Author: Will Hartnett

Salsa Vaya GX now available!

Vaya is a road adventure and light touring bike, designed to handle any road surface, from pavement to gravel to dirt. The tubing selection and stable geometry across the line makes for a bike that feels great unloaded or loaded for a fast tour, soaking up unpredictable surfaces mile after mile, from one town to the next. Vaya is an extremely versatile machine, always ready and able if the path turns less than ideal.

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Surly Karate Monkey 2017

Just before the new year the guys from Surly were in town so we headed up to the central coast to meet with them and check out the new Surly range for 2017. We were most interested in the new and redesigned Karate Monkey. This was the bike which started the 29er revolution being the first mass produced 29er available back in 2009.

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The ‘Hunt 1000’ bikepacking event

The inaugural Hunt 1000 bikepacking event kicks off this Sunday. Participants will be taking on a 1000km personal challenge through the Snowy mountains from Canberra to Melbourne. The challenge takes on the best fire trails and backroads the Snowy's have to offer. Everybody will be self sufficient bringing all their own sleeping gear, food and emergency equipment. A suggested itinery of 7-10 day has been put forward by the organizers however some have set themselves a challenge to finish it faster. We have many friends and customers giving it a go so would like to share a bit about their bikes and set up.

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Surly bikes now in stock

We've topped up on Stragglers and Disc Truckers for summer so now is the best time to get that Surly you've always dreamed of.The Surly Straggler is a fantastic bike if you are looking for a bike to commute to work on and have aspirations to do some day trips and overnighter rides in the country. It will take panniers and fenders and there is a massive range of tyres available for all riding conditions.The Disc Trucker is the stalwart of the Surly line up, it can be set up in infinite configurations to suit whatever you intend to do with it.We also have good stock of Surly Ogre's and Trolls if you are looking to get off the beaten path this summer.See below for stock availability or give us a call!

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Hunt bikes 29er bikepacking rig

A new addition to the adventure bike market, Hunt bikes from Canberra have put a new spin on the MTB tourer. This bike comes very capable, designed for long days in the saddle on rough terrain, it is essentially a bikepacking specific mountain bike!

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Soma Smoothie ES house build demo bike

The Soma Smoothie is an ode to the classic steel road bike. A few features set this apart from the standard off the shelf road bike. Room for 32mm slick tyres or fenders and 28mm tyres, this road bike becomes very capable. It also sports a relaxed geometry and tall head tube for all day riding. Rack and Fender mounts mean this bike can be set up for light touring and commuting too! We just love this years colour so felt compelled to build one up as a demo bike to show off just how great this bike is.

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Surly Troll and Ogre in stock

Since it's inception the Surly Troll has been a favorite among World tourers and mountain bikers alike. The 26 inch wheels and an infinite possibility of set ups make it a very popular choice for a utilitarian bicycle. The more recent addition of the Ogre to the Surly line up of off road touring bikes have given 29ers a spotlight. Currently we've got good stock of frames and bikes so call in to see what we can do for you.

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Soma and Surly house builds

We've been building tried and tested commuting, touring and adventure bikes for a while now so we have a great understanding of what people want in a bike. This had led us to creating some off the shelf custom builds. Thus allowing us to hand pick parts and QC the entire build process. Some of the bikes we love such as the Soma Wolverine, Soma Juice and Saga disc are only available as frame-sets so we wanted to give customers a feel for how great these bikes really are. We'll be adding more bikes to the website in the coming weeks so stay tuned and in the mean time call in for a test ride!

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Tour Divide 2016 with our man Gareth

I first went riding with Gareth a few years ago, it was a three day ride out to Woods Point and back with a group of friends. Gareth had been into road bikes for a few years but this was his first 'off road' ride, I'll never forget the guy in the Bont carbon road shoes sliding down a very steep fire trail to camp one evening with a look of terror on his face, I think he was hooked! Fast forward to 2016 and Gareth is a serious contender in the world's hardest MTB race, the Tour Divide.

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Apidura long term test

We have been stocking Apidura bikepacking products for quite a while now. So we thought it was time for a run down of whats on offer in their ever increasing range. The Apidura kit has been getting a good work out from all the staff here. It has held up to quite a bit of abuse and we have been very impressed with the quality.

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Surly ECR test ride

It is not every day someone goes out into the desert for a 2000km test ride but the Surly ECR demands that kind of attention. This ride was about testing both man and machine and seeing how new products are redefining touring as we know it.

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