Bicycle Fabrications

Bicycle Fabrications

Whew! Finally, the bike that put all those commuter/townie/randonneur nancy-boys to shame at the 2011 North American Handmade Bicycle Show. Tall, slender 29ers are all very well and good, but in some rock gardens and downhill trails, 9 inches of rear wheel travel is the only way to fly.

Enter Bicycle Fabrications. Run by Hank Matheson and based in San Francisco, they seem to have picked up where Brooklyn Machine Works left off. This neon behemoth is called the Candyman, and it’s the flagship model in a new range of tailored downhill rigs designed to the customer’s individual geometry. While it’s the most muscle bound frame I’ve encountered since BMW’s Race Link, the Candyman has certain refinements and a sense of style completely lacking from today’s downhill and all-mountain scene. The range will feature, apparently, titanium and carbon-fiber construction, and a range of adjustability that should appeal to the off-roader serious enough to open his wallet wide enough to afford one.

Bicycle Fabrications debuted the Candyman in Austin, hopefully we’ll be seeing more of them in the future. All photos from the NAHBS site.

Bicycle Fabrications
Bicycle Fabrications
Bicycle Fabrications
Bicycle Fabrications
Bicycle Fabrications
Bicycle Fabrications
Bicycle Fabrications
Bicycle Fabrications

  • Great bike from a great company – I have a rigid fork Hank made for one of my bikes. Terrible website, though. Hank, if you see this, get a new one made if possible!!

  • Josh_m

    “…a sense of style completely lacking from today’s downhill and all-mountain scene”

    An understanding of “stylish” is a bold claim coming from a site were every bike looks like either a) every fixie ever or b) every vintage roadie ever.

    This bike is OK looking, but there’s a pile of much more stylish and purposeful and original DH bikes out there (Commencal, Transition, Zerode, etc, etc).

    • Thanks for your comments, Josh. Keep browsing through our archived posts, there’s plenty of bikes in there that aren’t just ‘fixies’ or vintage roadies.

  • Jeb89

    Stylistic hodgepodge! Not for me, but I don’t see much Walmartiness in it either. The more I look at it, the more I like it.

  • There are some lovely components on this. But I really can’t dig the greens and graphics on the frame are just yuk.

    But really I can’t see the need for titanium on a downhill or aggressive AM bike save your money to spend on 26/29er hard-tail Ti bikes. Those ti welds whist pretty, scare me they look so thin.

  • Seventhskyline

    Rube Goldberg.

  • must mean serious bu$ine$$.!. looks awesome though…