The Best Crested Butte, CO Bike Rental Shops

These are the Crested Butte bike rental prices for each of the shops. The prices shown are daily prices for mountain bikes, although shops may also rent road bikes, cruisers, and kids bikes.

Shop StandardDemo / High-EndBrandBike TypePerformance

handlebar bike rental

$50

$90

Norco, Intense

MTB, Cruiser

Elevate bike rental

$95

Specialized, Transition

MTB, Kids

$75

Big Al's Bicycle Heaven

$45

$115

Rocky Mountain, Kona, Devinci

MTB, E-MTB, Cruiser, Fat, Kids

$85

The Alpineer

$45

$95

Santa Cruz, Yeti, Trek,

Mountain, E-MTB, Cruiser, Kids

$60

Crested Butte Sports

$40

$85

Cannondale, Transition

$65

Flatiron Sports

$46

$96

Trek, Kona, Santa Cruz, Electra

Downhill, Mountain, DH Kids

$60

We spent 4.2 hours researching Crested Butte bike rental prices, reviews, locations, brands, types of bikes rented, and more. We have listed the best shops according to the following criteria.

  • The shops must be rated higher than 4.2 stars (google)
  • The quality of brands and models. After all, you are shredding some of the gnarliest trails in the world.

Big Al’s Bicycle Heaven

  • Rating: 4.7 ⭐️ (54 reviews)
  • Types of bikes rented: Mountain bikes, E-MTBs, Cruisers, Fat bikes and kids
  • Brands carried: Rocky Mountain, Kona

Butte and Co. / Elevation Bike Rental

Butte and Co. runs Elevate Bike rental in the Elevation hotel at the Crested Butte Resort base. Elevate is a TripOutside partner for renting a DH bike or a trail bike if you’re looking to rent on the mountain.

  • Rating: 4.4 ⭐️ (7 reviews)
  • Types of bikes rented: Downhill mountain bikes, trail mountain bikes, and kids
  • Brands carried: Transition and Specialized
  • BOOK ONLINE

Crested Butte Sports

  • Rating: 5.0 ⭐️ (47 reviews)
  • Types of bikes rented: Downhill mountain bikes, trail mountain bikes and kids
  • Brands carried: Transition and Cannondale

Flatiron Sports

  • Rating: 4.8 ⭐️ (62 reviews)
  • Types of bikes rented: Downhill mountain bikes, trail mountain bikes, and kids
  • Brands carried: Trek, Kona, Santa Cruz, Electra

Handlebar Bike Shop

The Handlebar Bike Shop is centrally located downtown at the major intersection in Crested Butte. It’s a perfect bike shop for renting a cruiser bike to ride around the city or to take the bike path or rent a high-quality enduro or trail mountain bike. 

  • Rating: 4.5 ⭐️ (25 reviews)
  • Types of bikes rented: Downhill mountain bikes, trail mountain bikes, and kids
  • Brands carried: Norco, Intense
  • BOOK ONLINE

The Alpineer

  • Rating: 4.8 ⭐️ (62 reviews)
  • Types of bikes rented: E-MTBs, enduro and trail mountain bikes, and kids
  • Brands carried: Santa Cruz, Yeti, Trek

Crested Butte Mountain Resort Bike Rentals

You can also rent downhill mountain bikes from the Crested Butte Mountain Resort.

Crested Butte, CO Mountain Biking

Here are the best mountain biking trails in Crested Butte Colorado

There are different websites and apps that show trail information differently so we have consolidated all of their maps here for your convenience.

The best rides according to MTBProject are:



You can also check Trailforks.com

Mt. Crested Butte Evolution Bike Park trail Map

You can find the interactive pdf by the resort here or explore the trails on Trailforks below

 

Evolution Bike Park on Trailforks.com


Crested Butte, CO Mountain Bike Rentals Explained

Premium /High-End Mountain Bike Rentals Crested Butte, CO

  • Retail for more than $4500
  • Features:
    • Full suspension
    • Dropper seat post
    • Carbon frame
    • Hydraulic disc brakes
    • 1×12 drivetrain

Mid-Range Mountain Bike Rentals Crested Butte, CO

  • Retail between $3000 to $4500
  • Features:
    • Full-suspension
    • Hydraulic disc brakes
    • Typically an Aluminum frame
    • 1×12 or 1×11 drivetrain

Standard Mountain Bike Rentals Crested Butte, CO

  • Retail between $2000 to $3000
  • Features:
    • Full Suspension

Hardtail Mountain Bike Rentals Crested Butte, CO

  • Retail between $700 to $2000
  • Features
    • Front suspension only
  • We don’t recommend renting a hardtail bike if you’re doing some of the technical trails in the area.

