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Brands of Bikes

Everyone has a preferred type of bicycle. It depends on what type of bike riding you do. Whether it be racing or touring, mountain biking, or commuting, you will choose a bicycle built appropriately for your needs. But, as is the case in competitive industries, some brands will be better than others. Cycling is no exception. Certain brands have proven themselves over time to be the leaders.

While there are many brands of bicycles, a large portion of those bikes are ordered and made by a handful of bicycle factories, mainly in Asia. Some Bike Brands manufacturer their own bikes, some just their top models. It is good to know the quality of the bike you are looking at. Explore what is available and do your research on the brand and models. Some brands specialize in mountain bikes only other in road bikes. There is a lot of variety of both makes, models and quality of materials they use. Here is an alphabetical list of brands available in Canada.

Bianchi

Bianchi, created in 1885, is the world's oldest extant bicycle manufacturing company. It created technologies such as Countervail, which is an integrated vibration canceling system for cycling. Its road bikes are popular among cyclists and the Bianchi Infinito CV was voted Bike of the Year.

Brodie

Brodie Bicycles is a manufacturer of mountain, road, cyclocross and commuter bicycles based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Brodie is proudly one of Canada's last independent bike brands. They are innovative and relevant to your needs as a cyclist, building real bikes for real people. Brodie offers a range of road, commuter and mountain bikes For us, the bike business is all about passion and the love of cycling. We have dabbled in selling to other countries, but our main focus remains on supporting fellow Canadian businesses, where our reputation and heritage has been nurtured since 1986.

Cannondale

Owned by Dorel Industries, Cannondale is headquartered in Bethel, Conn. It designs and produces a wide range of bicycles at its factory in Bedford, Pa. Its product lines include fitness, mountain, road, specialty, urban, and women's bikes. Available at specialty bike shops and independent dealers.

Cronus Bikes

Cronus is a young but rapidly growing European brand formed in 2008. All of their bikes are designed and developed by CRONUS France and manufactured in Malysia.

Fuji

Founded in 1899 in Japan, Fuji also makes bikes in the U.S. from its headquarters in Philadelphia. Its product line includes BMX, children's, lifestyle, mountain, road, and women's bikes. Sold at specialty bike stores and independent dealers, the bikes range in price from $240 to $3,400 for mountain bikes to $470 to $6,340 for road bikes.

Giant

Giant Bicycles' headquarters is in Taiwan, with its U.S. operations based in Newbury Park, Calif. Giant offers bicycles under the following categories: BMX, children's, fitness, hybrid, lifestyle, mountain, road, and women's bikes. Available at specialty bike shops, the bikes range in price from $300 to $600 for comfort bikes, $400 to $1,000 for fitness bikes, $250 to $600 for mountain bikes, and $500 to $7,000 for road bikes.

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Jamis

Jamis first introduced its Earth Cruiser in 1979. Since then it has put out products that fly off the racks. One example is the Jamis Coda hybrid bike, which is a favourite among somebike shops.

Klein

Klein is based in Waterloo, Wis., and makes mountain and road bikes mostly for the export market. Klein bikes are only available domestically in a few independently owned bike shops in a limited number of states. Prices range from $1,540 to $2,750 for mountain bikes to $1,980 to $4,180 for road bikes.

Kona Bikes

With its roots in the Pacific Northwest, it's no surprise that Kona was at the forefront of the freeride movement of the late 1990s and early 2000s. The company also had notable success in cyclocross. Kona continues to build downhill, all-mountain, trail and cross-country bikes in addition to road, cyclocross and commuter models.

Marinoni

If you are looking for well refined road bike, check out what Marinoni has to offer. They have a selection of road, time trial, track, cyclocross, and touring steeds. They are a Canadian too, based near Montreal. The complete bikes are supplied with components from either Campagnolo or Shimano groups, which you can choose to customize your bike.

Marin

Marin is a bicycle manufacturer in Marin County, California, established in 1986. The company originally specialized in mountain bikes. Now it offers a full range of bicycle types from full suspension & hardtail mountain bikes to road, street/urban, comfort bikes and has specific designs for women & children bikes generally placed in the mid-high end bracket of each respective market.

Mongoose

Made by Pacific Cycle, which is owned by Dorel Industries, Mongoose has been around since 1974. Its line of bikes includes BMX, comfort, hybrid, mountain, and road bikes. Available in specialty bike shops, sporting goods stores, and mass-market stores, the bikes range in price from $300 to $350 for comfort bikes, $280 to $800 for mountain bikes, and $2,700 for its road-bike model.

