What would you like to know?
Ordering a boutique frame, especially a titanium one, is not a task taken lightly. From our end of things, we try to do our best to simplify the process and be as transparent as possible at all times.
Have a read of the questions and answers below and if you still have questions, shoot us an email.
How do I order a frame?
Muru cycles is a small brand. We're a husband and wife team. We don't have a massive warehouse full of stock. (we don't even have a small warehouse, though we are working on carrying stock)
We've elected to not have a click n' pay "shop" on the site as we believe that a purchase like a titanium frame should be a more personal matter. Plus... we like to talk to you.
Shoot us an email and we'll talk about things like sizing, delivery schedule, your intended build and where you'll be riding (we like to scope out new places to ride too), once we're both in agreement with all that, we can then send you a Paypal link to initiate your deposit. We require a deposit of 50% at the time of ordering. (at this time, an approximate delivery date will be advised). Balance is due upon frames landing at Muru HQ and prior to shipping. (note that all pricing is in Australian dollars).
How long does it take to receive my frame?
We try to place orders with our frame-builder every month. (usually around the start of the month) Delivery from our frame-builder is usually about 75 - 85 days. However... sometimes delays happen and we ask that you understand that occasionally things happen that are just beyond our control . So please take that into account when planning your order.
If you have special time requirements, please talk to us. Sometimes strings can be pulled to speed up an order.
I'm not sure what size I need, can you help?
Simply put, yes. However, the best place to start is with your current (or favourite) off road mtb. Compare things like top tube (effective) length on your bike, with our geometry charts for specific frames and that's a pretty good starting point.
From there we can talk with you about what you like in a bike, your intended use, your planned build and anything else that takes your fancy. Thinking of running a suspension fork? we can take that into account too.
Where are Muru frames made?
Let's make this short, no, the frames are not manufactured in Australia. We looked at that as an option and we had a choice. We could go with a well made, fairly std frame (made locally), at over two times the cost. Or we could use a factory overseas that has been making ti frames for some very respectable brand names for a very long time. And by doing so, we could get the price down to a level that a normal person can afford.
We chose to spread the love. Besides, now, more than ever… it’s a global market out there.
What on earth is a Perentie?
The Perentie (Varanus giganteus) is the largest monitor lizard (or goanna) native to Australia, and fourth largest lizard on earth. Found west of the Great Dividing Range in the arid areas of Australia, they are not a common sight on account of their shyness and remoteness of much of their range from human habitation.
The Perentie can grow up to 2.5 metres (8 ft 2 in) in length and maximum weight can be over 20 kilograms (44 lb).
We're fans of the Perentie and have adopted them as our brand mascot.
Can I run different size wheels on the Witjira/Tanami?
Std 29er wheels, with tyres up to 2.4" will definitely run on the Swale/Djune forks and Witjira/Tanami frames. With almost no effect on the geometry. (and you will have tones of clearance)
Your next question is will a 29" x 3.0" tyre mounted on a 40mm - 50mm wide "plus sized" rim fit?
Followed by "can I run 27.5+ wheels and tyres?" You may then ask can I run 27.5" FAT wheels and tyres on a Witjira/Tanami. To which I will say... refer to the answer below.
The answer is a firm, 100% definite; "hell yes". (on all plus sizes) For the 27.5" FAT wheels, you can run up to 4.0" wide on the Witjira and up to 4.5" wide on the Tanami (both on 80mm wide rims)
You will need to build the rims up onto 170mm or 197mm rear and 135mm or 150mm front hubs. But they will fit with space to spare.
What do you think of fat suspension forks?
At Muru we're huge fans of suspension on fat bikes. Make no mistake, suspension on fat bikes is a game changer. One ride will make you a believer. On a personal front, we're big fans of new Rockshox Bluto fork. So much so that we designed our Trail series Witjira and Tanami frames around the Bluto. We're also looking to test out the new Manitou Mastadon fork as soon as we can get our grubby little hands on one.
But like all things... its horses for courses. Or in this case... forks for courses.
If you're using your Muru FATbike as your everyday bike. Suspension might be the ticket for you. However, if you're heading out to ride the Simpson Desert Bike Challenge, then you'd be better off with our Swale Ti fork.
What's the deal with fatbikes?
So if you're this far into the site, then you probably already know the what, the why and the how come, to that question. On the other hand, if you're reading this question, then you might like some more information on exactly what this whole "fatbike" thing is about.
Click on the button to be taken to a bit of background on the whole "fatbike"
thing. Including, why we love them so much and why they're so much fun.
What's the difference between the Overlander and Trail models?
We offer two very distinct geometry differences with our Overlander and Trail frames.
Our Overlander rated frames and bikes are our expedition level models. The geometry has been optimised for long days in the saddle and expedition style, bikepacking riding. Typically they run rigid forks and are designed for adventure and all terrain use. The "Overlander" designation comes from the name given to the early cyclists that crossed Australia without roads in the 1800s.
Our Trail rated frames and bikes are intended more for singletrack and trail riding. (regular mountain biking) The geometry will be a little snappier. They are usually designed around fitment of a 120mm - 100mm suspension fork. (the exception being the Mungo)
This doesn't mean that you can't rail the singletrack on a model that is designated "Overlander". Nor does it mean that you can't load up the bikepacking gear and hit the expedition tracks on a "Trail" model. Plenty of Muru owners have fitted suspension forks to Overlander models, and equal numbers have done epic bikepacking tours on Trail models.
We're just saying that each model is designed with "more" of the end
use in mind. Where your Muru takes you... is totally up to you.