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.
and is super-smooth.
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.
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.
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:
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 )
Demon Frameworks ( http://demonframeworks.com/ )
Cycloholic ( http://www.cycloholic.de/ )
Also from Cycloholic: Junk-Art – made from bicycle parts. Very loud! ( Video )
Eccentric: Cerchi Ghisallo ( http://www.cerchiinlegnoghisallo.com )
Italy made wooden rims, fenders, carriers.
Also custom made in Italy: Race-Bikes “Zullo” Zullo ( http://www.zullo-bike.com/ ). You find the logo in different spots of the frame:
Raw material for many of the craftsmen:
Steel-Tubes made by Reynolds
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 )
Very exotic: frames made by Brano Meres ( http://www.bmeres.com ). Eye-catcher: the bamboo/carbon – Bike:
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 )
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).
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?
Brunn-Parts: handmade by Wolfgang Brunn (left) in Esslingen, Germany ( http://www.brunn-bikeparts.de )
From Vilters in Switzerland came inventor Florian Schlumpf to the EHBE ( http://www.schlumpf.ch/ ) :
The super-compact Schlumpf planetary gearbox compatible with the Gates Carbon Drive!
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.
Tool: The “Raschbl” ( www.mh-conceptions.de )
A special tool for face milling of postmount adapters:
Reset Racing ( http://www.reset-racing.de/ )
Pedals, tools and different gadgets, which he produces and sells under his Reset label.
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.
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.
Dailybread ( http://www.dailybreadcycles.net/ ): Berlin based G√∂tz Haubold manufactures puristic, suitable for everyday use and affordable city bikes – sweet!
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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