Choosing a mountain bike
If you’re new to the sport of mountain biking, returning from a long stint away or just purely looking for an upgrade, then this section has the information you need.
These days mountain bikes come in all shapes and sizes. With so many options to choose from, it can be difficult to decide exactly what type of bike is right for you.
The answer to this question can depend on several factors. The most important of these factors is your personal riding preference.
You will find that most mountain bikes fit into a set of fun categories: Cross Country (XC), All Mountain (Trail Bikes), Freeride and Downhill (DH). As for personal preference, you need to decide how you want to spend most of your time on your bike. Do you want to ride smooth flowing trails, climb big mountains, ride stunts, descend technical downhill courses, or just have fun.
Thinking about where you live and ride helps narrow down your decision by making you take another realistic look at where you will be riding your bike. If you want to ride crazy downhill shuttles but all you have is flat and smooth trails in your neck of the woods, a true downhill bike is probably not going to be your best choice. For most people, the All Mountain (Trail Bikes) category makes the most sense. These bikes are truly made to be the most fun in the largest number of situations. They can take you almost anywhere, and they won’t wear you out doing it.
We suggest you first have a look online to see what is available in the market.
Once you’re ready to make a purchase, the best thing to do is to visit a bike shop. Bike shops are a rider’s best friend. Unlike buying things online, a bike shop will always be there for you. They’ll be able to set your bike up so you can ride out of the shop; and they’ll be there to help you when something needs tightening, servicing or upgrading.
Our friends at Rock ‘n’ Roll Mountain Biking have a number of mountain bikes available for hire if you’re not interested in buying, or if you are visiting from interstate/overseas. Offering both Hard Tail and Dual Suspension bikes, it’s the perfect option.
For more information including hire rates visit their website and click the ‘hire and rates’ tab.
What to bring
It is recommended that all participants carry the following basic items with them on the ride:
A hydration pack, or sufficient water bottles to carry approximately 2 litres of water
Food, gels, energy bars, fruit – Please note, the event has a strict “leave no trace policy”: all participants are reminded that you must take out what you take in. Any form of littering will result in disqualification.
Tool and repair kit
Basic first aid kit
Mobile phone – there’s some coverage around the course
If you want to be prepared for everything that comes your way out in the bush, here is what we genuinely recommend you carry on all MTB rides, not just an epic like the D100:
1 tube if you run tubeless tyres (2 tubes if you run tubed tyres)
2 tyre levers, pump and CO2 cartridges and connector
$5 dollar note to use as a tyre patch if you cut your tyre (or to buy coffee)
A good multi tool
Rear derailer “hanger” and new grub screws to suit your bike (make sure you have an Allen key to fit the grub screws)
6 cable ties
Piece of rag
Extra small bottle of chain lube
First aid kit