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The USA is owed a huge debt of thanks from anyone who loves cycling. A band of rebellious punks, focused on the west coast around the Marin hills of California, worked and welded in their parents’ garages from the early 1970s onwards to turn traditional ways of cycling on its head.
Pioneers like Gary Fisher, Keith Bontrager and Tom Ritchey started out forging their own wheels and frames and supplying local racers used to beat-up rides with innovative designs.
We at least owe BMX bikes and mountain bikes to this US manufacturing spirit and invention.
Their designs, drawings and specialisms were snapped up by larger manufacturers and they were retained as consultants. Their enthusiasm has not dimmed.
In the same way that British and German brands built their own heritage, design and manufacturing traditions, the American tropes of refusing to compromise, the Californian lifestyle of open roads and mountain passes had mass-market appeal on this side of the pond.
The USA bike market is full of innovation and diversity. It might be because of the geographic size of the country, the multitude of terrains or weather conditions, or possibly the refusal to be tied to tradition or a cycling scene.
These conditions created dozens of companies willing to manufacture bikes for any occasion. An advanced online buying and shipping process will whisk these machines to your door.
Let’s have a look at some of the key players on the scene, how many US-produced bikes find their way into the world and some of the best brands and why they stand out.
Are Many Bikes Made in the USA?
According to market research, 364,000 bicycles are produced per day. The bicycle industry in the States is thought to be worth over $6 billion annually and should grow by 6.2% on a compound basis between now and 2027. Top US brands like Trek, Scott and Cannondale do well in their home market.
This research highlights the strength of competing globalisation for consumers’ dollars but predicts a bright future for home grown brands. Trek has nearly a quarter share of the US market and those brands which branch out into retailing clothing and bike accessories are set to grow.
Millions of new bike riders are turning pedals in the USA, which means more innovation and investment. E-bikes are set to take up more of a share of the market. New and existing electric bike manufacturers will play a crucial part in the growth in this area.
Of course, the elephant in the room is the location of frame manufacture. China, or Asia are that herd of elephants. More bicycle frames are made outside of the USA than at home – but designed and often constructed domestically.
Quality control and tight production values and integrity should ensure that American hallmarks of manufacturing stand up to scrutiny.
American Bike Brands and Manufacturers
|313 Bicycle Works||Detroit, MI||Handmade road and mountain bikes|
|616 Bicycle Fabrication||West Michigan||Customised mountain, gravel, tandems and cargo bikes|
|Alchemy Bikes||Golden, CO||Mountain, Road, Gravel and e-bikes|
|All-City Cycles||Minneapolis, MN||Road, all-road, city and racing bikes|
|Allied Cycle Works||Rogers, AZ||Road, gravel and mountain bikes|
|Appleman Bicycles||Minneapolis, MN||Road, gravel, cyclocross, mountain, adventure and fat bikes|
|Bacchetta Bikes||Los Angeles, CA||Recumbent bikes|
|Bearclaw Bicycle Co.||Michigan||Road, gravel and mountain bikes|
|Benno Bikes||Del Mar, CA||Electric bikes|
|Bicycle Corporation of America (BCA)||Manning, SC||Mountain and beach cruiser bikes|
|Bike Friday||Eugene, OR||Touring, city, road, tandem and e-bikes|
|Bilenky Cycle Works||Philadelphia, PA||Road, gravel, touring, city, singlespeed, off-road, commuter, cargo and tandem bikes|
