Bikes

Fantic is an Italian motorcycle manufacturer that specializes in the production of off-road and on-road motorcycles, e-bikes, and other two-wheeled vehicles. The company was founded in 1968 and has a history of producing motorcycles for various purposes, including motocross, enduro, trials, and street riding.

Fantic has also ventured into the electric bike (e-bike) market, producing electric bicycles for both urban and off-road use, reflecting the growing trend toward electric mobility.

Melbourne Bicycle Centre Prahran

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We buy bulk quantities of bikes and accessories and stock over 1000 bikes in Prahran, so we are sure to find you what you are looking for!
If you can't find what you’re looking for, simply connect with us by phone on (03) 9529 3752 or email us and our friendly sales staff will be more than willing to assist you with all of your cycling needs. At MBC we are committed to finding the right bike for each individual customer. All new bicycles come with our exclusive extended warranty for 5 years on parts and unlimited free servicing for 12 months by one of our in house expert mechanics.

How To Choose The Perfect Bike For You

Though new forms of transport have continued to be developed over the decades, bikes have remained a popular vehicle amongst Australian communities. To the regular person who just wants a new bike for fitness or for commuting, they might all look somewhat similar. And this is true.

However, there are three main types of recreational bikes from which you can choose, with each having its own features that will affect the overall performance of your ride.

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- Urban Bike

An urban bike, also known as a city bike or commuter bike, is a type of bicycle designed for daily use in an urban environment. These bikes are typically built for comfort and ease of use, with features such as upright riding positions, comfortable seats, and practical accessories. Urban bikes are designed for a variety of purposes, including commuting, leisure riding, and running errands.

Urban bikes typically have a sturdy frame and are built with durability in mind, as they are intended for daily use on city streets. They often have a more relaxed geometry than other types of bicycles, such as road or mountain bikes, which helps to reduce fatigue and make them more comfortable to ride. They also often have features such as fenders, racks, and chain guards, which help to protect the rider from dirt and debris and make it easier to carry cargo.

Urban bikes come in a variety of styles, including traditional diamond-frame bikes, step-through frame bikes, and folding bikes. Some urban bikes also come equipped with electric motors, which can assist the rider with pedaling and make it easier to navigate hilly terrain or headwinds.

An urban bike is a type of bicycle designed for daily use in an urban environment. These bikes are typically built for comfort and ease of use, with features such as upright riding positions, comfortable seats, and practical accessories. Urban bikes are designed for a variety of purposes, including commuting, leisure riding, and running errands, with a sturdy frame, durability and practical features such as fenders, racks, and chain guards.

- Mountain Bike

A mountain bike, also known as an MTB, is a type of bicycle designed for off-road riding on rough terrain such as dirt trails, gravel paths, and rocky terrain. These bikes are typically built for durability and stability, with features such as wide tires, suspension systems, and a wide range of gears. Mountain bikes come in a variety of styles, including cross-country, trail, enduro, and downhill.

Cross-country (XC) mountain bikes are designed for long-distance riding on a variety of terrain, and typically have lightweight frames, minimal suspension, and a wide range of gears. Trail bikes are designed for a balance of climbing and descending, and typically have a moderate amount of suspension and a wide range of gears. Enduro bikes are designed for aggressive descending and technical terrain, and typically have a lot of suspension and a wide range of gears. Downhill (DH) mountain bikes are designed for extreme descents and are typically used in bike parks and at lift-assisted mountain bike areas.

Mountain bikes typically have a sturdy and durable frame, and are equipped with suspension systems such as a front suspension fork and a rear shock to absorb the impact of rough terrain. They have a wider tire than road bikes, which provides better traction and stability on loose terrain. They also have a wide range of gears that allow the rider to tackle steep climbs and descents.

- Road Bike

A road bike, also known as a racing bike or a road racer, is a type of bicycle designed for riding on paved roads. These bikes are typically built for speed, efficiency, and performance, with features such as lightweight frames, narrow tires, and drop handlebars. Road bikes come in a variety of styles, including endurance, race, and triathlon.

Endurance road bikes are designed for long-distance riding and typically have a more relaxed geometry and a more upright riding position, making them more comfortable for the rider. Race road bikes are designed for speed and are typically more aggressive in their geometry, with a lower and more aerodynamic riding position. Triathlon road bikes are designed for time trial and triathlon events, and typically have a more aggressive geometry and a more aerodynamic riding position.

Road bikes typically have a lightweight frame made of materials such as carbon fiber, aluminum, or titanium. They have a narrow tire, which provides less rolling resistance, and drop handlebars, which allows the rider to change hand positions and reduce wind resistance. They also have a wide range of gears, which allows the rider to tackle steep climbs and descents.

- Gravel Bike

A gravel bike, also known as an adventure bike or all-road bike, is a type of bicycle that is designed for riding on a variety of surfaces including paved roads, dirt roads, and gravel paths. These bikes are typically built for versatility and durability, with features such as wider tires, disc brakes, and a wide range of gears. Gravel bikes are a relatively new category of bicycles and are designed to bridge the gap between road bikes and mountain bikes.

Gravel bikes typically have a lightweight frame and are designed with geometry that is similar to road bikes, which provides a comfortable and efficient riding position. They have a more relaxed geometry than road bikes and a more upright riding position than road bikes. They also have wider tires than road bikes, which provides better traction and stability on loose surfaces. They have a wide range of gears, which allows the rider to tackle steep climbs and descents. They also have disc brakes, which provide better stopping power and control on loose surfaces.

Gravel bikes are ideal for riders who want to explore the great outdoors and ride on a variety of surfaces. They are perfect for long-distance riding, adventure riding, and bike packing. They are also great for riders who want a bike that can handle both pavement and unpaved roads.

To find out more about the bike options available to you, check out our full range or call our bike experts on (03) 9529 3752.