European Handbuilt Bike Show

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67 frame-builders from all over Europe gathered last weekend for the very first European Handmade Bicycle Exhibition ( EHBE ). The exhibition was held in the conference-center of the small town of Schwäbisch Gmünd, close to Stuttgart, Germany.

According to the organisers Indra & Ingo around 3000 customers came to see the custom-made bicycles – some of the visitors even got themselves measured and they ordered their own custom frames.

This more craftsman-oriented alternative to the major European bicycle shows is also the first meeting point for European frame-builders – socialising and networking during and after show hours were also an important part of the event.

Some impressions from the EHBE

Langenberg ( http://www.langenberg-manufaktur.de/outdoor.html – also picture above) offers custom made frames. As a speciality the transitions between the tubes are filled with solder and then ground – according to Sven (photo) this is a very time consuming task.

Raw, the frame looks like this
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and is super-smooth.

After powder-coating it looks like that:
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From the same company: the “Goldj√§ger” Track-Cycle:
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Seven Cycles ( http://www.sevencycles.de )
offers various High-End custom frames and is one of the big players in this niche. The Frames are welded in the USA.

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Beautiful titanium – the “7” is applied in different parts of the bicycle.

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Darren Mark Crisp also uses titanium as his material of the choice ( http://www.crisptitanium.com )
Originating from the USA he is living and working from Tuscany since several years.

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Jens Heid offers handmade MTB and Race-bike Frames under his brand-name “Neueck” ( http://www.neueck-custombikes.de/ ) – speciality: the cut “N” on the rear end of the bike:

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SRAM
Also Sram was present – they brought a new hub “Torpedo” with them:
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With a screwdriver you can change the single-speed-hub from freewheel to fixie within some seconds. The Torpedo hub is available in all these anodised colours.

Zumbi ( http://www.zumbicycles.com )

From Poland: Zumbi – with such a frame riders were competing in the DH Worldcup in La Bresse on the same weekend:
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Also by Zumbi: frames for Dirt, Street and 4X
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Demon Frameworks ( http://demonframeworks.com/ )

Tom Warmerdam builds sophisticated steel-frames with loads of beautiful details – wow!
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Cycloholic ( http://www.cycloholic.de/ )

Its showtime – Cycloholic – Bicycles (?)
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Also from Cycloholic: Junk-Art – made from bicycle parts. Very loud! ( Video )

[VIDEO=1701]http://videos.mtb-news.de/videos/1/_/video/CYCloholic-hoellenmaschineflv.m4v[/VIDEO]

Eccentric: Cerchi Ghisallo ( http://www.cerchiinlegnoghisallo.com )
Italy made wooden rims, fenders, carriers.

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Also custom made in Italy: Race-Bikes “Zullo” Zullo ( http://www.zullo-bike.com/ ). You find the logo in different spots of the frame:

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Raw material for many of the craftsmen:

Steel-Tubes made by Reynolds

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Something completely different: Street-BMX frames – custom-made by Thomas Dorsch.
Based in Stuttgart he offers the super-light frames under the name of SVEVO ( http://www.svevobikes.com )

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Very exotic: frames made by Brano Meres ( http://www.bmeres.com ). Eye-catcher: the bamboo/carbon – Bike:

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According to Brano the frame rides like a normal frame – the whole bike weighs under 11 kg. On his website he has more pictures of the bike in action ( http://www.bmeres.com/bambooframe.htm )

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From Karlsruhe the guys from Fixie Inc. were also attending the show. ( http://www.cycles-for-heroes.com/ ) On their homelike booth they showed their interpretation of “Cycles for Heroes” (its their slogan).

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Need a rig for Bike Polo?
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It is new, but already looks old: Rust-look. The frame spent a few weeks in the rain of Karslruhe and oxidated on the surface. Clean air – huh?

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Brunn-Parts: handmade by Wolfgang Brunn (left) in Esslingen, Germany ( http://www.brunn-bikeparts.de )

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Classic MTB-Stem by Brunn
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From Vilters in Switzerland came inventor Florian Schlumpf to the EHBE ( http://www.schlumpf.ch/ ) :
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The super-compact Schlumpf planetary gearbox compatible with the Gates Carbon Drive!

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You have to press your heels to the center of the bike in order to shift gears.

Rather nonstandard: Tilo Chlupka from Tilos Bikeshop ( http://www.tilosshop.com/ ) with his “Keingelenker” (german for “zero pivot”) dual suspension bike with 80 mm travel.

[VIDEO=1702]http://videos.mtb-news.de/videos/1/_/video/keingelenkerflv.m4v[/VIDEO]

Tool: The “Raschbl” ( www.mh-conceptions.de )

A special tool for face milling of postmount adapters:

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Reset Racing ( http://www.reset-racing.de/ )

Norbert Köhn brought lots of parts with him:
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Pedals, tools and different gadgets, which he produces and sells under his Reset label.

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Gebla – Georg Blaschke initials make up his company name. ( http://www.gebla.de ) In 1992 he already built his first dual suspension bicycle. In his main job he works as a design engineer at SRAM Germany developing shifters.

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Carbon, very light: Nordischer Rahmenbau (“nordic framework”) ( http://www.nordischer-rahmenbau.de )
Oliver Grest from the northern part of germany builds superlight frames and components – totally handmade and not on the cheap side. This road bike weighs 5,3 kg in total.

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Dailybread ( http://www.dailybreadcycles.net/ ): Berlin based Götz Haubold manufactures puristic, suitable for everyday use and affordable city bikes Рsweet!

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These were my impressions from EHBE 2009 – next year the exhibition will take place again – stay tuned on http://e-h-b-e.eu/ for more information.

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Comments (7)

    WOW. Cant we have a similar show here? 🙁

    Of course we can.

    Well volunteered. You organise it. We’ll all come along. Simple. 🙂

    that dailybread is lovely

    if we had one in this country i’d be skint

    Seriously though. I stopped going to car shows when they resembled 10+car dealerships crammed under one roof with a £ charge to get in. I know there are new bike product launches etc but the above, well everything there is worth pouring over not just ‘oh there four more spesh tyres on display’. There was a handmade show in America recently- I must have stared and revisited each pic constantly!

    You could have tried proof-reading after the translation.

    Show was great, well worth the trip…Really well organized and a real friendly easy going atmosphere..Will sort my photo’s and post a link…

    Brunn rigid fork looks interestiong, but nothing on their website. Bah!

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