E-bikes / Pedal Assist Rentals Crested Butte, CO

  • E-bikes / Pedal-assist bikes are available to rent in Crested Butte, CO from the following bike shops:
    • Alpineer Bike Shop
    • Big Al’s Bicycle Heaven

Crested Butte, CO Mountain Biking FAQs

  • Although you may be able to walk in and rent a bike during non-peak weekends, chances are most bike rental shops in Crested Butte, CO could be sold out of bikes during their peak season (June-September), or at least the exact bike that you’re looking for. We HIGHLY recommend renting in advance.
  • This will also help you save time on your vacation.  Most of the rental information and forms can be filled out online while you’re at work and supposed to be paying attention in the meeting (don’t worry, we won’t tell).

We list shops with the highest reviews (at least 4.0) on Google to make sure you have the best rental experience possible. If there is a shop that is missing, please let us know. We want to make sure we feature the top local outfitters with the best gear.

Damage protection is a tricky one, predicting whether you’ll need it or not would make us, well… actuaries. But, here are our thoughts on the matter.

  • When it’s worth it:
    • Riding technical trails: most trails have some degree of technicality. Even if you scratch just the stanchions on the fork, bike shops will charge you a pretty penny. And rightfully so, not only do they have to fix the repair, they may be out of stock on a bike that someone else could rent in the future.
    • Riding premium or high-end bikes:
      • The components are getting so expensive on these bikes, we think it is worth the $10/day to make sure you’re covered.
  • When you may not need it:
    • Riding green / easy trails
    • Riding cruisers around town

Remember, most damage to bikes actually happens during the transporting of the bikes. Don’t try to jam them into your car because you’re trying to save a few bucks on the shuttle or don’t want to rent a bike rack. It’s worth it to have a bike that’s going to be rideable when you get to the trail!

Oh, and remember to check the fine print with the shop. It typically doesn’t cover ALL damage to the bike, there is still a covered/not covered list, it is insurance after all 😉

You can rent downhill mountain bikes at the following shops in Crested Butte:

The Different Types of Mountain Bikes

Downhill mountain bike rental

  • Ideal for downhill bike parks
  • Heaviest category of mountain bikes, designed to take a chairlift or a shuttle up and then ride downhill
    • A full-suspension bike with a lot of travel. The suspension travel is typically greater than 150mm.
    • Features: Typically 27.5″ tires, dropper seat posts, suspension travel of 6″ or more

 

Crested Butte Downhill Mountain biking

All Mountain / Enduro bike rental

  •  Designed for mostly downhill but riding some uphill to get there. Although newer bike designs and drivetrains have made the geometry very uphill friendly
  • Features: Travel between 155mm to 170mm,  27.5” wheels are the most popular in this category.

Here is an in-depth review of the differences between the trail and all-mountain category.

Enduro bike rental crested butte

Trail Mountain Bike Rental

If you had to choose one bike for all types of terrain, this is the category we would recommend. This category can climb really well but has enough suspension to handle most technical terrain and downhill sections. This is perfect for an intermediate or beginner rider as well as its forgiving on the downhills but allows you to climb.

  • Features: Between 130 to 150mm of travel, dropper seat posts, 27.5 or 29″ wheels.

Trail mountain bike explained

Cross Country (lightest – designed for climbing and speed)

  • These bikes are light, have 29″ in wheels typically and are made for long rides that would require a lot of climbing or distance riding.
  • Features: Typically 29″ wheels, carbon fiber with limited features such as dropper seat posts to reduce overall bike weight.
  • Hardtail bikes are in this category as well

 

cross country mountain bike crested butte

Junior / Kids Bikes

  • The sizing is based on the wheel sizes
  • Full suspension 24″ bikes
  • 24″ and 20″ kids

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Crested Butte, CO Mountain Biking Videos

401 trail video

Video of BKXC mountain biking in Crested Butte

Evolution Bike Park Crested Butte Videos

The Singletrack Sampler riding at Evolution Bike Park

Huntstyle’s video of riding Evolution Bike Park

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Did we mention these are some of the gnarliest trails in the world?