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Below is a list of our latest blog posts, enjoy!

Author: Jen   Date Posted: 10 August 2017  

Father's Day is approaching fast, so if Dad likes to spend his weekends out riding his mountain bike, now's the time to find something in store that he'll defintiely love! We asked the blokes on the Mountain Bikes Direct team what they'd be hoping for when unwrapping their father's day gift for 2017, and here are their top picks - MICHAEL recommends the ...


Author: Jen   Date Posted: 1 August 2017  

Each month, we select three groups who are doing excellent things in MTB in Australia. We put $600 on the table, and we ask our customers to vote to decide who gets the funds. Each group gets at least $150, but the group with the highest votes at the end of the month scores $300! Read more about the program or nominate your club ...

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Author: Jen   Date Posted: 19 July 2017  

Last week, two of our team got to throw on their fancy-pants and head into a gala dinner hosted by the Telstra Business Awards to see how we fared in the annual awards. We're stoked to announce that we WON our category! Now in their 25th year, the Telstra Business Awards are among the most respected in Australia. That also means they're pretty competitive, so it's massively exciting for us to have what we do recognised by the judges. Sure, we just ‘sell stuff online’ - but you know we’re honestly passionate about getting serious MTB gear into the hands of Auss...


Author: Jen   Date Posted: 13 July 2017  

There are so many things to love about MTB riding, but the fact you can ride year round (well, here in Australia!) is definitely up there. And technically, with a bit of planning, you can pretty much ride any time of the day or night! Trail rides at night are an awesome way to fit in a ride when your daylight hours are limited or full of other commitments, or when the winter months bring around those shorter days. They can also be a great option during hotter months in warm climates, when a daytime ride promises to be an epic sweat-fest! The thought of ripping through single track in the dark might seem daunting, but it's actually incredibly fun and puts a whole ...

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Author: Tim McCullough   Date Posted: 5 July 2017  

KS (or Kind Shock) make a massive range of dropper seat posts. Figuring out what is the right post can be a real challenge so, we thought we'd make life a bit easier and compare all the different adjustable height seat posts they make. KS is one of the largest dropper seat post manufacturers in the world and is renown for their quality and reliability. Terminology: Remotes - All KS seatposts (Except the lever actuated ones) are supplied wi...

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Author: Jen   Date Posted: 1 July 2017  

Each month, we select three groups who are doing excellent things in MTB in Australia. We put $600 on the table, and we ask our customers to vote to decide who gets the funds. Each group gets at least $150, but the group with the highest votes at the end of the month scores $300! Read more about the program or nominate your club ...


Author: Jen   Date Posted: 1 July 2017  

We may only be halfway through the year, but already here at Mountain Bikes Direct we've had a few wins and we're all feeling a bit chuffed! First we found out we're finalists in the StarTrack ORIAS , a national award which recognises top online retailers. Then we heard we're a state finalist in the Telstra Business Awards ! The Telstra ...


Author: Andrew Schneider   Date Posted: 10 June 2017  

Deciding when to replace your MTB tyres can be a difficult decision! Like most of us, you're probably wondering how much more life you can squeeze out of your current tyres before you have to pull the trigger and drop some cash for a fresh set of shoes. There are a few things that can help make that decision easier: The condition of tread and side walls. The terrain you ride. Trips, vacations and races. 1. The condition of tread and side walls. This is fairly straight forward, inspect you tyre for damage and wear. Using my Aggressor as an example, you'll be able to see the differ...


Author: Tim McCullough   Date Posted: 7 June 2017  

We're super happy to be stocking the full range of FirstBIKE products online, so now Aussies can get their kids onto the safest and coolest balance bikes on the planet! If you're not familiar with the FirstBIKE brand, this buying guide will make it easy to choose the best kick bike for your child. MODELS: FirstBIKE balance bikes come in 5 different models: FirstBIKE ...


Author: Andrew Schneider   Date Posted: 1 June 2017  

2018 Fox Suspension upgrades. The highly anticipated 2018 Fox lineup is about to hit our shelves and we're here to inform of all the great upgrades and improvements over their 2017 line. The new AX fork Right of the bat, Fox has dropped a new short travel fork catered to adventure and gravel grinder riders. With the same FLOAT EVOL air spring and FIT 4 damper found on their longer travel forks, FOX has created a new fork that can com...


