Meet the Thunder Mountain Bike Team in Sedona, Arizona

Meet the Thunder Mountain Bike Team in Sedona, Arizona

We are proud to have a team at our bike shop who is just as passionate about working on mountain bikes as they are riding them! Our team is our most valuable asset and some of our best mountain bike riding buddies are the ones that we work with every day!

So, we wanted to introduce you to our team here at Thunder Mountain Bikes! We sat down for a Q&A with everyone about their mountain biking experience, favorite bike, accessory, and trail here in Sedona, AZ! Here’s the inside tips and recs from our bike shop team! Our hope is that you recognize all our faces the next time you walk into Thunder Mountain Bikes and feel welcomed, excited for your next adventure, confident that your bike is in the best hands for repairs or rentals, and feel part of our growing mountain bike community! Please stop in and say “Hi” to our Team! We can’t wait to meet you!

Phil Yates 

Thunder Mountain Bikes Team - Phil Yates

Phil moved to Sedona, Arizona four years ago from Snowshoe, West Virginia to ride his mountain bike year-round. The former Trail Builder and Snowcat Operator now spends his time overseeing the daily operations at Thunder Mountain Bikes. Phil is also a part-time Mountain Bike Coach for the Sedona Mountain Bike Academy

  • What’s Your Job At Thunder Mountain Bikes? General Manager
  • What’s Your Favorite Trail in Sedona, AZ? Brewer
  • What’s Your Favorite Mountain Bike to Ride? Ibis Ripmo V2
  • How Long Have You Been Mountain Bike Riding? 11 Years
  • What’s Your Favorite Accessory at Thunder Mountain Bikes? One Up Components EDC Tool

Michael Woodruff 

Thunder Mountain Bikes Team - Michael Woodruff

With over 26 years of experience wrenching on mountain bikes, Michael is an expert in the field of mountain bike repair.  For years you could find him in the Teton Mountains, (one of his favorite places to play outdoors) but now Michael calls Sedona home. When he isn’t “in the office” you can find him hanging out with his pup, Suzia or on a mountain bike ride. He also enjoys time on the Verde River during the summer months. 

  • What’s Your Job at Thunder Mountain Bikes? Service Manager
  • What’s Your Favorite Trail In Sedona, AZ? Hiline
  • What’s Your Favorite Bike To Ride? Evil Offering
  • How Long have Been Mountain Bike Riding? 31 Years
  • What’s Your Favorite Accessory at Thunder Mountain Bikes? My hydration bladder, because I’m old school and take hydration seriously! 

 James Barret 

Thunder Mountain Bikes Team - James Barret

Originally from Monterery, California, James then lived in Northern Arizona since 2013 and next moved to Sedona to #ShredTheRed! He loves the technical riding that Sedona has to offer and takes pride in his work at the shop and his personal bike fleet.

  • What’s Your Job at Thunder Mountain Bikes? Assistant Manager 
  • What’s Your Favorite Trail In Sedona, AZ? Hiline
  • What’s Your Favorite Mountain Bike To Ride? Revel Rascal
  • How Long Have You Been Mountain Bike Riding? 7 Years
  • What’s Your Favorite Accessory at Thunder Mountain Bikes? One Up Components EDC Tool, because it’s so convenient! 

James Godwin 

Thunder Mountain Bikes Team - James Godwin

As a former Trail Builder for the US Forest Service, James gives the BEST trail advice because he knows the Sedona, AZ Trail System so well! Need a local beer or coffee recommendation? James is the man to ask! When he isn’t at Thunder Mountain Bikes talking all things mountain bikes, you can find him at home drinking craft beer or brewing amazing coffee. 

  • What’s Your Job at Thunder Mountain Bikes? Sales
  • What’s Your Favorite Trail In Sedona, AZ? Outer Limits (I helped build it!)
  • What’s Your Favorite Bike To Ride? Why Cycles S7 Titanium HardTail
  • How Long Have You Been Mountain Bike Riding? 3 Years
  • What’s Your Favorite Accessory at Thunder Mountain Bikes? Sour Patch Kids 

Cam Rose 

Thunder Mountain Bikes Team - Cam Rose

Cam escapes to Sedona every winter to enjoy the world class Sedona, AZ singletrack. We are lucky to have Cam as an accomplished mountain bike repair mechanic at Thunder Mountain Bikes. Cam’s passion for bikes goes beyond mountain biking, In fact, once he rode his bike across the entire US! 

