Essential mountain bike equipment for Morzine

Here in the Alps bikes can take quite a bit of punishment compared to their normal use in the UK. The terrain here is mountainous, so rocks and roots along with big fast downhill courses mean that you need to make sure your bike is in top condition.

In a typical day you will also be out on the mountain for most of the day, and not coming back to your car after each run as you might in the UK - things like trail tools, spares and hydration are incredibly important.

Spares can be pretty expensive in town, so it's wise to stock up beforehand.

Hydration pack

Camelbak Mule Hydration Pack

A backpack such as a CamelBak means that you can have water with you on your days out, along with spares, tools and some food.

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Trail tool

Crank Brothers 17 Function Multi Tool

Something is going to come loose just at the wrong moment, make sure you've at least got some allen keys, screwdrivers and a chain tool.

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Inner tubes

Schwalbe MTB Inner Tube

Due to the rocks and terrain punctures are common, make sure you bring several inner tubes with you and don't forget the tyre levers!

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Pump

Zefal Duo 821 XLT Telescopic MTB Mini Pump

You'll need one with you when you get a flat. Get a small and light one that will fit in your Hydration pack.

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Tyres

Maxxis High Roller Dual Ply Casing Tyre

Tyres will get worn out quickly riding all day on fast hard terrain, pack some spares and consider bringing mud tyres for wet days.

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Rear mech

SRAM X.0 Carbon Cage 8/9 Speed Rear Derailleur

They break easily when clattered into a rock and can be expensive to replace, it's never a bad idea to carry a spare.

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Clothing

Race Face Freeride Long Sleeve Down Hill Jersey

Riding for 7 days in the same cycle jersey and shorts is going to loose you friends quickly, bring a few to change into.

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Body armour

Troy Lee Descender Protector Suit

A helmet goes without saying, but consider bringing more protection with you than you'd use back home.

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Waterproofs

Altura Pocket Rocket Waterproof Cycling Jacket

It does rain out here, and when it rains it pours, make sure you can carry on riding through the bad weather and mud.

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Brakes

Avid Elixir 5 Disc Brakes with 185mm Rotor

Are your brakes up to scratch? You'll soon know if they're not. Maybe now is time to think about getting some new ones (HOPE V2's are great).

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Brake pads

Avid Elixir Pair Of Disc Brake Pads

Even if your brakes are in good condition you can wear out brake pads quickly on the steep terrain here - carry a spare set!

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These are just the tip of the iceberg. Have a think if there's anything else that might not last the holiday and replace it now to avoid the disappointment of losing a day mountain biking.

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