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March 28, 2017
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Mountain Bike Tours & Rentals!

Costa Rica is the perfect place for mountain bike rentals and tours.  With a very favourable climate and an average temperature between 21 – 27 degrees Celsius (70-81 Fahrenheit), the temperature is usually ‘just right’ to hit the trails. The country also has many micro-climates, depending on where you are. The north Pacific coast is typically hot and dry and there is an 80% average chance the sun will be shining on any given day throughout the entire year. The interior and higher elevations can receive cooler weather and  more rainfall. The best time to visit is usually from November to April.

The Trails

Las Catalinas is situated in the Pacific north coast of the Guanacaste province of Costa Rica, and is renowned for maintaining over 30 km of world-class coastal single-track mountain bike trails with scenic ocean views that will astound you.

These trails have been under construction since 2010 and each year the trail system expands and matures.  The trails are an average of 3-4 feet wide and are built to largely comply with IMBA trail design standards.

The trails are varied and appeal to all levels of mountain biking experience with fast downhills, challenging uphill’s, and long stretches of beautiful, flat single track.

3 riders cycling past a waterfall that has washed out the trail
Mountain biking at it's purest - Costa Rica style!

The terrain of your mountain bike tour

The terrain and vistas change dramatically and over the course of a 1.5 hour ride you will have dramatic ocean vistas, tropical forest shade, overgrown valleys, and some heart thumping climbs! These trails are immaculately maintained by a full time trail crew who rake and maintain the trails on a daily basis.

An arial view of the biking trails of Las Catalinas, showing the beaches and surrounding hills
An areal view map of the biking trails maintained by Las Catalinas!

Mountain bike rentals and gear

You will be set up on your preferred ride and given a safety helmet. Then we will hand you a map of the mountain bike trails, and set you off on your mountain bike tour adventure. If you prefer riding with clipless shoes, you can bring your pedals and shoes with you when you visit us and we’ll throw your pedals on the bike of your choice at no extra charge.

In addition to the trails built and maintained on Las Catalinas, the surrounding areas are home to varied ride loops that can be tailored to your experience.

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Model 1 hr 2 hrs 3 hrs 4 hrs Full Day 5 Days Week Xtra Day
MTB-Kids Bike 25 35 45 55 65 200 220 25
MTB-Hardtail 45 55 65 75 220 250 30
MTB-FULL Susp / Fat Bike 60 70 80 90 290 320 35
MTB-Borealis Demo 75 85 95 105 320 350 40

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SUGGESTED MOUNTAIN BIKE TOURS

1.5 Hour Mountain Bike Ride On Las Catalinas Single Track Trails

Explore the 30+ km of single track trail starting at Catalinas.  You will be decked out with a helmet and a hard tail mountain bike, from our high end inventory and show you some of the most majestic views from single track coastal trails in all of Costa Rica.  This ride lasts approximately 1.5 hours.

  • $70/person for 2 or more riders
  • $100/person single
  • upgrade your bike for an extra $15-$30

2.5 Hour Mountain Bike Ride On Las Catalinas Single Track Trails

For the more experienced riders, explore the full 20+ km of single track trail at Las Catalinas.  You will be decked out with a helmet and a hard tail mountain bike, from our high end inventory and show you some of the most majestic views from single track coastal trails in all of Costa Rica.  This ride lasts approximately 2.5 hours.

  • $100/person for 2 or more riders
  • $150/person single
  • upgrade your bike for an extra $15-$30
A group of friends pause for a group pic while mountain-biking on the scenic hills of Las Catalinas!
A group of friends pause for a group pic while mountain-biking on the scenic hills of Las Catalinas!

Old School Guanacaste Full Day Ride

Startint at Las Catalinas, take a ride 100 years back in time on our Old School Guanacaste Adventure! Experience architecture, towns, and scenery that few get to see on their travels. Climb high passes followed by technical single track, leisurely country roads, amazing waterfalls with swimming holes, lots of exciting river crossings and more! We’ll see majestic Guanacaste trees and strangler figs, Pochotes, and other local tree species. This trip lasts 6-7 hours and is for advanced riders.

