Canyon Bicycles was founded in 1993 by Draper resident Mike Pratt. Mike was a passionate cyclist at an early age. While serving as a Marine Mike got a lot of his friends into cycling. One of this friends, thought it would be fun to ride his bike home when he was discharged, later that year. At the time they were stationed on the coast of North Carolina & his friend’s home was in Nevada. Mike joined his friend on that adventure across the country. It was on that bike trip across the country that Mike decided that a bike shop was in his future.
Mike has come a long way from the original 1800 sf. space in the Hidden Valley Shopping center. Hard work and long hours were only part of the recipe. It was Mike’s passion for cycling and an understanding of what customers wanted that set Canyon Bicycles in the right direction. Fast turn-around on repairs, knowledgeable and helpful service and sales staff, and a reinvestment in Inventory were key elements. Canyon Bicycles now has Utah’s largest selections of bikes & accessories. Canyon Bicycles is the oldest retail business on 12300 South today.
Mike and Canyon Bicycles has always been involved in the cycling community. Mike, along with friend Scott Miles, hosted a race series, in Corner Canyon for several years in the mid-90s. Many trails they built for those early races are still in use today. Canyon Bicycles has both a road and mountain team, along with a junior development team. The Canyon Bicycles – Shimano Elite Road Team gives local racers the opportunity to race on a bigger stage. The team is currently one of the best in the county. Along with a commitment with to high school mountain bike league Canyon Bicycles also provides the use of Cyclocross bikes for free, to junior riders.
Although it’s hard to catch Mike on the sales floor today, he is just as involved as day one. Still working six days a week trying to ensure Canyon Bicycles offers the best customer experience possible. Mike said “although we are the number one bike shop in the market based on volume and selection, we are not perfect so there is always a reason to work harder and strive for improvement”.