect this can have on beginners. Everyone has to start somewhere, and riders who have just begun their cycling antics may very well feel apprehensive about walking into a shop for the first time.

So, the people at your local bicycle shop should be happy to assist anyone who’s looking for help in upping their game, be they clued-in or clueless.

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Community savviness

The majority of your visits to the local cycle shop may well just be trips for new parts or regular maintenance and repair calls. But, consider this – a good cycling shop, will also act as a hub for all the local bike nuts.

Swinging by to pick up your new handlebar grips or to get your brakes fixed should come with the possibility of meeting new people, getting involved in local events, or learning about little-known trails and hot spots.

A good way to tell if your local shop is involved in community antics is to take a look at their social media. If their Facebook and Twitter pages come across as personal, fun, and show a degree of community involvement, then odds are you’ve found something good.

But how does a shop foster this kind of community-friendly feeling? Well, aside from the points already mentioned, a good chill-out area never hurts, where cyclists can take a break from riding and spend time in like-minded company. Bonus points if they sell coffee, too.

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More concerned with pedalling, not peddling

This is a big one. A good local shop will be stocked with a wide range of gear, from everyday cycling gloves to rarer stock like Bullhorn bars, so you should never be in doubt that everything you need is all sitting in one place.

What this also means is that the staff will be focused on working within your needs, experience level, and budget. They won’t push any expensive, high-level equipment on you if you’re an intermediate rider, and, likewise, they won’t recommend any low-quality gear from poor brands whom they may be affiliated with.

For the beginner cyclist, this may be a hard thing to watch out for – especially if you’re very unfamiliar with cycling brands and which ones are considered the most reputable.

Just try to keep an eye out for that passion and savviness we talked about earlier – someone who loves what they do will remember what it’s like to be just starting out, and will be motivated to giving you the right recommendations.

And, if in doubt, a little research goes a long way.

Raleigh Mustang Elite gets 4/5 from Road CC

Raleigh Mustang Elite gets 4/5 from Road CC

It’s really a very good bike this – and don’t let the whole gravel thing put you off, this is simply a good road bike for steady rides and commuting.

If you’re put off the idea of a road bike with skinny tyres (and they can be a bit intimidating to newer cyclists) and want a bit of added comfort and security on the UK’s crumbling road network, the Mustang Elite might be a good choice for you.

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The gravel bike category has emerged from the US with plenty of hype, it’s fair to say, but it has resulted in a new breed of road bikes that are well suited to cyclists who value comfort and assured handling over the outright speed and whippy handling of a conventional race bike.

What’s it for?

The Mustang Elite does everything a regular road bike does, but it does it with the added comfort of the big tyres. The tyres, provided you run them at a suitably low pressure (I recommend about 65psi), give the Mustang Elite a very stable ride character. It isn’t easily knocked off line and it doesn’t jiggle you about on a rough road surface.

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If you’re not concerned with top speeds and chasing segments on Strava, preferring to spend most of your time at a comfortable cruising speed, the Mustang Elite doesn’t feel laborious. It may not have the outright acceleration of a lighter race bike, and its weight does stunt initial movement at lower speed, but here’s the thing: it’s not a bike designed for sprinting and riding everywhere as fast as you possibly can. It’s intended for allowing you to enjoy cycling as a form of escape and adventure, for taking in the sights and enjoying the freedom and simplicity of getting around with just a jam sandwich powering the engine, rather than glory through suffering and all that nonsense.

For many cyclists, it’s all you really need. It’s right at home on the commute, with the frame accepting mudguards and a rear rack if you need or want them. It’s fine on the weekend club ride and for sneaking in a couple of steady hours on a Sunday morning before lunch. Unless you really need the low weight and speed of a conventional race-inspired road bike, the Raleigh Mustang might actually be a more suitable choice.

But will it go off-road?

Why yes, it will. It won’t rival a cyclo-cross or mountain bike on really tricky and muddy terrain, but for adding a gravelled track such as a canal towpath, a byway or countryside bridleway into your route, the Mustang Elite copes just fine.

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There are surprisingly good levels of traction to be gained from the dimpled tread pattern of these new Schwalbe G-One tyres. Just enough grip to stop the wheels slithering about uncontrollably when it gets a bit slick underneath the tyre. Run them at lower pressures and they allow you to explore the sort of countryside terrain that would rapidly intimidate a road bike with skinny tyres.

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Best of all, this grip off-road doesn’t come at the expense of performance and speed on the hard stuff. They whizz along just fine. And they really do whizz – they make an unmistakable sound at higher speeds that’ll have you looking over your shoulder until you get used to it. They’re a robust tyre as well, and they’re tubeless-ready if you ever want to ditch the inner tubes at a future date. It’s a smart tyre choice by Raleigh.

