More praise and fame for Gravity, this time from Bolivia Footprint November 2008:
"Gravity Assisted Mountain Biking. (Page 96, Listings) Av. 16 de Julio 1490, Edificio Avenida, PB, Of. 10 (across the hall from America Tours), T. 2-231-3849, www.gravitybolivia.com. A wide variety of mountain biking tours throughout Bolivia, including the famous downhill ride to Coroico and the “Ghost Ride” to a haunted castle. Also offers more challenging rides, including technical single-track and high speed abandoned dirt roads, complete with coaching and all the safety equipment needed. Highly professional and recommended. Quality book exchange, sells new and used guidebooks, and gives a free T-shirt with every ride. Often full so worth booking on their web site in advance."
Experience Gravity's Facebook: Pop in for a visit to our Facebook page above, become a fan, check out upcoming special rides, post photos and videos of your adventures, meet other riders, form groups to do the lesser-known rides, ask questions or discuss -- it's all in one place, and it's your community as a Gravity rider!! You can also join the GravityBolivia Facebook GROUP by clicking the link HERE.
NEWS! NEWS! NEWS!
1st of December: THIS SITE NO LONGER MAINTAINED. Gravity is excited to report that its NEW SITE has been launched, click on the button at right to jump straight there and enjoy all the information you need in a much sexier format than this site!!.
1st of October: BREAKING NEWS. Gravity Bolivia offers an unheard of special deal for rides for the rest of 2009. Don't miss out on the Triple Treat deal of a life-time: a FREE SPECIAL EDITION Patented Swine Flu Protective Device (also known as the US$22 GRAVITY BUFF*) for every rider doing The World’s Most Dangerous Road with Gravity for the rest of the year; PLUS, Book online and NO CREDIT CARD FEES are charged (normally around 5%); PLUS, Book AND PAY ONLINE more than 48 hours before the date of your ride and we will include the famous Gravity Photo and Video Cd for FREE (a US$6 value).
“It’s surprising how little more it costs to ride with the best … … is The World’s Most Dangerous Road REALLY where you want to be cutting corners?”. Valid for rides 2nd of October until 31st of December, 2009. Also, ask about additional GROUP and REPEAT OFFENDER discounts.
24th of August: NEWS FLASH. Are the pressures of your job getting you down? Is the boss trying to squeeze you for more hours, more work, and all for less money? Are you fantasizing about taking a year or more off from it all for the adventure of a lifetime? How does getting paid to ride your bike in South America sound? Gravity Bolivia is currently looking for people with "the right stuff" to leave their boring jobs at home and come work in Bolivia, where life is never dull! Check out information about some of the positions we have HERE.
1st of March: FANTASTIC NEWS. Gravity Assisted Mountain Biking is now open in Peru!! A variety of awesome rides around Cusco, Peru... all to the same Gravity standard of professionalism, fun, safety and all-round general awesomeness!!!! The web page www.gravityperu.com should be online soon; in the meantime you can email them on firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their Facebook group for much more information. Ask about special deals for booking a ride in Peru AND a ride in Bolivia at the same time! All GravityBolivia customers who go into the GravityPeru office get V.I.P. treatment while they check out the details of the Cusco rides, including a free drink (please provide the date of your ride or booking number with GravityBolivia so that we can get you that free drink!).
1st of March 2009: GREAT NEWS. Rainy Season 08/09 is over and we are up and running for the 2009 Normal Season! So from 4th of March we have dropped our trip restrictions, and lowered our prices to our standard rates. Plus of course, over the rainy season we were able to sneak off and prepare a "couple" of surprises and improvements for Season 2009... keep an eye out for our new fleet of Kona Stinky 2008 downhill bikes... you have never seen a bike as good as this in a South American rental fleet... these bikes plus the ENTIRE GRAVITY FLEET are equipped with cutting edge Hayes Stroker Trail brakes (at least 20% stronger than any other brake running in Bolivia and able to cope much better with super-long downhills) and INCREDIBLE new uber high-quality Downhill Intense Tires (front and rear) with special rubber compounds for extra traction on the trails no matter how bad the conditions. P.S. If you are interested in doing one of our more technical single-track trails, check out the pimp'n new helmets you get HERE!
“Normal Season” restarts: Rides available - Tuesday the 3rd of March 2009 onwards, 7 days a week through until December 2009 Office open – Monday through Friday 9 am – 7 pm, Saturdays 10 am - 2 pm, Sundays CLOSED (contact after hours cel: 772 19634 or book online).
Did you miss the Gravity 10-Year Birthday Party? Well, you missed one hell of a party indeed!!! If you'd like to catch a glimpse of the (heavily censored) action check out the some of the TV coverage from the party as posted on YouTube (HERE and HERE).
NEW RIDE: The Ghost Ride: Overview and a Short Video.
