Bicycling has tested thousands of bikes. And though bikes evolve and (usually) improve with time, in many ways they don’t change that much. Whether it’s a Schwinn from the 1970s or the most modern Specialized Tarmac, a bike is a machine with two wheels and pedals. Turn those pedals and off you go—to a place you know or an adventure you don’t.
There are scores of great used bikes for sale. They might not have that new-bike smell or fresh-off-the-line shine, but they can be a lot cheaper, and they have many delightful miles left in them. We scour online bike listings daily to find used bikes. Your next bike may be on this list.
Where You Can Buy
You can find a used bike almost anywhere—garage sales, flea markets, swap meets, even at the curb hung with a sign that reads Free. Behemoths like eBay and Craigslist offer the largest selection of used bicycles, and you can find some diamonds in the (very) rough if you’re willing to invest a lot of time combing through the hordes of clapped-out department store bikes found there.
Specialty used-bike marketplaces offer a more focused and curated selection of pre-owned bikes. The best-known player is The Pro’s Closet, but other robust marketplaces are found at Bike Exchange and Bicycle Bluebook, and in the classified sections of pinkbike.com, roadbikereview.com, and MTBR.com. If you’re looking for something classic, a vintage-bike specialist like RetroBike, Vic’s Classic Bikes, and Steel Vintage Bike can scratch your itch for lugs. Fan sites like YetiFan.com and VintageCannondale.com typically have for-sale boards as well.
Most used bikes are sold by private sellers. Buying from private sellers is often the best path for the best deal, and they’re more likely to negotiate than a used bike shop. But buying from a private seller can carry more risks. The bike may have undisclosed—and invisible—damage, it could be stolen, and it might even be a counterfeit. And if the seller packs the bike for shipment and doesn’t know what they’re doing, a very broken bike could arrive at your doorstep. The marketplace or the company you used for payment may offer some protection if you run into trouble with a private seller, but the private market is rowdier and has fewer safeguards than if you buy from an established business.
In contrast to private sellers, outfits like The Pro’s Closet offer written assurances (like return policies) and guarantees (like the bike you get will be as it was described in the listing). Used-bike stores also inspect, tune up, and professionally pack the bikes for shipment. But you’ll pay more for a used bike with these guarantees and protections than you would from a private seller.
How We Chose
We regularly dig into used-bike listings across the internet in search of the best examples to share with you. We look for great bikes as well as great values, plus interesting bikes, quirky bikes, and delightful weirdness too. If it’s a model we’ve tested, we’ll let you know. And if it’s one of our award winners—like Editors’ Choice or Gear of the Year—we’ll tell you that too. None of the specific bikes listed here have been evaluated or tested by us. We’re basing our recommendations off our experience with the same or similar models and with the brands themselves.
How Often Will We Update This List?
Because used bikes come and go so rapidly, we will attempt to update this list of great used bikes regularly. In doing so, we’ve learned that these bikes go fast. If you see one you like, don’t hesitate; it could be gone the next day. If you don’t see your dream bike here, bookmark this page and check back often.
Santa Cruz Blur CC XX1 AXS Mountain Bike
Model Year: 2018
The Blur is the full-out cross-country race bike from the folks at Santa Cruz. If you are interested in all the latest technology involving carbon fiber, electronics, and hydraulics, this could be the mountain bike of your dreams. Fox suspension is found on both the front and rear, and each are equipped with remote lockouts. The drivetrain is all SRAM XX1 Eagle eTap AXS electronic, including the crankset with Quarq power meter. To top it off, the Reynolds carbon wheelset is wrapped with Schwalbe gumwall tires that are already set up tubeless. With a few minutes of assembly out of the box, you’ll have one of the nicest cross-country bikes on the market.
Cannondale Super X Force 1 Cyclocross Bike
Model Year: 2020
The Cannondale Super X has been a very successful cyclocross race bike for nearly a decade. While not everyone is keen on racing, some do prefer the racing geometry the Super X provides. Everything from road and gravel riding to cyclocross racing, the Super X is a do-all bike. While this bike is labeled as women’s-specific, there is nothing in particular about it that would suggest as much. The drivetrain is made up completely of SRAM Force 1 goodies, including hydraulic disc brakes. The basic alloy wheelset should be plenty durable enough and is already set up tubeless with Vittoria rubber. The Pro’s Closet provides a 141-point inspection and has deemed the Super X to be in “excellent” condition.
Factor Vista Red eTap AXS
The Pro’s Closet doesn’t just sell used stuff. Occasionally it gets an opportunity to buy up excess new inventory too, which appears to be the case with this brand new, unridden, Factor Vista all-road bike with full manufacturer’s warranty. Marked down from its original MSRP of $8,600, this smooth-riding carbon bike has a standout design highlighted by a unique integrated front end. There’s clearance for up to 35mm tires, and it is designed to put the rider in a more upright position for comfort and control over long rides on all surfaces. The Vista has hidden fender mounts. This build features SRAM Red eTap AXS drivetrain with cable-actuated TRP HY/RD hydraulic disc brakes and 40mm deep Vision carbon clincher wheels.
Specialized Turbo Creo SL Comp Road E-Bike
Model Year: 2021
Specialized has been working extremely hard at developing its line of electric bikes. Proprietary motors and batteries have made its e-bikes look almost identical to traditional models. The Creo SL Comp is a prime example of the company’s hard work coming to fruition. With a top speed of 28mph, the Creo SL is fully decked out with a full Shimano GRX drivetrain and hydraulic brakes. The Future Shock 2.0 is subtly hidden in the steerer tube in case your travels head to more bumpy roads. The most impressive aspect about this bike is that it weighs just a bit under 29 pounds. E-bikes are here for good, and we can’t be more excited about this one.
