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 we’ve taken the time to research all of the bikes made in the USA today. Let’s dive in.
Full List of Bike Brands Made in the USA
The A-Type bike from Detroit Bikes is a lightweight bike that’s designed for commuting and casual riding. The bike is made right in Detroit with American materials and craftsmanship. We spoke to the owner of Detroit Bikes, Zak Pashak, to get his take on why he makes his bikes in the U.S.: “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.” This bike comes with either a 3-shift or 8-shift gear setup for comfortable and smooth shifting for easy riding no matter where it’s taken. The bike is made from tough Chromoly steel and has an 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.
Allied Cycle Works is an American bike manufacturer for serious riders looking to go out and compete. They are passionate about the hands-on quality control of sourcing and making their frames in Arkansas, where they are based, and putting it all together. For road racers, the Echo model is made for you. This bike is built for speed and has wireless 12-speed shifting, lightweight wheels, and precision. Allied Cycle Works also makes bikes for other surfaces, so if you race on gravel, check out the Able, and if you’re switching between a lot of surfaces, their AllRoad bike would work nicely for this type of cycling.
For road commuting or serious racing, you may find what you need with the Camino bike from Co-Motion, a company based in Oregon. This bike is designed to be lightweight, tuned for peak performance, and versatile enough to be an effective commuter bike. 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 better 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. We had the pleasure of speaking with the Co-Motion team about their story and production process. Check out our full interview with Co-Motion Cycles.
The Pinhoti is an 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. This mountain bike has been crafted to feel grippy even on slippery and loose trails such as gravel, dirt, and mud. This bike has a wider axle than standard, a stouter hub, and tougher spokes, so it can take a beating. It comes with a versatile bottom bracket shell compatible with nearly any crankset available today, as long as it features 30mm or 24mm spindles. Made in Chattanooga, TN, the Pinhoti is made for serious all-terrain riding. Litespeed has also made components used in NASA’s Mars Rover!
Why Litespeed manufactures in the USA, straight from Justin Martinovich: “Our company was founded over 30 years ago in Chattanooga, TN, where we still remain today. Our very first titanium bicycle frame was created here in the USA, and to this day, each frame has been handmade in the USA – most of them in the same building. We continue to manufacture in the USA because we couldn’t see it any other way. Our group of skilled frame-workers are like family. They’ve been working to hand-make Litespeed frames for many years – for some, most of their lives. At Litespeed, we’re proud to invest in America by producing high-quality, high-performance titanium bike frames. Also, don’t forget we’ve manufactured titanium components for NASA’s Mars Rover – I think we’re the only bike company that can say we have built something for use on another planet.”
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 better traction with a bit of added padding over serious bumps and ruts. Featuring a 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. This trail bike offers all the necessary clearance for oversized tires and is precision-engineered for maximum comfort and handling in a trail-riding environment. We talked with Vince Colvin, 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.”
The M16 line of bikes from Intense Cycles USA are made in Temecula, California, and are carefully designed to withstand the rigors of your typical downhill racing course, making them good over jumps and on diverse terrain. Each bike has a powerful RockShox Vivid Coil shock system to withstand major jumps and bumps. They use a Maxxis Minnion fat tire for enhanced gripping power and padding for comfort. This downhill bike uses a unique frame construction meant to offer the most shock absorption while granting as much control as possible over jumps. Riders can choose from three different color schemes with this bike and four different sizes for just the right fit and look.
An interesting hybrid of road racer and street performance machine, the Cyclosis from Turner Bikes is designed to be a top-tier performer. This cycle has the form of a road bike, with some minor off-road enhancements, such as high-traction tires. It features a lightweight, but tough 6061 T6 aluminum frame and a TRP carbon fork to help keep your speed up during a race. It has a custom-shaped aluminum tubeset and features a carefully shaped top tube to better spread load in the shoulder area for enhanced stability for bumps and uneven surfaces. It’s the slight enhancements that separate this cyclocross bike from traditional road bikes.
Geared bikes are a lot of fun and make for smooth riding conditions when going up steep hills or tackling major downhills, but there’s something to be said about the simplicity of a single-speed bike. The Rock Lobster Team’s TIG single-speed bike has been built with attention to detail and quality parts. They’ve focussed on using TIG welded steel for the construction of this bike, making it one of the toughest mountain bikes you can get your hands on. The bike is built with simplicity in mind and should hold up for many years of hard use. Each bike is carefully powder coated for a long-term finish that won’t wear during standard use. This single-speed bike has been carefully designed to offer good smooth performance under most circumstances while enabling comfortable peddling. Rock Lobster is a small bike outfit in Santa Cruz, California offering top-quality hand-constructed frames. The company strives for exceptional quality, but wait times for a frame can be months because of this.
