We couldn’t be more excited to announce that we’ll be partnering with a team of all-star brands to bring more awesome bikes to Guelph and surrounding area.
Each brand has a rich history of producing some of the most innovative, award-winning, and boundary-pushing bikes in the industry.
Bikes that absolutely rip.
Bikes that get you in flow.
Bikes that induce shit-eating grins.
Each brand has also been specifically selected to fill what we feel is a gap in current availability.
Here’s a brief history of our brands to get you as excited as we are about what’s to come.
Rocky Mountain Bikes
Like any good origin story, Rocky Mountain Bicycles has its beginnings in the basement of a Vancouver bike shop called West Point Cycles. Three friends started modifying Nishiki road bikes by adding wider tires, straight handlebars, and internal five-speed gears. Their aim was to create a bicycle that could be ridden and raced on the technical trails of the West Coast.
Rocky Mountain Bicycles Ltd. was officially incorporated in 1981, with Grayson Bain serving as president until 1997. In 1982, working with frame designer Tom Ritchey, the company introduced the "Sherpa", its first production mountain bike.
Rocky Mountain began shipping bikes internationally in 1989, enlarging its production facilities to meet growing demand. The brand was a pioneer of the Freeride movement taking hold of the North Shore in the early 90s, sponsoring several professional athletes including the original Fro Riders trio of Wade Simmons, Richie Schley, and Brett Tippie.
These days, Rocky Mountain offers a wide range of bikes in several categories, including Enduro, Trail, XC, Fatbikes, E-Bikes, Gravel, and Kids.
Rocky Mountain Bikes of Choice for Ontario: Element, Growler, Solo, Instinct Powerplay
Kona Bikes was founded in 1988 by riding buddies Dan Gerhard and Jacob Heilbron in Vancouver. Gerhard and Heilbron worked initially with Mountain Bike Hall of Fame rider Joe Murray to create a range of custom steel hardtails.
Kona was the first brand to produce a complete range of sloping top tube design mountain bike frames. Paul Brodie collaborated with the TBG and was likely instrumental in implementing the sloping top tube design from previous work with Rocky Mountain and with his own company.
The Canadian headquarters are located near the famous North Shore Mountains of Vancouver, leading Kona to develop their iconic line of mountain bikes in 1998 — such as the Stinky — known for its ability to handle the most treacherous terrain and the craziest stunts.
Kona has gone on to develop a complete range of mountain, road, commuter, gravel, fatbikes, and kids’ bikes. Using a range of materials including carbon fiber, titanium, aluminum, and steel, Kona's bikes are sold in over 60 countries worldwide.
Kona Bikes of Choice for Ontario: Process, Hei Hei, Woo, Rove
Santa Cruz Bikes
Santa Cruz Bicycles was founded in 1993 by Rob Roskopp, Mike Marquez, and Rich Novak in Santa Cruz, California. Roskopp had spent many years as a professional skateboarder while Novak owned a skateboard company, Santa Cruz Skateboards. Roskopp and Novak went into partnership with bike engineer Mike Marquez, who had particular experience in bicycle suspension, as well as designer Tom Morris to build a few prototypes.
Their first bike, the Tazmon, was an 80mm travel, single-pivot dual suspension bike that rattled the norms and the status quo. In 1994, a full-suspension ‘all-mountain’ bike was barely imaginable but the founders could see that rear suspension design was an innovation whose time had come. That bike was followed a year later by the 100mm travel Heckler, a model that was discontinued for the 2016 model year and relaunched in 2020 as an e-mountain bike.
Santa Cruz now covers everything from hardtails to 8.5" travel downhill machines. Their carbon bikes are produced in their California-based manufacturing facility and utilize their advanced VPP (Virtual Pivot Point) technology on all full-suspension models.
Santa Cruz Bikes of Choice for Ontario: Tallboy, Blur LT, Hightower, Stigmata
In the '80s and '90s, mountain bikes were effectively designed for, and marketed to, men, even as the sport was gaining momentum for women.
In 1999, Santa Cruz pioneered the very first mountain bike aimed specifically at female riders. It was a groundbreaking shift in the industry, driven by a groundbreaking woman — Juliana ‘Queen of Dirt’ Furtado — one of the most accomplished athletes in the history of mountain biking.
Today, Juliana has grown into an award-winning line of premium mountain bikes ridden by and for women who continue to blaze new trails. From custom designed grips, bars, and saddles, to dedicated frame sizes and colours, it’s no wonder Juliana has grown into the most celebrated women’s mountain bike ranges in the industry.
Juliana’s goal is to ignite the imagination of female adventurers around the world and create something uncompromising for those who refuse to accept the status quo.
Juliana Bikes of Choice for Ontario: Furtado, Joplin, Maverick, QuincyWe’re excited to be bringing this rockstar line-up of bike brands to Guelph and surrounding area in early 2023. If you have any questions about our bikes — or your next bike — contact us today. We’re always happy to help.
Hey there-welcome to Arkell!
I grew up near here, and returned and built a home nearby about 15 years ago.
I’m a former bike shop worker( and owner) and like the lineup and vision. I’ll be sure to drop by for a drink and a chat when you open up.
Best of luck-you’re in for a hell of a ride!