[Update: Bike has been Returned] Jim Monro's Atherton DH Bike Stolen from Red Bull Hardline Tasmania

Feb 25, 2024 at 8:54
by Ed Spratt  

Jim Monro's Atherton DH bike was stolen from the Red Bull Hardline athlete camp on Saturday evening.

After ending a week of racing at Red Bull Hardline Tasmania, Jim Monro's Atherton race bike was taken from outside the tent he was in at the Red Bull athlete camp. The bike was taken in the time between 20:30 and 21:30 on Saturday, February 24, it was stolen with its Hardline number plate and should be very recognisable.

bigquotesAtherton Hardline bike stolen from Maydena, Tasmania.

Taken from Red Bull Hardline athlete camp area between 20:30-21:30 from outside the tent we were in, race plates still on.
Jim Monro


Jim Monro has shared an update that someone has returned the bike after finding it in their backyard.

It’s great to hear that Jim was able to get his bike back.

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  • 340 0
 If they catch the culprit they should be sentenced to ride the Hardline course on the stolen bike.
  • 103 19
 Death sentence for bike theft seems kinda harsh IMHO.
  • 63 0
 Wouldn't be fair to the bike.
  • 41 3
 @enki: nah, there's a special place in hell for bike thieves.
  • 6 0
 Yes! Also to mention, it's not like there's a lot of these bikes in circulation, hopefully it's found. Bike thieves suck.
  • 34 5
 I mean it seems only fitting that you have a bike race in an old penal colony that one of the descendants who were imprisoned nicks something.
  • 15 0
 Nah I reckon they should do it on their old clapped out Huffy.
  • 9 0
  • 3 0
 I wonder if the plate is still on it
  • 3 0
 @enduroNZ: Nothing like a good convict dig...
  • 5 3
 if that was the punishment i would start stealing bikes at hardline
  • 11 0
 Nah, just put them in a room with Dan for 5 minutes.
  • 16 0
 @commental: "So I'd like to talk to you about bicycle geometry, for the next 12 hours"
  • 2 0
 Priceless comment
  • 3 2
 @enduroNZ: I mean they weren’t proper criminals. It’s was just all the dossers and drunks. If they wasn’t pulling their weight around the town they’d be arrested on trumped up charges and sent to Australia. So with that being said someone probably just got too drunk to walk home, pinched a race bike and then handed it back in the morning once they’d sobered up. I’d be looking at whose garden it was found in.
  • 1 3
 @ratedgg13: it was not a thief, just a drunk guy borrowing a ride back home.
  • 1 0
 @ratedgg13: Never ending spin class
  • 37 0
 The bike is one thing, but I’d personally be more pissed about the race plate.

