Bikes are one of the most efficient means of travel, but choosing a quality bike is hard. A lot of manufacturers also cut corners and get their parts or labor overseas. That’s why I have taken the time to pick out some of the best sport bikes made in the USA today, and then categorized them to make finding the perfect option for you a bit easier.
Once upon a time, most of the bikes sold in the U.S. were American-made; these days, most bicycles and bike components come from China. But there are still plenty of small companies dedicated to building bikes here at the United States. Most cater to serious athletes and dedicated riders, and their bicycles are priced accordingly, but you’ll also find kids’ bikes, tandem bicycles, and tricycles for kids and grownups.
The United States has a wide array of bicycle builders across the entire nation. While the major American brands like Specialized, Trek, and GT mass produce their bikes overseas, there is a very strong contingent of custom handmade mountain bike builders creating masterful works of art in the country. There are also medium size bike producers like Intense Cycles and Turner Bikes offering mountain bikers model choices across the whole spectrum of the sport from XC race to downhill.
While searching for the very best bikes made in the USA, it was really impressive to know that a ton of brands came to the forefront.
Buying the best bikes isn’t easy to do, because there are so many different factors to decide on when picking out a bike. There are some truly stunning bikes being produced in the U.S. right now and each builder has their own unique style and offer varying models. Some don’t even just make frames, they build stems, seatposts, handlebars, and forks. If you want to see more mountain bikes– below are the top picks of United States based sport bike manufacturer and their products that would be reviewed in this article.
1.) Detroit Bikes
The Motor City has seen a renaissance in small manufacturing thanks to small companies such as Detroit Bikes. Since 2011, it’s been building steel-frame commuter bikes sold under its own brand and on a contract basis for others.
The owner of Detroit Bikes, Zak Pashak, was quizzed on why he makes his bikes in the U.S and he responded: “I think customers are starting to want to connect to the things they buy, and they are interested in where those things come from. Our customers love the quality of our materials…there’s nothing nicer than riding a bike made from American chromoly steel.”
They have a factory in Detroit where they produce their signature US Chromoly bikes using high-quality American Chromoly steel. They do complete assembly and wheel building on our US Assembly bikes, and offer OEM manufacturing and high volume bicycle assembly services to a variety of customers.
Their 50,000 square-foot factory is capable of producing up to 150 bikes per day and assembling up to 400 bikes per day. Interested in learning more about our manufacturing services?
If you’re in Detroit, you may even be able to schedule a visit to its 50,000-square-foot factory.
Detroit Bikes A-Type
The A-Type bike from Detroit Bikes is a classy lightweight that’s designed for commuting and casual riding. The bike is made right in Detroit with American materials and craftsmanship, and the careful attention to detail that makes this bike a smooth rider. This is a bike made for all purpose city riding.
The fenders will keep you dry and the rack allows you to transport your homework, legal briefs, or a bag of tamales. Attach the quick-release front wheel, install the pedals, adjust the seat, and you’re ready to ride. We also include a free Detroit Bikes floor pump with every order.
This bike comes with either a 3-shift or 8-shift gear setup and its comfortable and smooth shifting for easy riding no matter where it’s taken. It is made from a tough chromoly steel and has a classy and old-school look that will appeal to many riders. Choose from the available Midnight Blue or Burnt Orange colors to get just the right look for you.
U.S. Chromely A-Type
The only bike you’ll need for the rest of your life- the U.S. Chromoly A-Type is the ultimate city bike, handmade in Detroit out of premium American chromoly steel and equipped with components to match. Every U.S. made frame has a lifetime warranty.
The American made flagship bikes are designed for city riding in style, featuring premium components throughout. The components include;
Shimano Alfine 8-speed Internal Gear drivetrain and shifter, Brooks Cambium C17 Bold saddle, New Detroit Bikes aluminum rear rack with U.S.-made birchwood platform, Genuine leather grips, Schwalbe Road Cruiser tires, Anodized aluminum handlebar, Rustproof KMC chain, Nuvo NH-KC19AA Silver Alloy kickstand, High-polish cold-forged aluminum crank arms, Bell, Ships 99% assembled in an extra-large box and comes with a Detroit Bikes floor pump.
2.) Prodecotech Bikes
Designed, built and quality controlled in the USA, ProdecoTech eBikes are now considered among the finest in their class. They regularly elicit better reviews than eBikes costing two and sometimes three times as much as their product lines.
At ProdecoTech, the philosophy is centered on providing their dealers and customers with the most superior service. They have developed breakthrough designs using innovative techniques and business strategies to produce affordable, comfortable, and quality consistent electric bicycles. Their goal is for the electric bicycle to become a household item. The number one step in doing so is educating the public.