|Bishop Bikes||Baltimore, MA||Road bikes|
|Black Market Bikes||San Diego, CA||Custom single speed flat bar bikes|
|Blue Competition Cycles||Boulder, CO||Gravel, triathlon, cyclocross and road bikes|
|Calfee Design||La Selva Beach, CA||Road, adventure and mountain bikes|
|Cannondale||Wilton, CT||Road, mountain, active bikes, e-bikes|
|Catrike||Orlando, FL||Recumbent bikes|
|CHUMBA Bikes||Austin, TX||Mountain and gravel bikes|
|Citizen Bike||Dania Beach, FL||Folding and folding e-bikes|
|Co-Motion Cycles||Eugene, OR||Road, commuting and tandem bikes|
|Dahon||Olney, IL||Folding bikes|
|David Kirk||Bozeman, MT||Road and gravel bikes|
|Dean Cycle Works||Boulder, CO||Road, mountain, gravel and cyclocross bikes|
|Detroit Bikes||Detroit, MI||Road, commuting and e-bikes|
|Diamondback Bicycles||Kent, WA||Road, mountain, gravel, city and e-bikes|
|Dynacraft||Port Wentworth, GA||Cruiser and hybrid bikes|
|Ellsworth Bikes||Alpharetta, GA||Mountain bikes|
|ENVE||Ogden, UT||Road and gravel bikes|
|Felt||Irvine, CA||Road, gravel, adventure and time-trial bikes|
|Fuji||Philadelphia, PA||Road, mountain and e-bikes|
|Funk Cycles||Eaglewood, CO||Road, gravel, cyclocross, mountain and fat bikes|
|Fyxation||Milwaukee, WI||Singlespeed, commuting and road bikes|
|GT Bicycles||California||Road, mountain, BMX and electric bikes|
|Gunnar||Waterford, WI||Road, track, gravel, cyclocross and commuter bikes|
|Guerrilla Gravity||Denver, CO||Mountain bikes|
|Haro Bikes||San Diego, CA||BMX, mountain, road, commuter, city and e-bikes|
|Hoffman BMX Bikes||Oklahoma City, OK||BMX bikes|
|Huffy||Centerville, OH||Mountain and cruiser bikes|
|Hutch BMX||Appleton, WI||BMX bikes|
|Ibis||Santa Cruz, CA||Mountain and hybrid bikes|
|Independent Fabrication||N. Hampton, NH||Road, cyclocross and mountain bikes|
|Jamis Bikes||Miami, FL||Hybrid bikes|
|Kent||Clarendon County, SC||Road, mountain, fixie, hybrid and cruiser bikes|
|Kona||Ferndale, WA||Mountain, e-bikes, city and gravel bikes|
|Lenz Sport||Fort Lupton, CO||Mountain and ski bikes|
|Lightning Cycle Dynamics||Lompoc, CA||Recumbent bikes|
|Litespeed Bicycles||Chattanooga, TN||Titanium road, gravel, city and mountain bikes|
|Lynskey Performance Designs||Chattanooga, TN||Titanium road, city, mountain and gravel bikes|
|Marin Bikes||Petaluma, CA||Mountain, fitness, adventure and e-bikes|
|Merlin||Boulder, CO||Road, gravel, mountain, adventure and cyclocross bikes|
|Milwaukee Bicycle Co.||Milwaukee, WI||Mountain, road, touring, gravel and commuting bikes|
|Mongoose||Madison, WI||BMX. mountain and adventure bikes|
|Moots Cycles||Steamboat Springs, CO||Road, gravel and mountain bikes|
|Niner Bikes||Fort Collins, CO||Mountain, gravel and e-bikes|
|Nobilette||Longmont, CO||Road and touring bikes|
|Oddity Cycles||Fort Collins, CO||Mountain bikes|
|Phoenix Bike WRX||Montezuma, KS||City, cyclocross and recumbent bikes|
|Priority Bicycles||New York, NY||Road, commuting and adventure bikes|
|Public Bikes||San Francisco, CA||Hybrid, commuting and city bikes|
|Pure Cycles||Los Angeles, CA||Commuter and cruiser bikes|
|Quintana Roo||Chattanooga, TN||Triathlon and road bikes|
|Radio Flyer||Chicago, IL||E-bikes|
|Redline Bicycles||Kent, WA||BMX and lifestyle bikes|
|Renovo by Pure Timber||Gig Harbor, WA||Wooden-framed bikes|
|Rivendell Bicycle Works||Walnut Creek, CA||Road, hybrid and step through bikes|
|Ross||Las Vegas, NV||City and hybrid bikes|
|S&M Bikes||Santa Ana, CA||Road, city and mountain bikes|
|Sage Titanium||Beaverton, OR||Gravel, mountain and cyclocross bikes|
|Santana||La Verne, CA||Tandem bikes|
|Schwinn||Madison, WI||Cruiser, hybrid, mountain, road and e-bikes|
|SE Racing||Philadelphia, PA||Hybrid and BMX bikes|
|Serotta||Ballston Spa, NY||Road and gravel bikes|