UPDATE: After extensive testing, Gravity has launched the "Next Big Thing," the GHOST RIDE. This awesome, incredible, spectacular -- and spo-o-o-o-ky -- downhill ride follows abandoned (forsaken?) and infrequently used dirt roads through stunning scenery. Lots of opportunities for playing on the bike, and not so many massive scary drops off the side... but plenty of scary stories along the way! This ride was invented by Gravity (as was the WMDR), and visiting the castle ("El Castillo") is EXCLUSIVE to Gravity clients. The ride is ideal for anyone with a bit of riding experience who is willing to listen to instruction and coaching, give it a go… and who wants to get off the tourist trap trail. It has proven to be especially popular as a second ride for folks who LOVED The World's Most Dangerous Road and want to try something a bit more challenging, and who want to learn more about riding. (Ask about our special "repeat offender" discount). It's also for those who feel The World's Most Dangerous Road is a bit too popular, and who want to do something even more brag-worthy. This ride is available EVERY day that we can form a group of four or more riders, so contact us in advance by email to set a date and form a group. We have extensive information booklets that contain lots of photos of the ride at our office and in the offices of our authorised agencies. If you would like an idea of what the Ghost Ride involves check out the video at right as filmed on one of our first rides down it. For more information about "El Castillo" visit their site... if you are brave enough, book a night or two there for after the ride.
Check out this video of riding the World's Most Dangerous Road with GravityBolivia, as featured on ABC's Nightline, filmed in late 2007 and aired in 2008, one of many TV shows, movies, magazines, and newspapers we have appeared in.
In addition to the 30 brand new 2008 Kona Coiler (Special Edition: Garbanzo Park Bikes) that arrived late 2008 and are now happily rumbling down the road we have also received 30 2008 Kona Stinky's. These incredible bikes all feature the latest technology in Marzocchi front suspension, Hayes hydraulic disc brakes, awesome downhill specific tires from Intense and much, much more. There honestly aren't better rental bikes available in all of Latin America! The addition of these bikes to our already-extensive fleet of full-suspension Kona mountain bikes means we are able to run more simultaneous trips to more of our great rides than ever before!!
Please REMEMBER it is always worth booking online through this site to guarantee a space. When we receive your reservation we will contact you with all the details you need to enjoy the trip.
It's not just about the bike... It's also about Gravity's professional maintenance, quality equipment, extensive support and infrastructure, and highly qualified mechanics and guides. For a peek behind the curtain to what goes on in the morning before we pick you up to go on your ride, check out the video below... we think you'll be VERY surprised!
A couple of independent comments to keep you on track: The brand new (and in-stock at the Gravity office) Lonely Planet South America on a Shoestring (10th Edition, March 2007) guide book recommends Gravity and says: "Many other outfits on Sagárnaga offer the La Cumbre to Coroico trip for a few bucks less [than Gravity] but consider what corners are being cut before you go plunging downhill" pg. 193. We couldn't have said it better ourselves! Interestingly, this edition of the guide book also dedicates a whole "boxed text" to the issue of the dangers of going with cut-priced operators down The World's Most Dangerous Road. For your edification we have included it here. We are guessing that the fact that LP recommends us means they count us as a "quality company" and not one of the "less than ideal" ones!:
DEADLY TREADLIES: Many agencies offering the La Cumbre to Coroico mountain bike plunge give travelers T-shirts plastered with: "I've survived the World's Most Dangerous Road." Keep in mind, the gravel road is just that: it's narrow (just over 3.2m wide) and has precipitous cliffs up to 600m... and there's traffic. At the time of research, eight people (higher figures sometimes quoted) have died doing the 64km trip (with a 3600m vertical drop) and readers have reported close encounters and nasty accidents. Most of these are due to little or no instruction and preparation, and poor quality mountain bikes (beware bogus rebranded bikes). In short, many agencies are less than ideal. Be aware of outfits which deflate prices - cost cutting can mean dodgy brakes, poor quality parts and literally, a deadly treadly. Multilingual guides are necessary for coaching and control. Ask agencies for proof of rescue equipment (rope rescue, harnesses, belays, oxygen), and a pre-departure briefing. Ensure a quality company on this spectacular route before you freewheel your life away.
Also check out the reviews below, these are JUST SOME OF THE HUNDREDS of rave reviews from indepenent sources we have received in the last 10+ years! No other company in Bolivia can lay claim to this level of independent and verifiable praise!
"Top tours with excellent
bikes and guides ... definitely the most highly recommended"
Footprint Bolivia, November 2004
"Easily the safest option…
top-class guides …
world-class bikes …"
On The Hill (UK), March 2002
"La Paz's top agency"
Dallas Morning News, April 4, 2004
Lonely Planet South America, 2004
Footprint South American Handbook, 2003
Rough Guide Bolivia, 2002
"The original and best downhill
The Rough Guide to South America, 2004
That's right -- despite all this praise, we haven't fallen asleep at the wheel ... we are busting a gut to become even better! We won't bore you with too many details... nor let the cat out of the bag ... but more and more improvements are on their way!