And who tf thinks they’d be able to actually get that sold again without getting caught?
  • 3 0
 It would be hanging on my wall if i woke to find it in my garden. Usually its trampolines which i bend and break before returning it. Plenty Pro Custom built Atherton Bikes out there...................... Plus It would look great to Brendogs Custom Rampage and my Gold Raleigh Burner BMX.
  • 27 2
 In all seriousness I hope the bike gets found. I sometimes refer to my bike as my "baby". That being said is it possible a Dingo ate it?.....
  • 8 0
 Only if it's come on holiday from the mainland.
  • 4 0
 Apparently a Dingo did not eat his baby....
  • 27 1
 If they catch the thief he'll have to do some hardtime.
  • 26 2
 Atherton Bikes has assured Jim they’ll have a replacement bike ready for him for the 2026 season.
  • 24 0
 The bike was found this morning
  • 2 1
 be interested to hear the story behind this. was it a two headed local in-bread? was it an opportunistic fan? was it a stupid serial crack thief hoping for $1000 AU to pay for another hit?
  • 20 2
 There's at most 600,000 people in Tasmania. No way they could use or sell this bike. It would have to part stripped. I'd be checking the airport departures.
  • 21 3
 three zeros too many.
  • 5 0
 You aren't far wrong... 572000 in 2023
  • 20 1
 So Tasmania isn't an unspoiled, crime free utopia? There goes that fantasy.
  • 1 0
 Devils everywhere.
  • 16 0
 Imagine waking up in the morning and there is just race bike in your yard. Must have been just some drunk dude thinking he was about to pull the sickest prank.
  • 17 1
 Oi Oi Oi come give it back you dick head!
  • 12 0
 Hopefully it was a pissed up idiot that has a change of heart and the bike mysteriously gets found.
  • 19 0
 "I just found it in my backyard, no idea how it got there."
  • 11 4
 No surprises there
Maydena is just like Rotorua in NZ,
The riding is epic, but the towns themselves are depressed sh*tholes, full of poverty & drugs etc
Our favorite game when visiting Rotorua was "count how many homeless meth-heads" on the way through town to the trails
  • 2 0
 Spot on. Some proper shit-hole towns on the West coast of Tassie.
  • 8 1
 So sorry to hear!!! My sons bike also stolen from same event WHITE TREK SESSION 9 Race Plate No 99 Would do anything to get that bike back
  • 11 11
  • 11 5
 Will keep an eye out in upstate New York
  • 3 4
 @Roost66: I'll keep an eye out in Western NY
  • 4 0
 What does it look like?
  • 3 0
 @HughBonero: looks like Session, duh Big Grin
  • 10 1
 Bet it’s found in whistler this summer
  • 6 0
 Dan just wanted his bike back
  • 4 1
 wrong bike buddy, dennis luffman was using Dan bike
  • 3 0
 While the parts will go to the winds, some Kiwi oligarch will sit by himself in a dimly lit room with this frame on the wall. Like any piece of fine, but stolen art, it can only be enjoyed in secret.
  • 5 2
 Dude, Wears my Atherton? ..waking up after a night on the Will Smith Ciders, retrace those steps, check the roof and fishing hole 1st I reckon
  • 3 0
 “Finding it in their backyard”. Interesting way to say that you did something completely stupid because the bike is so rare and you realize you can’t get away with it.
  • 1 0
 Glad to hear it’s back and like some others here I’d be leaning more to the “pissed up arse wanting a ride home / laugh” having taken it more than some deliberate theft to make money, what ever the reason it was still out of order.
  • 1 0
 This is not an isolated problem. It's called poverty! whatever the cause you blame it on. There are remote towns in Western Australia where upcycled bikes have to be kept under lock and key. At least Maydena now has something to draw outside money into the town and maybe kick it around so hopefully the economy can rebuild. We can only hope.
  • 2 0
 That's messed up. Have to assume if someone was there then they're probably into mtb. That's some bad bad karma to steal a bike.
  • 4 0
 maybe Tasmanian devil took it for a spin Smile
  • 9 4
 Bloody convicts!
  • 5 0
 A bit upscaled from the loaf of bread they stole to get there to begin with...
  • 1 0
 @Karlos97: a hundred plus years at the training camp is finally starting to show…
  • 6 1
 Stay classy Tasmania
  • 1 0
 I was in Porto Alegre in Brazil in October and a guy rode past me on a Santa Cruz with race plates along the path by the beach; and I was really thinking I wonder if that’s from Fort Bill.
  • 3 0
 Good luck riding or selling a super rare bike lol SMH
  • 3 0
 Didn't Dan lend it him.
  • 2 0
 That was Dennis Luffman.
  • 4 2
 Who would have guessed you'd find some criminals in Van Diemen's Land?
  • 3 0
 Been returned!
  • 1 0
 Handcuff the thief in a shopping cart & send him off the UK
Hardline road gap No helmet or pads
  • 1 0
 “Found it” in their backyard..
  • 9 11
 I always think these are marketing stunts for clicks and views. Or there's a hungover kid sitting in his room stressed out about why there's an atherton race bike in his parents garage...
  • 8 1
 The Athertons do enough genuine “stunts” on their bikes to sell as many as they can make. No need for marketing.
  • 4 1
 nah, Maydena is a well know S^&t hole, this is sadly common place. The bike park is awesome.... the town and surrounds..... no thanks Jeff!
  • 1 8
flag NYShred (Feb 26, 2024 at 12:37) (Below Threshold)
 Who wants their bikes? Seen any out on the trails? Never seen a single person riding one other than the pros that get paid to ride them. Even the person who stole it, gave it back.
  • 2 1
 Not really huge area to search for
  • 7 1
 Tasmania (64,519 km²) is not far off size of Czech Republic (78,871 km²).
  • 13 0
 @mi-bike: honest question mate, how the f*ck do you have so much time for Pinkbike comment section?
  • 7 3
 @tempnoo1: Quite simple: I make the time because I enjoy it.
  • 1 0
 Let the mate know its me bike now..!
  • 1 0
 so a dude he thought was a friend....
  • 1 0
 I wonder how much Cash Converters will give them for it?
  • 2 1
 I’m just the guy who pinched it was just mething around.
  • 2 1
 I just got a sweet deal on an Atherton on Marketplace!
  • 1 0
 Need stricter punishments for this stuff, more hardline policies.
  • 2 2
 No idea why anyone would want to steal THAT bike. Funny how they gave it back after they "found" it in their backyard..
  • 1 0
 Punishment for bike theft should be rollerblades that you can't take off.
  • 1 0
 Speed and Power
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