Hotspots: Where To Buy Mountain Bikes in South Africa

Whether you’re a first time or advanced ride, buying the correct mountain bike, especially if you’re planning an extended journey, can be one of the most important decisions you make. This is also not a decision to be taken too lightly, as choosing the correct bike can make a difference to the overall experience, can give you the opportunity to explore brand new terrains, and may even help to introduce you to some of your fellow riders. We’ve gone searching for three of the best places to buy mountain bikes in South Africa, which we’ll explore a little further, to help put you on your way on your cycling journey. 

The Rise in Popularity of Mountain Bikes

Mountain bikes have risen in popularity in South Africa, in particular because of the strength of cycling associations across the country, but also, as more people have gotten bitten by the adventure bug. Cape Town in particular is renowned for it cycling community, and the landscape offers great opportunities to explore a vast range of terrains and spectacular scenes. Nothing beats a sunrise or sunset ride, especially when you’re overlooking the ocean, and often cyclists travel around the country to find hotspots and to compete in races of various lengths and difficulty. 

Trek Bikes

Trek Bikes represents a brand that has been popular for over four decades, with innovation stemming from the rapid technological advancement we’ve seen in the last two. Trek offers a wide range of bicycle types, expertly designed to challenge not only the capabilities of the rider, but the bicycle itself. We’re most impressed with their rigorous testing practices, which are still in line with the way they used to test bikes when they first started out. The brand is synonymous with simple and elegant bikes and in a time when reducing our carbon footprint should be at the top of our priority lists, encouraging others to do so might be one of the more important parts of being a member of the global cycling community. 

Positive Sports Solutions

Positive Sports Solutions is a Sandton based company selling a wide range of products including bikes, wheels, components, bicycle carriers, and even nutritional products. Dubbed as a “one stop shop” for bicycle needs, their mountain bike range is increasingly popular, evidenced by the sold out rate on their online store. If you’re looking for a full scope option to get you on the map as a cyclist, these guys are a good place to get started. With a large selection of mountain bikes to choose from, with prices ranging from R19 000 to over R100 000, you’re bound to get what you’re looking for, and their reputation for great service stands firm even through a considerably tricky economic climate. 

Cycle Lab

Cycle Lab calls their service in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town a “bike purchasing experience”, promising to make it a memorable occasion for riders of all skill levels. Their online store gives 24 hour a day access to the latest products related to the field, and if you’re on the hunt for a mountain bike on short notice, they’re happy to do what they can to help fast track the process. What’s particularly unique about Cycle Lab is their ability to work with the rider in order to match their riding style with bike preference, ensuring a healthy mix of comfort, balance and control. It almost feels a little like choosing a wand in Harry Potter. “The bike chooses the cyclist, Mr Potter”You won’t be disappointed, and you’ll soon be on your way.