Truckee, CA Bike Rental Shops
These are the Truckee, CA bike rental prices for each of the shops. The shops may also rent road bikes, cruisers, and kids bikes.
|Shop||Standard||Demo / High-End||Brand||Bike Type||Performance|
Alchemy, Ibis, Rocky Mountain, Santa Cruz
MTB, Cruiser, E-Bike, Kids
Pivot, Scott, Kona, Yeti
MTB, Road, Cruiser, E-bike, Kids
Cruisers, e-bikes, MTB,
Best Bike Rental Shops in Truckee, CA and North Tahoe Ranked
We spent 6.3 hours researching Truckee, CA bike rental prices, locations, and more. Here is the criteria that we used:
- The shops must be rated higher than 4.2 stars (google)
- If the shops offer online reservations to save you time
- The quality of brands and models. After all, you are shredding some of the gnarliest trails in the world.
Prices for demo bikes from Ibis, Rocky Mountain, and Santa Cruz
Northstar Resort Downhill Park Bike Rentals
If you’re looking to rent bikes for the downhill park at Northstar, we recommend renting from the resort as they have true Downhill bikes, they’re just a bit pricey. $129 for a free ride bike and $149 for a DH bike
Premium /High-End Mountain Bike Rentals Truckee, CA
- Retail for more than $4500
- Full suspension
- Dropper seat post
- Carbon frame
- Hydraulic disc brakes
- 1×12 drivetrain
Mid-Range Mountain Bike Rentals Truckee, CA
- Retail between $3000 to $4500
- Hydraulic disc brakes
- Typically an Aluminum frame
- 1×12 or 1×11 drivetrain
Standard Mountain Bike Rentals Truckee, CA
- Retail between $2000 to $3000
- Full Suspension
- No dropper seat post
- Basic suspension features
Hardtail Mountain Bike Rentals Truckee, CA
- 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.
E-bikes / Pedal Assist Rentals Truckee, CA
- E-bikes / Pedal-assist bikes are available to rent in Truckee, CA
- NOTE: You can’t ride an e-bike or a pedal assist bike on all trails, they are only allowed on some of the trails. Check with the Truckee bike rental shop to get a list of trails that you can ride.
- Although you may be able to walk in and rent a bike during non-peak weekends, chances are most Truckee bike rental shops are going to be sold out of bikes during their peak season, 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 😉
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
- Available to rent at Northstar Resort Bike Rental for the downhill park
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.
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 the perfect bike for the non-shuttle trails
- This is our recommended bike rental for Truckee and North Tahoe 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
- Who rents full suspension 24″ bikes
- 24″ and 20″ kids bikes are available to rent from most other bike rental shops in Truckee, CA
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