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Winter Bicycles Velvet Hammer

After another successful appearance at Bespoked, the UK Handmade Bicycle Show, Eric Estlund has returned to the Winter Bicycles workshop in Springfield, Oregon. He exhibited the <i>constructeur</i>-style bikes he is well known for, and also this track bike. It didn’t look out of place, but had a modern …

Salsa Beargrease

<i>From Cycle EXIF’s technical correspondent, Richard Gearing.</i><p>I’d been looking to get back into mountain biking for a while, but the options were becoming overwhelming — do I make use of the fact that they’re a slowly dying breed and go for a cheap 26″ build, step up to the new-but-old 650b format (I …

National Parks

Holland Cycles Breakaway

Classic Rendezvous refers to Albert Eisentraut as the dean of modern (post Korean War) USA custom frame builders. He has passed his skills on to many students such as Bruce Gordon, Joe Breeze and Mark Nobilette. Bill Holland was another who learnt the art of framebuilding from Albert, who in turn …

Korean War

Victoire One-Off Track

The latest bike to emerge from the Victoire Cycles workshop, based in Clermont-Ferrand, France, was built for their newest employee, Erwan AlaPhillippe. Erwan was hired for his fillet brazing skills, which Victoire will now use to assemble all of their future frames.<p>Erwan comes from a BMX …

Tomii Cycles 650B MTB

A lugged steel frame is a thing of immeasurable beauty, but a frame that’s well-fillet brazed can be breathtaking. It’s almost a shame to cover it in paint, hiding the even seams, but a fresh coat can make the method appear like liquid. Massachusetts’ Nao Tomii is an expert in fusing two steel …

Yasujiro Nudity

Although Japan’s Tange International Co. has been through its share of ups and downs over a 90-year history, they still continue to manufacture high quality tubing, a credit to the management and products. Their range now includes a series of frame, branded Yasujiro, after the name of the company’s …

Paris

Bishop Bikes Frank's Road

There’s a special something in the Bishop family blood: Chris Bishop‘s father runs ModelCrafters, for which he builds exact dioramas of scenes from the United States military railway service. The attention to detail in these miniature worlds is astounding, a skill which has obviously rubbed off on …

SingleBe Bikes Street-Killer

Aside from a tailored fit, custom frame builders afford an adaptability to market forces that brands who rely om mass-production can only dream about. Case in point: SingleBe Bikes from the Czech Republic and their belt-driven, Cannondale Lefty-equipped Street Killer.<p>SingleBe’s Trail-KIller is an …

Cycling

Sizemore Bicycles Mashburn

If there’s one word to describe Taylor Sizemore’s bikes, it’s <i>unconventional</i>. From his commuters and track bikes to his ‘crossers and road bikes, clever details become apparent only upon closer inspection. They’re raw, with paint-brushed graphics, but like David Mashburn’s radical city bike, they …

Tomii Cycles Chris' Road

We all love our lugged steel-framed bikes. But there’s nothing that can compare with a buttery-smooth, fillet brazed frame. Chris’ Road is the latest build from Massachusetts local Nao Tomii, whose predominantly fillet brazed portfolio demonstrates his fixation with files and calloused …

Road Bikes

Canyon Urban Concept

Eurobike has just finished up for another year and by the looks of things, there’ll be some interesting products filtering down through the bicycle market. As with car shows, there were a few innovations that may or may not see the light of day, but Canyon Bicycles GmbH presented their Urban …

Carbon Fiber

Warp Drive Engin

One of the great joys of writing Cycle EXIF is learning of the ingenuity and skill possessed by the metalworkers, fabricators and frame builders who create the beautiful bikes seen on these pages. An engineer who I’ve been astounded by is California’s Peter Verdone, who worked in conjunction with …

Mountain Biking

Vanguard RYO

There’s no doubting the intimidating effect that fat bikes and their 4-inch-plus tires have, for the simple promise of their ability to roll through terrain previously thought to be impenetrable by bicycle, like sand, snow and head-size rocks. It was inevitable that they begin to encroach on the …

Japan

The True 36

The Great Wheel Size Debate continues to revolve. Once we finalize whether the ideal diameter is 26″, 29er, 650b or, more recently, 36er, will we find ourselves back at the same place we started out from? It’s funny how life moves in cycles. This is The True 36, a small studio in Slovakia with an …

Slovakia

Stanridge Speed XCr Road

We haven’t heard much from Adam Eldridge of Stanridge Speed lately. That is, if you don’t count his Instagram updates, giving us an invaluable insight into the hours he spends brazing, filing and machining his Highstreet Pursuit frames. Or the visible presence his bikes have had at the last couple …

Bicycles

Frenorosso

Nothing on this planet is impervious to the effects of nature. Even plastic will eventually break down through photo degradation—with toxic results. Ninety percent of the bicycles featured on Cycle EXIF are made from steel, which is affected by the elements more than carbon fiber and aluminum. But …

Carbon Fiber

LOOK KG 282 Ti

The peloton of the one hundredth edition Tour de France is currently soaring towards L’Alpe d’Huez, with Team Cofidis attempting to make their mark upon their LOOK 695 bikes. LOOK’s titanium 282 frame represents a significant point in the company’s timeline, demonstrating the standard for quality …

Tour de France

Stoke

If you’re a follower of Cycle EXIF’s horsepowered older brother, Bike EXIF, you’ll probably enjoy today’s offering twice as much as our usual fare. Canada’s Martin Aveyard has built himself a pedal-powered short-track commuter that’s guaranteed to turn heads.<p>Martin tells the story: “My original …

On a bike like this, the @selleanatomica is just begging for ti rails! http://t.co/tAk8KSuuyY

A U D I ` Hit or Miss ? Electric Bike Frame Design -

No. 22 Bicycle Company

Golden Saddle Cyclery‘s hard man and all-round good guy, Tytanium, is currently riding the Tour Divide, a 2,745 mile self-supported ‘race’ from Canada to Mexico along the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route. It’s an epic journey that probably shouldn’t be attempted on a road bike, although the …

Bicycles

The WOOD.b Bike by BSG | Colossal

<p>The WOOD.b is a new urban bicycle designed by Strasbourg-based BSG in partial collaboration with Thibaut Malet, whose wooden expertise you might …

Woot Bikes

Our latest bike crush comes from Holland, Woot Bikes make awesome fixed gear bikes with a minimalist design, leather saddles and classy wooden …

Minimalism

Moulinette x Hojmark 'The Raw One'

The story behind Hojmark Cycles‘ brand identity recently made the rounds of the world’s great graphic design blogs, with good reason. Ineo Designlab, a Danish studio, created a logotype and stationery inspired by the latent forms of lugs and tubes before they’re assembled, resulting in an ID that …

Bicycles