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Anyone been on the Atlas Descent trip recently ...

Anonymous
Fri, 12/11/2009 - 20:21

If you have, what were the hire bikes like?

I'm asking as I have done this trip before and was a bit unimpressed with the condition of the hire bikes, we all were, I have asked Exodus if they have been serviced or changed and they said they should be ok, but I'd like to know from someone who has been on the trip recently before I kick up a bit of a fuss. The bikes really should be good and work on a 'downhill' MTB trip and I'm sure the hire costs over the years should see to this, so anyone know what make/model they are and condition?

 Thanks, Gav

Anonymous
Wed, 12/23/2009 - 10:46

Unfortunately, bike mechanic problems are not uncommon on this particular trip due to the rough, rocky terrain which easily damages the bikes. Some of our clients, who are not used to riding the hire bikes, change gears at the last minute and in the wrong combination, which in turn causes more problems that then require maintenance.

Our hire bikes are currently two years old and although this is not considered old, providing the bikes are well-maintained, we are still hoping to replace these bikes in Morocco very soon. I hope you will appreciate that there will always be the need for bike maintenance during these trips, simply due to the rough terrain of the Atlas Mountains. Thank you.

Anonymous
Wed, 12/23/2009 - 11:49

Thanks for replying aceraolo, I guess that if these bikes are 2 years old then they will be the same one's as last year which were not maintained very well and I'm not looking forward to using them! Worn tyres, chains, sprockets, gear cabes, brake pads, grips are all easily servicable/replaceable. On a trip like this, a mainly downhill off road mountain bike trip, the bikes should be in excellent usable and safe condition, my hire bike last year had a rear brake fail, an exploding tyre due to wear, handlebar grips were loose and badly adjusted gears, all easily replaceable items. Considering you run about 8 trips a year and quite a few bikes probably get hired at £85 a go, say you get 6 people on average hiring each trip, that's £510 per trip, £4080 per year, where is this money going as it's not on maintaining or replacing the bikes?? The trip I did last year all but one person hired bikes, that was a full trip, 12 people hired - £1020 just for that trip. The basic 2010 Rockhopper is £699 and I'm sure you get trade or bulk discount for the bikes. It's a great trip but it can be spoiled by poorly maintained bikes.

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