The Best Used Bikes On Sale Right Now

Bicycling Test Team
·12 min read
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Photo credit: Staff


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

Photo credit: The Pro's Closet
Photo credit: The Pro's Closet

Price: $9,041
Size: Medium
Model Year: 2018
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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.

Specialized Amira SL4 Pro Women's Road Bike

Photo credit: The Pro's Closet
Photo credit: The Pro's Closet

Price: $2,332
Size: 48cm
Model Year: 2014
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The Specialized Amira was the women's specific road racing bike from the Morgan Hill, California company. This Amira SL4 has a full carbon fiber frame set and is spec'd with Sram Force 22 components. The build gets better too, featuring an S-Works carbon crankset and Roval CL40 wheels. All of these carbon goodies bring the Amira in at just over 15lbs. While this bike is a few years old, The Pro's Closet has given it a "8.8 Very Good" rating condition wise and at this price point it won't be for sale long.

Factor Vista Red eTap AXS

Photo credit: The Pro's Closet
Photo credit: The Pro's Closet

Price: $6,240
Size: 52cm
Model Year:
2020
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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.

OPEN U.P. Gravel Bike

Photo credit: The Pro's Closet
Photo credit: The Pro's Closet

Price: $5,300
Size: Medium
Model Year: N/A
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This OPEN U.P. gravel bike was meticulously built by the previous owner as each individual component shows. The full carbon fiber frame set is set up with a mix of Shimano Dura Ace and Ultegra parts, which features cable shifting and hydraulic braking. Boyd carbon fiber hoops are already set up tubeless and have some near new Maxxis rubber. The bike was ridden and has some paint chips, but The Pro's Closet has an great 141-point inspection process and guarantees all their certified bikes against structural damage. Learn more by clicking the "Buy Now" button above.

Allied Alfa Force eTap AXS Road Bike

Photo credit: The Pro's Closet
Photo credit: The Pro's Closet


Price: $3,990
Size: 52cm
Model Year: N/A
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This Allied Alpha road bike will not be for sale very long. The full carbon fiber, American-made frameset is littered with great componentry and is in "excellent" condition. Sram Force eTap AXS makes up the drivetrain on the Alfa and a Quarq power meter is included on the quirky 165mm crankset. Carbon bits are found in the cockpit with a Specialized Aerofly handlebar. Alto carbon hoops are wrapped in some fresh Vittoria tires to finish off this really great build. Check it out at The Pro's Closet by clicking the "Buy Now" button.

Specialized S-Works Venge Di2 Road Bike

Photo credit: The Pro's Closet
Photo credit: The Pro's Closet

Price: $7,904
Size: 54cm
Model Year: 2019
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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

Photo credit: The Pro's Closet
Photo credit: The Pro's Closet

Price: $2,940
Size: Medium-Large
Model Year: 2018
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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.

Cannondale Topstone Carbon Ultegra RX Gravel Bike

Photo credit: The Pro's Closet
Photo credit: The Pro's Closet

Price: $4,100
Size: Large
Model Year: 2020
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The Cannondale Topstone is arguably one of the most unique gravel/all-road bikes on the market due to a leaf-spring rear suspension design. This full carbon fiber bike has a great build featuring Shimano Ultegra 8000 mechanical shifting and hydraulic braking. Cannondale proprietary parts make up the rest of this bike with a Hollowgram crankset and a carbon Hollowgram wheelset that is tubeless compatible. This bike is certified pre-owned by The Pro's Closet and has gone through a 141-point inspection.

Moots Vamoots Disc RSL Road Bike

Photo credit: The Pro's Closet
Photo credit: The Pro's Closet

Price: $9,500
Size: 48cm
Model Year: 2020
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Looking for the best metal road bike? This Moots Vamoots titanium road bike might be as good as it gets. This frameset is handmade in Colorado and has a beautiful blend of raw, brushed titanium and custom logos. Shimano Ultegra Di2 make up the drivetrain and the hydraulic disc brakes and a Tune alloy wheel set finish off the build. There is no carbon fiber to be found here and still, this bike comes in at a very acceptable 18lbs 5oz. Click that "Buy Now" button to get all the full details and learn about The Pro's Closet 141-point inspection of all their used bikes.

Cervélo S5 SRAM Red eTap AXS Disc Road Bike

Photo credit: The Pro's Closet
Photo credit: The Pro's Closet

Price: $9,599
Size: 56cm
Model Year: 2019
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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.

Cervelo P3X Ultegra Di2 Triathlon Bike

Photo credit: The Pro's Closet
Photo credit: The Pro's Closet

Price: $6,552
Size: Large
Model Year: 2019
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You might be asking, "What is this thing?" That's a legitimate question upon initial glance at the Cervelo P3X, but hear us out. The UCI, or the world governing body of cycling has set the rule for what a road bike should look like and those rules force manufacturers to abide. This is all thrown out in the triathlon world as manufacturers have freedom to design whatever they want. The P3X is a perfect example of this as Cervelo designed a bike that was as slippery in the wind as possible and has a few add-ons for a triathlete. The P3X is spec'd well with Shimano Ultegra Di2 and hydraulic disc braking and comes with a nice DT Swiss training wheelset, but of course the best part of this bike is it looks insanely wild.

Specialized Turbo Vado 3.0 E-bike

Photo credit: The Pro's Closet
Photo credit: The Pro's Closet

Price: $2,750
Size: Large
Model Year: 2018
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The Specialized Turbo Vado 3.0 is not the top tier E-bike, but the commuter bike still packs a significant punch. The electric motor is proprietary and according to Specialized has an 80 mile range and can hit up to 28mph. The battery pack is fully integrated into the down tube of the frame and is removable for easy charging. This Vado comes with Shimano hydraulic brakes, a rear fender and rack, which are all necessities for low-maintenance commuting. This bike is considered in "Excellent" condition as it only has 133miles logged. To top it off, this bike can get delivered to your front door and will have minimal assembly.

Canyon Inflite CF SLX 9.0 Cyclocross Bike

Photo credit: The Pro's Closet
Photo credit: The Pro's Closet

Price: $5,000
Size: X-Large
Model Year: 2019
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The Inflite is the premier cyclocross bike from Canyon Bikes, which has been collecting world championship medals the last few years thanks to both Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado and Mathieu Van Der Poel. The full carbon frameset and carbon Reynolds wheels keeps this bike at a svelte 18+lbs. Sram Red eTap make up the full drivetrain providing durability and crisp shifting. Canyon didn’t cheap out on this build anywhere as it also provides a full carbon stem, handlebars and seat post. Based on a 141-point inspection, The Pro’s Closet gives this Inflite a “9.2 Excellent” rating.

Cannondale Scalpel Carbon 3 Mountain Bike

Photo credit: The Pro's Closet
Photo credit: The Pro's Closet

Price: $4,500
Size: Medium
Model Year: 2021
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The Scalpel has been the flagship cross country mountain bike from Cannondale for quite some time now. The Carbon3 is their entry level bike within the Scalpel range, but don't be fooled by the words, "entry level". This full carbon fiber frame set is matched up with a Lefty Ocho fork and a Fox Float rear shock. The components are a mix of Shimano's range including an XT rear derailleur. Some significant upgrades were made by the previous owner with an Enve bar and stem and Stan's tubeless wheel set. The bike has gone through The Pro's Closet 141-point inspection and is ready to ship straight to your door step.

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