  • What’s Your Job at Thunder Mountain Bikes? Mechanic
  • What’s Your Favorite Trail In Sedona, AZ? Llama Trail
  • What’s Your Favorite Mountain Bike To Ride? Santa Cruz 5010  
  • How Long Have You Been Mountain Bike Riding? My Entire Life
  • What’s Your Favorite Accessory at Thunder Mountain Bikes? Halo Sweatband

Mason Bond 

Thunder Mountain Bikes Team - Mason Bond

Professional Enduro/ Mountain Bike Athlete and California native, Mason loves riding in Sedona, AZ because of the endless amounts of technical terrain. When he isn’t at Thunder Mountain Bikes, you can find him at the Sedona Bike Park riding or volunteering for trail workdays.

  • What’s Your Job at Thunder Mountain Bikes? Sales
  • What’s Your Favorite Trail In Sedona, AZ? Brewer
  • What’s Your Favorite Mountain Bike To Ride? Revel Rail  
  • How Long Have You Been Mountain Bike Riding? Forever
  • What’s Your Favorite Accessory at Thunder Mountain Bikes? Hand Up Jorts 

Dakota Farrar, aka: “The Grom” 

Thunder Mountain Bikes Team - Dakota Farrar

Dakota attends Sedona Red Rock High School and works at Thunder Mountain Bikes part time. He is on the local NICA team and in his spare time shoots video and photos for TMB. 

  • What’s Your Job at Thunder Mountain Bikes? Sales
  • What’s Your Favorite Trail In Sedona, AZ? Slim Shady
  • What’s Your Favorite Mountain Bike To Ride? Trek Slash
  • How Long Have You Been Mountain Bike Riding? 5 Years
  • What’s Your Favorite Accessory at Thunder Mountain Bikes? Definitely the International Party Shirts, I own all of them.  

Hunter Weiler

Thunder Mountain Bikes Team - Hunter Weiler

New to the sport, Hunter fell in love with mountain biking after his first ride in Sedona, AZ. He loves the mountain bike culture and the community it has brought into his life. 

  • What’s Your Job at Thunder Mountain Bikes? Sales
  • What’s Your Favorite Trail In Sedona, AZ? The Hogs
  • What’s Your Favorite Mountain Bike To Ride? Evil Offering V2
  • How Long Have You Been Mountain Bike Riding? Just over a year
  • What’s Your Favorite Accessory at Thunder Mountain Bikes? Thunder Mountain Coffee Mug, which I use for morning coffee and post-ride beers!  

Alexandra Martinez Smith 

Thunder Mountain Bikes Team - Alexandra Martinez Smith 

Ali is from Brooklyn, New York. She started mountain biking and racing when she was only 16! Her focus was XC and Endurance races and some Cyclocross. She has raced all over the country at local and national events. Ali loves riding in Sedona, AZ because the terrain is challenging and fun. Ali is passionate about getting more people into mountain biking because of how fun and healthy it is! She is a certified ICP Mountain Bike Skills Instructor and has taught college level courses in mountain biking and Spanish. 

  • What’s Your Job at Thunder Mountain Bikes? Depends on the day! Inventory Specialist / Reservations Specialist 
  • What’s Your Favorite Trail In Sedona, AZ? Slim Shady
  • What’s Your Favorite Mountain Bike To Ride? Revel Ranger
  • How Long Have You Been Mountain Bike Riding? 15+ Years
  • What’s Your Favorite Accessory at Thunder Mountain Bikes? Troy Lee A2 Helmet

Ben Philo 

Thunder Mountain Bikes Team - Ben Philo

Born and raised in Sedona, AZ, Ben picked up mountain biking to try something new and have fun. However, mountain biking has changed his life! He loves the community that riding mountain bikes has brought into his life and his main mission at Thunder Mountain Bikes is to help people get stoked and have more fun!

  • What’s Your Job at Thunder Mountain Bikes? Sales
  • What’s Your Favorite Trail In Sedona, AZ? Grand Central
  • What’s Your Favorite Mountain Bike To Ride? Santa Cruz 5010  
  • How Long Have You Been Mountain Bike Riding? 9 Months
  • What’s Your Favorite Accessory at Thunder Mountain Bikes? Thunder Mountain Bikes Logo Hat that I wear daily! 

