Festka USAGI

Festka USAGI

The custom scene in Eastern Europe is spearheaded by one brand, and that is Festka: the Czech house that is completely unafraid of bucking convention and producing bikes that are very different and as striking as any you’ll find in the other major centres.

Texan shop Cycleast already represents Festka in the US, and now it looks like they’re beginning to make headway into other regions as well, evidenced by their latest build. ‘USAGI’ is decorated with Japanese mythological motifs, a clue as to its final destination. Read More »

Mavic 125 Ans x Seven Axiom SL

Mavic 125 Ans x Seven Axiom SL

Well, the countdown is on for your chance to own another in the spectacular collection of handmade bikes that Mavic have produced to celebrate their 125th Anniversary. This time, Massachusetts’ Seven Cycles are offering one of their double butted titanium Axiom SL models, custom dressed in a Mavic cadmium yellow paint scheme. Read More »

DirtySixer 36er

DirtySixer 36er

Consistently, the average height of NBA players is 6’7″, with individual heights reaching up to 6’10” and beyond. Hasheem Thabeet, currently playing for the Grand Rapids Drive, tops out at 7’3″. It’s silly to expect these guys to simply ride an XXL bike off the peg at their LBS, which makes them ideal candidates for a custom frame. Read More »

l’Atelier Des Vélos

l’Atelier Des Vélos

Just like the flavour of a wine will manifest the character of the land it was produced from, the work of custom frame builders exhibit qualities individual to their countries. US bikes are bold and proud, Aussie builders create honest and reliable frames, the Italians are the product of a long tradition of speed and the British are exceptionally refined.

French frame builders, on the other hand, manufacture bicycles imbued with the same bravado that gave rise to artistic movements like rococo and the Baroque style. As an example: Quentin Polizzi is the founder of l’Atelier Des Vélos, a Paris-based workshop responsible for elaborately engraving Campagnolo components and this grandiose road bike. Read More »

Legor Cicli SS CX

Legor Cicli SS CX

Italian cycling is undergoing as much of a renaissance as the rest of the world and, although it is one of the traditional homes of the handmade bicycle, there are fewer new frame builders willing to carry the torch than in countries like England, America or Australia.

Mattia Paganotti of Legor Cicli is one of the new school who is aware of the tradition that has gone before him and is prepared to bring it into the future. Read More »

Kerry Hopkins Aero Track

Kerry Hopkins Aero Track

Liverpool is a suburb in south-western Sydney, home to ABC Cycles, a local bike shop that is home also to Kerry Hopkins, one of Australia’s preeminent framebuilders. Kerry is an alumni of that school of builders which includes Jim Bundy, Geoff Scott and Ken Evans. Read More »

Green Stucco Pegoretti Responsorium

Green Stucco Pegoretti Responsorium

It’s an established fact that the work of Dario Pegoretti has an acquired taste. Personally, I acquired that taste the moment I first laid eyes on one of his hand-painted frames. The green stucco Responsorium may not be for everyone, but I would gladly accommodate one in my garage. Read More »