To do this, they have provided the most technologically advanced electric bicycles that are both user friendly and environmentally safe. Electric bicycles do not pose a danger to the environment because they do not emit carbon dioxide. They pride themselves on using only the highest quality components to build their electric bicycles with dignity, integrity and value. Their products include, but not limited to;
ProdecoTech Genesis R Electric Bike
The Genesis R 400 DT electric bike is a commuting masterpiece by Prodeco Tech. The bike is smooth riding, nearly noiseless and it offers and exceptional range of up to 35 miles on a single charge. I like the stealthy all-black color scheme of the bike and the tough Continental tires that it comes fitted with.
The Genesis R 400 features a powerful 400W direct drive motor and can handle most hills without fail. It offers a solid 20 MPH top speed, making it a capable tool for speedy early morning commutes. I found the hydraulic brake system to be highly responsive and the overall performance of the bike to be tight and enjoyable. It was easy putting the Genesis R 400 DT on my list.
Prodecotech – Outlaw 1200
Introducing the power-house of the ProdecoTech line of electric bikes, and one of the most powerful and durable mountain bikes on the market. The Outlaw 1200 is a limited edition release of the Outlaw series that’s equipped with top tier components and loads of power to take on any terrain.
The motor on this Outlaw is upgraded with a 1200 Watt motor, which is the most powerful motor available in the ProdecoTech line-up, and is paired with a 48Volt 12ah LiFePO4 battery that gets you up to speeds of 28mph. The insane amount of torque from this motor needs to be paired with Avid Guide 4 Piston Hydraulic Brakes for performance braking ability. The fork is upgraded to a RockShox Boxxer suspension, and Continental Trail King tires give you amazing traction and grip. It’s available in 2 colors, Yellow with black components and red with white components. Make sure to get yours!
3.) Co-Motion Cycles
From tandems to touring bikes, their approach to building bicycles draws from traditional elements, yet have openly discarded anything that doesn’t serve the purpose of making a better bicycle. The emphasis here is on design, from the very tubing that your Co-Motion is made of, to the way every one of the bicycles interacts with the human body.
At Co-Motion Cycles, they have built their reputation on constructing cleanly designed and elegantly executed bicycles since 1988: Bicycles that serve a real purpose for cyclists who expect real performance without unnecessary hype.
Co-Motion is driven by their innate passion to find and implement ways to make better bicycles. They are thinking about the next innovation every time they ride. Guided by our experience, by research and the voices of their customers, they are thoroughly engaged in the excitement of creating the next great bike; yours.
Co-Motion Cycles Camino
For road commuting or serious racing, it doesn’t get more useful than the Camino bike from Co-Motion, a company based on Oregon. This bike is lightweight, tuned for peak performance, and versatile enough to be an effective commuter bike. I love that this road bike is crafted to accept rear racks and fenders.
It comes with standard 700c wheels but has space to accept 28mm tires as well. This cycle is crafted from tough 853 steel that’s been air-hardened for excellent durability. Whether you want to enter a race, or commute back and forth to work, the Camino is a capable contender that’s up to the task. This bike can also be outfitted with different paint finishes and accessories to make it the custom bike you’re looking for.
Co-Motion Cycles Americano
The Americano has established the standard for what a touring bike should be; an entirely new breed of bicycle that handles epic self-supported expeditions without even breaking a sweat. Now you can choose the drive train that best fits your vision for touring anywhere in the world.
It is Optimized for 700c wheels and 37mm tires, Reliable and Tough exclusive Reynolds 725 tubing, Steel uni-crown touring fork, Proven Co-Motion touring geometry, Rack/ fender mounts and three bottle mounts, Mechanical disc brakes and hand-built touring wheels and choose from 2×11 speed, Rohloff or Pinion drivetrain options.
4.) Litespeed Bicycles
Litespeed is a U.S. bicycle manufacturer founded in 1986 in Ooltewah, Tennessee, as a machine shop capable of working with what back then was considered a very exotic new material, Litespeed grew alongside Merlin, the only other company building titanium bikes at the time.
Lightspeed’s bikes quickly became renowned for their light weight and responsive handling. The company established a reputation for working with this aerospace-grade material that was unmatched to that point.
It is a brand that’s almost synonymous with titanium frames and have been tested and ridden by many in the competitive cycling and triathlon world: Tour de France cyclists Greg Lemond, Robbie McEwen and Lance Armstrong are among the numerous cycling professionals that had dorn this bike at cycling competitions. Highlighted below are some of litespeed products;
Litespeed Pinhoti SL Frameset
The Pinhoti SL is the perfect titanium hardtail. Whether geared or singlespeed it has amazing vertical compliance with perfect torsional rigidity. Compact rear-center and shorter wheelbase create an agile platform for quick and responsive handling. Elevated seat stays yield more support and stability for a balanced center. An update to the amazing fun Pinhoti, this hardtail trailblazer is even lighter (18%) than before. That equals snappier acceleration and quicker climbing.
