Where do you buy your products online? Do you look for the best price or the most knowledgeable retailer?

online mountain bike shoppingNOTE: If you have a local bike shop please try to support them first with your business. However, some riders don’t have local bike shops, their bike shops don’t offer the product they’re after, or they can’t order it in time. In these cases looking online is your best answer to get what you need.

Making Choices:

If you’re looking to buy a mountain bike or mountain bike parts online you are faced with a lot of choices. There are a lot of online stores out there and some are definitely better than others. Often you need to decide whether or not you’re looking for the cheapest price for a particular product or if you want the best service.

Retailer Categories:

In this article I’ve created two categories that I feel the top online shops fall into. There are the “Inexpensive and Impersonal” shops and there are the “Rider focused and Knowledgeable” shops. Depending on your situation you can determine which shop to choose. If you know what you’re looking for, often times the cheapest route is what you’re after. If you’re in a rush for a part, knowing the shop location to judge how long the ship time will be can also factor in to your decision.

Questions And Help:

A lot of times riders don’t know what they want and really need some knowledgeable help to guide them. This is also important in choosing a shop to buy products from. Are you looking for a complete bike or just a frame? Do you have fitment questions? How easy is it to return something? All are important questions that a lot of riders ask.

Choose What Is Best For You:

Hopefully with this article I can steer you towards some really great American online mountain bike shops. In my experience I feel these shops offer the cream of the crop online and can be trusted. If you have any shops that you like to use that I haven’t mentioned, let us know down in the comments.

“Rider focused and Knowledgeable” Shops

Competitive Cyclist – Utah
Competitive Cyclist

Competitive Cyclist

What makes Competitive Cyclist special:
  • Detailed information on each product
  • Vast selection of high end components
  • They include real weights on many products
  • Great bike builder
  • Create their own product video reviews
  • Offer unconditional lifetime returns
Mountain bike frame brands available:
  • Ibis
  • Niner
  • Orbea
  • Pivot
  • Santa Cruz
  • Yeti
Drop N Zone – Washington
Drop N Zone

Drop N Zone

What makes Drop N Zone special:
  • Focused solely on mountain bikes with more gravity focused product selection
  • Build kits available to suit many riders
  • Free custom powder coating on Transition and Banshee bike frames
  • Custom powder coating available for any other frame
Mountain bike frame brands available:
  • Banshee
  • Chromag
  • Cove
  • Deity
  • Knolly
  • Transition
  • Yeti
Fanatik Bike – Washington
Fanatik Bike

Fanatik Bike

What makes Fanatik Bike special:
  • Small shop with big selection
  • Primarily focused on gravity and trail riding
  • Knowledgeable staff that ride as much or more than you
  • One of the only places in the USA to purchase Morewood Bikes
  • Have put together a great photo gallery of custom builds
Mountain bike frame brands available:
  • Banshee
  • Devinci
  • Evil
  • Ibis
  • Intense
  • Morewood
  • Niner
  • Nukeproof
  • Turner
Go Ride – Utah
Go Ride

Go Ride

What makes Go Ride special:
  • One of the oldest online mountain bike shops with lots of experience
  • Full Fox suspension service with 1-2 day turnaround
  • Nice custom bike gallery full of hot bikes
Mountain bike frame brands available:
  • Giant
  • Intense
  • Pivot
  • Surly
  • Turner
  • Ventana
  • Yeti
Speedgoat – Illinois
Speedgoat

Speedgoat

What makes Speedgoat special:
  • Offer some high end bikes/frames other places don’t
  • Have published a lot of video product reviews
  • Carry a pretty large selection of biking accessories and clothing
Mountain bike frame brands available:
  • BMC
  • Devinci
  • Lynskey
  • Moots
  • Niner
  • Orbea
  • Santa Cruz
  • Soma
  • Surly
  • Turner
  • Ventana
Wrench Science – California
Wrench Science

Wrench Science

What makes Wrench Science special:
  • Highly detailed custom bike builder with built in logic to show parts that are guaranteed to fit the frame and parts you pick
  • Real weights on most products
  • Focused on high end products
  • Large gallery of complete built bikes
Mountain bike frame brands available:
  • BMC
  • Colnago
  • Ellsworth
  • Ibis
  • Intense
  • Knolly
  • Litespeed
  • Moots
  • Niner
  • Pinarello
  • Turner Yeti

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“Inexpensive and Impersonal”

Amazon – Ship from all across United States
Amazon

Amazon

What makes Amazon special:
  • Product selection from Amazon directly and partner stores, means more total products available
  • Easy to find cheapest price on products
  • User reviews are sometimes helpful
Mountain bike frame brands available:
  • Diamondback
  • Kona
  • Mongoose
Jenson USA – California
Jenson USA

Jenson USA

What makes Jenson USA special:
  • Most respected of the online mega shops
  • Large selection of parts and accessories
  • Easy navigation with detailed filters to find the right product
Mountain bike frame brands available:
  • Banshee
  • Black Market
  • Ibis
  • Intense
  • Jamis
  • Niner
  • Rocky Mountain
  • Surly
  • Yeti
Pricepoint – California
Price Point

Price Point

What makes Price Point special:
  • Offers an affordable house brand (Sette) of parts, frames, and complete bikes that perform well
  • Offer lowest price guarantee with 30 day price protection
  • Same day shipping almost 100% of the time if order is placed before 3pm PST
  • Older shop that has been around for over 15 years
Mountain bike frame brands available:
  • Sette
  • Soma
Universal Cycles – Oregon
Universal Cycles

Universal Cycles

What makes Universal Cycles special:
  • They have flex shipping that gets your order to you quicker by shipping from multiple warehouses in Oregon, Utah, New Mexico, and Minnesota.
  • Massive selection of over 30,000 products
  • 30 second online price matches
  • Custom handbuilt wheelsets can be created online
Mountain bike frame brands available:
  • Black Market
  • DMR
  • Identiti
  • Mutant
  • NS Bikes
  • Salsa
  • Soma
  • Spank
  • Surly
  • Voodoo

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Welcome! I'm passionate about all things mountain biking. My articles focus on American made products as well as frame builders and riding locations in the USA.

(3) Readers Comments

  1. Amazon?? Really???

    • Lots of retailers and lots of parts. Prime shipping is ultra quick too. I’m not the first to suggest this for sure.

  2. I like how you split them into “Inexpensive and Impersonal” and “Rider focused and Knowledgeable” groups. I have to admit, I’m a cheapskate and lean towards the inexpensive and impersonal stores.

    The commenter before me disagrees, but I have to second your choice of Amazon.com. For buying things like tubes, small tools, and helmets Amazon is usually great. The prices generally beat the competition and the free shipping with Prime or on orders over $35 is really nice.

    I wonder if Performance/Nashbar should be included in this list. I know some people aren’t big fans, but they have good prices on a lot of entry level stuff.

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