Choosing the right bike is incredibly important. It’s a tool that can either promote, or hinder your cycling experience. Are you riding for fun? For exercise? Racing? Or, long distance tours? Road? Mountain? Commute? Do you have any physical conditions that need to be addressed? Unlike many shops we don’t just carry one or two brands, we carry four. We have a huge selection so we can assure the right bike for you.
Cannondale has been one of our top brands for years. They are highly innovative and always pushing their designs to the next level. Pioneers of the BB30, Hologram Cranks, Spider Rings, Integrated Technologies, and Lefty suspension, they offer the top bikes in the world. The company grew quickly during its early years. Starting life above a pickle warehouse. They introduced the cycling industry’s first bicycle trailer, the Bugger, and added successful cycling apparel and accessory lines while earning a strong reputation for innovation and quality.
That reputation proved invaluable when Cannondale introduced its first bicycle, a Touring model, in 1983. They raised the cycling world’s eyebrows by building their bicycles around handcrafted, oversized aluminum frames that were both lighter and more flex-resistant than the steel models that dominated the industry at the time. They quickly followed up this success with a road racing model and a mountain bike model in 1984. Their creative reputation encouraged both bike dealers and customers to join the revolution, and widespread industry skepticism quickly gave way to a host of imitators.
In 1997, Cannondale was the first company to feature large, oversized aluminum bike frames on cycling’s biggest stage, the Tour de France. After powering his Cannondale to four stage victories at the 1999 Tour, the flamboyant Saeco team leader proclaimed “Cannondale is the best bike.”
With a reputation for shaking up the industry, they continued to push the entire cycling community with the release of our first carbon/aluminum frame, the Six13, flaunting the low weight with prison striped jerseys that read: Legalize My Cannondale.
In the last 14 years, they’ve won five Giro d’Italia Maglia Rosas, arguing that maybe they should add pink to our brand colors. Most recently we won the Girod’Iltalia and the Vuelta a España in one single year!
On the mountain bike side, Cannondale started the dual suspension revolution way back in 1990 by introducing the Delta V E.S.T., the industry’s first dual suspension bike, and followed it up with the equally radical Super V and Scalpel platforms. Their riders dominated the cross country and downhill scene into the new millennium with the biggest names in dirt like Cadel Evans, Alison Sydor, Missy Giove, Cedric Gracia, Christophe Sauser, Anne-Caroline Chausson, Tinker Juarez and Brian Lopes to name a few. The creation of The Cut freeride crew brought together the audacious riding talents of Aaron Chase, Chris Van Dine and Mick Hannah. Their technologies like HeadShok, Lefty, innovative suspension and optimized aluminum and carbon design directly translated into race victories and riding that continually pushed the limits of what’s possible on a bike.
“Company.” Cannondale. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Apr. 2015.
Giant is one of the leading production companies in the world. Simply put, they make just about everybody’s bikes (Specalized, Trek, Cannondale). Due to owning almost the entire process of bike manufacture, they have some of the most approachable prices, as well as the highest level of material technique. Giant started in 1972 with one goal: Create a better cycling experience for people around the world.
The founders of Giant were craftsmen and engineers. They understood their strengths. So to make cycling more enjoyable and accessible to people around the world, they did what they knew best. They set out to improve the cycling experience by following three guiding principles: craftsmanship, innovation and inspiration. It began with lightweight aluminum frames. Giant’s ability to produce high-quality bikes at an affordable price allowed more riders to experience cycling in a whole new way. Since then, Giant has pioneered advancements in both aluminum and composite engineering. We introduced the first affordable carbon fiber bike, the Cadex 980 C, and transformed high-performance road bikes with our Total Compact Road design. In mountain biking, Giant’s Maestro Suspension established a new level of performance for off-road riding and racing. Over the last four decades, Giant has grown well beyond its manufacturing roots to become the world’s leading brand of quality bicycles and gear. With more than 12,000 retail partners worldwide, they aim to inspire adventure in all riders, from casual to competitive.
Giant bikes win world championships. They win design awards, too. But most importantly, they win the hearts of riders who choose to make cycling a part of their lives. We support that choice. We think it makes the world a better place.
“United States.” About Giant – Giant Bicycles. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Apr. 2015.
Scott is a newer face on the scene, and is incredibly aggressive at making an impression. Their dual lock out for mountain bikes is amazing, allowing you to remotely adjust your suspension on the fly. They are willing to be very competitive in all aspects.
Scott started out by revolutionizing the ski industry with the first tapered aluminum ski pole. Scott delivered their first mountain bike in 1986 and just three years later introduced one of the most significant product innovations in the history of bicycling: the aerodynamic handlebar. This handlebar proved to be decisive in Greg Lemond’s eight second victory over Laurent Fignon in the 1989 Tour de France.
Scott was one of the first brands to use carbon fiber extensively in its bicycle frames. Since their very first carbon frame, they have always been striving to improve carbon technology, aiming to make lighter, more robust and more durable products. Although Scott bicycles left the US market for a time, they recently came back in 2005. With innovative designs like the Scott Foil and Scott Spark 29, Scott now has prominent position in the United States cycling market. Scott delivers a full line of bicycles from kid’s bikes to commuters to free-ride.
“Scott Bikes | Contender Bicycles.” Contender Bicycles Scott Comments. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Apr. 2015.
Santa Cruz bikes are simply advance. They are the bike every one dreams of, and everyone should at one point ride. Though definitely coming at a more boutique price, everything about a Santa Cruz screams the best of the best.
Santa Cruz Bicycles was founded in 1993 in a space the size of a single car garage in the Seabright Cannery, in Santa Cruz California. Their first bike, the Tazmon, was a single pivot dual suspension bike that rattled established sensibilities and helped define our then- ethos of “simply advanced.” That bike was the cornerstone for a brand that was founded on the notion of doing things their own way in order to build the best. They have been rattling sensibilities ever since.
Santa Cruz now manufacture 12 models of mountain bikes and a full women’s Juliana range, made from either carbon fiber or aluminum, from hardtails to 8.5″ travel downhill machines. We offer suspension designs ranging from the simple efficiency of our single pivot designs to the cutting edge performance found in their unique VPP system. These are available with a wide range of component and suspension options to choose from. Each and every one of their bikes is the distillation of their desire to ride and build the highest performance mountain bikes in the world. No more, no less.
“Santa Cruz Bicycles.” Santa Cruz Bicycles. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Apr. 2015.