Extremal now has three shops in Almaty. We’ve listed the details of the Dostyk branch as it’s the most conveniently-located if you’re heading to the mountains, but check the website for details of the other two. Cycling gurus in summer, skiing and snowboarding experts come winter, they rent and sell equipment and even organise cycling trips. The company can also help with repairs and offers ski and snowboarding lessons in season. Silk Road Adventures also organises a 12-day ‘cycling adventure’ that takes in various sights of the Tien Shan.