Mountain Biking 101
Invented in the early 1970's in Marin County, just north of San Francisco, mountain bikes were initially pre-war single speed cruisers.
The first mass produced MTB was the Specialized Stumpjumper released in 1981. In 1988, the Kestrel Nitro was the first production mountain bike with a front suspension fork. Dual suspension bikes began appearing in 1992 from a number of manufacturers including Cannondale, Gary Fisher, Schwinn, Manitou and Litespeed.
In 1996, mountain biking came of age when it became an Olympic sport for the first time. Today mountain biking is the largest single sector of cycling as a sport and the largest industry sector representing around 25% of the global market and continues to grow with increasing popularity of cross-country, trails and rail trail riding.
26" 29er or 650B
Early mountain bikes all used 26" wheels. While other wheel sizes were around, the strength and maneuverability of the smaller wheel and access to components cemented their position in the market.
Throughout the 1990s manufacturers, including Klein, Specialized and Diamondback produced mountain bikes with the 29" wheel, but again, a lack of quality tyres and components was a constraint. Chasing a better ride quality, Gary Fisher finally released a 29er in 2001 that had overcome many of the early challenges, but broad acceptance only really began around 2004 when a combination of increased bike manufacturers and tyre availability made the 29" format more accessible. Popularity of the new format grew rapidly as it expanded into cross country racing as well as the hybrid bicycle market. By 2012, the 29er virtually dominated the mainstream market
While the larger wheel diameter meant that the bike would roll over obstacles more easily, achieve higher top end speeds in open country and there were significant advantages for taller riders, the bigger wheel increased the standover height making the bikes less accessible for smaller riders, resulting in a decreased stack height and less suspension travel to compensate. The larger wheel also increased rotational mass making it harder to brake and accelerate which, combined with the greater force required to change steering direction made the large wheel format less maneuverable, particularly on tight and technical singletrack.
In response to these limitations, Pacenti released the first 650B (27.5") bike in 2007. This size combined a lot of the advantages of the larger wheel diameter with few of the disadvantages.While uptake was initially slow against the 29er onslaught, the advantages of the in-between size were quickly recognised with many industry pundits calling 650B the new standard. Certainly 650B is the most versatile wheel size currently in the market, the demand remains for both the 26" and 29" format for different sized riders and different terrains.
SPECIALIZED Men's Bikes
XC World Championships, Olympic Gold, more Cape Epic wins than we can count—if a bike were the sum of its accolades, the Epic would sit atop the throne. But we think that a bike is the sum of its parts. After all, when you make the world's fastest cross country mountain bike, those wins come naturally. To make sure of it, Epics feature our proven 29er Geometry and legendary FSR suspension. And to take FSR's active and independent design a step further, we include our exclusive Mini Brain Rear Shock that's engineered to read the terrain for the perfect, most efficient ride possible. Result? The Epic puts out more speed, control, and ultimately, more wins, than any other XC bike out there. It doesn't get any faster.
S-Works Epic FSR World Cup $12,000
Epic FSR Expert Carbon World Cup $6,500
Epic Comp Carbon World Cup $5,400
Epic Comp $4,000
S-Works Epic FSR World Cup Frame $5,400
In the pursuit of speed, all trails lead to the Camber. We designed it to be the ultimate speed-loving trail bike, which means that possessing equal efficiency both up and down the trail is an absolute must. To make sure of it, Cambers feature our legendary, fully active and independent FSR suspension with our Position-Sensitive Brain technology, making things even faster and more efficient. Lending to both this and handling, you'll find the Trail Geometry hallmarks of ultra-short, nimble rear ends, roomy top tubes, and 120mm of travel on 29ers. This ensures that they'll climb and handle with the speed of an XC bike and descend with the confidence of a dedicated trail bike. And to keep you prepared for anything you come across on the trail, Cambers place an emphasis on utility, with SWAT technology that keeps your essentials off your back and on your bike. If your rides see you going big and going fast, the Camber is tailor-made for you.
