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Bespoked Bicycle Show 2017 - Randoms

Apr 13, 2017
by Fraktiv  
The Bespoked Bike Show was full of little nuggets of engineering and creative masterpieces. Here's some extra bits that caught our eye.

Auxiliary Projects - Bespoked 2017

Auxiliary Projects - Bespoked 2017
Auxiliary Projects - Bespoked 2017
Designers Anthony Oram and Rebecca J Kaye have teamed up to form Auxiliary, producing a range of artisan items including screen prints, greeting cards, organic tees, and mugs.


Bastion - Bespoked 2017

Bastion - Bespoked 2017
Bastion - Bespoked 2017
Amongst the goodies on the Velo Atelier stand was the Australian Bastion Road Disc custom frame and fork. Costing from GBP5,400 - including a full bike fitting with Velo Atelier - the Bastion incorporates aerospace-grade, titanium-alloy powder fabricated lugs and carbon-fibre tubing. The technique of blending materials, combined with 3D printing-esque technologies was evident around the show, and is so far mostly the preserve of bespoke manufacturers, with Robot Bike Co's R160 being another good example.


Chris King Cielo - Bespoked 2017

Chris King Cielo - Bespoked 2017
Chris King Cielo - Bespoked 2017
One of the Godfathers of Handmade, Chris King was at the show, manning his own stand - both Chris King Components and Cielo - judging awards, and doing a talk about making ball bearings.


Colour Bolt - Bespoked 2017
Colour Bolt's latest frame, the Black Belter, features an industrial, powder-coated finish and is a belt-driven urban bike. As with other Colour Bolt frames, they're all hand made by some of the UK's best framebuilders, including the lads at BTR Fabrications.


Curtis Bikes - Bespoked 2017

Curtis Bikes - Bespoked 2017
Curtis Bikes - Bespoked 2017
Along with their as-yet-unnamed, full-suspension bike, Curtis Bikes also had a stunning hardtail on show, the AM+, as well as their made-to-measure bike for children with dwarfism, with custom fabricated cranks, forks, bars and stem. As with their full-size bikes, these pocket rockets are entirely handmade to fit each child.


English Cycles - Bespoked 2017
English Cycles won Best in Show at NAHBS and also picked up four other awards at Bespoked, including a 'Technical Excellence Award'. English-born, Cambridge University-educated engineer Rob English, now calls Oregon USA his home, but it was good seeing him back in the UK.


Grafton Saddler - Bespoked 2017
Grafton Saddler offer bespoke leather-work and upholstery for saddles using tradition shoe-making techniques inspired by classic Brogue shoes. Each piece is custom-made to order with the ability to select colourways and even emboss your initials in the calfskin leather or shagreen. Very Shoreditch. Much hipster.
Velo-re - Bespoked 2017
Founded by Greta Janunaite and Xulfi Iqbal, Vel-oh is another London-based brand making belts, wallets, purses and everything else out of recycled tyres - complete with puncture repair patches - and handcrafted wood.

Le Menuisier - Bespoked 2017

Le Menuisier - Bespoked 2017
Le Menuisier - Bespoked 2017
Boneshaker Magazine celebrates adventures with bikes and the latest issue of their beautifully bound publication was on show on their stand, together with a collection of cycling adventure books. What caught our eye was the Le Menuisier bike to the side of the stand, complete with its wooden compartments, perfect for touring the countryside or a second job moonlighting as a an odd-job man.


Mawis Bikes - Bespoked 2017

Mawis Bikes - Bespoked 2017
Mawis Bikes - Bespoked 2017
At the show for another year, Mathias from Mawis Bicycles always has a great story to tell of his travels to the UK from Germany. But that aside, he always brings bikes with character, offering little extra twists. This time, one bike featured an integrated USB port for your connected needs, powered by an internal battery, together with a front wheel dynamo-powered integrated rear LED light cluster. The sheer precision engineering that went in to these unique extras was astonishing.


M tier V lo - Bespoked 2017

M tier V lo - Bespoked 2017
M tier V lo - Bespoked 2017
In a similar vein to the Bastion, Utah-based Metier Velo's Super622 is constructed using a 3D-printed style process that melds titanium lugs with filament-wound carbon fibre tubes. Each bike is built to order and features eTAP components, keeping it super clean. Metier Velo also offer custom-designed titanium 3D printed frame parts for builders.


