Why Buy From Us?
Regardless of where you live – why buy from us?
Selection. We carry the best brands in the industry. Yeti, Ibis, Pivot, Kona, Trek, Haro and Fit Bike Co. We also have a fully stocked shop with all the accessories, clothing, maps, food, packs, tools and other gear you need to make your ride complete.
Rental/Demo Bikes. We offer demo and rental models in most of the bikes we sell. Before you make your purchase you can ride the Monarch Crest trail, or our excellent local trail system just behind the shop. See the Rentals page for up to date info on rental and demo models available.
Every bicycle purchase includes these complimentary services and benefits:
1) 10% off all accessories at time of purchase.
2) FREE Bicycle Sizing and Suspension Set Up: Includes adjusting saddle and handlebar position get you comfortable on your bike. We set up suspension and explain how it works. $50 value. Ask about Bike Fitting and Advanced Suspension Set Up services – more detailed and in depth versions of these complimentary services.
3) FREE 30 Day Tune-up – A mechanic goes over your bike to keep it operating like new. Also a great time to ask any questions after your first several hours of riding. $85 value.
4) Warranty and crash replacement support. Things happen. We’ll be here for you.
Financing. Financing is available from Absolute Bikes for any purchase of $500.00 or more. Financing is through the Trek Credit Card program – but it is not limited to Trek bikes or products. Any bike, any brand, parts, wheels, bike racks, etc – so long as the total single-purchase amount is $500.00 or more.
World Class Trails. From right in town S Mountain and Methodist Mountain trails to the beautiful back country riding of the Monarch Crest your visit will be one you will remember for years to come and keep you coming back. These trails are perfect for testing new bikes before you make your purchase. A percentage of your purchase goes back into advocacy to keep our trails open and maintained. Check out current Trail Conditions.
Location, location, location. On the bank of the Arkansas River in beautiful Salida, Colorado, Absolute Bikes is in the middle of a cycling paradise. Colorado’s Arkansas Valley, particularly Salida, is blessed with year round riding due the milder winters the “Banana Belt” provides us. This makes Absolute Bikes in Salida an excellent hub for your cycling adventures.
Family and Pet Friendly Town. Come on out with your family and pets and make a weekend out of your new bike purchase. While you are testing bikes on the trails your family can enjoy the river, parks, hot springs, food, and fun that Salida offers. This is a very pet friendly town and you will see many people enjoying the trails and river with their furry friends. Visit with our Shop Dogs.
Advocacy. A portion of each purchase goes back into our community through youth cycling programs and teams, Salida Mountain Trails, and other advocacy efforts.
Bike Museum. Remember your first mountain bike? Shawn Gillis (shop and museum owner) and Scot Banks (museum “curator”) have established a collection of old mountain bikes, aka “All Terrain Bikes” and “Klunkers,” from the early 1980s through the early 2000s. Approx. 50 of them are on display inside the shop. The collection also includes some classic road bikes, full suspension forks and helmets. You’ll have memories flood back when you take the time to look up the walls & ceilings.