Planet X Bikes

Try ANY Bike for Size – BEFORE YOU BUY

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Why risk spending hundreds or even thousands of pounds on a new bike without being absolutely sure it fits?

With our state of the art fitting bikes based at Bike Science Derby and Bike Science Bristol we can replicate the position of ANY bike before you buy to ensure the frame is a suitable match for the rider. So, if you’re not sure what size frame to opt for or want to know which brands or models will be the best match for you as a rider, we can help.

If you’re interested in buying a Planet X, On-One or Van Nicholas bike from us, an initial sizing consultation is INCLUDED IN THE PRICE. You’ll pay the same price for the bike as you would if you bought direct plus get a COMPLIMENTARY BIKE SET UP or 1/2 PRICE RETUL PRECISION FIT on collection of your bike! To get started, simply book a sales consultation in either BRISTOL or DERBY now.

If you’re buying ANY OTHER BRAND try it for size before you buy by booking a Level 1 Fit. We’ll replicate the position on your choice of new bike and help you make the decision as to which makes and models will fit you best. We’ll also invite you back in once you’ve purchased the bike to complete the set up process at no extra charge.

A Level 1 Fit costs just £89.99 and is available at both Bristol and Derby studios



Because bikes work better when they fit.

Planet X and Van Nicholas Owners :: 100 Retul Fits for £100!

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

Calling ALL Planet X, On-One and Van-Nicholas Bikes!


We’ve added more availability at our Bristol, Derby and Rotherham Fit Studios…

Bristol – Appointments Available Wednesday, Thursday and Friday Evenings

Derby – Now Open Tuesday to Saturday

Rotherham – BRAND NEW dedicated fitting space – Open Tuesday to Friday

To celebrate, we’re offering Planet X, On-One and Van Nicholas owners the chance to save £85 from our usual Retul Level 2 bike fit price.


If it’s a Planet X, On-One or Van Nicholas you get our most accurate level of bike fit available for just £100!





No payment is taken at the time of booking. If your fit is on a Planet X, On-One or Van Nicholas, you’ll only be charged £100 on the day of your fit.

Using the Retul system gives our fitters the most accurate information possible on which to make their fitting decisions. Dynamic measurements of rider motion are taken to within 1mm accuracy whilst riding. No other system offers this level of insight into a riders motion.

Meet the Team :: Daz Carter

Monday, July 25th, 2011

Meet the latest team member, double ironman finishing, sub 9 hour Ironman Darryl “Daz” Carter. He’s gunning for a slot at Hawaii at next weekends Ironman UK in Bolton. Here’s Daz in his own words…

I’ve spent the last three years as a triathlon coach, personal trainer and ‘part-time’ long-distance triathlete, having previous worked for 10 years in the Civil Service. I have raced for the GB age-group team, and have completed ten Ironman-distance and one double-ironman distance triathlons. My current Ironman PB is 8:57 but I would love to keep chipping away and get down to 8:45. I have considered entering a Deca-Ironman, but then slapped myself out of it!
I also enjoy the challenge of ultra-distance off-road running. Having failed to complete the Offas Dyke Trail (178miles) non-stop on a whim, I decided to take it a little more seriously over the last 12 months and start working my way up through the distances. I have so far completed two ultra trail races of 45 and 55miles and came 2nd and 1st in them respectively. I have entered my first 100mile trail run in October.

Bike Fit Before and After – See the Difference

Thursday, July 14th, 2011



At Bike Science, we believe that Retul is the most powerful measurement tool available for use in our bike fit studios, with the Retul software becoming more powerful with each new version. The latest release includes high definition video capture so now we can demonstrate more clearly to each client what we’re trying to achieve during the fitting process.

These videos show a typical fit client being set up on a Planet X Exocet time trial bike. The set up is intended for long distance (1/2 Ironman and Ironman) triathlon events.

The video above shows the post-fit position. The video below the initial position prior to the fitting.

Here’s a summary of the changes made…

- Cleat fore/aft position and rotation changed
- Rider has significant leg length difference – added 9mm of shims under right cleat
- Saddle swapped to Adamo road
- Saddle lowered
- Saddle moved forward
- Stem shortened
- Bars Lowered
- Tri Bar pad width changed
- Tri Bar and base bar angle change
- Tri bars were also shortened slightly after this video was taken to improve access to the gear levers.