Erik Riveron

Thunder Mountain Bikes Team - Erik Riveron

Erik is from New Jersey and currently lives in Flagstaff, Arizona. He’s a former student at NAU and holds his Level 1 BICP Instructor Certification. He loves mountain bike riding in Sedona, AZ because of the epic views and challenging trails. 

  • What’s Your Job at Thunder Mountain Bikes? Sales
  • What’s Your Favorite Trail In Sedona, AZ? Ridge
  • What’s Your Favorite Mountain Bike To Ride? Transition V2 Sentinel
  • How Long Have You Been Mountain Bike Riding? 8 Years
  • What’s Your Favorite Accessory at Thunder Mountain Bikes? Thunder Mountain Bikes Logo Hat

Ryan Decker 

Thunder Mountain Bikes Team - Ryan Decker

Ryan’s a Sedona, AZ resident, hardtail expert, and lover of afternoon mountain bike rides in the Adobe Jack area. If you are lucky enough to see Ryan in the shop ask him for his local restaurant recommendations. He’s your post ride go-to for all things pasta, burritos, donuts, and more! 

  • What's Your Job at Thunder Mountain Bikes? Shipping and Receiving Manager   
  • What’s Your Favorite Trail In Sedona, AZ? Ridge
  • What’s Your Favorite Mountain Bike To Ride? Evil Following
  • How Long Have You Been Mountain Bike Riding? 2 1/2 Years
  • What’s Your Favorite Accessory at Thunder Mountain Bikes? Troy Lee Full Face Stage Helmet

Joanna Yates 

Thunder Mountain Bikes Team - Joanna Yates

Born and raised in West Virginia, Joanna learned how to mountain bike in Slatyfork, WV. She moved to Sedona, AZ to ride her mountain bike full time and work on her mountain bike skills. If you can catch her in the shop she’s usually getting content for social media or talking to guests about her favorite Sedona, AZ trails. Joanna is a Professional Mountain Bike Guide and Coach who works for the Sedona Mountain Bike Academy.  

  • What’s Your Job at Thunder Mountain Bikes? Content Creator, Social Media Manager
  • What’s Your Favorite Trail In Sedona, AZ? Hiline
  • What’s Your Favorite Mountain Bike To Ride? Transition Scout 
  • How Long Have You Been Mountain Bike Riding? 11 Years
  • What’s Your Favorite Accessory at Thunder Mountain Bikes? Dyna Plug Flat Kit

Michael Curtin 

Thunder Mountain Bikes Team - Michael Curtin

We like to call Michael “The Man Behind the Curtin”! He’s behind the scenes working remotely to make sure Thunder Mountain Bikes stays organized, stocked with product, and our inventory is constantly updated. However, more than just his job, Michael brings a sense of humor to the TMB Team every day!

  • What’s Your Job at Thunder Mountain Bikes? Strategic Remote Business Asset
  • What’s Your Favorite Trail In Sedona, AZ? Ridge
  • What’s Your Favorite Mountain Bike To Ride? Evil Offering V2
  • How Long Have You Been Mountain Bike Riding? 20 Years
  • What’s Your Favorite Accessory at Thunder Mountain Bikes? One Up Pedals

Josh Sombke 

Thunder Mountain Bikes Team - Josh Sombke

Josh is from Kansas and moved to Sedona, AZ because he and his dog (Pocket, a cute Blue Heeler) love riding mountain bikes in the desert. Josh brings a lot of knowledge to the TMB mountain bicycle repair and service department. He’s always positive and ready to answer any questions our customers have! 

  • What’s Your Job at Thunder Mountain Bikes? Mechanic
  • What’s Your Favorite Trail In Sedona, AZ? Pyramid
  • What’s Your Favorite Mountain Bike To Ride? Revel Rascal
  • How Long Have You Been Riding? 5 Years
  • What’s Your Favorite Accessory at Thunder Mountain Bikes? TMB Free Form Coffee  

Harrison Shotzbarger

Thunder Mountain Bikes Team - Harrison Shotzbarger

Originally from the City of Angels, Harrison moved to Sedona, AZ for the 250 plus miles of singletrack in our backyard! He rides with his traildog, Buddy who has an impressive 2 years of riding under his paws. Harrison has rode almost 2,000 miles with just Buddy! When Buddy stays behind, Harrison loves to adventure out on bikepacking trips with friends.

