British bike brand Planet X launched its 2012 model range at a special event in Sheffield last weekend, attended by Ag2r professional Nicolas Roche.

Planet X used the occasion to unveil its new N2a and Exocet 2 models – although the bikes themselves nearly didn’t make the launch. The models only arrived on Saturday morning, giving the Planet X team only a couple of hours to build them up to launch spec before the guests arrived at midday.

Roche was on hand to chat to guests and sign copies of his new book, Inside the Peloton, which recently won ‘best sports book’ at the 2011 Irish Book Awards.

Roche then joined 80 Planet X staff, friends and customers for a Sunday trip around the lanes of Yorkshire.

Planet X 2012 bikes
The N2a is Planet X’s new range-topper and is the brand’s first aero road bike. The high-modulus carbon fibre frame weighs in at a claimed 950g. Frame, fork and seatpost will retail as a package for £699 with complete bikes starting at £1,499. A model built up with SRAM Red components and Planet X Pro Carbon 50 wheels will drop in at £2,799.

As the missile-inspired name implies, the Exocet 2 time trial-specific machine is a bike built for speed. Planet X head designer Brant Richards even goes so far as to say “it’s the quickest bike we’ve ever made. If you can’t go fast on this you might as well take up flower-arranging.”

The Exocet 2 frameset will cost £799.

Also on the cards is a lightweight, made-to-measure frameset called Team Guru Special Edition. the frames will be made by Italian manufacturer Sarto to Planet X’s specification. Weight is claimed at just 600g, and will cost £2,000.

Video: Watch Planet X head designer Brant Richards and custom bike specialist Frank Campbell talk about the N2a

Nicolas Roche meets fans and signs copies of his book

Planet X N2a

N2a head tube

Planet X Exocet 2

Exocet 2 head tube detail

N2a headtube and internal cable routing

N2a bottom bracket

Sunday’s foggy ‘Ride with Roche’

  • Paul logan

    Re John Williams comments above

    I bought a guru off them in June and had issues and like you say after sales service is truly awful

    Never return calls / e mails

    I then said I was after a new tt bike and they promised a great price to turn me round again then they’ve ignored my e mails trying to get a price for a week!!!

    They’re fine when they’re taking your money but as johns says above when you get issues they are truly awful

    Be very wary


  • Adam John Kingscott

    I have had a few dealings with Planet X and I’m very surprised to see any bad reviews, all the staff were helpful, knowledgeable and friendly for a chat. I am soon to buy an Exocet 2 TT bike with full confidence. OK so communication between the warehouse and show room could be a little better but hey, I’m patient and others clearly are not.

  • John Williams

    Really surprised that everything said about planet X is so rosey, I found them snooty, self important and arrogant. My son recently bought a £700 track bike which was dangerously disfunctional, one of the collets in the spyder was incorrectly fitted, which had the effect of distorting the chainwheel and creating a nasty tight spot in the chain, real chain snapper, could have caused a bad accident at the velodrome.

    We contacted them to report the incident, straight away they adopted a superior attitude, since they could walk on water how could they possibly have made a mistake. To be fair to them they did say they would exchange the spyder, so off we went on a 165 mile three hour round trip to Rotheram.

    When we got there they were dismissive and aloof, directing us to a seperate building, no hint of attrition or attempt to create any goodwill.

    The guy who handled the exchange was truly dreadful, discurteous and snooty, when I pointed out that we had gone to a lot of inconvenience to make their mistake right, he asked me to leave, and for my part I was glad to go, life is too short to deal with people such as that, I personally wouldn’t buy an inner tube from them again.

    My advice would be beware all the hype, if you can purchase something similar at a similar price elsewhere then do so, because these people are not good to deal with.

  • C Parker

    Wow, that Irish guy and his lack of enthusiasm is enough to make me decide against buying this and chose the Defy1 i was looking at. Planet X do not video this numpty.

  • larry

    hi were can i buy this bike from thanks