Guerrilla Gravity is based in Denver, Colorado, and makes mountain bikes. Their frames are made and sourced in the U.S., and they have a lot of customization options available depending on what you like in your mountain bike setup, including one very unique feature – their modular frame platform that allows you to literally change your bike into a different model. If you’re a big mountain biker willing to splurge on a bike that will be super flexible and last you a very long time, the Trail Pistol bike from Guerrilla Gravity could be for you.
America’s oldest bicycle manufacturer started its roots in 1898 with an aim to create a three-wheeled bike that would replace the horse and wagon. Worksman Cycles has kept up this philosophy – aiming to make the world’s finest heavy-duty bikes suited for those who use bikes for work. They manufacture industrial bikes, cargo/delivery bikes, and vending bikes. They also sell special needs bikes, electric bikes, and a variety of tricycle bikes. It’s worth noting that Worksman Cycles bikes are made in the USA, but use both imported and domestic parts.
Lynskey Performance has been working in metal fabrication since the 60s and recently started creating titanium bikes as its primary product offering. They offer gravel, road, and mountain bikes. Lynskey Performance custom makes its bikes to order, so every bike has a multitude of customization options to get a bike that fits you and your exact needs. Types of customization options include finish, frame graphics, head badge, component package, wheelset, headset options, upgrading your fork, stem, handlebar, seat post, and whether you want to add a rack. There’s also a ‘special instructions’ section so that you can add any customizations you have in mind.
Founded by two former racing cyclists in 1989, DEAN Titanium has a mission to handcraft titanium bikes to exact customer specifications. Their bikes are made only using cold-worked stress-relieved 3/2.5 aerospace titanium. As part of their bikes range, they offer road, gravel, and mountain bikes. Hand built at their site in Boulder, Colorado, DEAN Titanium often names its bikes after the mountains that Colorado is known for. Their parent company is Janus Cycle Group.
Firefly Bicycles custom makes its bikes to each customer’s needs, taking into account the rider’s body dimensions, riding style, previous riding experience, and future goals into account. They also aim to connect their customers with their bikes more by documenting the manufacturing process through photos and sending them to their customers so they can feel more connected to their bike. Firefly bicycles mainly focus on road bikes but also make cyclocross and mountain bikes too. If you want a bike that’s a cross between two types e.g., a road and a cross bike, they can make that for you too.
Originally a designer and manufacturer of off-road trucks for big names like Ford and Nissan, Brent Foes turned his attention to bikes in 1992. In 1993 he created a unique mountain bike that featured long-travel suspension. While most bikes have 2.5 inches or less of travel, Foes bikes are designed with 6 inches of travel. Foes Racing USA specializes in handcrafted mountain bikes. They have a small selection as part of their product range, but they are designed to meet the needs of any cyclist, whether it’s enduro, cross-country, trail, or electric.
Moots Bikes manufactures its bikes in Steamboat Spring, Colorado, home to many great trails. They handcraft titanium bicycles, including road bikes, mountain bikes, gravel bikes, and cross bikes, and they also offer custom options.
Originally working for Merlin Metalworks in Cambridge, MA, after the company was bought and sold multiple times before being relocated, a group of employees set out to create their own bike manufacturing company with a unique aim. They wanted to manufacture custom bikes within a short timeframe that would focus on the rider and require maximum input from them. Seven Cycles worked hard to create a manufacturing process that allows this to happen, with minimum hands touching each bike as possible. These bikes are created one at a time and account for a rider’s needs for geometry, handling, materials, versatility, comfort, options, and aesthetics.
Ellsworth Handcrafted was founded in 1991 in Tony Ellsworth’s garage as he aimed to create bikes made in the USA using as many USA-sourced materials as possible. Ellsworth Handcrafted manufactures full-suspension mountain bikes that aim to provide more control, traction, and efficiency than any other bike on the market. They’ve patented their unique Instant Center Tracking (ICT) suspension, which has now been refined into Active Energy Efficient Suspension (AEES), which aims to optimize pedal-efficient kinematics, stiffer handling, and better geometries.
With over four years of off-road bicycling experience and over 28 years of building bikes, Ventana Mountain Bikes is proud to be building its bikes in the USA. Built by hand, their bikes are machined, designed, welded, cut, treated, heated, powder coated, and assembled all in-house. Their bike range includes mountain, trail, XC, hardtail, single-speed, all-purpose, cyclocross, and tandem bikes.
Wyatt Bicycles makes mountain bikes and fat tire bikes and handle all of their own manufacturing out of their facility in Bangor, Wisconsin. Check out the Vista and Maverick models, each of which has tons of customization options.
Started in 1973, R&E Cycles hand builds all their bikes in Seattle, Washington. They have gravel bikes, road bikes, and a bunch of other configurations to choose from, and they can also make custom bikes if you want to request some modifications.
