Sedona Mountain Biking Guide
Sedona Bike Rental Shops
These are the Sedona bike rental prices for each of the shops. The prices listed are for mountain bikes, the shops may also rent road bikes, cruisers, and kids bikes.
|Shop||Standard||Demo / High-End||Brand||Bike Type||Performance|
Kona, Niner, Santa Cruz
Evil, Intense, Juliana, Liv, Santa Cruz, Giant, Trek
Specialized, Marin, Pivot, Scott
Yeti, Orbea, Rocky Mountain
*These bikes are somewhere between mid-range and high-end.
We spent 4.3 hours researching Sedona bike rental reviews, prices, locations, and more. In summary, here’s what you should know before renting a bike in Sedona, AZ:
- Recommended bike rentals for Sedona:
- Intermediate or advanced trails: Trail or All-Mountain style full-suspension mountain bike. Most of the Sedona trails are pretty gnarly and offer a lot of technical riding opportunities.
- Bike and Bean Sedona, Over the Edge, Absolute Bikes Sedona and Trail Sports Sedona offer the best options for a true mountain biker looking for hi-end bikes.
- Hardpack trails or beginner trails: Full-suspension or hardtail mountain bike
- We still recommend a full-suspension bike so you can have a little more fun and the bike will absorb most of the rocks and give you a fun and comfortable ride.
- Paved trails only: Cruisers, E-Cruiser or Road Bike Rentals
- If you’re only going to ride the paved trails, there is no need to slow yourself down with a mountain bike. Many shops rent cruisers and road bikes as well.
Premium /High-End Mountain Bike Rentals Sedona
- Retail for more than $4500
- Full suspension
- Dropper seat post
- Carbon frame
- Hydraulic disc brakes
- 1×12 drivetrain
Mid-Range Mountain Bike Rentals Sedona
- Retail between $3000 to $4500
- Hydraulic disc brakes
- Typically an Aluminum frame
- 1×12 or 1×11 drivetrain
Standard Mountain Moab Bike Rentals Sedona
- Retail between $2000 to $3000
- Full Suspension
Hardtail Mountain Bike Rentals Sedona
- Retail between $700 to $2000
- Front suspension only
- We don’t recommend renting a hardtail bike if you’re doing some of the technical trails in the area.
Sedona Mountain Bike Shuttle is offered by OTE Sedona. It’s a one-way drop off shuttle, leaves only at 10 AM daily.
They offer 4 shuttle options: Pricing is $15/person, minimum of 2 riders. Solo riders pay $30
- Long Canyon trailhead and Bellrock Pathway – Beginner
- Dry Creek trailhead shuttle – Intermediate
- Red Agave / Hi-line shuttle – Advanced
- Although you may be able to walk in and rent a bike during non-peak weekends, chances are most bike rental shops in Sedona are going to be sold out of bikes during their peak season (late fall and early spring), 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 😉
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.
Trail Mountain Bike Rental
- Features: Between 130 to 150mm of travel, dropper seat posts, 27.5 or 29″ wheels.
- This is typically the ”Do it all” mountain bike that you can’t go wrong with on most mountain bike trails.
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
Junior / Kids Bikes
- Full-suspension 24″ bikes are typically rare to find at most rental shops.
- 24″ and 20″ hardtail bikes are the common bike rentals for Juniors.
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Did we mention these are some of the gnarliest trails in the world?