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We spent 6.3 hours researching mountain bike rental prices, locations, and more. In summary, this is what riders think:

5 shops to rent from

  • Chile Pepper Bike Shop Moab has the highest rating of 4.9 stars and 155 reviews. Probably the best shop for high-end mountain bike rentals in Moab. 🔥🔥🔥 Bike to rent: Evil Offering GX
  • Double Down Bike Shop has a local feel, owner operated and the customers rave about their service, online booking and ability to help book the shuttle. 🔥: The Niner Jet 9 is a great value
  • Rim Cyclery is the oldest bike shop in Moab and still going strong. A very central location, right downtown and has a decent line up of bikes. 🔥 Scott Genius
  • Poison Spider is one of the busiest bike shops in town, first shop as you enter the town. A great line up of bikes and the staff is helpful but parking may be an issue. We recommend walking down here to pick up your bike and riding back.
    • 🔥🔥🔥: Ibis Ripmo all the way, chances are they will be out of stock. It’s a hard bike to come across.
  • Moab Cyclery is located in the middle of town, and offer a bike shuttle of their own.  They also have lots of parking available.

2 bike shops that don’t ”rent”

  • Rim Tours mountain bike adventures show up under bike rental searches, but they only offer tours and some of them look pretty epic.
  • Dreamride bike rentals have low ratings and reviews and essentially no information on their website.

Bottom line

You will get comparable bikes from each shop within their line up of carbon or aluminum full suspension bike rentals, they will just be from different brands.

Recommended bike type:

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

Moab Mountain Bike Rentals Explained

Premium /High-End Mountain Bike Rentals Moab

  • Retail for more than $4500
  • The average rental price a premium MTB is $98/day
  • Features:
    • Full suspension
    • Dropper seat post
    • Carbon frame
    • Hydraulic disc brakes
    • 1×12 drivetrain

Mid-Range Mountain Bike Rentals Moab

  • Retail between $3000 to $4500
  • The average rental price of a mid-range MTB is $73/day
  • Features:
    • Full-suspension
    • Hydraulic disc brakes
    • Typically an Aluminum frame
    • 1×12 or 1×11 drivetrain

Standard Mountain Moab Bike Rentals Moab

  • Retail between $2000 to $3000
  • The average rental price of  a standard MTB is $60/day
  • Features:
    • Full Suspension

Hardtail Mountain Bike Rentals Moab

  • Retail between $700 to $2000
  • The average rental price of a hardtail MTB is $45/day
  • 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 Moab

  • E-bikes / Pedal-assist bikes are available to rent in Moab from the following bike shops
    • Double Down
    • Poison Spider
    • Moab Cyclery
  • NOTE: You can’t ride an e-bike or a pedal assist bike on all trails in Moab, they are only allowed on some of the trails. According to Poison Spider’s website, they can be ridden at Dead Horse Point State Park, Sand Flats Recreation Area (Slickrock trail, Hells Revenge, Fins and Things), and the Sovereign Trail system.

Types of Mountain Bikes

Downhill mountain bike rental

  • 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
  • Not available for rent in Moab, UT. And… you wouldn’t want it here anyway

Downhill bike explained

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.
  • This would be the recommended mountain bike to rent for the downhill shuttle rides such as Mag 7, Whole Enchilada etc.

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

Enduro and All Mountain bike rental moab explained

Trail Mountain Bike Rental

  • Features: Between 130 to 150mm of travel, dropper seat posts, 27.5 or 29″ wheels.
  • This is the perfect bike for the non-shuttle trails in Moab such as Bar M, Klonzo, Navajo loop etc.

Trail bike rental moab 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. If you were to go ride the White Rim Trail in Canyonlands, we would recommend renting a cross country bike.
  • 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 rentals

Junior / Kids Bikes

  • Who rents full suspension 24″ bikes
    • Poison Spider
    • Chili Pepper
  • 24″ and 20″ kids bikes are available to rent from most other bike rental shops in Moab

   Junior full suspension bike rental

Moab Mountain Biking Trails

The Moab Brand Trails (Bar M)

  • Features a trailhead with parking
  • Close to town
  • ~40 miles of trails
    • 10 Green / Beginner
    • 10 Blue / Intermediate
    • 1 Advanced

The Klonzo region

  • Non-motorized singletrack trails near Arches National Park.
  • Klonzo is split into South (easier) and North (more intermediate) zones by the Willow Springs Rd.
  • You can connect to the Bar M trails using the Zephyr trail

Klondike Bluffs

  • Features: Dinosaur tracks and the most fun up and down (advanced) ride, EKG
  • 68 miles of trail
    • 12 beginner trails
    • 14 intermediate trails
    • 11 advanced trails

Sandflats Recreation Area

  • A limited number of trails
    • 3 intermediate
    • 2 advanced
    • 2 expert
  • E-bikes are allowed
  • Access to the popular Slickrock trail (accessible by jeeps and motorcycles)

Dead Horse Point Mountain Bike Trails

  • Great system for beginners or children to get introduced to the Moab trails
    • 3 green/beginner
    • 6 beginner/intermediate
  • Beautiful views of Canyonlands National Park
  • $10 entrance fee
  • No shuttle required

Whole Enchilada Trail

World famous mountain biking trail and the most popular in the Moab area.

According to MTBproject, Depending on the season Burro Pass down to the LaSal Mountain Loop Road opens around July 1 and closes in September or early October. Check with the local shops or check the trail status online.

  • 34.1-mile point to point
  • Shuttle ride
  • Not for beginners, intermediate to advanced riders will love this trail but it is still a workout, don’t let the all downhill overview of this trail fool you.
  • Consists of many different trail sections such as UPS/LPS and the famous Porcupine Rim
Mag 7 is a short name for the 7 trails that into one amazing ride: Gemini Bridges Rd., Bull Run, Arth’s Corner, Little Canyon, Gold Bar Rim, Golden Spike, Poison Spider, and Portal.
  • Intermediate to expert level trails
  • How to ride: the MTB project page offers great options on how to best ride the trails, where to park and if you need to shuttle or not.
  • Note: Poison Spider and Portal are extremely difficult trails and the consequences of a fall at the wrong place could be fatal. Please check with the shop and do your research online if you’re planning on riding these trails.
  • You can ride the first 5 trails and bailout and still have an amazing ride.

Navajo Rocks Loop

  • A great trail for a cross-country/trail bike rental with lots of ups and downs but no big climbs or long downhills.
  • A perfect ride for those who are looking for a workout and not a downhill shuttle ride
  • 17.4 miles, 95% singletrack

Moab 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 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 while you’re at work and supposed to be paying attention in the meeting (don’t worry, we won’t tell). BTW, have you seen this video!!?

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.

The following shuttle companies offer bike shuttles in Moab:

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
    • 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 😉

Bike Shop Brands What’s so hot right now
Chili Pepper Bike Shop Transition, Evil Bikes, Devinci, Norco, Giant Evil Offering GX
Double Down Bike Shop Niner, Canfield Riot 27.5″ Plus, Commencal Meta, KHS 6555+ Electric Bike Niner jet 9
Poison Spider Bike Shop Trek, Rocky Mountain, Orbea, Pivot, Yeti, Ibis Ibis Ripmo
Moab Cyclery Specialized, Santa Cruz Santa Cruz Nomad
Rim Cyclery Scott Scott Genius

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