Even if you never plan to go near any off-road trails, the Mustang Elite is just fine as a 100 per cent road bike. Many of the roads where I live are rapidly regressing to the Roman roads they once were. Dodging potholes, piles of rocks and loose stones can be a tedious experience on a narrow-tyre race bike. But with the Mustang Elite, you don’t have to be so precious and delicate about line choice.

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How does it handle?

The Mustang Elite shares its geometry (the angles and lengths of the various tubes that make up the frameset) with the more expensive carbon fibre Roker. The slack head angle, low bottom bracket and long wheelbase provide the Mustang with fantastic handling; it’s a breeze to ride, anyone will jump aboard and instantly feel at home with the handling.

The 71-degree head angle is slacker than a conventional road bike, and the bottom bracket drop is 75mm, which compares to 69-70mm on a road bike. Those numbers instil the Mustang Elite with the sort of stable and easy handling that is lacking in many road bikes.

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Don’t get me wrong, I love tearing around on a fancy race bike, but the Mustang won me over every time I rode it. It does nothing untoward or erratic, no matter how hard you push it. It’s just an easy and comfortable bike to ride.

Steering response is good, with a tolerable level of feedback from the carbon fibre fork with its tapered head tube. There are oversize thru-axles at both wheels which help to resist flex through the frame and fork. You can detect this most noticeably on out of the saddle climbs: there’s no brake rub at all. The thru-axles also make it easier to align the disc rotors when fitting the wheels – handy for travelling.

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I detected more road feedback through the aluminium frame compared with the carbon frame of the Roker. Basically, these two models have identical equipment and geometry, it’s just the frame material that is different. The carbon Roker does provide a measurably smoother ride. Perhaps not enough to warrant the extra £1,000 if you’re on a tight budget, though. and the Mustang is certainly not uncomfortable.

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Where they do measurably differ is on the scales. The Mustang Elite is 1.5kg heavier than its more expensive sibling, and you do notice this on the climbs. But really, you’ll only notice this if you ride the Roker Pro and then jump immediately onto the Mustang Elite and ride up a 20% climb. And you’re highly unlikely to be doing that. Most of the time the weight isn’t a factor, and the wide-range SRAM gearing ensures you’ve got enough gears to winch up any climb.

Does the SRAM Rival 1 drivetrain work?

Yes, very well. SRAM’s single-ring drivetrain was born in the mountain bike world and it’s made a smooth transition onto gravel and cyclo-cross bikes, where the slightly reduced gearing is less of a bother than it is on top-flight race bikes. Some of the jumps on the huge 10-42t cassette can be a bit troublesome, but most of the time you find a suitable gear, and sit and spin away. The majority of the time I found I was in the right gear, so SRAM has clearly thought carefully about what ratios to offer.

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The 44t chainring sounds small compared with a 53t chainring, but with the 10-tooth sprocket there’s more than enough top-end speed for most. Basically, you have to be going like the clappers to really run out of gears, and if you’re doing that on a regular basis, then you can easily swap the chainring for a bigger one. Or find some hills.

How well does it stop?

It stops very well, thanks to the TRP Hy/Rd hydraulic brakes. They’re a fully self-contained design, so they’re compatible with regular cable-pull brake levers. The power and feel is not quite as good as a proper hydraulic setup like you get with Shimano or SRAM’s hydro disc groupsets, but it’s a step above other mechanical disc brakes.

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Disc brakes have found a natural home on bikes like this, because of the control of the extra braking performance, and also because they allow the frame and fork to accommodate wider tyres. There’s also plenty of clearance between the frame and tyres for mudguards or mud.

I like tubeless. Can I convert the wheels?

Raleigh has fitted the bike with its own-brand RSP AD3.0 wheels which feature an aluminium rim that is tubeless-ready. Also tubeless-ready are the Schwalbe tyres, so to convert to tubeless it’s just a matter of removing the inner tubes, fitting the supplied tubeless valve, adding some sealant, and tubeless you go.

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Anything else?

The Raleigh RSP branded aluminium handlebar, stem and seatpost aren’t anything fancy but they do the job just fine. The handlebar has a nice shape with a compact drop which makes it usable when riding off-road when you need a bit more control. More of a flared drop would increase off-road control even more.

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The bike has all the necessary eyelets to accommodate mudguards and it’ll take a rear rack, plus there are two sets of bottle cage mounts.

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What of its rivals?

This is a competitive price point and the gravel bike category is getting more popular all the time. The Mustang Elite has to fend off competition from the excellent GT Grade Alloy 105(link is external), which costs the same and also features an aluminium frame and wide tyres, and even the same TRP hydraulic disc brakes. Both offer a very similar riding experience and both provide mudguard and rack fittings if those are important to you. For me, the Mustang Elite pips the GT Grade because of the tubeless-ready wheels and tyres, and the simpler SRAM Rival 1 drivetrain.

The Mustang, with the same frame, is also available at £650 with a Shimano Claris groupset, and the Mustang Sport, at £800, has Shimano Sora parts. Those two models feature regular double chainsets and mechanical disc brakes. The Mustang range tops out with the £1,500 Comp, which upgrades to a SRAM Rival 1 hydraulic groupset and American Classic wheels.