Moskito Watch - Bespoked 2017
Not happy with that plain old top cap? Moskito Watches offer this snazzy multifunctional top cap speedometer, and being Swiss-made, it's made from the best materials. The mechanism comes in a stainless steel or aircraft-grade anodized aluminium.


Rakshasa Customs - Bespoked 2017
Rakshasa Customs - Bespoked 2017
Rakshasa Customs was in the 'new builders' section of the show and is the brainchild of Londoner, Cameron Jarvis. The latest bikes to emerge from his workshop reflect Cameron's passion for dirt jumping and trail riding, complete with this pretty special octopus-inspired custom paint job from artist, Alice White.


Wooden Bikes - Bespoked 2017

Wooden Bikes - Bespoked 2017
Wooden Bikes - Bespoked 2017
Amongst Peter Charnaud's latest creation at Woodenbike.co, was this variable head-angle, trail bike, which can be adjusted between 50 and 70 degrees whilst riding. He's also built an all-wood eBike recently, as well as a tandem that can be split for travelling.


Rideworks - Bespoked 2017

Rideworks - Bespoked 2017
Rideworks - Bespoked 2017
Sharing Ted James Designs' stand was a small but perfectly formed display from Rideworks, a UK-based manufacturer of custom MTB components, designed and made in-house using aircraft-spec aluminium alloy. Based in Coventry, Rideworks' range includes chainrings, hubs, bottom brackets, bash rings, pedals, chainguides, singlepeed kits and stems, in a range of special finishes.


Rowan Frameworks - Bespoked 2017

Rowan Frameworks - Bespoked 2017
Rowan Frameworks - Bespoked 2017
Rowan Frameworks made a big splash at the show two years ago, picking up the 'Best in Show' award, and they're continuously bringing out some of the finest looking steel bikes on the handmade market. And picking up more awards!


Tom Ritchey - Bespoked 2017

Tom Ritchey - Bespoked 2017
Tom Ritchey - Bespoked 2017
Tom Ritchey's Old School New School bike, handmade at The Bicycle Academy by the legend himself, was featured in the entrance hall to the show.


Whippet - Bespoked 2017
For those city-dwelling commuters, the Whippet is a new British-designed and built folding bicycle that oozed style. The Whippet features a unique folding mechanism and custom-drawn tubing. Perfect if a Brompton is just too standard for you.


Duratec - Bespoked 2017
Duratec - Bespoked 2017
Duratec's offerings were eye-catching, and so was the innovative production technology behind their alloy Rebel and carbon Phantom frames. The Phantom was created using a wholly unique monocoque manufactured from a single piece with no joins, and is UCI approved.


Academy Tools - Bespoked 2017

Academy Tools - Bespoked 2017
Academy Tools - Bespoked 2017
Tools, tools, and more tools. Academy Tools had a multitude of measuring devices on show for all your hand-built bicycle frame needs, including chainline measurement and adjustment tools, brake mount adjustment tools and a tube butting gauge to name but a few.


Shand Cycles - Bespoked 2017
The Shand stand was top to toe with all types of bikes, including the Bahookie, Shand's Adventure 29er steel hardtail, as well as their very popular tourer/cyclocross bikes, with both standard and Rohloff gearing systems.


Dear Susan - Bespoked 2017
Dear Susan's 'Singletrack Choice' rosette resting with the fishes...yep, that's right, Petor brought the seaside to the show.


Don't miss our main coverage from the Bespoked Bicycle Show 2017 show here.