Norco

Norco is a Canadian bicycle manufacturer headquartered in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia. Norco has been producing bicycles since 1964. It currently has more than 100 models, including road, cyclocross, mountain, urban, kids and BMX bikes in its line. The company is also Canada's largest distributor of bicycles and accessories to independent bicycle retailers.

Raleigh

The Raleigh name, originally founded in the United Kingdom, is 125 years old and has been in Canada for the past 75 years. Raleigh makes a wide variety of bikes; mountain, road, race, touring, city, fitness, comfort, cruiser, youth; in steel and aluminum; and of notable quality. Bikes range in price from $275 to $690 for comfort bikes, $520 to $1,550 for fitness bikes, $275 to $1,325 for mountain bikes, and $520 to $2,725 for road bikes. The same factory also produces Diamondback bikes.

Rocky Mountain

Rocky Mountain is best known for its mountain bikes and produces a wide range of models specialized for different riding styles and disciplines within the mountain category. Based in Vancouver the company was formed in 1981. Rocky Mountain produces carbon fiber, aluminum alloy and steel mountain bike frames and since 1984 also makes road bikes and offers a wide range of bike types.

Schwinn

Schwinn is another Pacific Cycle brand. Schwinn offers an extensive line of bikes, including BMX, children's, comfort, cruisers, mountain, and road models. Available at leading mass-market retailers and sporting goods stores, bikes range in price from $250 to $1,000 for comfort bikes, $390 to $600 for mountain bikes, and $570 to $4,300 for road bikes.

Scott Bikes

Known worldwide for the highest quality workmanship, this Swiss company offers consistently fine products. From commuters to mountain bikers to road riders and all types of racers Scott really flies, just ask Mark Cavendish, current World road race champion and one of the winningest sprinters ever (many wins aboard a Scott). But at Scott they remember us mere mortals as well and produce some of the most comfortable, capable road bikes for women or men.

Specialized

Specialized is based in Morgan Hill, Calif. Since 1981 it has sought to make riding better by developing new technologies from FACT (Functional Advanced Composite Technology) carbon to alloy technology. It offers BMX, children's, mountain, road, street (fitness, comfort), and women's bikes. Prices range from $360 to $470 for comfort bikes, $590 to $2,050 for fitness bikes, $360 to $5,500 for mountain bikes, and $750 to $7,400 for road bikes.

Salsa

Founded in 1982, Salsa's goal is to inspire adventure by bike. The company is a leading brand in mountain bikes with models such as the Salsa Mukluk TI, Salsa Horsethief XX1, and Salsa Fargo TI in addition it makes top road bikes as well. The Salsa and Surly bikes brands are owned by Quality Bicycle Products, which is the largest distributor of bicycle parts and accessories in the bicycle industry. QBP also participates in activities which support its community through cycling advocacy and green building

Soma

Soma prides itself in straying away from the other companies that emulate the racing world. Instead it aims to create products for the 'everyday cyclist'. The brand's personality and love of great bicycles comes across on its site, "Fun is not complicated. Why should our frames be? No weird geometries, just what we ourselves would like to ride. As for colors and graphics, we've made a conscious choice to avoid "race-inspired" billboard-style logos. We find this makes it easier for folks to cover them up with stickers and chewing gum."

Surly

Surly is relatively new to the cycling scene, established in 1998. It is well known for its single-speed and fixie bikes. It builds its bikes from steel to offer a good balance. One of our 50 Best Bike Shops, Bicycle Michael's voted Surly as its favorite brand "because they challenge the vacuum left by the gaps in so many genres like touring, fat bikes, cargo and off-road touring."

Trek

The Trek Bicycles Corp., based in Waterloo, Wis., has been making bikes since 1976. Its product line includes chidren's, mountain, road, urban, and women's bikes. Available at specialty bike shops and independent dealers, bikes range in price from $330 to $6,050 for mountain bikes to $520 to $8,250 for road bikes. Trek Bicycle Corporation is a major bicycle and cycling product manufacturer and distributor under brand names Trek, Electra Bicycle Company, Gary Fisher, Bontrager, Diamant Bikes, Villiger Bikes and until 2008, LeMond Racing Cycles and Klein.