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Many city dwellers can only dream of dry, secure garages and similar storage space. Enter the Cycloc Endo which continues the marque's penchant for stylish, yet practical solutions for keeping one's pride n' joy indoors without flouting health and safety regulations, detracting from the décor and/or inducing acute domestic disharmony.
The Endo is a hinged hook that cantilevers to accommodate different rim and tyre diameters and will support bikes with tyres up to 2.3 inches in its generous, rubberised channels, defending walls from unsightly marks.
Like most good engineering, simple design and clever materials are recipes for minimal strife and most of us will have it firmly attached to the wall in thirty uninterrupted minutes, allowing a further five or so to fully (though not literally!) digest the instructions. Thoughtfully the kit includes a drilling template, minimising error and moreover, faff.
However, it's worth noting the design has a maximum 20kg payload. Bikes up to 15kg can supposedly be hung as loftily as ceilings and rider stature allow, but anything heavier must rest with its rear wheel on terra firma. Personally, my limit's nearer 13kg, especially if the Endo is used in conjunction with a slender U lock since my fully equipped Univega felt as if it could rip free with costly consequences.
Chunky composites look stylish and keep strain to an absolute minimum, making it a better choice for partition walls so beloved of house conversions or walk-in cupboards for those lucky enough, or needing to hide bikes from prying eyes.
Ours was an off-white, which blended nicely with calico walls, though it developed a grimy patina within a matter of days. Thankfully, there are several vibrant alternatives including green, orange, blue, red, violet, yellow and matt black.
The Endo is well-engineered and very easy on the eye but there are more secure solutions for sheds, garages and outbuildings. This is definitely attractive indoor bike hanging rather than attack-proof outdoor storage. Leaseholders should read the terms of their tenure very carefully and experience suggests those renting privately on assured short hold tenancies would be ill-advised to install one without their landlord's consent.
Nicely made bike storage that's easy to install and looks good.
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Make and model: Cycloc Endo
Size tested: Blue
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
"Fold flat vertical storage
Attractive, vertical cycle storage, for home, office or retail
Ideal for high density installations with little space,
secure four point fixing, fixings included.
Protect your wheels and wall with wide rubber contact
points, front & rear wheel pad included.
Hollow hinge accommodates a conventional bicycle
Discrete fold flat facility, only 3.2cm thick when folded."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Composite construction, maximum 20 kilo payload, hollow hinge locking function, composite construction, "rubber" contact points, accommodates wheel sizes between 16 and 29 inches, 650-700c. Includes screws and rawl plugs.
Composites should live long and happy lives.
Surprisingly light, yet reassuringly robust.
Nice to use so long as it's installed at a convenient height.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Overall, the Endo is an excellent solution to indoor storage in homes/offices. Easy to install and on the eye, there's really nothing to dislike, though some caution's required when partition walls host heavier bikes and gamekeeper type systems are better options for owner occupiers in rougher areas.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Lovely design, aesthetically pleasing, nicely made.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Nothing but keep an eye on the payloads and there are better options for garages, sheds and similar outbuildings.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Yes.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
Age: 40 Height: 1m 81 Weight: 70 kilos
I usually ride: Rough Stuff Tourer Based around 4130 Univega mtb Frameset My best bike is: 1955 Holdsworth Road Path and several others including cross & traditional road
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo cross, commuting, touring, fixed/singlespeed, mtb,
Shaun Audane is a freelance writer/product tester with over twenty-eight years riding experience, the last twelve (120,000 miles) spent putting bikes and kit through their paces for a variety of publications. Previous generations of his family worked at manufacturing's sharp end, thus Shaun can weld, has a sound understanding of frame building practice and a preference for steel or titanium framesets.
Citing Richard Ballantine and an Au pair as his earliest cycling influences, he is presently writing a cycling book with particular focus upon women, families and disabled audiences (Having been a registered care manager and coached children at Herne Hill Velodrome in earlier careers)