Mountain Bike Builders

Mountain Bike Builders

There are the big names in the industry that mass produce fantastic mountain bikes. There are also smaller, boutique, custom shops that build custom bikes ready to ship. And if you’re really serious, there are also custom fabricators that will custom make a bike from scratch for you to your exact specifications.

Help: If you know of an American mountain bike builder that I don’t have listed in this section, please contact me, I want this list to be the most complete list on the web and give all these hard working companies as much free advertising as I can.

Let’s explore some of them. Many of whom build and manufacture right here in America.

Mountain Bike Builders Made In America

Here is the new list, compiled in January 2018, for the list of all the Mountain Bike builders that make their bikes in America. If you see any that are missing, please contact us at and we’ll be sure to add them.


Intense Cycles Made In America

Intense Cycles out Temecula, California has been handbuilding mountain bike frames for a long time. They are one of the pioneering brands in the sport and continue to innovate. They make their own CNC parts in house and have their frames powder coated nearby their factory. Intense Cycles is the essence of American made mountain biking.

Buy Made In America Mountain Bike Today – No Wait

Some of the made in America bike builders listed above have ready-to-ship bikes. But many are true craftsman, they build as orders come in. For some riders, they plan ahead and order their bikes from one of these craftsman. While others, want a bike asap.

We’re highlighting Intense Cycles as a Made In America bike builder as they are an easy way to buy an American built bike, ready-to-ride, TODAY. The bikes are excellent build quality at terrific prices. Here are their current models available to ship as of Dec 2017.








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