Whether you’re heading to Pheonix on a mountain bike vacation or you’re just visiting for a few days, there are a handful of great Phoneix mountain bike rental shops that will get you rolling. These bike shops have a wide range of mountain bikes available for all types of riders from downhill-focused shredders looking to hit National (one of Phoenix’s top trails) to cross-country enthusiasts looking to explore the flowy singletrack at Brown’s Ranch.
Phoenix also welcomes e-bikers on most of their trails, which is a game-changer for a lot of people.
If you need some ideas on where to ride in Phoenix, be sure to check out my posts on:
- Trail Guide: National on South Mountain, Phoenix’s Best Mountain Bike Trail
- The Best Mountain Biking in Phoenix For World-Class Desert Riding
- The 5 Best Mountain Bike Trails in Phoenix, Arizona
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What to Know Before Renting a Mountain Bike in Phoenix
Before you rent a mountain bike in Phoenix, here are a few things to keep in mind:
1. Winter months are best for mountain biking
Winter temps in Phoenix are amazing for big days out on the bike, but summer temps? Not so much… The highs can easily top 100° which can be miserable and even dangerous. If you’re planning a mountain bike trip to Phoenix, I highly recommend only going between November and March.
2. Weekends can get crazy
Pretty much every trail and network around Phoenix is multi-use, so expect to see heavy traffic on the weekends. The National trail, especially, can get insane with hikers, runners, and bikers. Equestrian traffic is also very popular, but I’ve found that they mainly head out to the eastern parts of the city like Superstition West, which – from experience – is best avoided unless you like horse-trodden trails.
3. Getting the extra insurance is always a good idea
Unless you’re planning on sticking to the super mellow desert singletrack, it’s a good idea to get the extra insurance. While Phoenix isn’t the most technical of mountain bike destinations, there are still sharp rim-denting rocks. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
4. Most trails in Phoenix allow e-bikes
Last time I rode in Phoenix I saw more e-bikes than I’ve ever seen before on the trails. It’s not a bad thing – I’m all for getting more people out on bikes – but it’s just something to be aware of. E-bikes are here to stay, so let’s embrace them!
Phoenix Mountain Bike Rentals & Shops
1. The Bike Barn
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The Bike Barn is one of Phoenix’s veteran bike shops. It’s located just north of downtown and could be a good option if you’re headed to McDowell or Brown’s Ranch for the day. They have a fleet of full-suspension mountain bikes ready to hit the trails as well as a full-service bike shop.
✓ Kids mountain bikes, multi-day discount, full-service bike shop, retail store
- Website: Bike Barn
- Contact: (602) 956-3870
- Location: Northeast Phoenix
- Bike Options: Trek, Specialize
2. Cactus Adventures
Cactus Adventures is a by-appointment-only Phoenix mountain bike rental operation located near South Mountain. They’re set up in a concession trailer at Arizona Grand Resort and they have a fleet of full-suspension and hard-tail bikes ready to roll. They also offer tours!
✓ Kids mountain bikes, multi-day discount, 1/2 day rates, mountain bike tours
- Website: Cactus Adventures
- Contact: (480) 688-4743
- Location: Arizona Grand Resort at the base of South Mountain
- Bike Options: Kona, Cannondale, Santa Cruz, KHS
3. REI Adventure Center
The REI Adventure Center is located in Scottsdale, just minutes away from McDowell Park and Brown’s Ranch. They offer a range of mountain bike rentals from top-of-the-line options to more basic models. If you’re not into mountain biking, they have road bikes and gravel bike rentals as well. Note that this isn’t a retail center.
You can also book a full-day or half-day mountain bike tour through the REI Adventure center.
✓ Kids mountain bikes, full-service bike shop, mountain bike tours
- Website: REI Adventure Center
- Contact: (866) 455-1601
- Location: North of Scottsdale
- Bike Options: Specialized, Cannondale, Coo-op Cycles, Giant, Liv, Trek
4. Copper State Bike & Hike
Owned and operated by the Trek Bicycle Store of West Phoenix, Copper State Bike & Hike offers a full line of Trek mountain bikes including the popular Trek Fuel and Trek Remedy. They’re located just outside of Estrella Mountain Park, making for some super easy and convenient pedaling. They also rent out e-bikes and road/gravel bikes if you want to switch things up! (623) 248-1857
✓ e-bikes, full-service bike shop, retail store, Saris Bones 3 car rack rentals
- Website: Copper State Bike & Hike
- Contact: (623) 248-1857
- Location: Goodyear
- Bike Options: Trek
5. Exhale Bikes
Located north of Phoenix near Phoenix Sonoran Preserve, Exhale Bikes has a small selection of Specialized mountain bike rentals as well as a full-service bike shop. They’re closed on Sundays, so Sunday rentals are free!
✓ Full-service bike shop, retail store
- Website: Exhale Bikes
- Contact: (602) 548-0567
- Location: North Phoenix
- Bike Options: Specialized