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    MTB Shops in Bangkok, Thailand

    I've been in Bangkok for a couple of years and thought that I'd share my knowledge and experience to any fellow cyclists in the capital of the land of smiles:

    The summary below is my own view, based upon my visits and I do not have any affiliation to any of the shops.

    There are a few other decent MTB shops in BKK which I have not yet visited

    Listed in alphabetical order

    Bikezone - http://bikezone.co.th/
    Location: City Centre, in Amarin Plaza which is opposite Gaysorn Plaza
    Visited: ~ 4 times
    Size Small/medium shop with a small amount of stock.
    Bikes Stock: Has a small range of bikes on the floor, mainly Marin. Mtbs, dirt jump and city bikes. a couple of road bikes but not sure of brand. Some second-hand bikes too.
    Components: Didn't notice a lot of stock
    Accessories: Small amount of tyres, tubes, tools, etc
    Clothing: A relatively small range of MTB shoes mainly Cycling shorts and jerseys helmets, gloves & eyewear
    Workshop. Small size, ~1 mechanic - no knowledge of capability.
    Website: Looks very impressive. However, unsure as to accuracy as, for example, they were not able to carry out any work on my Fox RP23 shock, but list suspension services as something they do.

    Enbike - http://www.en-bike.com/
    Location: Rangsit, on Paholyothin Soi 87, Just after the Shell Garage on the road heading towards Muang Ake and Rangsit University
    Visited: ~ 15 times
    Size Small/Medium shop with a moderate amount of stock.
    Bikes Stock: Has a small range of bikes on the floor, but is able to get bikes in 1-2 days to check fit etc. C
    Components: Moderate amount of stock. Good range. Shimano & Sram
    Accessories: Moderate amount of tyres, tubes, tools, work stands etc
    Clothing: A relatively small range of MTB shoes mainly Shimano, Cycling shorts and jerseys helmets, gloves & eyewear
    Workshop. Medium size, ~2 mechanics that are very capable Full complement of well used Park tools proudly mounted on shadow board.
    Website: 'Low budget' website - gives comprehensive list of the brands to which they can get. no prices listed

    Probike http://www.probike.co.th/
    Location: City Centre, next to Lumpini Park
    Visited: ~ 10 times
    Size Large shop with a lot of stock, plus a warehouse nearby.
    Bikes: Has a good stock of the full range of Trek MTBs (M & F) and a lot of the Trek racers. Some Gary Fisher MTBs in stock too.
    Components: stocks most Shimano parts, haven't seen any Sram parts
    Accessories: Large stocks of tyres, tubes, tools, work stands etc
    Clothing: A relatively small range of MTB shoes, mainly Bontrager and Shimano, Cycling shorts and jerseys (no MTB Baggies), helmets, gloves & eyewear
    Workshop. Good size, ~3 mechanics that are very capable with a wide range of tools to hand
    Website: Looks very impressive and looks to contain all their regular stock, mostly with prices.

    Sahaphat - http://www.spbikes.com/
    Location: Bankruai, over the river. Quite difficult to find
    Visited: ~ 1 time
    Size Small/medium shop with a lot of stock crammed in.
    Bikes: Has a good stock of Merida, Kona, Trek and a couple of BMC mtbs
    Components: stocks some Shimano & Sram parts.
    Accessories: Large stocks of tyres, tubes, tools, work stands etc
    Clothing: A relatively small range of MTB shoe - Side, Cycling shorts and jerseys (no MTB Baggies), helmets, gloves & eyewear
    Workshop. Small size, No knowledge of expertise.
    Website: Looks OK and looks to contain all their regular stock,

    Smart Bikes - http://www.smartbikes.biz/
    Location: Rangsit, On a small road to the right of Zeer Rangsit mall (the road to get to the rear entrance of Zeer Rangsit
    Visited: ~ 5 times
    Size Small/medium shop with a lot of stock crammed in.
    Bikes: Has a good stock of Merida, GT & specialised low-medium range mtbs
    Components: stocks some Shimano & Sram parts.
    Accessories: Moderate stocks of tyres, tubes, tools, work stands etc
    Clothing: A relatively small range of MTB shoes, Cycling shorts and jerseys (no MTB Baggies), helmets, gloves & eyewear
    Workshop. Small size, No knowledge of expertise.
    Website: Basic & untidy. Contains their stock logos,

    ThaiCannAsia - http://www.thaicannasia.com/en/index.php?pg=main
    Location: City Centre, between Sukumvit and Rama 4 roads, near the Carrefour and new development.
    Visited: ~ 4 times
    Size Large shop with a lot of stock.
    Bikes: Has a good stock of the full range of Cannondale bike (M & F) .
    Components: stocks most Shimano parts, haven't seen any Sram parts
    Accessories: Large stocks of tyres, tubes, tools, work stands etc
    Clothing: A relatively small range of MTB shoes, Cycling shorts and jerseys, helmets, gloves & eyewear
    Workshop. Good size, ~2 mechanics. No experience of Knowledge but have seen a wide range of tools to hand
    Website: Looks OK, and looks to contain all their regular stock, mostly with prices.

