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

Author: Andrew Schneider   Date Posted: 10 June 2017  

Deciding when to replace your 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 a $120+ for a fresh set of shoes. There are a few things that can help make that decision easier: Condition of tread and side walls. The terrain you ride. Trips, vacations and races. 1. 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 differences after a...


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...


Date Posted: 28 September 2016  

Due to a public holiday on Friday 30 September 2016, our warehouse is not shipping out orders that day. This means that all orders placed after 11am AEST on Thursday 29 September will be dispatched next Monday. There is also a Public Holiday on Monday 3 October in most states around Australia. While we are dispatching orders that day, AusPost will not be delivering in those areas on Monday, so if your parcel is in transit over the weekend it will arrive from Tuesday onwards. If you're lucky enough to be enjoying a long weekend - hope it's a good one and you get some riding in! ...


Date Posted: 27 September 2016  

We’re very proud to announce that one of our co-founders is a finalist in a prominent business award for her work on Mountain Bikes Direct! Jen Geale has been selected as a state finalist in the Telstra Business Women’s Awards for 2016 , in the Young Business Women’s category. “It’s really exciting to be recognised for the effort that’s gone in...


Author: Jen   Date Posted: 4 August 2016  

To our customers - We have recently become aware that the Australia Post hub that accepts and processes our parcels is experiencing some delays that may be affecting our customers. While most customers will have received their parcels within the expected time frame, we have learned that Australia Post are seeing above-average numbers of parcels being delayed at this sorting facility. As a result, some parcels are taking an additional 2-3 days to reach their destination. We are working hard with AusPost to figure out what is causing this delay and we h...


Author: Jen   Date Posted: 30 July 2016  

Over the last few weeks, we have relocated our entire warehouse to a bigger + better space. It's been a huge task and we are so grateful for the patience and continued support of all our customers during this transition time. As we settle in to our new location, we'd love to say THANKS for sticking with us and continuing to support our local business! Jump online and use coupon code THEBIGMOVE on orders over $100 to get $10 off. This offer is valid until Saturday 6 August. ...


Author: Tim   Date Posted: 26 July 2016  

Here at Mountain Bikes Direct we love nothing more than bikes. Not just riding bikes either, but talking bikes, fixing bikes even just hanging out with your mates drinking a beer or three and ogling your bikes! So we were very proud when Bupa Australia asked us to have a featured listing in their article on man caves. You can check out the article below for some inspiration into building you own cave! http://www.bupa.com.au/home-insurance/guide-to-making-the-modern-man-cave/ &nb...


Date Posted: 1 July 2016  

Exciting news here at Mountain Bikes Direct.... thanks to all our awesome customers, we just keep getting busier and busier, and we've outgrown our existing warehouse! Here's everything you need to know about the big move. SHIPPING DELAYS We will continue to ship all orders placed before 2pm same business day, up until Thursday 7 July. All orders placed after 2pm Thursday 7 July will be dispatched from our new ware...


Author: Tim   Date Posted: 30 March 2016  

Understanding Mountain Bike Geometry - Part 2 - Head Tube Angle Also known as, Head Angle, HA, HTA, Fork Angle..... The head angle is the angle from horizontal, to the angle that your fork sits at. Generally on a mountain bike, it will be anywhere from 62 degrees (slack) to 73 degrees (steep). Cross country bikes have steeper head angles, whilst downhill bikes have slacker head angles. Slack Head Angles A slack head ang...