MTB Gear Reviews
Since 2016, our mission at Tyres and Soles is to provide fair and honest mountain biking gear reviews. Along this journey, we’ve had the pleasure of testing and reviewing gear from some of the best brands in the industry, big and small.
We are always looking to work with new and interesting brands that have a story to tell, and want to help tell that story to as many people as possible.
We’re not just about gear reviews. From seasoned mountain bike racers to the weekend warriors and adrenaline junkies, we love hearing your stories and sharing them with you, the reader.
We hope our reviews help you when choosing the right gear for your next purchase, and we hope the stories we share inspire you to get outside and experience the wonders of the outdoors for yourselves.
We are truly thankful for our core and guest contributors, who have made Tyres and Soles what it is today and continue to add
Born and grew up in Wales but now a fully fledged Aussie. A passionate mountain biker, hiker and general nature addict. I’m also a bit of a muso and enjoy a good craft beer every now and again (probably too often).
I hope what we do here at Tyres and Soles will inspire people to get out there and experience the natural wonders that surround us all.
I am an adventure and alternative sports photographer based in Sydney. I shoot people in motion doing sports such as mountain biking, trail running, surfing, free-running and I love it. I am happiest when I am behind the camera.
I’m the co-founder of Outer Image Collective, a photography company that specialises in covering events such as mountain biking, adventure racing and trail running races.
You can find more of my work at Richardmcgibbon.com
Passionate mountain biker, trail builder, advocate, husband, dad (not in any order!) I’m Sydney based but my heart is in the big mountains. Three years in Queenstown NZ, riding and learning taught me what goes in to building epic trails and riding communities. This knowledge now goes back into one of Sydney’s most popualr MTB trails, Mill Creek.
I’m also a brand ambassador for Knolly bikes and a general MTB gear frother who’s stoked on building and riding trails and always up to share the adventure (and a beer!).
Born and raised in the Blue Mountains, my teenage years we spent in the bush, building trails, gnarly dirt jumps and eating my fair share of dirt on my Mongoose BMX. After a decade hiatus, in 2019 I was bitten by the bike bug (hard) and have been hooked on bombing single trails on my Intense Tracer and launching off anything that will provide even the smallest amount of airtime!
I’m the co-founder of a Sydney based pr/marketing agency called Compass Studio and a huge lover of nature, photography and getting my hands on the latest and greatest MTB gear and putting it through its paces.
Writer. Rider. Photographer. I started I’m out riding fire trails as a kid, then discovered ‘freeride’ and set my sights on gravity MTB. Later found MTB photography and followed the nationals circuit for a few years before joining the family business as a hydraulic fitter.
Now I spend my free time learning, training and trying to push my limits to break into the slightly above average amateur class. Find me on a trail or road bike, running trails, in the gym or smashing a Zwift ride any day of the week.
Dr. Jeremy Adams
Dr. Jeremy Adams has a PhD in sport psychology, is a registered psychologist, and director of Eclectic Consulting Ltd. He divides his time between mountain biking, working with athletes and other performers, executive coaching, and private psychology practice.
In past lives, Jeremy has been a principal lecturer in sport and performance psychology at a university in London, a senior manager in a large consulting firm in Melbourne, a personal trainer in Paris, and a scuba instructor in Byron Bay. He’s also the author of a textbook on performance in organisational management, a large range of professional and popular articles, and a regular blog about the joys and perils of being human www.eclectic-moose.com.
Han Porteous is a Sydney based personal trainer and founder of Shift Wellbeing and #PARKSWEAT. As an adventure junkie she is a big believer in making movement fun and focuses on finding balance in life meaning being fit and healthy can be both enjoyable and sustainable.
This combination has led her the to Ultra Trail community and most weekends you can expect to find her out hiking or running, Sydney trails with a handful of friends and a tonne of enthusiasm.
I personify the weekend warrior. Stuck behind a desk for 5 days a week, waiting for the weekend to touch down so that I can get outdoors and into nature, whether that’s on a mountain bike, hiking or just throwing my swag down in a secluded spot.
English born and raised, a globetrotter, but living in Sydney for over 20 years, there is nowhere that feels more ‘home’ than the Aussie bush.
A Kiwi who (like most other kiwis) now lives in Sydney. I caught a love of the outdoors from a young age, and over the years have thrown myself with varying degrees of enthusiasm into sports like orienteering, trail running, adventure racing, triathlons and more recently mountain biking. You’ll find me most weekends out and about on the local NSW MTB trails, mostly squawking excitedly about Australian wildlife.
I’ve been playing the outdoor games all my life. Afflicted by Activity Attention Disorder I fall very much into the ‘jack of all trades’ category. I can describe myself as a kayaker, climber (lapsed), snowborder but mostly mountain biker nowadays I have traveled and played lots of games all over the world.
Work has been a bit like play and I have worked in virtually all aspects of the outdoor industry including retail, manufacturing, instruction and expedition leadership.
I’m very happy that I seem to have sustained, if not increased, my passion for the outdoors and my enthusiasm for playing the games over time.
Looking for Talent!
Are you an adventurer wanting to share a story? Have you wanted to write for an outdoors magazine but wasn’t given the opportunity? Well, we are looking for contributors right now, so drop us a line if you would like to write for us. If you have a story that needs telling, then we’d love to share it.