Why Rent A Bike at Owenhouse Cycling?
Ride year-round with Bozeman’s only full-service bike shop! Owenhouse Cycling has rental bikes for the road, the trail, and the snow – you can try them all! From mountain bike rentals to fat bikes and more, we’re your go-to bike shop for bike rentals in Bozeman, MT. We carry performance full-suspension mountain bikes, hardtail mountain bikes, gravel bikes, road bikes, townie bikes and kids bikes! Find a bike everyone in the family can enjoy on Bozeman’s paved trails or famous single-track.
Mountain bike rental in Bozeman, MT can be fast & easy with Owenhouse Cycling! Just a few things to note due to Montana’s varying weather conditions: online rentals are only available during certain parts of the year. A few times a year we have scheduled downtime when we do a deep cleaning of the bikes and in some cases swap out old models for new ones. We try to schedule these windows to coincide with the muddiest times of the year, which helps to keep our trails smooth. These times will be reflected through our bike rental booking site as dates that cannot be selected. If you still wish to rent a bike during those times please contact us directly!
Choosing The Right Mountain Bike For You
Each of the bikes that are available for rent will have different ride characteristics, some are better climbers while others are better descenders. The main difference separating these bikes from one another is the suspension travel. A bike with shorter suspension travel will climb better, versus a bike with longer suspension travel being a better descender. It can be helpful to match the travel of the bike to the trail that you are going to ride. Headed for a more technical trail? A longer travel bike would be better suited for this style of riding. Headed out for an all day epic and putting on a lot of miles? Riding a shorter travel bike in this situation will be more efficient while climbing. In short, when a bike is better at climbing it will be slower on the descent. Vice versa when a bike is better at descending it will be slower on the climb.
We have bikes ranging in travel from a hardtail with no rear suspension to full suspension with 150mm of rear suspension. The bikes that we rent have the following suspension travel:
This list starts with bikes that climb better, with the better descending bikes being at the bottom of the list.
Accessories To Rent:
Need an extra helmet or pedals for the day? We’ve got you covered with the best mountain bike accessories! Whether you’re using one of our rental or demo bikes, or just looking to upgrade your own mountain bike parts, let us know what you need for your next ride. We carry a wide assortment of accessories for mountain bikes like helmets, seat bags and pedals. Traveling somewhere and need to stow your bike and mtb accessories safely? Keep your bike safe in an EVOC travel bag. We rent them by the day so you don’t need to worry about searching for a bicycle accessories shop near me when you’re traveling – carry what you need safely and securely. Seat bags are available to rent and include a multi-tool, CO2 cartridge, tire lever, and tire tubes for your bike.
Ready to get started? Check out our FAQs for the most common rental questions we get as a bike shop in Bozeman! Ready to rent today and just need local trail info? Click here to learn about some of our employee’s favorite Bozeman mountain bike routes!
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes! We offer a discount starting on the 5th day of your rental, which is 20% off.
The availability of each bike can be seen on the calendar via our booking site.
Our rental page shows the bikes that we are expected to receive for rental this summer, 2022. Due to the nationwide bike shortage, we have not received all of our bikes yet. The bikes that are actually available are reflected when you select “Book Now” and select a date range. As we receive the rest of our bikes they will become available to book on the following page, please check back.
Call the shop or stop in! We can get you fitted on the right bike before you rent.
We offer rental bikes from Rocky Mountain, Santa Cruz, Ibis, Giant, Liv, Gazelle, Momentum
Models per brand:
- Rocky Mountain: Instinct C50, Element C60 (all carbon frames)
- Santa Cruz: 5010 and Bronson (all carbon frames)
- Ibis: Ripmo and Ripley (all carbon frames)
- Giant: Revolt gravel bike (carbon frame), contend (road bike) , Trance mountain bike (aluminum)
- Gazelle: (NEW)! Electric bikes for around town and some gravel riding. These bikes are comfort-oriented more than performance-oriented.
Bozeman, Montana has amazing trails all around us. We’d love to chat with you over the phone or in-person about our favorites.