The Mustang Elite is affordable, adaptable and accessible – a good buy for the money



InfoCrank makes cyclists happy – here’s why

You ride with two legs, so measure both!

With InfoCrank, you can now measure directly at the source where you apply torque to the cranks. Riders like Robbie McEwen could only have wished for dual sided cycling power meters for sale in their day, but we aren’t all Green Jersey winners, so why should we care about Left and Right?

We believe in measuring direct Left and Right because power is the key metric to improving your cycling. When cycling with a power meter that is accurate, you get more of the right data so that you can solve imbalances and make real gains.

Improve today with reliable and accurate Left / Right power meter


You need a power meter for your bike that works every day, no matter where the adventure may take you. InfoCrank is IPX7 rated, meaning you could ride it submerged in a stream without any water ingress issues. You’ll get a perfect stream of data in all sorts of crazy conditions.


Temperature steady

Temperature affects strain gauges and messes with the readings. Other spider, hub or crank based power meters use algorithms to compensate for these errors. But InfoCrank was built specifically to eliminate problems without relying on complex calculations. Every data point from InfoCrank is completely accurate and true, making it the best power meter for a road bike.


Super durable

Cycling pushes us to our limits, and we need our tools to go the distance with us. InfoCrank has all its electronics protected inside a high grade alloy crankset, making training with a power meter a breeze. What’s different about InfoCrank? It just works. Only every time. Scroll down this page to read our cycling power meter reviews.

Certified accurate

InfoCrank is the most accurate cycling watt meter. But you’ve heard that from every other bicycle power meter on the market, right? +/- 1% or +/- 2% doesn’t sound like a lot, but it’s a bit deeper than that. Unlike any other power meter, we have proven our accuracy through external certification to validate our claims. And, because InfoCrank doesn’t drift, it’s always as accurate as promised.


On any bike

Power meter cycling training will be seamless with an InfoCrank. In fact, there is no difference between the watts measured on one set of InfoCranks and another*. If you switch the InfoCrank between bikes, or you have one on each bike, the watts measured on both are the same watts. Accurate for the whole ride, every day.

*Lab tests during production have shown that each bike crankset is within 0.5% on average.


No data drift

Accuracy claims don’t usually take into consideration drift over time when cycle training with a power meter. Drift is when the power meter data is inaccurate due to temperature changes affecting the strain gauges. It can happen in one day, or over the course of a week or month. Power meters usually resolve this issue by re-zeroing before a ride, but that just indicates that the accuracy of your last ride had drifted. It was no longer accurate as claimed. Our new cycling power meters resolve drift by design and require no re-zeroing to keep the data accurate.

Available to Order or Purchase at Romney Cycles Kent Ltd

Cost £1149.00


  • Crank arms
  • Praxis Chainrings
  • Praxis bottom bracket
  • Fitting kit, Ant Dongle and tools

Key Features:

  • Left and Right power meter crankset
  • Compact 110mm BCD spider
  • Stiff M30 axle
  • ANT+
  • Weight 694 grams
  • IPX7 waterproof

Choose your specification of  Chainrings currently 50-34 0r 36-52, Crank Lengths 170mm, 172.5mm 0r 175mm. Choice of Bottom Brackets BB30/PF30, BSA, BB86, OS

See links for more details



Merida Scultura 6000

Journalist Oliver Woodman attended the launch of the Scultura Team at the start of the Giro D’Italia.

He loved the bike and commented that Juergen, our R&D chief, was refreshingly honest about the Scultura’s attributes (apparently many brands gush incessantly over the most minor details when little has changed).

When Oliver visited our Nottingham showroom, he recommended we should enter the Scultura 6000 for the bike of the year. At that stage he had done the “man maths”; phenomenal frame + Ultegra + Fulcrum wheels + stellar price = winning package.

As you’ll see, they benefited from double exposure as the Scultura, along with Oliver, were the stars of the preview video that Cycling Weekly produced (click link below to view). The video was viewed 20,000 times in its first 24 hours.

Introducing a New Points Reward Scheme At Romney Cycles online Store

Introducing a New Points Reward Scheme at Romney Cycles online store.

New Points Reward Scheme works like this. You can earn points as you spend to put towards your next order.

So every pound you spend you earn 1 point and every 10 points equals to the value of £1.00 of your next purchase online.

You can save your points and use them against  future purchases or just use them as you go or part use the choice is yours!

For example Spend £50.00 you earn 50 points which is equals £5.00 to use on future orders.

You need to register as a online customer to collect points.

When you redeem your points some products are limited to how many points you can use these mainly apply to products that have been reduced for example Sale and clearance products.

T and C’S Apply:

Points can only be earned through purchasing online, and currently only used online.

Points cannot get redeemed against Any Cycle Scheme.

Any questions or enquiries please don’t hesitate to contact us…