|Seven Cycles||Watertown, MA||Mountain, road, gravel and utility bikes|
|sixthreezero||Los Angeles, CA||Cruiser and city bikes|
|Sklar||Bozeman, MT||Road and mountain bikes|
|Solé Bicycle Co.||Venice, CA||Singlespeed, city and cruiser bikes|
|Sotherland Custom Bicycles||Whitewater, WI||Road bikes|
|Specialized||Morgan Hill, CA||Almost all bike types|
|Standard||Davenport, IA||Street and gravel bikes|
|State Bicycle Co.||Phoenix, AZ||Singlespeed, road and mountain bikes|
|Surly Bikes||Bloomington, MN||Hybrid, touring, mountain bikes|
|SWFT||Edison, NJ||Electric bikes|
|TerraTrike||Grand Rapids, MI||Trikes|
|Tommaso bikes||Denver, CO||Road and hybrid bikes|
|Trek Bicycle Corporation||Waterloo, WI||Almost all bike types|
|Turner Bikes||Murrieta, CA||Mountain and gravel bikes|
|Univega||Fairfield, NJ||Hybrid and mountain bikes|
|Utah Trikes||Springville, UT||Trikes|
|Van Dessel Sports||Parsippany, NJ||Mountain and gravel bikes|
|Vassago Cycles||Aberdeen, MD||Mountain bikes|
|Velo Vie||Tempe, AZ||Road and triathlon bikes|
|Ventana Mountain Bikes USA||Rancho Cordova, CA||Fat bikes|
|Waterford Precision Cycles||Waterford, WI||Road, gravel, mountain bikes|
|Worksman Cycles||Conway, SC||Cruiser and cargo bikes|
|Wright Brothers Cycle Company||Dayton, Ohio||Hybrid bikes|
|Wyatt Bicycles||Bangor, WI||Fat and mountain bikes|
|Yamaguchi Bicycles||Rifle, CO||Specialist frames|
|Yeti Cycles||Golden, CO||Mountain bikes|
|Zigo||South Orange, NJ||Cargo bikes|
|Zinn Cycles||Louisville, CO||Mountain, fat, touring and cyclocross bikes|
Best American Bicycle Brands: Top 6
One-hundred and one manufacturers and brands is where we’ve stopped and it was difficult to know when to pull the plug. We’ve chosen six we’d suggest you take a closer look at.
Trek was born in 1976. They are still family-owned, starting out life from a small barn in Waterloo, Wisconsin. In their first full year of production, they machined 900 bikes. That barn is just around the corner from their HQ.
They now have revenues which exceed $1bn per annum and are established as a global brand with main dealerships the world over.
Trek has judiciously acquired other US brands like Bontrager over the years to do what they do – just better.
This leading brand produces every kind of conceivable bike you can think of. Take a look at their Madone road bike range for cutting-edge aero tech and their Electra models for bringing your best self to the beach. They’ve got the lot.
Specialized should have a place in the hearts of most bike owners. They’ve played a significant part in the evolution of cycling since their inception in 1974. They brought us closer to the Californian hills near their designers’ homes with the first mass-produced mountain bike – 1981’s Stumpjumper.
Today, they produce rides at the cutting edge of modern technology to win professional road and mountain bike races, but they are also capable of producing daily rides for kids and adults who wish to choose any terrain. Their S-works range of road and mountain bikes ooze quality, R&D and speed.
They have a worldwide network of stores and a tip-top warranty and quality control programme. Specialized feels like a company you’ll adopt for your whole life on the roads.
3. Public Bikes
Public Bikes has transported the simplicity of egalitarian bike use from the streets of the Netherlands’ capital over to the States, via a base in San Francisco.
Amsterdam style shook founder Rob Forbes who appreciated the independence and freedom of cycling without lycra with a smile – the bicycle as a mode of transportation – pure and simple.
Their no-fuss approach to design and styling reflect that doing the simple things well is crucial to great frame and fork design. Steel tubes are strong and stable. That means comfort and that means more miles will be ridden.