Meet the Team :: Julian Hatcher

Friday, July 8th, 2011

Jules is now officially Bristol’s fastest policeman with a stunning sub 9 hour debut at last weekend’s Ironman Austria. Jules has no real weakness, with a strong swim, stronger bike and awesome running ability. Read more about Jules and his Ironman Austria race report in his own words…

Ironman Austria 2011 race report

My first attempt at ‘going long’ was a bit of a step into the unknown. I knew I had put the training hours in but I had never swum, cycled or run the distances individually and I had certainly never done then all in one go! I defiantly had targets going into the race but as the race approached nerves meant I put them to one side and decided I just wanted to finish.

Overall I was really chuffed with the result and pretty much nailed my goals of getting out of T1 in less than an hour, cycling the course in less than 5 and running a sub 3 marathon. With a couple of solid transitions this meant I finished in 8:55. Ultimately meaning I achieved my target of completing my first Ironman in less than 9 hours. Job done!

Rider Profile

History: I come from a running background having competed at 800 / 1500M on a national level as a youngster. I forgot about sport for a few years while I enjoyed a couple of post uni years in summer / winter holiday resorts living the life of a ski bum. I got back into sport when my other half said she fancied giving Triathlon a go. I joined her in 2004 for a crack at the Malvern sprint Tri. I did the swim in run shorts, I put my goggles upside down (they filled with water) and drank way too much on the bike, which gave me a stitch on the run. Obviously I loved it and have completed mainly in Olympic distance events since then. With a bit of hard work I have been fortunate to achieve some 1/2 decent results, these include;

Royal Windsor Tri 1st
London Tri 1st
European Age Group Champs 1st
Helvellyn Tri 1st
Bala Middle Distance (3rd and 2nd)
IM Austria 8:55

Aims for 2012

I am at a bit of a cross roads having just completed my main A race of the season. However I am sure, much to the annoyance of my long suffering wife I will come up with another crazy race to go for. Alpe, d’ huez Tri, could be the go?

Meet the Team :: Mark White

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Mark White seems to have been involved in Ironman Triathlon since the beginnings of the sport in the UK. With multiple fast finishes across the world, including the hallowed Hawaii Ironman, Mark proves year after year, he’s one of the most consistent and fastest age group athletes in the country. Here’s some words from Mark…

More aims: Qualify for Kona @ IM Lanzarote 2012 & beat 4 hours for the 100 mile TT.

Personnel info,
Ex Royal Marine, from 1987 – 1992……Joined the fire service in 1993, been in for 19 years, now a crew manager…Been racing triathlons sine 1984…Was a member of the original British junior squad in 1984 after finishing 3rd at the British junior champs.. Raced Elite at British grand prix series from 1995-2000..Best results where 5th overall at Bournmouth (1hr 57 mins) 8th overall @ Shropshire 1hr 56 mins, 6th overall @ Milton Keynes 1hr 57, and 9th overall at the Ironbridge Long course (british long course champs)

First Ironman 2002 @ Lanzarote, 90th, 2nd Ironman 2003 @ Lanzarote, 65th missed Kona by 10 seconds.

Since then I’ve raced 15 Ironmans to date. loads of 70.3. Best results include : 9hrs 06 mins – 2nd overall @ The longest day, I actually beat Scott Nyedlli by 10 mins!!!! 3rd and 6th overall @ Vitruvian 2004, 2005, 5th and 6th overall at Bala, 2005, 2007…Raced Kona 2005 9hrs 24 mins.

Twice qualified for Kona at IM Florida & IM UK…5 times @ Roth…

Master coach for Trainingbible UK, one of my athletes finished in 8hrs 59 mins on Sunday @ IM Austria, he ran a 2.55 marathon!!!!!

We’re at the Bristol Tri

Sunday, July 3rd, 2011

It’s a glorious day down on the Bristol harbourside for this years Bristol Triathlon festival. We’re here with the bikes, wetsuits and gear.



Come on down, meet the team and enjoy the sunshine.

