Our History in Sedona, Arizona
When we opened our West-Sedona location in 2011, we knew we wanted to help grow the cycling scene in town, but we only dreamed that it would become as big and vibrant as it has today. We’re still in the same cozy, brick building we started at a decade ago, but our staff has doubled, our rental fleet quintupled, and our shelves are graced by the largest selection of bike and apparel brands of any shop in town. We’ve volunteered countless hours and dollars to building local trails and launched the Sedona Mountain Bike Festival, now in its sixth year. Through it all, we’ve ridden every inch of every trail in town countless times, retained the most skilled bike mechanics in the state, and continued to refine our knowledge and passion for Sedona riding. What’s next? More trails, more folks visiting us to ride, and much more fun, we hope. It’s been a great first decade for us, and Thunder Mountain Bikes is looking forward to even better trails ahead.
Jason First, Owner
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. “Our main aim has always been to foster the community of cycling in Sedona. We want to be a hub for locals, tourists, and everything biking in this town.” It takes a lot of time together behind the counter to make a bike shop successful over ten years, but Firsty and Raney agreed early on that part of the business is riding, and they still get out and shred local trails together weekly. “Even today, the quality of riding here amazes me,” Firsty says. “There are tons of technical trails, but plenty of riding for everyone. The views are everywhere. And there’s nowhere with more great trail in such proximity to town. This is definitely the right place.”
Mike Raney, Owner
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 both 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.