Author: Jen   Date Posted: 1 June 2017  

Each month, we select three groups who are doing excellent things in MTB in Australia. We put $600 on the table, and we ask our customers to vote to decide who gets the funds. Each group gets at least $150, but the group with the highest votes at the end of the month scores $300! Read more about the program or nominate your club ...

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Author: Andrew Schneider   Date Posted: 1 May 2017  

How do you pick the perfect tyre pressure? Does it depend on the terrain you ride? The bike you ride? Or do you run high pressure to avoid expensive tyre and rim damage? Sadly, running higher than the ideal pressure to avoid damage is a common reality for riders who love gravity disciplines and/or ride rocky terrain. For years the common solution has been to run higher pressures often in conjunction with heavier DH oriented tyres. This prevents potential damage but you sacrifice traction and take a large weight penalty (even more pronounced on 29ers!). So, how do you ride comfortably knowing you're not going to destroy your expensive rim and t...


Author: Andrew Schneider   Date Posted: 23 April 2017  

It wasn't long ago that we were all riding fully rigid posts and had to stop at the top of each descent to lower our saddles out of the way. The introduction of dropper posts has been, in my opinion, one of the best mountain bike inventions to date. A dropper post will transform your ride and allow you to gain more confidence on the descent, no matter what type of bike you're on. A dropper post is something I simply can't go without! You may have noticed all the different sizes and versions available. So, how do you know you have one that's compatible with your frame? We'll help you identify compatible posts by giving you tips on what to look for. &...


Author: Jen   Date Posted: 1 April 2017  

Each month, we select three groups who are doing excellent things in MTB in Australia. We put $600 on the table, and we ask our customers to vote to decide who gets the funds. Each group gets at least $150, but the group with the highest votes at the end of the month scores $300! Read more about the program here Check out the groups for April 2017: Falls Cycling Club ...


Author: Andrew Schneider   Date Posted: 27 March 2017  

With an overwhelming amount of new gear and equipment available, it may seem difficult to find the right product for your own riding style. In this blog post, we'll help you identify and decide what knee guards are right for your trails and how to factor in your own personal preferences. This topic was brought to us by a customer asking which knee pads were right for the type of riding they do. For this Post, we'll compare and contrast two amazi...

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Author: Jen   Date Posted: 1 March 2017  

Each month, we select three groups who are doing excellent things in MTB in Australia. We put $600 on the table, and we ask our customers to vote to decide who gets the funds. Each group gets at least $150, but the group with the highest votes at the end of the month scores $300! Read more about the program here Check out the groups for March 2017: Alpine Cycle Club (VIC) ...


Author: Jen   Date Posted: 25 January 2017  

Each month, we select three groups who are doing excellent things in MTB in Australia. We put $600 on the table, and we ask our customers to vote to decide who gets the funds. Each group gets at least $150, but the group with the highest votes at the end of the month scores $300! Read more about the program here Check out our recip...


Author: Tim McCullough   Date Posted: 24 December 2016  

The 2017 range of Camelbak hydration packs sees many new and exciting features, new models and an all new reservoir across all models. The new reservoir is named CRUX - it's the culmination of customer feedback, athlete advice and a whole lot of product testing! The big improvements that have been made to the reservoir are: A larger gauge hose that allows 20% more water for every sip. A more ergonomic handle A larger fill port - it's up to 88mm A new cap with extra finger grip that folds out of the way while filling A better integrated On/Off valve A baffle through the reservoir helps ...


Date Posted: 30 November 2016  

Each month, we select three groups who are doing excellent things in MTB in Australia. We put $600 on the table, and we ask our customers to vote to decide who gets the funds. Each group gets at least $150, but the group with the highest votes at the end of the month scores $300! Read more about the program here Check out our recip...


Author: Tim McCullough   Date Posted: 4 November 2016  

SRAM, KMC and Shimano are the 3 big players in the mountain bike chain market. Between them they make a wide array of different chains. Want to know what the differences between all of them are? Read on! Outer Plates and Inner Plates The main plates of the chains are available in either Hollow or Solid Plates. Hollow Plate - Saves weight without sacrificing strength, can help to shed mud Solid Plate - More economical These plates are available in a wide range of surface finishes. Those finishes are: Sil-Tec - A Shimano proprietary finish in which Fluorine particles are embed into the zinc finish t...