Meet the Team :: Lanza Age Group Champ Lisa Greenfield

Saturday, July 2nd, 2011
Cycling powerhouse Lisa Greenfield sent shows potential to become one of the best bikers in triathlon. A top ten finish (overall) and win in her age group at this years Lanzarote Ironman earned her a coveted place at the World Ironman champs in Hawaii this October. Some words from Lisa…
Well what can I say about me…..
Firstly I begged for a spot on the team so that I could stop going to the gym to get a six pack and just throw on the team kit instead.
A brief history…
I stumbled on triathlon after years of picking up injuries training for marathons and quickly realised that I was actually rubbish at running and much better on the bike. After a couple of years of Olympic distance racing, and a couple of bronze medals in the age group world and Euro champs
along the way I edged over to the wrong side of 35 and quickly realised that my top and speed was diminishing but I could go on forever!
I took a flyer on the Iron Man distance event and managed to be the 1st non pro female home at the inaugural Challenge Barcelona event. Lanzarote Iron Man was my race for this season and thanks to time spent chasing the other Bike Science boys and gal around the Pyrenees in training I managed to book myself a slot to Kona in October. After which I will retire from sport! Alternatively if I have anything left to give i’ll spend 3 months hitting the red wine to build up my greatly reduced tolerance for alcohol (it’s all about conditioning) and then book myself for lots of fun hilly stuff for next season.
A bit more stuff…
  • My idol is my team mate Ruth Bradbrook and in the “dark times” in long distance events my mantra is “what would Ruthie B do” which gets me through every time.
  • I love nothing more than running after my mad white boxer through the Cotswold country lanes where I live at 5am on a crisp sunny morning.
  • I believe life is about balance and I only train so I can eat and drink lots of lovely stuff and I could never do this for a living – it wouldn’t be fun anymore
  • I know nothing about bikes and how they operate but I also seem to find ones that go really fast, almost by magic.
  • I like beating boys and Pro’s
  • I hate being injured and having to take time off to recover
  • I believe that Troy Jacobson (the coach off of the Spinervals DVD’s) is my coach and close personal friend (I know I need to leave the house more in the winter!!)

Meet the Team :: Phil “The Power” Richards

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Don’t mistake Phil’s diminutive size for a lack of full on racing grit. Meet Bike Science – Planet X team member Phil Richards. With an age group win at Lanzarote Ironman in 2010 and a finish at the Hawaii Ironman in Kona to her name, Phil’s gunning for a top finish at this year’s 70.3 Worlds in Las Vegas.

Sporting CV to date:
1992-2004 – played rugby up to county level – at 5′1 was regularly bounced, gave me a good grounding in pain and suffering
2005 – Comrades ultra-marathon South Africa – 10th female novice in 8hr 21, painful, like properly painful
2006 – learnt to swim so I could do IMUK, wasn’t last out of the water and didn’t drown, was chuffed
2007 – Challenge Roth – awful, no further detail necessary
2009 – IM Austria – 10.55, terrible run, realised proper training was necessary as was owning a decent bike
- Helvellyn tri – 5th overall
2010 – IM Lanzarote – 1st in AG, one of favourite races to date
- IM Hawaii – had lost my mojo and couldn’t really be bothered. Was beaten out of the water by a man with one arm (I’m not even sure he had legs), and blown off the road twice on the bike, but was first Brit in AG
2011 – Mallorca 70.3 – missed out on win by 1min 47 but got a slot for Vegas anyway…will keep you posted…

New in :: REAL Bikes for Junior riders

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

At Bike Science we know the importance of good bike fit. There’s no rider group where fit is more important than juniors. We specialize in custom fitting bikes for junior riders with an eye to looking after them as they grow and develop as cyclists.

We supply REAL bikes, to suit ages from approx 7 years of age (depending on rider size). Whether these be our BRAND NEW range of  junior specific Fondriest race bikes or their move to their first adult frame (from Planet X, On-One or Van Nicholas) with smaller components to fit the riders small reach and hands. Limited gearing is available on all bikes to comply with British Cycling rules for competetive riders.

We can even supply complete custom geometry in aluminium, carbon or titanium for when only the very best will do!