Santa Cruz Tallboy CC Mountain Bike
Model Year: 2017
The Santa Cruz Tallboy is the perfect bike for shredding singletrack or huckin’ off a rocky decent. We reached out to Saysana Inthavongsa, owner of Leed’s Cyclery in Palmyra, Pennsylvania, for his take, “The Santa Cruz Tallboy has been an amazing seller for the shop. Their builds out of the box are top notch, but the problem now is getting new inventory due to the Covid epidemic.” While this Tallboy isn’t new, it’s in very good condition. SRAM XX1 Eagle electronic shifting will keep you dialed on the climbs, and the super-plush RockShox Pike RCT3 fork will smooth out the rest. This Tallboy also features a Praxis wheelset already set up with tubeless tires. Initially listed on the Pro’s Closet for $9,000, this bike is now all but a steal at a little over six grand! There’s no need to wait around for new inventory when you could hit the trails today.
Specialized S-Works Venge Di2 Road Bike
Model Year: 2019
The Specialized S-Works Venge is arguably the fastest bike ever made by the Morgan Hill, California, brand. The integrated cockpit and dropped seatstays have redefined “aero road bike” for the entire bicycle industry. While this model has been morphed into what is now the SL7, the Venge is still an amazing race bike. This particular S-Works Venge comes with a mix of Shimano Ultegra and Dura-Ace Di2 parts and a proprietary S-Works crankset with integrated power meter. The Vision alloy wheels are tubeless-compatible and have a semi-deep aero profile. The full bike with all of its aero advantages weighs 16 pounds, 10 oz., and is currently on sale at The Pro’s Closet.
Giant TCX Advanced Pro 2 Cyclocross Bike
Model Year: 2018
It’s getting harder to distinguish today’s modern cyclocross bikes from gravel bikes. Whichever you choose generally depends on personal preference and style of riding. If you’re a rider who desires a bike with race-like geometry and fewer mounting options, then a cyclocross bike is the way to go. The Giant TCX ticks all the boxes for versatility, (light) weight, and price point. This Advanced Pro 2 has a full carbon-fiber frame and fork, a mix of SRAM components (including Rival hydraulic disc brakes), and Industry 9 aluminum tubeless-ready wheels. Good to go right out of the box, this TCX has passed a 141-point inspection and is currently on sale at The Pro’s Closet.
Specialized Turbo Vado 5.0 E-Bike
Model Year: 2018
The Specialized Turbo Vado 5.0 e-bike is made for getting around town—fast. The proprietary Specialized Street Tuned Motor and 604Wh battery can get the Vado up to 28mph while providing a range of up to 75 miles, depending on usage. This e-bike comes with TRP hydraulic disc brakes and a mix of Shimano components. The Vado comes with full fenders for keeping tire spray from kicking up during wet commutes. Specialized Armadillo tires wrap the wheelset and are 51mm wide to provide great traction and flat protection. New, this bike would have run you five grand. There’s also an equally impressive 2019 Vado 6.0 on the site right now for about $4k.
Seven Cycles Axiom Road Bike
Model Year: N/A
In 1997, Seven Cycles was founded and has been one of the flagship builders of titanium frames ever since. It is often said that once you buy a titanium frame, you’ll never need to buy another frame again. It is true. Titanium is an amazing alloy that provides durability, stiffness, and light weight. While this Axiom may be considered past its prime as far as componentry goes, the frameset is still very desirable. The parts aren’t bad, though: Shimano Dura-Ace 10-speed shifting and braking bits, Rolf Vector Pro wheels, fresh Vittoria tires. A Chris King headset is a nice touch, as well. For just $2,300, this bike could be one of the best values on the market right now.
Cannondale Scalpel 29 Carbon Team Mountain Bike
Model Year: 2015
The Cannondale Scalpel Carbon Team was released in 2015 as the official team bike of Cannondale-sponsored riders. Being a team edition, this cross-country bike has a lot of high-end parts, including a carbon fiber Enve tubeless wheelset. The front wheel is Cannondale specific, as it is laced to Cannondale’s proprietary Lefty hub. A SRAM XX1 drivetrain makes up the shifting components, and the ultralight and stiff Cannondale Hollowgram Si crankset has a solo 32-tooth SRAM ring. This bike has a ton of miles left in it, and the folks at The Pro’s Closet have given it an 8.5 (or “Very Good”) rating.
Cervélo S5 SRAM Red eTap AXS Disc Road Bike
Model Year: 2019
Arguably one of the most unique-looking bikes in the pro peloton this year is the Cervélo S5 road bike. Cervélo has redesigned the cockpit in the name of aerodynamics, making the S5 its fastest bike to date. This flagship model comes with SRAM Red eTap AXS electronic shifting and hydraulic disc brakes. ENVE SES 3.4s keep the aero theme going and are wrapped with 28mm Vittoria tires. The S5 comes in at an extremely impressive 16 pounds, 12 ounces, which is feathery light for a full aero road bike. At nearly $12,000 retail, you can snag this bike on sale from The Pro’s Closet.
Canyon Inflite CF SL 8 Cyclocross Bike
Model Year: 2020
The Inflite is the premier cyclocross bike from Canyon Bikes, which has been collecting world championship medals the last few years thanks to both Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado and Mathieu Van Der Poel. The full carbon frameset and carbon Reynolds AR41 wheels keep this bike at a svelte 17 pounds, 3 ounces. SRAM Force 1 makes up the full drivetrain, providing durability and crisp shifting. Canyon didn’t cheap out on this build anywhere, as it also provides a full carbon stem, handlebar, and seatpost. Based on a 141-point inspection, The Pro’s Closet gives this Inflite a 9.0 (or “Excellent”) rating.
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