Welcome To Fanatik Bike Co
From our humble beginnings in a car garage, Fanatik Bike Co. is now an award-winning brick-and-mortar bike shop, with a world-renowned online presence. We are dedicated to providing the best products and service for you and your bike, with an emphasis on sharing our passion for all things cycling-related. While we specialize in mountain biking, our service and products extend far beyond that. We encourage you to stop in our shop, or strike up a chat with us online. We are here and eager to work with you - whether that be fixing a flat or building your next dream bike.
Full Service Local Bike Shop
Are you a Bellingham local? Just passing by on your way to Whistler or Seattle? Regardless of where you're from, we invite you in to check out our 10,000 square-foot store. Our staff is happy to help with everything from product suggestions to tips on some of the best local trails and rides. We also have a massive selection of accessories including a full range of commuting gear, tools, clothing for mountain, road, or casual cycling, packs, helmets, lights, and everything else a cyclist could possibly need. Our full-service repair shop can handle any and all repairs, tune-ups, or custom requests for any kind of bike.
Custom Is Our Specialty
While we're proud of our retail shop, we're also well known for our online custom mountain bike builder tool. We believe everyone should be able to ride the bike of their dreams and we love helping people piece together their ultimate machine. We carry frames from Evil, Devinci, Ibis, Santa Cruz, and Banshee, as well as components from the best manufacturers. Our smart Bike Builder makes it easier than ever to piece your new bike together, step-by-step. Looking for some inspiration? Be sure to check out our Build Gallery...careful though, there are some seriously drool-worthy bike builds in there!
Knowledge Is Power
With many years of experience in all types of cycling, our staff is ready to help answer any questions. We rigorously use all of the products we carry and are happy to provide candid, honest feedback on all the gear in our shop or on our website. Different brands work for different people and we're aware that each customer has unique needs. While we know buying a bike can be a process, we aim to make it as fun and easy as possible. After all, riding bikes is all about having fun, so let us do the hard work for you so you can get out there and ride!
Huge Demo Fleet
We're proud to offer a wide variety of top-shelf demo mountain bikes. We've got full carbon trail bikes from Evil, Ibis, Santa Cruz, Devinci, and Norco, decked out with the same parts we all ride on our bikes. Whether you're just in town looking to go for a rip, or you're looking to try before you buy, we've got you covered. To sweeten the deal, we'll refund up to three demo bike fees if you purchase a bike of similar value from us.
We Love Our Community
Fanatik Bike Co. is committed to supporting biking, trail preservation, and safe biking within our community. We love biking and feel we can make the most difference by focusing our donations toward organizations that support these causes.
The National Bike Dealers Association (NBDA) has named us one of America's best bike shops, three years running (2014, 2015, 2016). This prestigous award shows our dedication to constantly upholding the highest performance standards in the industry. We are always developing and improving our business in a rapidly changing environment, which ultimately leads to the best possible experience for our customers.
Meet Our Crew
Fanatik Bike Co. could not exist without our team of incredibly dedicated and passionate staff. Each and every one of us loves cycling in some form or another. It's not just another job for the folks at the shop, it's a way for us to share what we love about the sport and provide the best service possible.
Mark & Kathy Salisbury
Wife and husband team Kathy and Mark Salisbury started Fanatik Bike Co. in 2004 with a vision to provide Bellingham cycling enthusiasts with expert service and the best products in the industry. Mark and Kathy both grew up riding bikes, but it wasn't until the early 2000's that the enthusiasm of their own children rekindled their love of cycling. Ultimately this is what led them to opening the store. Mark and Kathy both reside in Bellingham and spend lots of time with their two kids and grandchildren.
Luke got his start in the bike industry back in 1994, cleaning toilets and emptying the trash at his local bike shop. It wasn't glamorous, but that was his foot in the door, and he's been hooked ever since. Luke moved to Bellingham and started working at Fanatik in July 2014, bringing with him a wealth of knowledge and experience. He finds that our customers are passionate about bikes, which ultimately makes his job rewarding. Luke's ideal ride includes about three hours of pedaling, two lunch breaks, plenty of flowy singletrack, and at least two sections of trail that make you question the quality of your health insurance.
Internet Sales Manager
Upon receiving his photojournalism degree at the University of Montana, Jadyn moved to Bellingham in 2008 and started at Fanatik. Jadyn's knowledge in bikes, website development, and photography have helped Fanatik to expand it's e-commerce business significantly over the last five years. Growing the internet business has allowed Jadyn to fuse his passions. "I love that I can come to work knowing that I'll be surrounded by things that I enjoy - bikes, creativity, and good people." Jadyn rides year-round, and will most frequently be found on the trails surrounding Bellingham. Jadyn lives with his girlfriend and enjoys cooking, skiing, and living the Bellingham life.
