to the forum @GraMac , good to have you aboard. Sorry about your Lithium. We may never know if JonGapes bought the Neon as he hasn’t been on since three days after he posted but others might be able help you out with Evans experiences.
I realize I am joining this late, but I am looking to buy a Pinnacle bike also. My Lithium got stolen a few weeks ago much to my annoyance. I went to Evans yesterday in Clapham and the guy in the shop said there is a real backlog still. But I do see a Neon on their website. Did you end up buying one JonGapes? This is my first post here so apologies if I am not formatting it correctly. I may buy a Neon if I can as I cannot seem to find the Lithium. Do any of you have any recent experience with the Evans scheme? This is the only company that mine works with so am constrained. But I have heard some horror stories of orders just being cancelled after several months.
I greatly appreciate any thoughts.
I understand the pain with Evans and R2W.
They have experienced a severe lack of bikes this year, for obvious reasons.....but the takeover by SD hasn’t helped them: their website has gone to sh*t, their corporate care folk....simply don’t!
I got a voucher in April, finally found a bike to order - said the delivery would be November.....then found someone there who *did* care and who suggested just finding stock or he could refund the voucher.
I know I am not alone: our company is looking at using a different partner from next year due to the number of failures to deliver.
As it happens, I saw some 2021 models came in last week, picked a Specialized in my size and have ordered - I can see my size has disappeared now, so hoping the store sorted the order out & it will be mine soon!
Oh, & yes the Pinnacles look to be very good VFM...my original order was a Cobalt....
Evans C2W aren’t great, a friend of mine waited months for his Trek last year, so long before Covid. In the end, they couldn’t get the bike he wanted in his size (Trek 7.3fx disc) and he ended up with a front suspension hybrid. He’s more than happy with it but i think he waited about 4 months from the initial order and was messed around a lot!
Could you just buy a much cheaper used bike, checking carefully that it’s not stolen of course!
Thanks so much for all the advice guys. After spending a few weeks looking at the Evans situation, I've come to the conclusion that I am better off grabbing a bike now rather than going through with the ride-to-work scheme. So I actually found a lovely Forme hybrid today at my local. corner bike shop! I didn't even know the guy sold bikes, thought it was just repair. So I am very happily back in business! Thanks again!