SHORT CUTS to the INFORMATION THAT MATTERS MOST!!
Here you will find all the information you need about the adventure travelers' first choice in adventurous activities in South America: our fantastic downhill mountain bike rides in Bolivia! Plus there's general info about mountain biking in Bolivia, and about Team Gravity (our downhill, cross-country and 4x mountain bike race team).
1. Learn more about Gravity's WORLD-FAMOUS mountain bike ride down "The World's Most Dangerous Road."
2. Check out our calendar of upcoming SPECIAL rides, i.e., all the super-duper rides we do which are NOT down The World's Most Dangerous Road, including rides for more experienced riders such as 1-day Secret
Singletrack rides and 2- to 3-day adventurous singletrack rides around Bolivia.
3. Find outthe prices of Gravity's 1-day rides.
4. Make a Reservationfor a 1-day mountain bike ride with Gravity, (NOTE: BOOK online 48+ hours before your ride to get a FREEBIE
5. Get directions to the Gravity office in La Paz, Bolivia.
6. Download the video preview of Gravity then right click
and "save as" here.
7. Find out more about a great hostel in La Paz, The Adventure Brew Hostel, with its own microbrewery (the world's highest) producing three great Saya beers, clean rooms, hot showers, rooftop bar & BBQ, traveler information, dorm and private rooms, and a fun and social atmosphere, all at reasonable prices. We might be a bit biased but we think this is THE hostel to stay in while in La Paz... and the new Lonely Planet South America on a Shoestring (10th edition, March 2007, Pg. 196) agrees: "The name says it all. This brand-new abode on the block offers designer-style rooms, funky communal spaces, pancake breakfasts, as well as fun on tap. Yes, there's an authentic microbrewery on site.".
1. NEW model Kona mountain
bikes arriving all the time. We have new Kona Coilers and Special Edition Kona Coiler Garbanzo's arriving regularly, so our fleet is spanky shiny new. Gravity is proud
to be both an official Kona Ride Center ("Groove approved") and the distributor for Kona mountain bikes in Bolivia. Contact us if you want to buy a new or used Kona mountain bike.
2. The best brakes on the planet! Every single one of Gravity's mountain bikes is equipped with Hayes hydraulic disc brakes. This means effortless 1-finger braking in even the worst conditions down some of the biggest downhills on the planet. No other bicycle tour company in South America, let alone Bolivia, has its entire fleet equipped with the LATEST EDITION (Stroker Trail) of these fantastic brakes. Gravity is proud to be the distributor for Hayes Disc Brakes in Bolivia. Contact us if you want to buy Hayes disc brakes. PLEASE NOTE: Gravity is also EXTREMELY PROUD to be able to guarantee that EVERY ONE OF OUR BIKES is equipped with HAYES original brake pads, and that none of our bikes uses re-machined or resurfaced brake pads.
3. Buy the Gravity Photo CD -– much more than just a photo CD!!!!!! Now it's even easier to show off your daring do to your friends, relatives and jealous work-mates. Our Gravity guides will take high-resolution digital photos (100+) throughout the day, and after the ride we will view these on a television. If you like what you see, you can purchase the CD to pick up from our office or for us to send home to your mum! The Gravity photo CD includes:
High-resolution photos and short videos of your day out with Gravity
A fancy menu-driven system set to music
"Best-of" photos, and photos from Gravity's other great rides
A full-color fancy sticker on the CD
A full-color fold-out presentation booklet and CD sleeve to keep the CD safe
4. THE WORLD-FAMOUS Gravity t-shirt FREE with every ride (check them out
in the office or in the GRAVITY STORE). We are proud to report that our t-shirts are a backpacker favorite throughout the world! Lost your t-shirt, or just need to buy more so you have a clean one for every day of the week? Visit the GRAVITY STORE and you can purchase a Gravity t-shirt to be mailed to you.
5. The FANTASTIC Gravity guides are better than ever... All the Gravity guides race for TEAM GRAVITY! We have cleaned out the La Paz downhill race series for years, as well as taken out a pile of medals at the national champs!!!! You can visit our photo galleries for photo highlights of recent mountain bike races here in Bolivia.
TROUBLE SEEING THE VIDEO ON YOUR RIDE CD? Perhaps the computer you are using doesn't have the right video drivers. You can look for this driver file Google for: download DivX codec. There are lots of other places to download this file from. Once you have downloaded it install the file. Then try the CD again, and you should see the videos of your "daring do" fine.
If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us on email@example.com/ Tel. 231-3849 / Cel. 772-19634