Wheel Order Delivery Time

Wheel Building Times




Handbuilt wheels take time, patience and precision. Wheel builder and Moonglu owner Neil Dunkley has always tried to provide a quick and efficient service for wheel orders. Where possible, we will aim to complete and dispatch orders within 10 days but during busy times or if a problem arises delivery time may be longer. In this circumstances we will contact the customer in good time, giving our reasons and an estimated day for delivery. 

August 18, 2017 by Neil Dunkley

Introducing the Garmin Edge 820

Garmin Edge 820 and 820 Explore

The latest Garmin is here, Moonglu will have stock of Garmin's latest Edge series bike computer from Thursday 14th July 2016. Their most advanced computer to date, the Edge 820 features a colour touch screen, and new features including GroupTrack and Strava Live Segments all in a unit similar in size to the Edge 520. 

We will have stock of the following specifications:

  • Edge 820 Head Unit only - £329
  • Edge 820 HR + SC bundle - £389
  • Edge Explore - £279

We'll update the page as we find out more, there's a full breakdown of the specifications and comparisons with Garmin's other models here.

There's also an introductory video showing the Edge 820 in action below. 

July 13, 2016 by Neil Dunkley

New Electric Bikes for 2016

Ridgeback Electron+

Ridgeback Electron+ EBike

We have quietly been selling Electric Bikes at our shop in Ripon for the past 3 years. As a northern showroom for Volt Electric Bikes we found a niche in the growing market. We have always worked well with Volt and together we helped promote the opportunities that EBikes create. The health benefits for the older generation or less able are unquestionable with many customers seeing the purchase of an electric bike as a breath of fresh air. 

In 2015 Shimano released what we believe to be the next progression in Ebike technology, their Steps integrated system. 

Shimano Steps Logo

From Shimano Steps website, '

The launch of SHIMANO STEPS brings a new level of integrated design, seamless operation and effortless performance to e-bikes. Shimano has specialised in cycle components since it was founded almost 100 years ago – the company’s very first product was a bicycle freewheel, in 1921. Shimano knows bikes. Who better to power your e-bike?

SHIMANO STEPS is a system built around a frame-mounted drive unit. By integrating the drive unit around the bottom bracket area, the weight is positioned low in the frame for easier handling. The essential electronics are incorporated in the drive unit, making for a reliable and weatherproof system. The SHIMANO STEPS system is light weight, has a large capacity lithium-ion battery pack and an intelligent power management system. It will bring you further than ever before. It’s this kind of thinking that sets SHIMANO STEPS apart'.

Ridgeback took the opportunity to use Steps on their Electron and Electron+ Ebikes and we have taken delivery of a demo model, the Electron+. The main difference between the 2 bikes is the gear system, the Electron+ is equipped with an Alfine 8 Speed Hub gear and hydraulic disc brakes, the Electron a slightly more basic Nexus 7 Speed Hub gear and conventional rim V-brakes. 

The first thing you notice about the Electron+ is the power, the Steps system introduces the power in a smooth curve. The bike is well thought out with the battery integrated into the rear carrying rack and the Etube wiring run internally through the frame. The lights are part of the system and controlled from the main power switch on the handlebars. The Steps Computer head unit is very clear and gives detail of the power mode, range and battery condition. 

The Electron+ is available now, please call us if you would like to book a demonstration. 

January 15, 2016 by Neil Dunkley

2016 Giant and Liv Bikes Preview


Neil attended the launch of the 2016 Giant Bikes range on Tuesday 11th August. He was one of the first UK Giant dealers to see the new bikes and came back full of enthusiasm. Giant have been working hard on their Giant mens bikes and Liv range of ladies bikes and the bikes are about to arrive at Moonglu. 

The launch was headlined by the new TCR, their fabled and flagship road bike has received a long awaited makeover and the results are stunning. A lighter chassis, slimmed down tubing and cleaner lines achieving a lighter but stiffer bike. The whole range features Advanced SL (T800) and Advanced grade Toray T-700 composite frames with internal cable routing and all Advanced SL and Advanced Pro model bikes excluding Advanced Pro 2 are equipped with full carbon clincher wheels as standard. The best part is the pricing, the flagship bike is £1500 cheaper than 2015 whilst maintaining DuraAce Di2 components and carbon wheels. 

Some standout bikes in the TCR range. 

