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Earn Rewards Points

Our Customer Rewards scheme allows you to earn points every time you shop with us. The points you earn can be used to spend on products both online and in store. You can spend your points as soon as they're on your account, so you won't have to wait around for your savings.

Signing up to the Customer Rewards scheme is free, and the points you earn can be used both online and in store. You can spend your points as soon as they're on your account, so you won't have to wait around for your savings. Rewards Points are valid for 12 months from purchase date.

Any bike purchased using 0% finance and/or Cyclescheme (or other employee salary-sacrifice scheme) is excluded from this offer.

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30 Day Test Ride

All the convenience of buying online, without the risk
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 does the test ride work?
Your 30-day test ride starts from the date your bike is delivered. You must notify us by email within 30 calendar days of delivery that you intend to return the bike within this scheme. This offer applies to all bikes purchased on or after 14th August 2014. To ensure you remain eligible, we would ask that you adopt a 'fair usage' attitude during the test ride period, and make sure there is no damage to the bike outside of the minimal wear you would expect from a bike ridden for 30 days or a few rides. Please note that any damage to the bike, including damage from incorrect assembly, will invalidate the test ride.

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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1 Hour Delivery Slots

Choose our Interlink Predict Priority service and avoid the hassle of waiting around all day for your delivery. Interlink will notify you of your one-hour delivery window by SMS and email, and you can track the progress of your delivery on a real-time map, all the way down to a final 15-minute time slot.

Furthermore, if you find yourself busy on the day of delivery, Interlink will off you rescheduling options, both the night before and on the day, so you can select an alternative delivery date, deliver to a nominated neighbour, leave the parcel in a safe place, collect your parcel from your local Interlink depot, or upgrade to delivery before 1200.

This service is available on most items, but does exclude bikes. If you require a 1 hour delivery slot for your bike delivery then please call our customer service team who can book this service for you over the phone.

Interlink Predict Priority is a premium delivery option. Additional charges apply.

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Price Match Promise

Price is important to everyone these days, so we regularly price check our competitors to make sure we have the best offers for you — but if you see the same product cheaper from one of our listed competitors, then get in touch and we'll do our very best to match the price.

Please note that we can only price match identical items (including size and colour), which are in stock and available for immediate delivery. Comparison price includes all delivery charges.

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Free Click & Collect

Our Click & Collect service offers all the benefits of shopping online, combined with an award-winning retail experience in one of our stores.

Simply order your items, select Click & Collect and pick up your item at a time that's convenient for you - our stores are open 7 days a week. Best of all, the service is completely free.

Don't live near our stores? Use our Collect+ service to collect your package from one of the (many) locations near you.

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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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