S-Works Camber 29 $11,000
Camber Expert Carbon 29 $7,000
Camber Comp Carbon 29 $5,500
Camber Comp Carbon 650B $5,500
Camber Comp 29 $3,500
Camber Comp 650B $3,500
Camber 29 $2,400
Camber 650B $2,400
Camber Grom $2,799
24" wheel version
Mountain biking has come a long way since the Stumpjumper first debuted in 1981, but one thing's stayed the same for decades: The Stumpjumper FSR is the ultimate trail bike. And this year, it solidifies its position as the best handling and most efficient trail bike in history with revolutionary new technology like our proprietary Rx Trail shock tune, never been done before, fully integrated SWAT technology, 650b and 29er options, the shortest chainstays of any trail bike out there, and an even slacker, trail-eating geometry. Add it all up, and you have a bike that's ready for anything that the trail can throw at it.
S-Works Stumpjumper FSR 29 $11,000
S-Works Stumpjumper FSR 650B $11,000
S-Works Stumpjumper FSR Frame $5,400
Stumpjumper FSR Expert 29 $7,200
Stumpjumper FSR Expert 650B $7,200
Stumpjumper FSR Expert 6Fattie $7,200
Stumpjumper FSR Comp Carbon 29 $5,750
Stumpjumper FSR Comp Carbon 650B $5,750
Stumpjumper FSR Comp 29 $3,700
Stumpjumper FSR Comp 650B $3,700
Stumpjumper FSR Comp 6Fattie $3,700
Whether you're riding in the backcountry or racing enduro, you need a bike that's both capable and efficient. After all, to ride "all mountain" necessitates the capability to ride the entire mountain. That's why our Enduro line of all mountain bikes, both in 650b. 6Fattie and 29er options, come equipped with loads of travel, lightweight constructions, and geometries that can handle themselves with poise and efficiency on anything from downhill tracks to stomach-wrenching climbs. Get up to get down.
S-Works Enduro 29/6Fattie $11,000
S-Works Enduro 29/6Fattie Frame $5,400
Enduro Pro Carbon 29/6Fattie $8,900
Endure Elite Carbon 29/6Fattie $6,600
Enduro Comp 29 $4,500
S-Works Enduro 650B $11,000
Enduro Pro Carbon 650B $8,900
Enduro Elite 650B $6,600
Enduro Comp 650B $4,500
When you're hanging it all on the line, there's no room for failure. That's why our Demo 8 downhill mountain bikes get right down to business. They're designed to be the fastest race bike on the track, and after multiple World Cup wins, it's safe to say that we did our job right. Throughout the line, you'll find 200mm of our active & independent FSR suspension, aggressive S3 DH race geometry, revolutionary, easy-access asymmetrical frame, and 650b wheels. Altogether, you get a machine primed to give you maximum control over the gnarliest terrain that the mountain can muster.
S-Works Demo 8 Carbon $8,500
S-Works Demo 8 Carbon Frame $5,499
Demo 8 Alloy $4,900
Demo 8 Alloy Frame $3,499
This isn't just the lightest mountain bike frame we've ever made, it's our lightest frame—period. The Epic Hardtail was redesigned from the ground-up to give you an unparalleled performance advantage on the XC track. It flies up hills with ease, sends descents with confidence, and wastes nary a watt. Consider it a cross country revolution, and remember, this is going to be epic.
Epic HT Expert Carbon World Cup $4,500
Epic HT Comp Carbon World Cup $3,500
Epic HT $2,500
Where efficiency and capability cross paths on the trail, you'll find the Rockhopper. The reasons are pretty simple. Sure, as a hardtail, it has some natural climbing ability, but what isn't so obvious is the low bottom bracket, roomy top tube, and ultra short chainstays. In other words, it puts out a planted, confident, and snappy ride over a diverse array of terrain. It's fast on the way up, and even faster on the way down.
Rockhopper Pro 29 $1,800
Rockhopper Expert 29 $1,350
Rockhopper Comp 29 $1,100
Rockhopper Sport 29 $825
Rockhopper 29 $700
The weekend is approaching, and when the promise of adventure calls, you need a reliable mountain bike to hit the trails on. Lucky for you, the Pitch hardtail is dialled for everything from meandering terrain to singletrack. To make sure of it, we built the Pitch on 650b wheels for confident handling over rough terrain. And to take even more of the edge off, it features a plush 100mm-travel fork with Multi-Circuit Damping that delivers hydraulic dampened suspension and rebound performance akin to forks twice the price. In real-world conditions, this means that it will precisely tune out bumps, both big and small. Along with a confidence-inspiring geometry, the Pitch becomes the perfect package for both new rippers and seasoned riders alike.
