Extra chain, rear derailleur hanger (if replaceable), rear derailleur (just in case), spare gear cable and bring some dry chain lube.
The terrain in Las Alpujarras can be very rocky and wear and tear on bikes in common.
It is ESSENTIAL that you have DUAL PLY tyres. If, like many riders, you ride tubeless then we highly recommend the HuckNorris system. In our experience tubeless tyres split on the bead where it meets the rim and not only does Huck help prevents this but it protects your rim at lower tyre pressures. Single plys result in endless punctures and takes the fun out of the day for both yourself but also for other riders.
If you are only coming for a few days or a long weekend, you may wish to consider hiring a bike from us. We have a limited supply of different makes and models, specs vary depending on sizes/ models. All are equipped with short stems, wide bars, big brakes and tyres. Please email or call us for details on 0034660623305.
We recommend a full suspension bike of minimum 140mm travel. And if you missed it DUAL PLY tyres are a must. Also make sure you have got a minimum of 180mm disc rotors to prevent brake fade on the some of the longer descents. Please see the inter-active graphic bike set-up below, click on the circles for more information.
We recommend bringing a selection of spares specific for your bike. But if weight is a problem (some airlines have a max limit of 23kgs), then Bubion has got its own bike shop offering up spares and repairs.
We ride our bikes set up with short stems, wide bars, big brakes and Dual Ply 2.35 Schwalbe or Maxxis tyres and with 5/6" of travel front and rear. We have similarly equipped hire bikes, please call for details.
Flat pedals or SPD type are fine. If you are learning to use SPDs do not bring them as they will distract you from concentrating on the trail while you try to clip in. Any chainset is fine, just be ready for a bit of climbing on fireroads and tracks.
Set your brake lever biting point close to the bar by adjusting the small 2mm grub screw on the lever. This is tremendously helpful on long descents against arm pump. It also allows one-finger breaking - something we show you how to do while you are here.
We recommend a bike with 5" of travel front and rear although a suitably equipped hardtail could work.
An extra set of pads.
Organic pads are best here in the dry conditions.
DUAL PLY tyres are an absolute must - single plys will rip and puncture. Tubeless with HuckNorris is an excellent option but in either case make sure you have got a few reserve inner tubes. Also throw in a few spare spokes.
Hydration pack, helmet, knee/ shin pads, sun glasses, gloves, suncream, small first aid kit, pump, multi-tools etc.
If you havent got a dropper post yet, a quick-release seat clamp is extremely useful for quickly lowering your saddle for steep technical descents and putting it back up for climbs.