TCR Advanced Pro 0 - £3799

  • Advanced Pro grade frame and fork
  • SLR0 carbon clincher wheels
  • Shimano DuraAce drivetrain and brakes with 52-36 chainset and 11-28 cassette
  • Stunning bike weighing in at 14.75 Ibs


TCR Advanced 2 - £1199

  • Advanced grade composite frame
  • Shimano 105 11 speed drivetrain
  • Really high spec bike, hard to beat at this price with a good solid colour scheme

Defy 1 Disc - £999

  • Aluxx SL grade aluminium frame with composite fork
  • New chassis with Tektro Spyre disc brakes
  • Shimano 105 11 speed gearset with 50/34 chainset and massive ratio 11-32 cassette
  • Really eye catching bike, bang on the money for Cycle to Work Scheme

Defy 4 - £525

  • Giant's entry level road bike just got better
  • Class leading Aluxx aluminium road frame now with carbon fork
  • Shimano Claris 2 x 8 speed drivetrain with massive ratio 11-32 rear cassette
  • Vibrant black and orange colour scheme

Defy Advanced Pro 3 - £1999

  • New lower entry price point for hydraulic disc brakes
  • Advanced Pro grade frame and fork
  • Shimano 105 drivetrain and 105 level hydraulic brakes
  • Giant SL 1 Disc Wheel System with 140mm rotors

Defy Advanced 3 - £1149

  • A fantastic £1149 for a disc brake equipped full carbon road bike
  • Featuring the brand new Shimano Tiagra drivetrain and Tektro Spyre cable disc brakes
  • Lovely carbon, silver and red colour scheme.

    Propel Advanced Pro 0 - £3599

    • Advanced Pro grade award winning aero road frame
    • Shimano Ultegra Di2 electronic gearset
    • Shimano SLR0 Aero full carbon wheel system
    • £400 cheaper than the 2015 model

     TCX SLR 2 - £999

    • Fancy a dig at cross racing, this is the bike for you.
    • 2016 bike now under £1000, ideal for Cycle to Work Scheme
    • Aluxx SLR grade race ready cross frame
    • Tektro Spyre cable disc brakes, Shimano 105 drivetrain
    • Twin bottle cages and mudguard eyelets make this a true all rounder
    • Instock now in time for winter cross season

    Liv Brava SLR - £999

    • Full on ladies version of the TCX with race geometry and sizes down to XS
    • Aluxx SLR lightweight frame and carbon fork
    • Tektro Spyre cable disc brakes
    • Shimano 105 drivetrain.
    • Bottle bosses and mudguard eyelets


    Liv Brava SLR

    August 15, 2015 by Neil Dunkley

    King of the Hill

    Paul Caswell, local legend and rider with Harrogate Nova receives his complimentary Club Run t-shirt as the long standing King of the Mountains (KOM) on the major climb on our Moonglu Club Run route.

    Officially called Illton Grange Climb on Strava but known equally as Warthermarske and Swinton to those that take it on. 



    I consider 10 minutes to be a good time on the 2 mile climb out of Masham and it's a real challenge to many that have ridden it. I have tackled it 59 times over the last 4 years with a PR of 9:17 and Paul rode it in 8 minutes and 15 seconds in September 2012 and that time has stood since then.  

    Can he be knocked off? We don't know, it would have to be some ride. 

    August 01, 2015 by Neil Dunkley

    Moonglu support Nick Wilkin for Gravity Enduro

    Nick Wilkin collects his Moonglu custom wheels.

    For 2015 Moonglu will be helping out Thirsk based Gravity Enduro rider Nick Wilkin. Seen above with Moonglu owner Neil Dunkley receiving his custom wheels, Nick will be riding Gravity Enduro events in the UK and abroad. Nick works for Twisted Automotive in Thirsk and backed by his 2014 results they will be providing him with vehicle support and race kit. 

    In 2014, Nick recorded 2nd place 3 times plus 4th in one round at the PMBA Gravity Enduro series and a 5th place at the Ard Rock Enduro in Swaledale. 

    For 2015 he's already entered the PMBA series again and where time allows will also be at selected rounds of the UK Gravity Enduro (UKGE) series and the POC Scottish Enduro series. He's also into the Ard Rock Enduro again but perhaps his biggest adventure will be at the Shimano EPIC Enduro in France, a 100km single day monster of a ride. 

    Owner Neil said, "Nick has been a really good customer of Moonglu and Nicolai over the years and it's great to be able to offer support to him especially with some of our custom wheels. He had a successfully 2014 season and we're hoping this continues into 2015. The wheels are bespoke, my aim was to be light, stiff and strong. We've used trusty Hope Pro 2 Evo hubs and Stans NoTubes Arch EX 650b rims but upgraded the spokes to Sapim CX Ray to lighten the wheels but also to increase the stiffness. To finish them off we've fitted some custom black rim stickers to complement the bike. Hopefully these should help with wheel acceleration on the bigger 27.5" wheels". 

