What sort of bike will I need to ride the Munda Biddi Trail?

What sort of bike will I need to ride the Munda Biddi Trail?

When it comes to riding the Munda Biddi Trail, your choice of bike should align with various factors: the length of your journey, your skill level, what you are packing, comfort preferences, personal tastes, and, of course, your budget. Below, you'll find valuable information to steer your decision-making process on which bike to ride the Munda Biddi Trail.

Mountain Bike or Touring Bike

Ultimately, the choice between a mountain bike and a touring bike might depend on personal preferences, riding style, and whether you prioritize speed or comfort. Test-riding different bikes and considering the specifics of your Munda Biddi adventure will help in making the best choice.

  • Mountain Bike: Specifically designed for off-road trails, with sturdy frames and suspension systems to handle rough terrain.
  • Touring Bike: Offers comfort for long distances, with features like sturdy frames, relaxed geometry, and mounting points for gear.

Key Features:

  • Frame Material: Aluminum or steel for durability. Carbon fiber might be suitable for weight reduction but might be less repairable in remote areas.
  • Tire Size: Wider tires (around 2 inches or more) with good tread for stability and traction on varied terrain.
  • Suspension: Full suspension or front suspension fork to absorb shocks on rough trails.
  • Brakes: Hydraulic disc brakes for reliable stopping power, especially in muddy or wet conditions.
  • Gearing: A wide range of gears to handle steep inclines and varying terrain.

Gravel Bike:

Gravel bikes offer a good balance between speed and comfort on mixed terrain, making them a viable choice for the Munda Biddi Trail, especially if you prefer a bike that performs well on both gravel tracks and smoother trails. Always ensure the bike suits your riding preferences and the specific sections of the trail you plan to tackle.

  • Versatility: Gravel bikes are designed to handle a variety of terrains, including gravel paths, dirt roads, and even smoother trails.
  • Tire Clearance: Typically accommodates wider tires, offering stability and traction. Look for tires around 40mm width or more for better handling on diverse surfaces.
  • Frame Material: Often made of lightweight materials like aluminum or carbon fiber, balancing durability and weight.
  • Gearing: Usually equipped with a wide range of gears, beneficial for climbing and adapting to different terrain types.
  • Comfort: Many gravel bikes prioritize comfort with endurance-oriented geometry and features that reduce vibration.

Gravel Bike vs. Mountain/Touring Bike:

  • Speed and Efficiency: Gravel bikes may be faster on smoother sections due to their design, compared to mountain bikes. However, they might not handle extremely rough terrain as well as mountain bikes.
  • Handling: Gravel bikes can provide a smoother ride on gravel and packed dirt, making them versatile for mixed surfaces. However, they might lack the ruggedness of mountain bikes for more technical off-road sections.


  • Suspension: Gravel bikes often lack suspension or have minimal suspension features compared to mountain bikes. Consider this regarding the comfort factor, especially on rough trails.
  • Durability and Repair: While gravel bikes are generally sturdy, they might not be as rugged as dedicated mountain bikes in handling extreme conditions or impacts.

E-Bike (MTB)

E-bikes have gained popularity for their assistive features, and they can be a great choice for the Munda Biddi Trail, especially considering its varying terrain and potential long distances. Here's what to consider when looking at an e-bike for this trail:

  • Assistive Power: E-bikes come with electric motors that offer varying levels of assistance while pedaling. This can be a huge advantage on long, challenging trails or for those .
  • Battery Life: Consider the battery range as it determines how far you can travel before needing a recharge. Opt for models with longer battery life if you plan to cover extended distances.
  • Motor Type: Mid-drive motors are common in e-bikes for off-road trails as they offer better balance and power distribution.
  • Frame Design: Sturdy frames designed to handle the extra weight of the motor and battery, often made from aluminum or steel.
  • Tire Selection: Similar considerations as other bike types - wider tires with good traction for stability on varied terrain.

E-Bike vs. Other Types:

  • Assistive Power: E-bikes can make uphill climbs and long distances more manageable, reducing fatigue compared to regular bikes.
  • Weight: E-bikes tend to be heavier due to the motor and battery, which might affect handling, especially on technical trails, compared to lighter non-electric bikes.
  • Range and Charging: Ensure the e-bike's range suits the distances you plan to cover each day and consider access to charging points if needed during your journey. For more information on charging points, click here.


  • Maintenance: E-bikes have additional components (motor, battery) that might require maintenance or specialised attention. Consider this for remote trail riding.

E-bikes can be advantageous for riders seeking assistance on tough terrain or longer distances. However, ensure the model you choose aligns with your comfort preferences and the specific challenges of the Munda Biddi Trail

Other Considerations:

  • Comfort: Opt for a bike that suits your body size and riding style. Comfort is crucial for long rides.
  • Durability: Since the Munda Biddi Trail can be remote, having a bike that's reliable and easy to repair is important.
  • Storage: If you plan to carry gear, consider mounting points for racks or panniers.
  • Avoid: Dedicated racing, touring and recumbent bikes are not suited to the Trail.
  • Trailers: Extension bikes and trailers for children are only suited to the flattest portions of the Trail.

Contact the Foundation or visit the Trip Planning page if you need to some guidance on selecting suitable sections to ride.