Take a look at the R18 Drop Bar or M7i for the epitome of grace and style at a great price. They offer commuters, city bikes, hub-gears, hybrids, step throughs and cruisers.
State Bicycle Co. is fuelled by rider passion. There’s something extra special about buying a product from a company which enjoys what they do. State wants to transfer that fun through the bars and wheels of one of their bikes.
They’ve chalked up more than a decade of bike manufacture after forming a road bike race team. They give a nod to US bike culture by including ‘Klunkers’ in their range of rides.
Fixies, 1x steel framed gravel bikes and road bikes complement a fine range of messenger style fixies, 650b mountain bikes and city bikes which add a pinch of sophistication.
The 6061 eBike Commuter marries design aesthetics to the essential engineering needed for 21st century urban riding.
Priority launched in 2014 via a Kickstarter crowd fund. Their ethos is to make a simple bike and let the riders live their dreams. Being based in New York would make you think differently than if you were in Boulder, Colorado, or on the Palisade Trails of Northern California.
Priority’s belt-drive systems are clean, low maintenance and work well with their simple frame colourways. They offer alloy/chromoly frames and equally lightweight forks to pick up the pace. We like that they offer flip-flop hubs for more diverse riding of the same bike.
You can pick up rack bikes, e-bikes, step throughs, hybrids and stealth commuters.
Their Priority Continuum Onyx commuting bike with internal gears, all the in-built accessories you could want and has been tastefully designed for an aesthetic ride through the NYC metro area.
Sixthreezero – started in a garage in Hermosa Beach, California in 2005, and wearing a sunshine smile 365 days of each year ever since.
They have adopted the straightforward cruiser bike style which has sent the coolest people up and down the beach boulevards of the west coast.
Comfortable seats, wide tyres, thoughtful rear racks for hampers or body boards go well with an upright riding position and kick back coaster brakes on their lifestyle range. You can taste their eye for the easy lifestyle in bike names like AroundtheBlock and RideInThePark.
Bicycles Made in the USA
The USA is stocked full of bike manufacturers who have kept the cottage industry that is bike design fully in-house. Frame and forks that are designed and built in the USA. Many of these are custom-bike fitters with decades of experience and craft under their belts.
- 313 Bicycle Works
- Alchemy Bikes
- Bilenky Cycle Works
- Capitol Bicycles
- David Kirk
- Funk Cycles
- Guerilla Gravity
- Holland Cycles
- Lenz Sport
- Litespeed Cycles
- Milwaukee Bicycle Co.
- Quiring Cycles
- Renovo by Pure Timber
- S&M Bikes
- Turner Bikes
- Wyatt Bicycles
American E-Bike Brands
|Addmotor||El Monte, CA||Trikes, fat and folding bikes|
|Ancheer||Chino, CA||Mountain bikes|
|Aventon||Brea, CA||Commuter and cruiser bikes|
|Blix||Santa Cruz, CA||Cargo, commuter and utility bikes|
|Cannondale||Wilton, CT||Urban, touring, mountain and road bikes|
|Charge Bikes||Wilton, CT||City and hybrid bikes|
|e-JOE Bike||San Diego, CA||Commuter and city bikes|
|Evelo||Seattle, WA||Commuter bikes|
|Juiced Bikes||Chula Vista, CA||Commuter and fat bikes|
|KHS Bicycles||Rancho Dominguez, CA||Mountain and commuter bikes|
|Lectric Bike||Phoenix, AZ||Folding and cargo bikes|
|Pedego||Fountain Valley, CA||Commuter bikes|
|QuietKat||Eagle, CO||Fat bikes|
|Rad Power Bikes||Seattle, WA||Fat, city, commuter and cargo bikes|
|Rambo Bikes||Centerville, IA||Mountain and fat bikes|
|Ride1UP||San Diego, CA||Commuter and city bikes|
|Specialized||Morgan Hill, CA||All bike types|
|Trek & Electra||Waterloo, WI||All bike types|
|Vintage Electric Bike||Santa Clara, CA||Cruiser, hybrid and throttle-style e-bikes|