    World Bike - http://www.worldbike.co.th/
    Visited: ~ 10 times
    Size Medium/large shop with a lot of stock.
    Bikes: Lots of Giant bikes (being a Giant distributor), Santa Cruz. Mainly MTB's, some tandems, and city bikes. no road bikes
    Components: stocks most Shimano & sram parts. Good range of Crank Brothers parts, Spinergy Wheels stocked. high end brand handlebars stocked
    Accessories: Large stocks of tyres, tubes, tools etc
    Clothing: A relatively small range of MTB shoes, MTB baggies. lycra shorts and MTB jerseys
    Workshop. Good size, ~2 mechanics that are very capable with a wide range of tools to hand
    Website: Has been being 'under reconstruction' for some time now (~a year) which is not really a very clever thing to do for a shop at this level

    Hope the above is usefull.

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    Perfect timing for posting this. I will be in Bangkok at the end of the month and was hoping to hit a shop or two while I was in town.

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    @KPH thanks for sharing 1 :-)

    BTW, there's a good list of shops throughout Thailand on www.bicyclethailand.com

    @ kmorast noticed you're from Japan - please don't have too much of an expectation for shopping bike stuff in Thailand, even the biggest shop here is still no where as big in size nor stock (especially with components and accessories) as a good shop in Tokyo in my opinion.
    So, unless you plan on mountain biking in Thailand and need to find spares I wouldn't bother spending time at these shops in BKK.

    Also, here's a couple more BKK shops worth mentioning and they're both downtown:
    http://www.tcabike.com mostly Bianchi, Kona, Bike Friday and many other brands
    They even own and run a what I guess is Thailand's first and only bike park (located in Suan Phueng district, Ratchaburi province - some 200km west from BKK)

    And for all things Specialized and Colnago
    www.sportbicycle.co.th on the south side of Lumpini park (and opposite Probike)
    Am pretty upset the owner let the staff chat way too much and too loud when customers are in their store, tho.

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    @bkkrider - have you been to the bike park or know of anyone who has been. Worth a visit? Had a look online but found nothing. cheers

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    I am heading there this weekend. Would love to catch a group ride, if I can rent a bike....what do you think. When I was there in May, I ran into a bike shop in a small mall and the guy was either English or American and he told me that he goes out on weekend rides. Know which one it may be? It was downtown, near the downtownbuddha statue.

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    Sounds like bikezone. http://www.bikezone.co.th/ I know he rents out bikes but that's all i know. I won't be riding this week, the wind is blowing at the mo so hoping to pull.out the kites!

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    Bkk Rider - good web site links - cheers for these.

    re' the Bike Park, I nearly went there but the borrowed car I had lined up fell through at the last minute. There is a small hotel at the park that is obviously MTBer friendly and is (from memory THB 600 / day for park users and THB 800/day for non users. There is a link for this park in the Thai MTB forum (can't read Thai though..) They have recently added a new thread 2011

    2011 http://www.thaimtb.com/forum/viewtop...?f=11&t=248459

    2010 http://www.thaimtb.com/forum/viewtop...?f=57&t=122105

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    Good info: i have been in Bangkok for a year now. just picked up a new trek at Probike. they discounted it enought to be comparable to US retail prices. they were helpful and friendly (once you ask for help).

    Does anyone know who sells joe's (or Stans) no flats tubeless conversion kits?

    Thanks
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    @Majiik No, I haven't been to the bikepark. Honestly, I am not ready to even go out mountain biking as yet bcos I have been so out of shape for the last 20 years I only very recently retook biking as a way to shape up and only just injured my knee last week. But I am aching to go off-road with the dry cool season now in place.

    @KPH Thanks for the park links krab.

    @Shiftless89 Never heard or seen anyone selling Joe's or Stan's here nor the UST tyres and wheelsets. Most Thai bikers don't even know about them nor the 29ers - I guess the retailers just don't bother with anything that might too complicated for the customers to use (or even for the sellers, too). I can't even get hold of a rear disc rack at any BKK shops.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bkkrider
    @Shiftless89 Never heard or seen anyone selling Joe's or Stan's here nor the UST tyres and wheelsets. Most Thai bikers don't even know about them nor the 29ers - I guess the retailers just don't bother with anything that might too complicated for the customers to use (or even for the sellers, too). I can't even get hold of a rear disc rack at any BKK shops.
    I was in EnbIke today and they had front and rear racks for MTB's- can't recall the brand - from the box it looked like they attached to the chain stays.

    Coincidentally, the shop owner asked me why I didn't run tubeless - he used Stans but he currently didn't have any in stock.

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    i was net-surfing and found this link on a www.thaimtb.com looks like they have some decent second hand offerings. anyone ever check it out? (I used google translate to read it) http://www.mbkbike.com/

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    Shiftless89 - just bumped into Stan's Notube browsing TCA's website, http://www.tcabike.com/www/index.php...t&iCategory=27

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    Cool, thanks ... but sorry, where is Enblke?

