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 regularly scour online bike listings to find used bikes that earn our approval. 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.
Bartali San Pellegrino Team Bike
Price: $7,299.90 (minimum bid)
Model Year: 1956
Win the start line of the next L’Eroica by showing up on this bike named for one of the most legendary and heroic bike racers of all time: Gino Bartali. According to the seller, Steel Vintage Bikes, this particular bike hails from 1956 and is one of the San Pellegrino team bikes made by Galmozzi. This bike was probably not ridden by Bartali himself: The description doesn’t specifically say it was one of Bartali’s bikes, something they’d certainly emphasize if it were. As you’d expect, this is a lugged steel frame (butted tubing) with a Campagnolo drivetrain. The paint looks original and in good shape, and all parts are said to function. If you’re looking for something a bit more special, this shop also has one of Fausto Coppi’s personal Bianchi track bikes up for auction: .
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.
Trek Crossrip+ Commuter E-Bike
Model Year: 2019
With light starting to shine at the end of the Covid-19 tunnel, life will soon again include coffee shop visits, working from somewhere other than the kitchen table, and evening happy hours. The Trek Crossrip+ Commuter E-Bike offers no better option for traveling around town. Its Bosch motor offers long-distance range and a top speed of 28mph to ensure you are on time for every important meet-up. A full fender set will allow you to arrive dry in all weather conditions and a rear rack helps you haul everything you need. A SRAM Force drivetrain and hydraulic brakes further complement this workhorse of a bike, and keep it low maintenance. This 2019 Trek Crossrip+ is fully certified by The Pro’s Closet and features an excellent condition rating of 9 out of 10.
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.
Parlee TTiR Disc Triathlon Bike
Model Year: 2017
In 2000, Bob Parlee founded Parlee Bicycles, bringing over 20 years of carbon fiber experience to the company. Twenty years later, Parlee is a top American carbon fiber bike manufacturer. The TTiR is proof of the company’s mastery. One of its many unique features includes SpeedShield carbon brake fairings, which optimize wind flow around the disc-brake calipers. Parlee specs its bikes with quality components: This TTiR is equipped with Shimano Ultegra Di2 and hydraulic disc brakes. Zipp 404s provide additional aerodynamic performance, and this bike includes adjustable Profile handlebar extensions. Whether at your local triathlon or the Hawaii Ironman, you’ll be flying on this TTiR!
Cannondale F-Si Black Inc. Mountain Bike
Model Year: 2015
A few years ago, Cannondale released the Black Inc. line to highlight the very best technology and componentry available. The F-Si Black Inc. hardtail mountain bike was made for mountain bike riders who were craving the perfect bike to tackle the fastest, smoothest singletrack in the woods. A full build of Shimano XTR Di2 and ENVE carbon wheels, the F-Si comes in at a feathery weight of just over 21 pounds. The motorcycle-inspired Lefty carbon fork is one of the main drivers of this low-weight frameset. Not only is this F-Si Black Inc. less than half the cost of what it was new, it’s also in good shape overall, with visible wear on the Cannondale Si crankset. Have no fear, The Pro’s Closet has put this bike through its in-house inspection: With a “very good” rating, it’s ready to shred many more trails.
Specialized S-Works Roubaix Dura-Ace Di2
Model Year: 2020
Paris-Roubaix, the legendary monument race, provides the inspiration for the Specialized S-works Roubaix. With seven Paris-Roubaix wins to its name, this bike pulls aerodynamic technology from the Tarmac and suspension design from the mountain bike world. The Future Shock located in the fork can be fully locked out for paved roads or released to smooth out rides on rough terrain. All this is done with a quick turn of a knob on top of the stem. Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 electronic shifting and hydraulic brakes keep this bike weighing on the skinny end at just 16.8 pounds. This S-works comes with the flagship wheelset, Roval CLX32. Pioneer tops off the dream build with a dual-sided power meter to give you all the data from your epic rides.
Canyon Ultimate CF SLX 9.0 Disc Di2 Road Bike
Model Year: 2020
Canyon is a relatively new company to the bicycle industry, yet this German firm made an immediate impact and now produces some of the fastest bikes in the world. The Ultimate CF SLX already boasts two world championships and three grand tour wins to its name. The carbon fiber frameset prioritizes reducing grams over aerodynamics, but the Mavic Cosmic Pro Carbon wheelset serves as a counterbalance. Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 and hydraulic disc brakes make for crisp shifting and reliable braking, while a proprietary one-piece carbon bar and stem provide a clean-looking cockpit. With a “very good” rating from The Pro’s Closet, this Ultimate could be your next ride.
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.
Ritchey Swiss Cross Custom Gravel Bike
Model Year: Not Listed
The Ritchey Swiss Cross is not a flagship model of cross or gravel bikes. It is not a super lightweight carbon bike that stops on a dime. It is not exceptionally stiff and it does not have batteries or a power meter. The Ritchey Swiss Cross does have this: It is cool. A steel lugged frame that is still rocking “old school” Paul cantilever brakes, the Swiss Cross comes equipped with a Shimano Ultegra mechanical drivetrain and an ultra-reliable HED Belgium wheelset. This bike could easily be on the start line in a cyclocross race, locked up out front of your favorite pub, or ridden all day on a gravel adventure. At $3,150, the Ritchey Swiss Cross is a small price to pay for cool.
Trek Top Fuel 9.9 SL Project One Mountain Bike
Model Year: 2019
The Trek Top Fuel 9.9 has grown up since it was first introduced as Trek’s top cross-country mountain bike. The 9.9 now has more stability, more travel, and more suspension. This bike comes with a KS dropper seatpost and a RockShox Carbon Sid fork up front. The Project One paint job complements the dark anodized SRAM XX1 Eagle components and the Bontrager Kovee XXX carbon wheelset. The Pro’s Closet has done a full 141-point inspection and has given this Trek an 8.3 (or “very good”) condition rating. Compare this bike’s $6,600 price to the original $8,800, and you can’t go wrong.
Giant Anthem Advanced Pro 0
Model Year: 2018
The Giant Anthem is the pro-level cross-country bike to fulfill your desire for speed and a smooth ride. Equipped with Maestro technology, the Anthem has Fox suspension at both the front and rear. SRAM XX1 Eagle components offer smooth, reliable shifting and braking while the Giant XCR carbon tubeless wheelset provides rail-like tracking in whatever terrain you throw at it. While this Anthem Pro has a few nicks and blemishes, The Pro’s Closet has done a 141- point inspection and guarantees many more miles to come. Compare it at its original price of $8,500.