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Free, tracked UK delivery on orders over £10

We offer free, tracked UK delivery on orders over £10, with delivery starting from £1.99 for orders below this value. We also have a selection of premium shipping options available including timed slots, Saturday delivery and Collect+

All of our bicycles are fully built by our experienced and certified mechanics prior to delivery; all you will need to do is turn the handlebars and fit some pedals.

Bicycles are shipped from a different warehouse to other items and so may arrive in advance of any other items you have ordered.

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90-Day UK Returns for all items

We want you to be 100% satisfied with your shopping experience at Rutland Cycling, so we offer a 90-day exchange or refund on any unused item (within the UK).

We've chosen to offer products at the very lowest prices, rather than provide a free returns service. If you do need to return an item, we provide printable postage labels and collection services at a small cost for all items - including bicycles.

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When you buy a new bike at full RRP from, you can now benefit from the added reassurance of our Rutland 30-day test ride. Once your new bike arrives, you can ride it as your own for 30 days, and we're confident you'll love it! However, if it's not right for you, we'll exchange it for another model. (There's a nominal charge of £10 for us to collect your bike - just make sure you keep the box your bike arrived in.)

On which bikes is the 30-day test ride available?
The Rutland 30-day test ride is available on all full price, non-discounted bikes available for home delivery on It is not available on discounted or special offer bikes, click and collect bikes, bikes bought on finance, bikes bought through Cyclescheme, or bikes bought in store. This offer is only available on bikes delivered to mainland UK addresses.

How many times can I use the 30-day test ride?
We will allow up to two exchanges within this scheme.

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At Rutland Cycling, we offer Finance on orders over £250, with 0% finance up to 36 months available on selected bikes, including some sale bikes. Visit the product page to see which finance products are available.

You can apply for Finance online or in store. To apply online, add your selected items to your basket, then checkout as normal. Select Finance as your payment method, fill in the application form, then complete your order.

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Carbon vs. Steel

   Words by Mark

   on 19/06/2014 13:29:23

Carbon fibre is high-tech, modern, and clearly the best option for any bike right? …or is it?

In this blog we take a look at these two awesome materials and the real benefits – and drawbacks – of both.


First let’s take a look at carbon:

Summary pros: Carbon is ideal for performance and speed.  It is highly responsive and has sleek modern looks.

Summary cons: Carbon is more expensive than steel and is often noisier more than other materials.

Best exampleDe Rosa R838


  • The first – and most obvious - benefit is that carbon is light. Lighter than steel, and in most cases lighter than aluminium.
  • Carbon is also highly versatile. It can be engineered to be soft and forgiving or sharp and aggressive.
  • Typically though, carbon is a stiff material; ideal for power transfer and performance.
  • That being said, carbon fibre is great for absorbing vibration and provides a nice smooth ride [it’s for this reason that carbon handlebars are so popular on mountain bikes].
  • Carbon is also quite an expensive material and costs noticeably more than steel.
  • Carbon fibre will also creak more than other materials and provide for a noisier ride.


Second, how does steel compare:

Summary pros: Steel is perfect for long distances, comfort, endurance and old school style. It’s also a lot cheaper than carbon.

Summary cons: Steel is heavier than carbon, and isn’t as fast.

Best example: Genesis Equilibrium


  • Yes; steel is heavier than carbon. However that being said, some of the higher end steel frames such as the Reynolds 953 steels aren’t that much heavier than a low-end carbon frame, and in some cases high-end steel frames can be lighter than cheap aluminium frames.
  • Steel is also a more forgiving material than carbon. Steel provides a soft, comfortable ride.
  • The old school looks of steel are very popular too, with narrow tubing and traditional design.
  • Steel is much cheaper than carbon, so you can expect to get a lot more for your money with a steel bike.
  • Finally steel is a very strong material. It can withstand more impacts, can be thrown around and will keep on going mile after mile.
  • Steel can be re-welded and so is easily repairable; ideal for a long life span!


As you can see, both of these materials have a number of great benefits. So depending on what you want to get out of your next bike, give some thought to whether steel or carbon would be better for you, and if you’re still not sure give us a call on 01572 332032 and find out what our team are riding.

Check out this great video by our bike sales and events coordinator Wiggy, comparing carbon and steel on the road:

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