    Nick will be riding his new 2015 Nicolai Helius AC650b seen below. Last season he rode his trusty Helius AM and while it was a capable bike, he was looking for a lighter and faster bike to save some precious seconds. The 650b wheel size has taken over the mid travel full suspension market and the Helius AC was always designed to be a sub 30Ib trail riding bike. The set up below came in at 30 Ibs on the nose and at 3 Ibs lighter than the Helius AM should provide to be perfect machine for Gravity Enduro and gunning the North York Moors trails he calls home.

    First impressions was a big smile and "I can't believe how much faster this bike is".    


    Build Specification

    • Frame - 2015 Nicolai Helius AC 650b Large
    • Rear Shock - Fox Float X
    • Colour - Green Semi Permeable Glaze with Big N graphics kit
    • Headset - Chris King Inset 2 ZS44/56
    • Fork - Rock Shox Pike
    • Stem - Renthal
    • Bar - Renthal Fat Bar Lite Carbon
    • Grips - Hope Lock On
    • Seatpost - Thomson Covert Dropper
    • Saddle - SDG
    • Seatclamp - Thomson
    • Shifter - XTR M9000 11 Speed
    • Rear Mech - Shimano XTR GS M9000 11 Speed
    • Cassette - Shimano XTR 11-40 11 Speed
    • Chain - Shimano XTR 11 Speed
    • Bottom Bracket - Hope
    • Crank - Shimano XT Hollowtech II with Hope Narrow Wide ring
    • Brakes - Hope Tech 3 E4 183F/183R
    • Wheels - Moonglu Custom Pro 2 Evo on Stans Arch EX
    • Tyres - Maxxis High Roller II 27.5 x 2.35"

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    January 26, 2015 by Neil Dunkley

    Sustrans Coast to Coast Cycle Route NN69

    Way of the Roses

    In the summer of 2010, Sustrans, the body responsible for the National Cycle Network opened their newest coast to coast cycle route. Route NN69 runs 172miles across the north of England from Morecambe on the west coast across the Pennines to Bridlington on the East Coast. Put together by Sustrans to celebrate 15 years of the National Cycle Network, the Way of the Roses takes in some spectacular scenery as it passes over the Pennines and passes by some important historical sites including the World Heritage Site at Fountains Abbey near Ripon.


    At Moonglu, we are ideally placed on this route as Ripon is approximately half way and makes a great stopping point for a 3 or 5 day ride or an overnight stopoff for a 4 day ride. We have particular close ties with some accomodation in the beautiful village of Studley. Dave Jelley offers accomodation as part of his guided runs business Jelley Legs but he can accomodate cyclists just as easily, check out the accomodation page on his website, http://www.jelleylegs.co.uk/accomodation

    Emergency Bike Repairs

    Our workshop has already come to the rescue of numerous cyclists, in need of emergency bike repair work, in fact, on the opening weekend of the route, last year we were swamped with gear adjustments and other running repair work. Our most satisfying rescue was a recent lady who came in with a broken frame. She had set of from Morecombe with a creaking noise but this got progressively worse as she crossed the Pennines until it got to a point where the problem became obvious, the seat tube on her step through frame had become detached from the top tube. She came into Moonglu somewhat dejected, expecting an end of ride post mortem by our workshop staff. On this occasion luck was on her side as quick thinking by shop owner Neil got her back on a near identical replacement bike within 1/2 hr. It turned out Neil's mother in law had the same sized bike sat in her garage gathering dust. A quick phone call and the bike arrived 10 minutes later, somewhat dusty but ready to complete the rest of the journey. We can't promise that level of service every time, but we will always try to help in emergencies.

    Service your bike

    One thing we would recommend to those looking to ride the Way of the Roses, is to get your bike looked at before you set off. We have seen bikes in the workshop mid ride that wouldn't have had any problems if they'd been serviced before they set off. Crossing the Pennines is a gruelling experience for both riders and the bike, make sure the drivetrain, particularly the chain and cassette is in a good state of wear and it's also worth checking brake blocks. One thing we would ask is for patience, our workshop is already excessively busy, particularly in the summer months. We will try our very best to help but it's amazing how far a please and thankyou go.

    May 17, 2014 by Neil Dunkley