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Why Buy From Us: A Guide

There are many retailers out there, and we fully expect any potential customer to do their homework.  But its not just about the price, but everything else that comes with making a purchase.  We want every customer, new and old, to walk out the door with the same great feeling that drew us into this industry to begin with.  We don’t want the customer to be simply satisfied, we want then to be elated.  And we wont settle for anything less than that perfect experience.

So why should you buy gear from us?

The Staff:  Everyone one at Start Haus lives what they sell.  We all ride, ski, paddleboard, and live to do it.  We work where we play, and that’s no accident.  That passion blends right into the sales floor.  The experience we each have while enjoying the sports we love in the place we love keeps us on our A-game, not because we need to, but because we can’t help it!  This passion inevitably helps you, our customer, to make the right choice- not because we have a quota to meet, but because we know and love the gear we sell.

The Deal:  Beyond knowing you made the right purchase, a deal is icing on the cake!  Any bike purchased from Start Haus comes with a lifetime of adjustments.  That derailleur not shifting quite right?  We’ll adjust it for free.  Brakes not giving you quite the sensitivity you expect?  We’ll adjust it for free.  We’ll only ask you to pay when parts need to be replaced, or you are ready for the next upgrade.

On the day you buy the bike, we want you to be ready to ride, and that means 10% OFF any bike accessory on that same day.

The Service:  We don’t just service Giant Bikes, we’ll service anything you got!  The burner bike getting a little too gunked up?  We’ll fix it.  Your competition level DH bike need some love?  We’ll fix it.  We stand behind our industry certified mechanics, and wont gouge you just because we staff the best guys.  We want to be reasonable, just like you’d expect.  (Check out our full service menu here.)

We dare you to come by and experience what Start Haus has to offer.  You wont regret it!


Giant Bikes Demo Days September 20-21

Giant and LIV are hosting 2 demo days this weekend, the perfect chance to try out 2015 Giant and LIV mountain bikes and road bikes before they’re in stock at the Start Haus next spring!

The Giant and LIV (Giant’s women’s bicycle line) demo fleets will be at Spooner Lake on Saturday, September 20th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and at Sky Tavern on Mt. Rose above Reno on Sunday, from noon to 4 p.m.

We’re extremely excited to go and check out the new bikes for 2015 that we’ll be bringing into the Start Haus next spring, and we hope you join us.

Spooner Lake – park entrance fees apply.
Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sky Tavern, Mt. Rose.
Hours: Noon to 4 p.m.

More info here.

Corral Trail – South Lake Tahoe (Video)

Start Haus staff has headed south to South Lake Tahoe to check out mountain bike trails at that end of the lake, and one of our favorites is Corral Trail.

Tied into a great network of trails, including Armstrong Connector (also in the video), Sidewinder, Cedar, Powerline, Railroad Grade and even Mr. Toads, the Tahoe Area Mountain Bike Association (TAMBA) recently put some serious work into the singletrack, and it shows.

Really fun trail with great banked turns and a fun jump line stand out, and the ability to shuttle using a paved road lets you take the easy way up when you want.


The variety of trails really lets you pick your own adventure for the day, with different trails to climb, descent, connect and lap for anything from a quick afternoon ride to an all-day session. The views higher up on Armstrong Connector can’t be beat either.

If you don’t have a lot of suspension travel on your mountain bike, we recommend Sidewinder Trail for the first half, reconnecting to lower Corral Trail for swooping berms and flowing jumps. Connector is more advanced with some technical sections, but Cedar is fun for anyone.

Get the full details from TAMBA here: http://mountainbiketahoe.org/trails/

Start Haus Staff On Bikes – Video

In case you couldn’t tell, the Start Haus staff is really excited about becoming a bike shop in 2015. Really, really excited. We’re out riding a ton, hitting all the area trails, and getting a feel for the best in bike technology.

We’re not pros – not the fastest or going the biggest, but we’re passionate. Here’s how much we’re riding:

And where we’re riding:

We’re taking after work rides when the shop closes:

Taking on Tahoe area classics like Downieville:

And Mr. Toads Wild Ride:

We’ve been checking out some cool trails like Connector and Corral:

Riding just about anywhere we can get a bike:

We hope you’re excited too. Swing by and talk with us about bikes and rides, or keep an eye here on our blog for the latest and greatest, including more brand announcements like Giant Bicycles, more video and other news.


Friday Stoke: Charlie’s MTB Reel

If you haven’t heard, Start Haus is getting into bikes, with plans to be a full service shop in 2015 and 3G Cruisers available now. Charlie, a Start Haus sales & bootfitter, is one of the shop’s avid riders, and he rips:

You can keep up with him and the rest of the Start Haus team on Strava.

We’ve announced our first brand, Giant Bicycles, and we’re asking for your help in answering a quick, 5-question survey about what you’re looking for in a bike shop here.

Cycling Survey – Tell Us What You Think!

Start Haus is excited to get into the bike shop business in 2015 – we’ve been working hard and pedaling hard – doing our homework and hitting the trails – all to insure we bring the same level of expertise, service and selection you’ve come to expect from us in the winter.

You can read more about our plan here, and find out about our first brand partnership, Giant Bicycles, here.

But we need your help too – the Start Haus has always been a customer driven business, and we’d like your input. Please take a few moments to fill out our short 5 question survey here – we really appreciate it.

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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