FOR more than 10 YEARS, GRAVITY HAS Pioneered SAFETY AND FUN IN MOUNTAIN BIKING IN BOLIVIA. Our COMMITMENT to not taking hidden shortcuts may not always be obvious to everyone, but here are THREE examples:
-Gravity buys only quality equipment (high-end models of brands like Hayes, Marzocchi and Fox to name a few) and bicycles (mid- to high-end Kona mountain bikes) and reinvests huge amounts in original and brand name parts for maintenance and continually improving our quality.
This means your bike runs super well, with reduced likelihood of equipment failure. This will increase the confidence you have in the bike at both slow or fast speeds.
While many new companies may buy brand-name bikes, often they purchase lower-end models with lower-end parts. These bikes never work as well as high-end bikes and quickly have maintenance issues. If the company involved has been selling their trips cheaply they soon find they don’t have enough money for high-quality maintenance, let alone replacing their fleet when it’s necessary -- which means their bikes continue to deteriorate… meaning they have to cut their prices … meaning less money for maintenance, etc.
-Gravity invests in regular and extensive systems (rope, safety, first aid) and technical training and practice sessions for its staff to get them to an international level of expertise.
This means that we can manage the risks during the day… and if someone has a crash or an emergency we can respond professionally and effectively.
The majority of the newer companies have simply not invested in this kind of training and definitely do not have the years of experience that Gravity staff do. This means that rides are not risk-managed; if things go wrong their response is likely to be “less than professional.”
-Gravity has over 10 years of experience operating the ride down “The World’s Most Dangerous Road” as well as many other rides. This experience, combined with our focus on fun, safety and professionalism, has resulted in Gravity being the only biking company in Bolivia that has been recommended in every guide book about Bolivia for the past 8+ years.
“It’s no accident” that Gravity is the only company with this reputation – it’s been earned through a commitment to quality, safety, fun and professionalism, year in and year out.
The “new kids on the block” have no answer for this other than conspiracy theories. Below you can read a bit more about some of the major features of Gravity Assisted Mountain Biking.
Do we have it at Gravity? Yes!
At Gravity Assisted Mountain Biking, we believe that biking down The World s Most Dangerous Road is not the place to cut corners. We believe that our customers deserve nothing but the best in order to reduce the risks on this incredible route and to increase the fun on this "adventure of a lifetime." With more than 12 years of experience guiding more than 50,000 people down the WMDR Gravity has developed extremely sophisticated systems for guiding the road, training its staff, maintaining its bikes and constantly improving operations. Our unwavering commitment to improving the ride experience for our customers is reflected in the following list of unique features that Gravity offers, asking these same questions of our competitors will quickly highlight the differences:
Do you have 12+ years of experience guiding on the WMDR and throughout Bolivia? At Gravity – YES!
Do you have the best safety record on the road? At Gravity – YES!
Do you take a full stock of first aid supplies and equipment on every ride? At Gravity – YES! (enough to perform minor surgery!)
On every ride do you take rope rescue equipment, including over 100m of ropes, harnesses, backboards, braces, etc…? At Gravity – YES!
Are all of your guides Rope Rescue Certified? At Gravity – YES!
Are all of your guides First Aid Certified? At Gravity – YES!
Do you provide a Native English Speaking guide with every trip? At Gravity – YES!
Do you provide at the very least 1 fully trained and certified guide for every 7 riders? At Gravity – YES!
Are your guides trained bike mechanics that can fix and adjust bikes for clients on the ride? At Gravity – YES!
Do you give special attention to each client and their bikes to ensure their safety and enjoyment throughout the ride? At Gravity – YES!
Are your guides among the best mountain bikers in Bolivia, who are consistently competing in and winning national competitions? At Gravity – YES
After every ride are your bikes fully serviced by professionally trained mechanics who work full time for your company? At Gravity – YES!
Do you service your bikes in South America’s biggest bike workshop? At Gravity – YES!
Are all the bikes you give clients no more than two years old? At Gravity – YES!
Do you invest a considerable amount of money into original and name brand parts that keep your bikes the best on the road? At Gravity – YES!
Do you provide every client with a full-suspension bike? At Gravity – YES!
Are all of your bikes equipped with top-of-the-line hydraulic disc brakes with original brake pads? At Gravity – YES!
Are the vehicles you provide for transportation regularly serviced and in good upstanding condition? At Gravity – YES!
Do the people who ride with you have ample space and comfort on your vehicles? At Gravity – YES!
Do you end the ride at an exclusive Animal Refuge with hot showers, a pool, tons of amazing animals, and a buffet of homemade pasta, salad and bread? At Gravity – YES!
Do you financially support the Animal Refuge with a proportion of our income to ensure that it can continue to grow and develop its excellent work? At Gravity - YES!
Do you allow your clients the option to do the uphill section of the ride? At Gravity – YES!
Do you give every person that goes on your ride a great high-quality free t-shirt? At Gravity – YES!
Do you provide each person with a top-of-the-line helmet, high-quality goggles, gloves, pants and jacket, and safety vest? At Gravity – YES!
Do you give back to the communities you ride through with special programs, tourism development, and special rides? At Gravity – YES!