Inventory Master & Receiving
Erik is an outdoor enthusiast - from surfing, to kayaking, to backcountry winter adventures, to mountain biking, he loves it all. While he doesn't mind an XC pedal ride here and there, Erik much prefers the chairlift, preferably at Whistler or Sun Peaks. Erik fills a very important position at Fanatik - we call him the Inventory Master. There are few people out there with a knack for inventory control and Erik is definitely one of them. Shared with his general passion and knowledge in the outdoor industry he is truly a key player here at the shop. On his days off, he enjoys being outside and raising his children.
Scott brings his enthusiasm and passion for mountain biking from Houston, Texas. He moved out west and started working at Fanatik in 2015. Admittedly, Houston was a bit, errr, flat compared to the PNW, but he's learned to love the longer climbs, especially since the downhills are second-to-none in these parts. As long as the ride ends with a cold beer in hand and friends to enjoy it with, Scott is a happy camper. When he's off the bike, Scott has no problem finding things to do, whether that be an adventure hike in the mountains, a beach-side fire, or exploring one of the many waterfalls in the area. At work, Scott is constantly raising the bar on the sales floor, offering top-notch customer service that Fanatik is famous for. Scott truly gets a kick out of sharing his knowledge and passion for cycling with everyone that walks through our doors.
If we were to pick one person at Fanatik to be the mad scientist of the bunch, Chris, aka "Professor Jones" would be that person. Not only does he look the part, he is wicked smart, and will often-times entertain long tangents about all sorts of science-y things such as composite materials, braking forces, suspension, etc, etc. Chris started working at Fanatik in 2012 as a general wrencher. He left us for an engineering position at Space-X in Los Angeles, the company you always see in the news for blowing up rockets. He quickly found that working for Elon Musk wasn't all that, and came back to Fanatik where he is now managing our service department. If you're wondering who in their right mind would leave a rocket-science engineering job for a bike shop job, then clearly you've never lived in both Bellingham and Los Angeles. Bellingham is a mecca for mountain biking, and, err, Los Angeles is...not. Chris loves working at Fanatik, surrounded by bikes and people passionate about bikes. When he's not at work, Chris is hanging with his wife and cats, riding bikes, and generally "over thinking things through".
Web Content Specialist
Javier started at Fanatik in early 2014, bringing with him a wealth of knowledge and inspriration. Javi is a well-known mountain bike photographer in the Northwest, and has even taken home awards for some of his photos shot deep in the woods of Cascadia. His interests in web development, photography, and bikes made him a perfect fit here at Fanatik. For Javi, there's nothing quite like embarking on a clear fall morning ride with 10 miles of singletrack ahead. We'd have to agree. When he's not riding bikes and taking photos in the woods, Javi enjoys spending time with his family.
Retail Sales & Warranty
Riley is a Washington native, hailing from the picturesque town of Mukilteo, which rests on the Puget Sound just north of Seattle. He has never strayed far from his home state for long - Riley knows a good thing when he sees it. He tried his hand mountain biking as a youngster, but was sidelined for some time by road biking and triathlons. This phase came to a climax at a Wisconsin Ironman, where he came in first. That isn't true, but he did finish the race. After that he rediscovered dirt, and now spends much of his time getting out for lengthy pedals in the woods, shredding laps at the Whistler Bike Park, or ripping around town checking out the local breweries. When at work, you can find Riley holding down the sales floor, typically with a coffee in hand. A few of his favorite things are snowboarding in Canada, espresso, and ice cream.
Online Order Fulfillment/Shipping
All of us here at Fanatik have character, but Stu brings diversity and truly unique character to the shop. Stu came to us from New Orleans, where mountains are far-and-few between. Stu brings with him loads of two-wheeled shenanigans including three seasons of road racing, one season of XC racing, years of touring, and a shameful past of inebriated fixed-gear antics on the streets of New Orleans. When he's not at work, Stu is out with the wife taking on half-day gravel grinders aboard a monster tandem, climbing to one of many alpine lakes surrounding our area, and enjoying life with a new baby. Remember what we said about character? Yep, Stu's got it.
