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Norco Bikes at Start Haus Now!


Start Haus is pleased to announce our partnership with Norco Bicycles! Norco is an innovative Canadian bicycle brand that has been building excellent bikes since 1964. Norco builds everything from urban/townie bikes to some of the meanest and fastest downhill bikes around. They’re best known for their sweet mountain bikes.

Come in and check out the all mountain Sight in both 27.5 and 29” wheel size.

Norco Sight C9.1

Or this enduro beast, the Norco Range, also available in the 27.5 and 29er variety.

Norco Range A7.3

Hungry to hit the Truckee Bike Park? We are excited to announce we have some beautiful Dirt Jumpers from Norco as well! Available in both 26 and 24” wheel sizes the Ryde 26 and 24 come in at the unbelievably low price of $499!

Norco Ryde 24

Along with Giant, Liv, and KHS we feel that Norco is a tremendous addition to the Start Haus bike offering. Come on in today and see what’s new in the bike world or take a test ride. We love to answer all your questions about bikes and gear!

Start Haus Skunk Werks: Custom Builds

Here at Start Haus, we like building bikes.  So much so in fact, we’ve starting building up Tahoe dream bikes just for you.  Starting with a stock Giant bike, such as the Trance Advanced 2, we add and mod how we like to ride em.

First off, why keep all that extra weight on your crank?  With our custom built bikes, we like to git rid of the front derailleur and shifter hardware, swap out the cassette in conjunction with upgraded Shimano X1 components, add a RaceFace narrow wide chainring, thereby making an 11 by 1 drivetrain. But why stop there?!  We swap out the stock fork for one of our all time favorites, the Rock Shox Pike.  In either a 150mm or 160mm, the Pike is one killer fork.  Excellent damping, perfect travel, and amazing durability.


Beyond that, we might swap a stem, or throw on an upgraded wheelset like Stan’s TR Flow’s.  All this makes what we think is the perfect Tahoe trail bike.  Swing by and check it out!

Shop News: Giant Bikes in the Haus

It’s an exciting time in the Start Haus company history. As many of you know we made the decision to become a bike retailer and will transition to a full line Giant Bicycles dealer in the spring.  We are incredibly excited to be partnered with Giant; there’s no denying they make an exceptional product at some of the best prices in the industry.  We also feel they make a tremendous mountain bike for the Tahoe area.  If you haven’t already, take a look at the Reign and Trance models.

Giant Reign

The Reign is an aggressive all-mountain machine with over six inches of travel that can take on the toughest Tahoe trails while still descending like a billy-goat thanks to the versatile Maestro suspension.

Giant Trance

The Trance is an all-arounder that climbs like a beast and doesn’t give an inch on descents.  With 5.5 inches of travel the Trance is a great choice for all but the most aggressive of riders that will handle just about everything the Tahoe area can throw at it.

If you are looking for your first full suspension bike that isn’t going to break the bank, we urge you to take a serious look at the all-new model Stance.  Coming in well below $2000 the Stance has 4.7 inches of travel with Giant’s new Flexpoint suspension. It doesn’t ascend quite as well as the Maestro platform, but descends astonishingly well for it’s price and is a heck of a lot more fun and comfortable than rattling your fillings out on a hard tail in the rocky Sierra.

In future blogs we will give more in depth ride reports and reviews of the Giant bikes, for now we hope you will stop by in the spring and check out our selection of bikes, components and soft goods.  We truly love biking and you’ll find the entire summer staff spending almost all our snow free time on the trails, constantly looking for new trails to link, downhills to rip, and we’re always cool with giving up some legitimate ride beta.

Haven’t had the bike tuned in a while?  Stop in for some great promotions we will be running. Our experienced staff is professionally trained, tuning skis and bikes and generally making things work better. Setting it up right is what we live for and we’d love to tune your trusty bike with the quality attention to detail you’ve come to expect in our ski service department.  We hope to parlay your trust with servicing your skis into servicing your bikes as well.

As always at Start Haus we very much appreciate the ongoing customer support, without which we wouldn’t be able to work in the outdoor industry we love, and love to share with you.

Thanks, and welcome Giant Bikes to Truckee!

Bikes Coming to the Start Haus 2015

You know the Start Haus for skis. Our goal each winter is to make skiing better by giving you the expert knowledge, the perfect tune, the custom boot fit that means each day on the hill is your best day.

Starting in 2015, the Start Haus is excited to enter into a new venture, bringing that same passion and expertise to the cycling world. We pledge to provide the same world-class service, the same World Cup caliber tuning and the same passion that’s made us your ski shop in the winter to bikes.

The Start Haus staff on their bikes.


It’s really a no-brainer – our staff is already passionate about the sport, their free time spent on the trails of Truckee, Tahoe and beyond, their names on the Strava leader boards, and their fingers covered in bike grease any chance they get.

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