Bike Test: Stereo Treble
Rider: Lee Enever
Rider notes: It felt fast and solid. The hubs looked cool too.
Brand Notes: Stereo have always made some cool looking bikes. Check out their website to see the whole range
We’ve tested a few Stereo completes now, and on the whole I’d have to say I’m pretty impressed by them. There aren’t many companies who seem to get it just right and put all the stuff you’d want on a complete for the right sort of price. This one comes in at around £500, which for me, is where most completes should start becoming the sort of quality where you don’t need to change anything immediately. Unfortunately, there are still a few bikes out there for this price that are lacking in the quality department, but this isn’t one of them. The bike we got came in ‘RAWmones Matt’ (or raw to you and me) which looks cool, but it’s also available in deep candy red which Stereo call ‘Burgundy Raw’ and it looks great also. The raw one we have shows imperfections in the steel, and welding marks, as you’d expect, but interestingly if parents are buying this bike for little Timmy, they might see these as faults as opposed to styling, but that’s by the by. I particularly like the faux crocodile skin seat, although I reckon it wouldn’t take much to tear it, perhaps that’s just me. The female axle bolts all round are a simple but clean detail.
Riding wise, the bike felt well built, just the right length at 20.9” and the 9” rise bars – (although a little big for my taste) – kept everything in control up front. The bike is decked out with a mixture of Stereo’s parts like the Centauri hubs front and rear, and Fly parts like the Ruben pedals and comes with easily removable brake hardware so you can put one on easily at the trials if you need to. All in all, this bike is well worth the asking price, everything looks and feels great and if I had to find a fault it would just be that the grips are slim and quite hard which I’d probably change. Other than that you’re good to roll!
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Frame: 4130 100% sanko Chromoly Main Tubes and Chainstays. 20.90″TT/13.75″CS,
Fork: Stereo “Mono” 4130 Chromoly
Cranks: Stereo “Valve Plus” 3 piece
Bottom Bracket: Mid BB, sealed
Pedals: Fly Ruben Alcantara Signature Graphite Pedals
Sprocket: Stereo “Rewind EV” 25T
Chain: Stereo “Amp” 1/2 link chain
Brakes: Tektro 907
Lever: Tektro XL 510, 2pc
Bars: Stereo “Hardrock Bar” 9″ Rise, 30” wide
Stem: Stereo “Lion” Front Loader
Headset: Campy, integrated/sealed
Grips: Stereo “Thinners“
Rims: Stereo “Flathead”
Tyres: Stereo “Humbucker”
Seat: Stereo Custom“Gator“ Pivotal
Seatpost: Stereo Pivotal
Pegs: Stereo Slim Pegs
Crucial rider Lee Enever tucks a stylish road gap on the Stereo.