Pitch Sport 650B $825
Pitch 650B $700
Whether you're riding down a dirt path or trying your legs at some singletrack, the Hardrock delivers undeniable versatility and performance. It features 75mm of suspension travel that'll make quick work of rough terrain, while its purposeful geometry lends itself to confident handling on the trail without sacrificing efficiency on the road. And to match practicality with performance, the Hardrock mountain bike features a triple chainring setup for easy pedalling, as well as integrated rack and fender mounts for use around town. With all of this, it's safe to that the Hardrock is ready for anything you want to throw at it.
Hardrock 650B $525
SPECIALIZED Women's Bikes
When it comes to racing XC, your goals are pretty cut and dried: get stronger, get faster, and have an absolute blast while you’re at it. The Era is about superb performance and ‘rides like a dream’ handling on any ride you tackle. Lightweight, nimble and sassy, its FSR suspension and Specialized’s unique Micro Brain shock intuitively senses terrain and reacts efficiently and confidently every time. From XC race day to hitting the trail with your pals on a Sunday, the way the Era feels as you hit singletrack descents, the way it reacts as you put power to the pedals for a burst of speed on climbs—well, it’s everything you want from a high performance machine.
S-Works Era 29 $9,999
Era Expert Carbon 29 $6,999
Era Comp Carbon 29 $4,799
When no trail is too steep, and no jump is off limits, you need a bike that delivers a confidence-inspiring, purpose-built trail experience. We heard you loud and clear, and the new Rhyme delivers the right tool for the job. We designed it to not just be the most capable women's trail bike out there, but to be one of the most capable trail bikes—period. With unmistakable Trail Geometry, our own Women's Rx Trail Tune, unrivalled fit, SWAT technology, and an obsessively detailed construction, it's the bike that every trail rider has wanted but has never been given—until now.
Rhyme FSR Expert Carbon 6Fattie $
Rhyme FSR Expert Carbon 650B $
Rhyme FSR Comp Carbon 6Fattie $
Rhyme FSR Comp Carbon 650B $
Rhyme FSR Comp 6Fattie $
Rhyme FSR Comp 650B $
In the pursuit of speed, all trails lead to the Women's Camber. We designed it to be the ultimate speed-loving trail bike, which means that having equal efficiency both up and down the trail is an absolute must. To make sure of it, Cambers feature our fully active & independent FSR suspension with our Position-Sensitive Brain technology. So if your rides see you going big and going fast, the Camber is tailor-made for you.
Camber Comp Carbon 650B $5,500
Camber Comp 650B $3,500
Camber 650B $2,400
It’s not that you’re always in a hurry, it’s just that the minute your tyres touch dirt, you can’t help but grin big and take off. Competitors and trail companions alike will marvel at the ease by which you crush climbs and effortlessly rip by on the lightweight Jett. And to make sure that you roll over everything in your path like a pro on this race-ready and nimble 29er, it features our Women's Custom tuned suspension and Multi-Circuit Damping fork that's designed to soak up bumps and put the control firmly in your hands. Ramp up your fitness or put on your race plate: the dirt is calling.
Jett Comp 29 $1,100
Jett Sport 29 $825
Your spirit of adventure knows no bounds, so why should your bike? Our Jynx women's hardtail mountain bike answers this question without hesitation. It was designed to guide you comfortably and confidently through almost any terrain, whether your ride involves singletrack, fire roads, or your local pavement. To do so, the design started around providing the best possible women's fit right out of the box, which was made possible by pairing 650b wheels with a low, more accessible standover. And with the perfect fit accomplished, the focus shifted to creating a confidence-inspiring ride quality. First, we included women's-specific grips, cranks, saddle, and bars to ensure greater comfort. Then we used a fork that's custom-tuned for women to meet rough trails head-on. Comfort, fit, and confidence—it all adds up to a true women's mountain bike that's ready to explore.
