Whistler is one of the hottest mountain biking destinations on the planet, hosting the sport’s biggest names and competitions, so it’s only natural you’d want to sort yourself out with some wheels and hit the trails as soon as you get here. Shipping your own bike isn’t always easy (especially if you don’t have one in the first place!), but don’t stress – Whistler has a number of excellent shops where you can rent one instead (or take it for surgery when your ride’s in need of a fix or tune-up).
Located in the heart of the Village, the highly popular Fanatyk has some of Whistler’s best rental bikes. Their fleet of downhill and trail bikes are built with premium Shimano components and other high-end parts. Dedicated bike mechanics service them after every use, which is probably why Fanatyk has an excellent reputation for quality and reliability. You can book your rental online via their website where rates are clearly displayed. Fanatyk also has a huge catalogue of spare parts and offer full service repairs.
4433 Sundial Place
Evolution is another top rental centre, with a large fleet of bikes in outstanding condition. Not only do Evolution’s technicians tune their bikes after every day of riding, they also rebuild the forks on their DH bikes every 5-7 days of riding. Pads and tires, meanwhile, are replaced at 70% wear. One advantage of going with Evolution is that they fit springs and adjust brakes according to your weight and other factors, which keeps them well-conditioned and makes for a better ride. You can preview bikes (including their new for 2018 full suspension E-bikes) and book online via their website. Evolution also offers bike servicing and spare parts.
4122 Village Green
GARBANZO BIKE & BEAN.
As well as being a great place to grab a post-ride cappuccino (the clue is in the name), Garbanzo, which is the official store of the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, is a sure bet for bike sales, rentals and repair. The gear is top quality, as is the service, and its proximity to the Bike Park is highly convenient (it’s literally right at the base of the mountain) if you’ve done some damage on the way down.
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This well-organized outfit has a large range of top-of-line rental bikes, all of which can be viewed and booked online via their highly intuitive website (book online for a 20% discount on in-store rates). The team here has an expert knowledge of the Bike Park (being located right next to it) and is always happy to offer their advice. Summit Sport also have a bike workshop where they’ll help you get tuned up for a day on the trail.
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Locally owned since 1994, Bike Co. is another good option if you’re looking for a top-quality rental and personal service to go with it. They have a fleet of Giant, Devinci and Kona mountain bikes (which are available as long-term as well as short-term rentals), and are well-stocked with spares. They also offer bike servicing, including safety checks, minor tune-ups, brake bleeds, wheel builds, fork adjustments and more.
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