Dan Perl is a Maryland native for whom Manifest Destiny seems to have held true. With no real idea of what to study but a strong desire to be in real mountains, he left East Coast in 2008 to attend Colorado State University. Curious by nature, he fell into a degree in a degree in Sports Medicine, but a continued exhuberance for mountain biking kept him on the move and eventually landed him here in Bellingham. Having spent his entire working life in bike shops, he is a natural fit here at Fanatik. A handiness with the written word, a keen eye for detail, and a lifetime of interest in computers has landed him in the marketing and advertising position here at Fanatik Bike Co., a position he is thrilled to be able to fill.
Brian started his life at the bike shop in 2007, while attending college in Gunnison, Colorado. After finishing school with a degree in marketing Brian quickly made his move to the pacific northwest, in search of the trails he had seen in photos and videos for so many years. Brian started at Fanatik at the beginning of 2016 as our custom bike builder, and after a short three month hiatus in which he got married and traveled around Europe, has returned to take on a new role as content creator in our internet department.
Angelo originates from Los Angeles, but comes to us from the islands of Hawaii, where he worked at his family's shop specializing in cruiser bikes. Coming to Fanatik was quite the change, but he has very much enjoyed expanding his knowledge of bikes and has found a new passion for mountain biking. While many of us here are more gravity-oriented, Angelo brings balance to the shop, preferring leisurely non-technical rides on flowy singletrack trails. He says the Fanatik staff is among the best he's ever worked with, and he loves interacting with our customers on a daily basis. When he's not at work, Angelo loves playing board games, card games, and going out to movies with his wife.
Growing up in Bend Oregon, Jason was always around bikes and the outdoors. Working at a local bike shop introduced him to mountain biking, and before long, became a life passion. While Bend is a fantastic area for mountain biking, Jason knew Bellingham was the place for him after a couple of visits to the area. Along his life-path to cycling nirvana, Jason has ridden many-a-bike, including but not limited to dirt jumpers, cyclocross, cross-country, downhill, enduro, all mountain, freeride and the occasional unicycle. Still a fresh Bellingham transplant, Jason is enjoying exploring and ripping around Galbraith and other local trails, and always looking for opportunities to go "full send".
Born and raised in Annapolis, MD, Will has been in Washington for a little over three years. His love of bikes started as a kid riding a BMX bike. That pursuit landed him at what turned into a 10 year stint working at his hometown bike shop where he learned all the tricks of the bike mechanic trade. His coworkers there turned him on to XC and enduro mountain bike racing, and ever since then he's been hooked. Will is fortunate enough to be able to commute to work via mountain bike, and on his days off makes the time to explore the vast trail networks in the PNW and in neighboring British Columbia. As the head mechanic at Fanatik Bike Co., he spends his time building high end MTB wheels, servicing suspension, and rebuilding RockShox Reverbs. His favorite dinner is breakfast, and aside from riding bikes, you might find him strumming on the banjo or bass, or practicing his piano skills.
Like many of us here at Fanatik, Ashley moved to Bellingham to be part of a thriving mountain bike community. Unlike many of us, who have been riding bikes since we were barely out of diapers, Ashley found her love for bikes shortly after she was gifted a Santa Cruz Nomad for a college graduation gift. She took that bike on a maiden voyage to Whistler, and it was all downhill from there, so to speak. Ashley moved to Bellingham from Silicon Valley where she worked for a non-profit bicycle coalition teaching bicycle education to middle school kids. Ashley is always eager to share her knowledge and stoke for bikes, no matter what the audience. Next time you swing by Fanatik she'll likely be there to greet you with a big smile and a helping hand.
Kevin moved to Bellingham for the endless riding opportunities in the great Pacific Northwest. He started at Fanatik summer of 2016, eager to join our crew of knowledgeable staff, but he's really just here for our espresso machine. Joking aside, Kevin is stoked to be part of a shop that is constantly evolving and supporting the cycling community locally and worldwide. Kevin's typical ride is a game of numbers: 1 smashed wheel, 2-3 hours, 3-4 friends, 6-8 beers. Not sure how many of us could hold a line on a bike after 6-8 beers, but maybe the smashed wheel has something to do with the beer... When he's not riding or at work, Kevin is eating pancakes and planning his next bike trip.
The Dream Job
We believe this is a special and unique place to work. We are completely immersed in the culture day-in and day-out, and this is exactly what sets Fanatik Bike Co. apart from the masses. We are bike riders, we are passionate, and we are knowledgable. Working at Fanatik Bike Co., you will be surrounded by people that love cycling in all forms. To learn more about landing your dream job at Fanatik Bike Co, please visit our career opportunities web page.
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