Jynx Sport 650B $825
Jynx 650B $700
Your days of mountain biking might just be getting started, but that doesn't mean you should demand less from your mountain bike. The Myka puts your needs first by providing ample comfort and control. First, it's been designed to provide the best possible fit for women, right out of the box. And building on comfort, every contact point between the body and bike has been tailored for women—from the bars on down to the saddle. Of course, our Women's Custom Tune also lends itself to comfort, but just as importantly, it'll smooth out any rough stuff that you might encounter along the trail. The perfect fit for the perfect ride.
Myka 650B $525
SPECIALIZED Kid's MTBs
Hotrock 20" $399
With its low standover height and SR Suntour suspension fork to help smooth out bumps in the road, the Hotrock 20 6-speed combines proportionally sized controls and confident handling, making in the perfect first mountain bike in any kid's life.
Hotrock 24" $525
Durable A1 Premium Aluminium frame, a suspension fork with 50mm of travel, and wide range gearing make the Hotrock 24 21-speed trail-ready for big kids.
Hotrock 24" XC $600
Grown-up bike technology and quality dialed for big kids looking to attack the trails.
Hotrock 24" XC Pro $1,599
This singletrack ripper is fully up to any trail task asked. With SRAM/Shimano drivetrain and Shimano Deore hydraulic disc brakes this bike will get the kids tackling the toughest trails at an early age.
Riprock 20" $560
Riding a bike is all about freedom, so no kid should ever have to feel inhibited by where they can and can't ride their bike. With the Riprock 20, however, your little one will be able to rip and ride on any terrain that they come across. That's because its wide, 2.8-inch tyres deliver traction, control, and confidence in spades, while the custom suspension fork will absorb all of the rough stuff that comes with riding off-road. And with powerful disc brakes, 20-inch wheels, and a low standover that all but guarantees a perfect fit, you can rest assured that the Riprock 20 is the perfect recipe for fun that your family has been looking for.
Riprock 24" $600
Dirt, street, trails—the all-new Riprock 24 doesn't fit neatly into any one box. It's purpose-built for fun, no matter how your little one decides to ride it. And with a pair of our new ultra-wide, 2.8-inch tyres and comfortable, confident geometry, smiles are going to be guaranteed. That's because the big tyres and 24-inch wheels provide heaps of traction, control, and confidence over any terrain, while a bump-eating suspension fork will make quick work of absorbing any rough stuff. Throw in a set of powerful mechanical disc brakes and a low standover that makes getting the perfect fit a total breeze, and you have yourself a bike that's going to make any kid want to rip and rock around the neighbourhood till the sun goes down.
Riprock 24" Comp $849
Big tires make for big fun, let alone a boost in confidence, control, and traction. And with our all-new Riprock Comp 24, your kid is going to get all of the above at the hands of 2.8-inch tires. This means that they'll be able to rip around and get their feet wet trail riding with ease, and with powerful hydraulic disc brakes, they'll be able to do it safely, too. Add to this a full deck of Shimano shift components, plus a custom air-sprung fork, and you have the perfect mountain bike to get your little ones started on a lifetime of shredding.
Riprock 24" Expert $1,299
Even little dudes can benefit from some performance features. That's why our Riprock Expert 24 includes upgrades like Deore hydraulic disc brakes for spot-on stopping power, reliable and precise Shimano shift components, and a custom air-sprung fork that'll smooth out rough terrain. Of course, it also comes with the added confidence, control, and traction of our all-new 2.8-inch tires, plus a low standover that makes obtaining the perfect fit a breeze. So right out of the box, this Riprock guarantees that stoke will come standard.
Camber Grom 24" $2,799
When it's time for Junior to start getting rad, get the little guy on the Camber Grom. It's designed to blend all of the trail bike characteristics that you want with the XC climbing ability that you need. This way, there's nothing that your little rider won't be able to cover on the trail. And to make sure of it, this Camber comes equipped with 24-inch wheels, while the frame has clearance to easily upgrade to 26-inch wheels when they start growing. Along these lines, the frame is built with a focus on ultra-low standovers, short tube lengths, and playful handling. And with plenty of suspension travel, a durable build kit, and a tough as nails M5 alloy frame, your dream family trail day is on its way to becoming a reality.
We are also dealers for Kona, Fuji and Breezer mountain bikes
For the full range of Kona bikes available in Australia go to Konaword.com
For the full range of Fuji mountain bikes visit Fuji Bikes Australia
Check out all the Breezer mountain bikes here.