What is 'MTBVanLife'?

‘MTB’ short for mountain bike, and ‘VanLife’ for what we do part time whenever we get the chance. MTBVanLife was created as a project and joint venture between friends. It all started when Sam bought a T6 Transporter as a project camper van conversion. Luke then built up a brand alongside this, and here we are today sharing our adventures with you! We are now part of the growing 'Van Life' scene which truly is an amazing community, full of stories and great friends. Follow our travels on Instagram @themtbvanlife

'Van Life'

Through the summer and winter of 2017, Sam and Luke spent most weekends converting the empty shell of a van into a purpose built camper. As keen mountain bikers, it had to be fit for transporting bikes, as well as having some of the amenities to live. Although a small space, various designs and improvements have meant the space has been used efficiently.

Mountain Biking

Together the team got into mountain biking seriously in around 2015. However before then whilst at school, evenings and weekends would be spent riding over to the local mountain bike park at Hadleigh. This soon had its limits, and the determination to venture further afield took hold! Now with a growing following, new plans to adventure are always happening.


We are @themtbvanlife - Every effort is made to document the travels and adventures with MTBVanLife, as well as the mountain biking. Many photos are taken by the team, but Luke has always had a passion for photography and editing videos. If there is anything you want to see, let us know and we will strive to ensure we bring you the content you want to see!

Our Story In Short

We are three friends who decided to invest some time and start to ride mountain bikes seriously. We spent many weekends converting an empty VW Transporter into a purpose built camper van to suit our needs. Having the van enables us to travel further afield with the bikes and allow time to explore new places while making new friends. To think we started riding at our local trails in Hadleigh, Essex; but now fast adding to our list of places visited. Our ultimate aim is to travel the length and breadth of the UK as well as tackling what Europe and the Alps have to offer. You can follow our adventures here and on our Instagram @themtbvanlife

The Team

We are three friends with a passion for exploration & riding mountain bikes
Luke, 25
Rider & 'Editor'
Sam, 26
Rider & 'The Brains'
Jake, 25
Rider & 'Muscle'

Our Stories

Everyone has their own story, so who are we and what do we do?

Follow Us On Insta @themtbvanlife

Latest Posts & Updates

  • Aug, 18

    Alpe D’Huez Mountain Biking – Has This Resort Been Overlooked By Many?

    Finding the ‘Spirit Of Alpe D’Huez’ Alpe D’Huez, what can I say? We fell in love with this place after just the first day. Sadly we were not able to make it last year due to an injury which saw my MCL ligament torn, We did however keep  in touch with the tourist office and […]

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    Aug, 7

    Security Bolts For Front Runner Rack

    A quick little update and addition… Recently on Instagram you may have seen that we are now rocking a new Front Runner rack and accessories. This new rack is perfect for our adventures and the ability to have rack mounted accessories makes our travelling a lot easier. One thing you can never skimp on is […]

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  • Aug, 6

    Front Runner Have Transformed Our Van!

    A BIG change to the van has happened with thanks to Front Runner. We are now lucky enough to be working with them to share with you their products. When they reached out to us we couldent resist and had to take up the opportunity. By now you will have noticed in the most recent […]

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    Aug, 6

    Direct4x4 Side Steps

    A couple of months ago we headed back of to Derby to see our good friends at Direct4x4. We have been speaking with them for a while now and taking a look at some of their awesome products. It also gives us an excuse to head up to the Peak District, or on this occasion […]

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  • May, 31

    Spontaneous trip to the Lake District

    Our recent trip to the Lake District, was a result of heading up to Derby to meet Direct4x4. There will be an article soon about that visit, but we wanted to once again make the most of the bank holiday Monday. We therefor booked off the Friday and used that as our business trip day, […]

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    May, 6

    Thule Hydration Packs – Review

    Quality products fit for for purpose! We had three products to test from Thule which varied in size, but all were top quality items. As hydration packs, they are great for most activities out an about, but Thule market them more at riding, which we will most definitely use them for. However, we wanted to […]

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