Quiring Cycles is a cool bicycle manufacturer based out of Free Soil, Michigan. They started making bikes in 1999 and haven’t slowed down since. The owner, Scott Quiring, does all the designing and frame building himself with the help of his handy CNC machine.
Waterford Precision Cycles is a great brand in Wisconsin that has been making custom bikes since 1993. We spoke with Tucker Schwinn over there, who was super transparent about their supply chain and how they make their bikes. They have a ton of customization options and stock styles to choose from, so you’ll be able to craft a unique bike just for you.
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How to Find Bikes Made in the USA
Bikes are a great way to get around, whether you’re commuting to work or riding for leisure. It can also help you to save money on transportation while being more environmentally friendly. You can find bikes at many different retailers that will do the job, but if you want a good quality bike made in the United States of America, you may have to do a little more digging. It’s definitely possible to find bikes made in the USA, and we outline the best way to do so below.
What Does “Made In The USA” Mean?
The first thing to know is that there is no legal definition for the term “made in the USA.” However, the Federal Trade Commission, which is responsible for enforcing truth-in-advertizing laws, has a set of guidelines that companies must follow if they want to use the “made in the USA” label.
According to the FTC, a product can only be labeled as “made in the USA” if all or virtually all of the product’s parts and manufacturing are from the United States. This means that the product must be assembled in the USA from materials that are either wholly made in the USA or, if imported, must undergo a substantial transformation in the USA. If a product meets these guidelines, only then can it be labeled as “made in the USA.” You can check our detailed article regarding this topic for more information.
So, when looking for bikes made in the USA, you should look for companies that assemble their bikes in the USA from US-made parts.
To understand more deeply whether or not a product can be considered “made in the USA,” you need to take a look at the materials used. To break it down, we can look at the two main parts of a bike: the frame and the wheels.
The material used to make the frame is the most important factor in determining the quality and made of the bike. The vast majority of bicycles on the market are made from steel, aluminum, or carbon fiber. If you want a bike made entirely from US-made materials, your best bet is to look for a steel bike.
In the USA, the most common material used for bike frames is steel, which can be sourced from all over the world. However, there are some US companies that specialize in steel frame production, so it is easier to source steel frames for bicycles than other materials.
A few companies produce aluminum bikes with US-made frames, but the majority of them have to import the aluminum tubing from another country. Aluminum is produced in a few places around the world, but most of it comes from China.
As for carbon fiber, it’s possible to find US-made carbon fiber, but it’s very expensive and not commonly used in bike manufacturing. The vast majority of carbon fiber frames on the market are made in China. So, be aware that if you are looking for a carbon fiber bike, it may not be fully “made in the USA.”
Wheels are the other main component that makes up a bicycle. The wheel tracks are generally made of rubber.
Another material to keep in mind is rubber. Bicycles use a lot of rubber in their tires, but rubber is also found in the handlebar grips and saddle coverings. It’s possible to find US-made rubber, but imported rubber is more commonly used.
The quality of US-made rubber is not as consistent as imported rubber, so you may have to do some trial and error to find a US-made product that you’re happy with. Most bike manufacturers in the USA usually use imported rubber because it’s cheaper and more consistent in quality.
The best way to know for sure if a bike is made in the USA is to look for the “made in the USA” label on the bike. Companies proud of their US-made products will usually make it very clear that they are made in the USA.
Beware of slightly misleading labeling, such as “Assembled in the USA” or “Designed in the USA.” These labels may give the impression that the entire bike is made in the USA when, in reality, only certain parts or the final assembly takes place in the United States.
Similarly, there is a difference between Made in America and USA-made products. “Made in America” also includes countries such as Mexico and Canada, whereas “USA-made” means the product is only from the USA.
The company’s website is another great indication and research source to figure out if a product is made in the USA. Check the company’s “About Me” page to see if they talk about where their products are made. If their bikes are truly made in the USA, they won’t be shy to mention and advertise this fact.
It must be mentioned that although the country of origin for products is required for labeling on the product, it is not a requirement for it to be stated on websites or other marketing materials. So, if a company does not outright state that their bikes are “made in the USA,” make sure to really dig deep in research or even reach out directly to the company to check where their products are made and sourced from.
Also, check where the company’s headquarters is located. Companies based in the USA are more likely to manufacture their products in the USA than companies based in another country.
If you’re having trouble finding bikes made in the USA, you can do a few other things.
First, try searching on Google for “US-made bikes,” “American-made bikes,” or “bicycles made in the USA.” These keywords can be a great starting point to help you find companies that specifically market their bikes as being made in the USA.
Another option is to look for small, independent bike manufacturers. These companies are more likely to be manufacturing their bikes in the USA than large, international companies.
Bike Brands Not Made in the USA
We also came across several bike manufacturers not made in the USA. We’ll keep adding to this list as we find more.