Owenhouse Cycling Team's Favorite Trail & Road Recommendations
When you’re searching for a “bike shop near me”, remember Owenhouse Cycling is your one-stop shop for all riders! Our bicycle store caters to roadies and gravel grinders as well as single-track shredders! Everyone on our team rides bikes and loves to chat about the local riding scene. Check out a few of our favorite route suggestions below. For current trail conditions be sure to give us a call! We’ll let you know what the weather has been like lately and what trails we expect to open in time for your next trip to Bozeman! Also be sure to check out our blog for more information including our Top 5 Trails For Beginner Bikers.
Before We Begin Let’s Talk Trail Etiquette
- Bikers must yield to all other trail users. Step off trail to allow hikers, trail runners, and equestrian users to pass.
- If you are traveling downhill, yield to bikers traveling uphill.
- Do not ride muddy trails.
- Control your speed and be on the lookout for others.
Now Our Top Trails!
Copper City is located approximately 45 minutes west of Bozeman and is one of the only trail systems in the area. This system offers trails for many riders, there is everything from easier green trails to more technical black diamond trails. This area is in a drier weather pattern that allows it to be ridden earlier and later in the year compared to other trails in the town of Bozeman. If you are planning on riding in the heat of summer be sure to bring plenty of water as there is not a lot of shade.
South Cottonwood is a great ride that is reasonably close to town. The first three miles of the trail are fairly mellow and rolling along South Cottonwood Creek. This first section of the trail is great for beginner to intermediate mountain bikers. After the first three miles the trail becomes narrower, steeper and more technical. Ultimately this trail is ridden as an out and back, you can decide how far you want to go then turn around and head back to the trail head. This trail does see quite a few other users, so be on the lookout for other bikers, runners and hikers.
This is a timeshare trail, it is closed to bicycles on Sundays and Mondays from July 16th to September 4th.
Emerald Lake is a Bozeman classic, high alpine, out and back ride offering awesome views along with a more technically demanding climb and descent. The trailhead is approximately a one hour drive from the shop to the South of town. This trail starts out at 7,000 ft consisting of a 2,000 ft climb, and topping out in a high alpine basin at 9,000 ft. It is 4.5 miles one way from the trailhead to the Lake. Looking to tack on a couple of extra miles? The singletrack continues 1 mile past Emerald lake to Heather Lake and is worth checking out if time allows. Due to this trail being higher in elevation, oftentimes it does not dry out until the start of July, and is typically rideable into the end of September. The higher elevation of this trail makes it a great trail to ride on warmer days, it will stay cooler compared to trails at a lower elevation.
Townie Trail System
Looking to ride from town? The townie trails offer great beginner trails along with awesome views of both the Bridger and the Gallatin Mountains. This system of trails consists of Highland Glen, Painted Hills, and Triple Tree. Highland Glen is the trail that is closest to town and consists of a few trails meandering through open grassland that work their way up and down a few hills. Heading further south of town you will find yourself on the Painted Hills Trail, this trail is also built into open grassland wandering up and down some hills. The Painted Hills trail connects Highland Glen to Triple Tree. Triple tree is the furthest south of all of the townie trails, this trail consists of approximately a 3 mile loop with 800 feet of climbing. Being close to town these trails see a fair amount of use, so be on the lookout for others.
Bangtail Divide is an IMBA Epic trail! This point-to-point route will either require a shuttle or start with 7 miles of road riding south down Bridger Canyon Rd. Expect lots of climbing on this 25-mile route, stellar views, ridgeline traverses and fields of wildflowers.
Mystic Lake is an easy/intermediate out and back that follows Bozeman Creek along Sourdough Canyon Trail. This is a family-friendly trail that is easy to access and has vault toilets at the trailhead. Be sure to carry enough water in the summer – it is exposed and can get hot!
If you’re a roadie that loves to climb be sure to check out Hyalite Canyon! This classic 20 mile, 2,000-foot climb from Bozeman to Hyalite Reservoir is a local favorite. The best time to ride Hyalite is in the springtime, from late March to mid-May, when the road is closed to motor traffic.