  • More information and prices upon request

Some of the AWESOME MOUNTAIN BIKES you can rent

You can rent some of the best bike brands available such as: Specialized, Trek, Borealis Fat Bikes, and Scott mountain bikes.  One of the specialties is fat bikes and you can have a large selection of fat bikes for rent, sale, as well as parts such as fat bike tires and tubes.

Scott Scale 770 / 970

A true mountain bike that looks and acts the part with 27.5″ or 29″ wheels, disc brakes, 100mm suspension fork with lockout, and aggressive tires.

Red model Scale 770 Mountain Bike by Scott | Mountain Bike Rentals! | Golf carts are a fun and convenient. Special Places of Costa Rica can arrange to have your personal golf cart ready for you when you arrive. - brought to you by Special Places Management & Rentals, Costa RicaFeatures:

  • Alloy 6061 aluminum frame
  • Custom SR Suntour XCR-RL 100mm suspension fork
  • Shimano Deore 2 x 10 drivetrain
  • Shimano Hydraulic disc brakes
  • Platform flat pedals, or Shimano SPD, or Crankbrothers

Available sizes:  Small, Medium, Large

Scott Scale 720 Plus

Scott designed the Scale 720 Plus to make sure that it not only climbs like a bat out of hell, but with its slacker head angle it will have you flying down the hill with newfound confidence. Massive 3″ tires give you the grip to do it all.

Green bike by Scott Mountain bikes | Mountain Bike Rentals! | Golf carts are a fun and convenient. Special Places of Costa Rica can arrange to have your personal golf cart ready for you when you arrive. - brought to you by Special Places of Costa RicaFeatures:

  • Scale 700 Plus superlight alloy aluminum frame
  • Rock Shox Recon Silver RL Solo Air 120mm w/remote lockout
  • Boost 110 / 148 hubs, 27,5″ x 3″ Maxxis tires.
  • Shimano SLX / XT 2×10 drivetrain.
  • Shimano hydraulic disc brakes.

Available sizes: Small, Medium, Large

Trek Fuel EX 5 29

The world’s best-loved mountain bike keeps getting better. Fuel EX continues to set the bar for full suspension trail bike versatility, bringing race-day tech to all-day adventure. Want a rugged, capable long-travel trail bike, and a nimble XC bike? Get both with Fuel EX. Whether it’s your millionth mile on the trail or your first, you’ll love this bike.

An orange mountain bike with big nobby tires and front and rear shocks | Mountain Bike Rentals - brought to you by specialplacesofcostarica.comFeatures:

  • Advanced tech makes Trek the best-riding full suspension bike
  • 29er-optimized frame delivers a fast, stable ride
  • ABP keeps your suspension active while you’re on the brakes
  • Trail-optimized G2 29er geometry is fast, agile, confident

Available sizes: 17.5″, 19.5″, 21.5″

Trek Farley 5

Farley changes the game for fat bikes. Now with a lightweight carbon frame option and the ability to accommodate 5″ tires and a variety of wheel sizes, Farley is the quickest and most versatile fat bike ever.  Farley lets you tackle anything, any time, for any reason.  Fatten up your Ride!

A black fat tire mountain bike by Trek, model Farley 5 | Mountain Bike Rentals! | Golf carts are a fun and convenient. Special Places of Costa Rica can arrange to have your personal golf cart ready for you when you arrive. - brought to you by Special Places Management & Rentals, Costa Rica

 

Available sizes: 17.5″, 19.5″, 21.5″

The full service bike repair shop is staffed with pro bike mechanics to keep you on the trail.  They offer a full range of tires, tubes, and bike parts including Shimano, Race Face, and Fox, in addition to accessories from Camelbak, and Giro helmets.

 


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