The Pinhoti SL combines modern standards with titanium’s unmistakable ride quality to satisfy riders across the spectrum. You can outfit it as a feather-light podium hunter – or an all-day adventurer that’s as tough as the trail system they named it after.
The compact rear-center and shorter wheelbase create an agile platform that handles like a mountain bike should: Quick and responsive when you’re working the pedals, stable and centered when things get rough. A 12x142mm thru-axle help us eliminate side-to-side flex, while allowing us to fine-tune the seat- and chainstays for an efficient, forgiving ride.
A PF30 bottom bracket shell is compatible with almost any crankset (30mm or 24mm spindles), and also accommodates eccentric bottom brackets.This lets riders easily tweak their BB height, or set up the Pinhoti up as a singlespeed.
Multi Wheel Compatibility allows the two smallest sizes to swap between 26” or 27.5” wheels, using only a 27.5” fork. The larger three can swap between 27.5” or 29” wheels with a 29” fork. The change in wheel size is compensated for by the adjustable BB height
Litespeed Pinhoti Boost
The Pinhoti, named after a trail that stretches over 300 miles across Alabama and Georgia, was originally released in 2015. The bike was designed around an agile cross-country geometry with 29-inch wheels and a lightweight frame. The all-new Pinhoti Boost builds off the original but adds few updates, such as Boost hub spacing, which allows clearance for the industry’s newest wheel size —27.5+.
It can also run 29-inch tires up to 2.35 inches wide. Any cross-country rider with a soft spot for titanium bikes will find the Pinhoti is not only a great tool for tackling local trails but is also a fine piece of art.
The Pinhoti Boost is a highly effective American-made mountain bike that’s set up to take on the toughest trails around the country. It features a precisely engineered titanium hardtail frame that offers the right amount of stiffness and strength for effective uphill climbs and downhill descents. We love how grippy this mountain bike feels on even slippery and loose trails such as gravel, dirt and mud.
This bike features a wider axle than standard, a stouter hub, and tougher spokes, so it can really take a beating. It comes with a versatile bottom bracket shell that’s compatible with nearly any crankset available today, as long as it features 30mm or 24mm spindles. For serious all-terrain riding it’s hard to beat the performance of the Pinhoti Boost. Made in Chattanooga, TN, Litespeed is the real deal.
5.) Chumba Bikes – Handmade in the USA
CHUMBA Racing is a manufacturer of recreational and competition mountain bikes located in Anaheim, CA. The company was founded in 1993 by Ted Tanouye, who went to USC and graduated with an accounting degree.
At Chumba, they create bicycles using the highest quality materials, mitered with precision & welded with intention. Each design is tirelessly prototyped & race proven by their diverse team of international riders. They believe in building beautiful, functional handmade bikes that offer incredible compatibility & performance. Their priority is making you a bike, made in USA that will be fun to ride for years to come.
Chumba bikes are designed for mountain biking, gravel grinding, bikepacking, cyclocross & road racing. We have options for complete, partial, frame only, & custom bikes. Our proven designs have set numerous ultra-race records on the Tour Divide (among others) & are prepared for your next race day, trail ride or bikepacking trip. Highlighted below are some of Chumba’s products;
Chumba USA URSA Major Titanium 1.0
The URSA Major Titanium 1.0 is a cushy riding bike from Chumba USA designed for country riding. The oversized tires used on this bike offer exceptional traction with a bit of added padding over serious bumps and ruts. I love the tough steel frame construction and exceptionally short chainstays. The small chainstays offer improved snow handling and a more fun ride while out on the trail.
If you’re looking for a trail bike with oversized tires, you won’t find a better option than the URSA Major Titanium 1.0 by Chumba out of Austin, Texas. The bike offers all the necessary clearance for oversized tires, and its precision engineered for maximum comfort and handling in a trail riding environment.
Their Director of Operations, who had this to say about their mission: “Our mission is to provide you with the highest quality user experience beginning with precision made in USA fabrication and materials, through friendly planning of your dream bike, to turning over the pedals for years to come.” I love that mission and think it is well reflected in their bikes.
Chumba Sendero Steel Mountain Bike
The Sendero is built to excel in the varied untamed trails most of us have access to. Inspired to unlock the rock gardens and ledge lines we find across Austin’s rugged mountain biking trails. If you go out of your way to ride the hard line, they made this bike for you.
The Sendero stands out from other bikes in the category with a higher bottom bracket and steeper seat tube than many other options. The reach is optimized for precise steering with stem lengths between 35mm and 70mm. Travel options are 120mm or 130mm travel. The super short 420mm rear end can clear up large tires due to sliding PMW Stainless dropouts and custom chainstays. The Sendero represents a balanced and versatile offering in the burgeoning downcountry category.