For customers who like to get hands on with servicing their own bikes Dirt Merchants is the perfect solution for sourcing those specific replacement parts, as you are guaranteed you are getting the right part. If its not in stock it can usually be ordered and have it on hand overnight (on business days). James is Shimano certified and with well over a decade’s experience working on all bikes, with specialist tools and a can-do attitude means that he often finds solutions to tricky problems saving you costly replacement parts.
At Dirt Merchants finding the best solution to make your bike ride like a dream is our focus.
James also rode competitively for several years. His achievements include New Zealand under-23 XC champion, HT DH series champion and he also has a number of respectable Karapoti Classic efforts to his name. His passion for mountain biking has taken him around the world – he has lived in Whistler, Canada and has ridden trails throughout Europe and North America. In August 2010, James decided to pursue his dream of starting his own workshop-focussed bike store, and opened Dirt Merchants in Aro Valley. The shop was an instant success, but a busy one, and with the arrival of his son 8 years later, he decided to fill a new niche in the market and run Dirt Merchants from a mobile servicing van (aka Vanzilla).