  • What’s Your Job at Thunder Mountain Bikes? Mechanic
  • What’s Your Favorite Trail In Sedona, AZ? The Hogs
  • What’s Your Favorite Mountain Bike To Ride? Ripmo V2
  • How Long Have You Been Riding? 6 Years
  • What’s Your Favorite Accessory at Thunder Mountain Bikes? Ergon GA3 Grips  

 

Aaron Benson 

Thunder Mountain Bikes Team - Aaron Benson

Aaron moved to Sedona, AZ from Alaska after working in Wilderness Therapy. His love for the outdoors shows when you hear him talk about our Sedona trail system. For Aaron, mountain biking is about the experience and being outside. When he isn’t at the shop you can find him in Flagstaff hiking with his black lab, Django. 

  • What’s Your Job at Thunder Mountain Bikes? Mechanic 
  • What’s Your Favorite Trail In Sedona, AZ? Hiline
  • What’s Your Favorite Mountain Bike To Ride? Intense Carbine
  • How Long Have You Been Riding? Since I was 4 years old
  • What’s Your Favorite Accessory at Thunder Mountain Bikes? Julbo Fury Glasses

Evan Puglia 

Thunder Mountain Bikes Team - Evan Puglia

Evan believes in having fun and not taking mountain biking too seriously, so his favorite rides are the ones he gets to enjoy with friends. His background in cycling grew from racing XC in Vail, Colorado. Soon after, he entered the mountain bike industry where he went on to work for IMBA headquarters, coaching for VVASA Youth MTB camps. Evan is the Co-Owner of The Sedona Mountain Bike Academy

  • What’s Your Job at Thunder Mountain Bikes? Sales 
  • What’s Your Favorite Trail In Sedona, AZ? Hiline
  • What’s Your Favorite Mountain Bike To Ride? 1992 Gary Fisher Evolution  
  • How Long Have You Been Mountain Bike Riding? 18 Years
  • What’s Your Favorite Accessory at Thunder Mountain Bikes? Smith Wildcat Sunglasses

Jason First 

Thunder Mountain Bikes Team - Jason First

A native of Southern California and a San Diego State alum with a degree in business and sales, Jason First spent almost a decade at boutique bike components brand Crank Brothers before launching Thunder Mountain Bikes. “I’ve been immersed in the bike industry forever, so starting a shop just made sense,” he says. Jason believes in the power of mountain bikes to build community and connection. 

 

  • What’s Your Job at Thunder Mountain Bikes? Owner 
  • What’s Your Favorite Trail In Sedona, AZ? Hiline
  • What’s Your Favorite Mountain Bike To Ride? Evil Offering 
  • How Long Have You Been Mountain Bike Riding? Since the movie Rad Racing came out
  • What’s Your Favorite Accessory at Thunder Mountain Bikes? Thunder Mountain Bikes Hot Sauce  

 

Mike Raney 

Thunder Mountain Bikes Team - Mike Raney

From the day he started at Dirty Harry’s Bikes in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at age 14, Mike knew he’d someday have his own bike shop. The only years he didn’t work full-time in the bike industry was while in college at Flagstaff’s Northern Arizona University, where he earned a business degree while racing road, cross country and downhill, and during a five-year stint as a purchaser and brand manager at BTI, one of the country’s biggest bicycle suppliers. Along with partner Jason First, whom he met on the race circuit, Mike returned to retail in 2011, when the pair launched their shop in Sedona. Mike was also the vision and force behind the Sedona Mountain Bike Festival.

  • What’s Your Job at Thunder Mountain Bikes? Owner 
  • What’s Your Favorite Trail In Sedona, AZ? Ridge Trail, it’s high speed and technical and ends at the creek!
  • What’s Your Favorite Mountain Bike To Ride? Revel Rascal
  • How Long Have You Been Mountain Bike Riding? 24 Years
What’s Your Favorite Accessory at Thunder Mountain Bikes? Tublito - I was totally shocked by the price at first but this has been the accessory that has made it possible for me to make the jump from a backpack to a small hip bag for nearly every ride. It is important for me to just jump on my bike and go, and having a small kit is key to that.