    I found rear racks at probike and sportbicycle but they were all for v-brake wheels.

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    @KPH Just googled and found En bike, thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by majiik
    Shiftless89 - just bumped into Stan's Notube browsing TCA's website, http://www.tcabike.com/www/index.php...t&iCategory=27
    Thanks I need to go by and check out the store, looks like they may have a good selection. has anyone been there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bkkrider
    @KPH Just googled and found En bike, thanks.
    No worries - it is on Paholyothin Soi 87, which is the road that goes to Rangsit University and Muang Ake. Go past the Shell Garage (on right) and the bike shop is on the left about 80metres on.

    I think the racks that they have were Free-load http://www.freeload.co.nz/pages/13/Products but better call to check.

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    I spent a good amount of time in Bangkok and by far Fausto, the owner of BikeZone is the best. He is an excellent MTB rider himself and knows the territory. He is knowledgeable about his products and wants to offer the best for the best price. He is not cut-throat, but will do whatever he can to help. Go by, talk to him or email him, he will find a way to help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shiftless89
    i was net-surfing and found this link on a www.thaimtb.com looks like they have some decent second hand offerings. anyone ever check it out? (I used google translate to read it) http://www.mbkbike.com/
    Was at En-Bike on Saturday and they were fitting tires to mavic ust rims, and poured the sealant from a big (~1 litre) bottle of Stans no tubes sealant. They didn't have any problems inflating the tires and made it all look pretty easy
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    I am expecting to be moving to Thailand in the next couple of months. I will be based in Bangkok but hope to be able to get out at the weekends. So does anyone know of any riding groups/clubs in and around Bangkok? Most of the places I've seen so far on the web seem to be for tourists, gentle riding looking at the sights etc, is there any more off-road, technical stuff near the city? Any information at all would be appreciated!

    Also, if there is anyone out there riding trials I would be interested in that too.

    Thanks

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    There are a lot of clubs in BKK, but unless you quickly learn Thai or have friendly Thai colleagues then it will be difficult to find them. THAIMTB is quite a good site, but it is all in Thai (when I emailed them, asking if they could start an English language sub-forum I got a terse reply stating the forum was for Thais only ! )

    Most of the MTB clubs ride on the road. My local one (EnBike shop) rides every week end, but only on the roads!. Occasionally, the go up to the National parks (Saraburi, Prachin Buri) and when they go there I try to go with them.

    As for places in Bangkok to ride off road, the only two that I have found are:

    1. 'Raab sip et' This is located in an Army base on Phaholyothin Road. Here, is it B on the map

    2. Puttamonton. This is located at the back of a big park. The link shows the park.

    #1 has about 4m elevation change and #2 has about 1m elevation change, understandable as they are both in riding distance of BKK centre.

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    Thanks for the information!

    Looking further on the web it seems Chiang Mai is the place to go for 'serious' riding, have you had any experience in getting there with a bike from Bangkok?

    Disappointing to hear most places in Bangkok only ride on the roads, do they do that on MTB or road bikes? It sounds a bit like where I am now, Bahrain. I am quite keen on doing some proper mountain biking again but I don't know anyone in Thailand yet so I'm just fishing for information. Would you say it's worth me bringing my own bike? How much riding do you get to do?

    Regarding your comments on the Thai forums being Thai only, is there anything of an expat biking community instead? Obviously there are a few posters here who are based there. Would anyone be interested in meeting? Or is this not the place to suggest such things?

    Thanks

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    @KPH "Raab sip et" is an army ground, how could outsiders go in there for a ride unless they have army decal on the car windshield?

    Putthamonton is a good place to start but very flat.

    Someone here has already posted one off raminthra road (on the outskirt of BKK)- a disused quarry of sort I suspect.

    You can find more info here: http://www.sportsthailand.net/group/cycling

    Also, every Thursday, Bangkok Post has a small section called Freewheel Bangkok and its facebook page is here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Freew...07680115931998

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    @bkkrider thanks for those links, it's good to see an active community out there and is certainly encouraging me for my own move out there.

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    @bkkrider. It is an army based but civillians can gain access. Thai people need to hand over their ID card at the main entrance gate and foreigners have to hand over their passport. I don't carry my passport when riding, and one of the lower ranking soldiers told me that there is a way in around the back, riding through the barracks. I do this every time and so far no problems.

    You reminded me about the one in Ramintra (if it is the same as I'm thinking). This is at the end of Ramintra road, and is now referred to as the Fishing Village. Here is the link Fishing Village. and some photos

    (there is also a small place off Ramintra soi 14, but this was over-grown and unrideable last time I was there)
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    Is that a small series of jumps in the 2nd picture? It looks like fun at any rate.

    What is the legality of riding in these parks? Do you get hassle from the police (or even from other park users) or is it big enough for everyone to get along ok?

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