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.
Trek Emonda SL 5 Disc Road Bike
Model Year: 2021
The Emonda SL 5 is considered a mid-level aero bike from Trek, but this particular Emonda has had a few upgrades. Sram eTap Force AXS group is the most notable, but the previous owner had also upgraded the crankset to a Power 2 Max power meter making this bike perfect for anyone who is into tracking data. Bontrager carbon parts are found in the handlebar, stem and seat mast. The deep dish carbon wheels come with new rubber from Continental and will be set up tubeless out of the box. The Pro's Closet has listed this bike in "excellent" condition and we expect it will sell quickly.
Factor Vista Red eTap AXS
Model Year: 2020
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 $8,300, 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.
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.
Trek Lexa SLX Women's Road Bike
Model Year: 2014
The Trek Lexa SLX is an entry level, women’s road bike. This aluminum bike comes equipped with a mix of Shimano 105 and Tiagra components and is a bare bones, no frills road bike that is durable and low maintenance. The frameset features Trek’s proprietary IsoSpeed elastomers in both the frame and fork to help dampen road vibration. Bontrager components make up the cockpit and wheelset, which features alloy clincher rims. This road bike won’t break the bank. You can read more about it at The Pro’s Closet by clicking the “Buy Now” button.
Mosaic RT-1 Custom Road Bike
Model Year: 2016
Mosaic is a custom frame manufacturer from Boulder, Colorado that has perfected the art of titanium frame building. Their attention to detail is second to none, evident by each weld on this bike. While this bike is a few years old, it is in excellent condition and comes with top notch componentry. An Enve carbon fiber fork helps to keep the road vibrations at bay and a full Shimano Ultegra Di2 drivetrain is arguably one of the most reliable…ever. It gets better too: a Chris King headset, Industry-9 hubs and a Thomson seat post are all part of this custom build. Available at The Pro’s Closet, this is a deal.
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.
Rodeo Labs Traildonkey 3.0 Gravel Bike
Model Year: 2019
Finding a bike that falls into the “common size” category and is in like-new condition is nearly impossible at the moment. The Rodeo Labs Traildonkey 3.0 is now available and ready to shred your local roads. This 52cm gravel bike is built up with a mix of Sram XX1 Eagle and Force eTap AXS parts to make an extremely light and durable 1x12 drivetrain. Enve handlebar, stem and wheelset are the icing on this cake that is being offered by The Pro’s Closet. Click the “Buy Now” button to have this beautiful ride show up at your door.
Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper Mountain Bike
Model Year: 2012
Great bikes don’t have to be expensive. This Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper may be considered old in the mountain bike world, but it is still an amazing ride. This Stumpy has full carbon fiber everything including the frame, Roval tubeless wheelset, handlebar and seat post. The Rock Shox SID World Cup comes with Specialized’s Brain technology and to top it off there are Sram XX bits all over. Wanting a fast race bike? This is it. New to mountain biking, but don’t want to break the bank? This bike is it. Check it out by clicking the "Buy Now" button.
Trek Supercaliber 9.8 Mountain Bike
Model Year: 2020
The Trek Supercaliber is one of the cleanest designed full suspension mountain bikes ever to hit the market. The full carbon fiber frame has integrated the Fox Performance shock so well that from a distance this bike looks like a hardtail. The Bontrager Kovee Carbon 29er wheelset is set up tubeless out of the box and a mix of Shimano and Sram parts make this mountain bike very capable racing machine. Hit the “Buy Now” button to check it out at The Pro’s Closet and buy with confidence as they do a 141-point inspection on every used bike they sell.
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