The town of Moab and its surrounding vast red rock landscape is Utah’s ultimate adventure playground. What other place can you visit multiple national parks, mountain bike unbelievable singletrack, rock climb slickrock, slide through narrow canyons, and raft down the infamous Colorado river through high red rock walls Ã¢â‚¬â€œ all within a few miles from town? Moab is one of the best adventure destinations in the entire world. Its red rock landscape boasts over 800 miles of biking trails, the mighty Colorado River, a maze of canyons and sandstone towers for climbing, and 2 of Utah’s most infamous National Parks – Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park.
Moab is an absolute mecca for mountain biking. With hundreds of miles of trails, Moab appeals to bikers of all skill levels. While the riding tends to lean toward challenging in many areas, beginners to the sport can find smooth singletrack complemented by panoramic views and mesa tops at the Klonzo, Klondike Bluffs and Bar M trail systems.
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MOAB UTAH BIKE SHUTTLES
These are the shuttle companies that you can book a shuttle from in Moab
Whole Enchilada Shuttle Company
Moab Cyclery Shuttle
Whole Enchilda (the very top)
Moab Brand Trails (Bar M)
Porcupine Rim Lower Trailhead
MOAB UTAH BIKE RENTAL SHOPS
Double down bike shop is rider owned and operated rents latest mountain bike brands from Revel and Kona.
Rim Cyclery is the oldest running bike shop in Moab and located centrally in Moab.
Chile Pepper Bike Shop has the highest rating and a large variety of brands like Evil, Esker, Liv, Giant, Norco, Intense, Devinci, Salsa, BMC and Transition.
Moab Cyclery is located in the middle of town and offers their own bike shuttle.
Poison Spider is one of the busiest bike shops in town. A great line up of bikes and the staff is helpful but parking may be an issue.
Bike Fiend is a smaller shop with a limited bike brand selection of Cannondale, but they do offer bikepacking rentals in Moab which is super cool.
Although you may be able to walk in and rent a bike during non-peak weekends, chances are most bike rental shops in Moab are going to be sold out of bikes during their peak season (March-May), 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
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 in Moab 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 or riding cruisers around town
Remember, most damage to bikes actually happens during the transportation 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 😉
Rim Tours mountain bike adventures don’t do rentals, but they only offer Moab bike tours and some of them look pretty epic.
Moab Cyclery also offers half-day and full-day mountain biking tours of some of the best trails in Moab starting from $75/person BYO-Bike or $105 with the bike rental.
Magpie Cycling offers multi-day tours, skills instructions, day tours, and private tours. They have a broad assortment that could fit exactly what you’re looking for.
Western Spirit is one of the biggest mountain biking tour companies and offers tours not only in Moab but in some of the top destinations in the US. They have a pre-set schedule of trips that you can join and also offer private trips.
You couldn’t possibly think of another place on the planet where you can get a bigger variety of technical terrain to learn mountain biking skills.
MMTBI (say that 3 times fast) offers mountain bike clinics that you can drop in to for 1.5 hours to private individual and group skills clinics.
RimTours and other tour companies also offer instruction as a tour package offering.
If you have an extra day, have a beginner in your group that wants to get some Moab terrain under their belt or if you want to advance your MTB skills, we highly recommend taking a lesson.
The best way to save money in Moab is by renting in advance and booking for multiple days. In comparison to other destinations around the country, Moab is more expensive in bike rentals but for a good reason. The bikes here require a lot more maintenance and repair as the trails are super technical and demanding.
We didn’t find any Ã¢â‚¬Â�CouponsÃ¢â‚¬Â� for Moab bike rentals, but most shops do offer multi-day discounts. So you’re better off renting from 1 shop for multiple days.
The bike you choose to rent is going to come down a lot to preference and the type of riding that you like to do. But, here are some recommendations if you don’t know where to start.
For Shuttle rides: Rent an All-Mountain/Enduro style bike.
All-around riding: rent a trail bike. You’ll be able to climb the ups but still have enough bike for the downs.
Check with your bike shop if you have questions before you visit, it can be hard to swap out for another bike when you’re already at the shop