MENTIONS: @fraktiv


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  • 48 0
 the top cap speedometer is dope
  • 2 1
 Exactly what I was thinking!
  • 8 2
 It is a hardware Kickstarter though: www.kickstarter.com/projects/moskito/m-o-s-ki-t-o-swiss-analog-smart-watch-and-bike-spe/description

If you're not aware, people raising funds on kickstarter in general, & for physical products specifically, have a mixed history. It's gotten to the point that I won't fund anything that isn't a software product.
  • 3 0
 There is also an analog cycling computer called omata.
  • 4 2
 Is Strava enabled?
  • 4 1
 @fercho25: A friend of mine is in charge of design for them and they are freaking awesome.
  • 4 0
 Don't get that wooden bike near a campfire
  • 1 1
 @groghunter: I don't know, I'm pretty glad I backed Peak Designs. Their stuff is killer! I have a capture clip pro and 2 of their bags.
  • 1 1
 @bibsack46: Interestingly, this is not how bicycles are being tested on Pinkbike. I'm interested what would be worst, aluminium, carbon or wood. Steel and titanium are probably relatively safe. The magnesium fork lowers then again... Don't take chances though. No matter what frame material you use, we all need our tyres.
  • 1 0
 @groghunter: my pals been waiting on his SUSS my ride thing for ever, keeps getting fobbed off by them.
  • 26 1
 Curtis bikes making it possible for kids with dwarfism to get out and ride!! Amazing Smile
  • 14 0
 What does a fifty degree head angle feel like?
  • 19 0
 The 90's.
  • 7 0
 The way things look, We will probably find out next year...
  • 1 0
 At that level of slack, you might as well just become a hippy
  • 10 1
 Having a sign that says " f*ck the Rules" and then sensoring it is like making a sticker that says "I hate stickers". It's uh, hypocritical? Maybe that's not the right word, but it's definitely lame.

The rest of the show looks awesome, especially that top cap. I would like one that had an altimeter on it as well.
  • 8 1
 Prime example of middle class people trying to be edgy
  • 2 1
 it's called a Garmin Smile
  • 9 1
 I like the aesthetic of the printed lugs and bonded tubes, and I hope it will result in bike prices going down. You can customize your geometry, computer will adjust the lugs, print them out, them assembling them is just a matter of bonding. Seems a whole lot less involved than hydroforming aluminum or laying out lots of complicated carbon shapes. Then you can use mass produced carbon tubes.
  • 1 0
 Robot Bike Co ... not cheaper.
  • 1 1
 Mmm, metal lugs bonded to carbon tubes . . . found a few 20+ year old frames hanging up out the back of the shop. All the epoxy had crumbled into dust and they creaked and flexed like bad marionettes when I leant on them. Good luck with all that expensive wank, guys.
  • 10 0
 That Rowan Frameworks is just beautiful!! Thanks for the eye candy PB, love the custom builder stuff!
  • 10 0
 Loving that t-shirt...even if nobody wants to admit it.
  • 2 0
 Sold out in Medium right now. Frown
  • 4 1
 Me too, instantly I wanted to buy one but 25 pounds plus 15 pounds shipping, convert to USD and it's a $50 t-shirt. To each his own but I don't do $50 jerseys let alone $50 t-shirts.
  • 3 0
 @tsn73: it would have been $80 pre brexit. Grab a bargain.
  • 1 0
 @tsn73: I used to own a streetwear company - in the UK you need to charge about that to get the price point at retail
Mail in England for a shirt is £0.90
The remainder of the £14.10 will be USPS
  • 8 0
 Doing a talk about making ball bearings is next level geek. I feel like I missed out.
  • 8 0
 I am sexually attracted to that bastion bike.
  • 1 0
 Me too. What a sexy bitch.
  • 7 1
 Where's Waki ? He will be pleased to see the the headtube angle adjustment on that wooden bike Big Grin
  • 7 2
 Ritchey takes the cake.
  • 1 1
 Yeah, I'd buy one immediately if they did one that wasn't for fat wheels! Please produce these in an old Skool colour / style!!! White with cup stripes!!!
  • 4 0
 Curtis once again looking pimp
  • 3 0
 I've never been able to whippet all that well, but maybe with that folding bike I could.
  • 2 0
 Well there would be a benefit to the wooden ebike, it would make a good bonfire if it catches fire.
  • 2 0
 Love that speedometer idea!
  • 3 1
 Integrated LED red lights how sweet
  • 2 0
 Wood giving people woodies...
  • 2 0
 That Curtis though... dope
  • 2 0
 googled "Rideworks". was disappointed and also not disappointed…
  • 1 0
 Googled rideworks, find them at first answer. Bad boy... baaad boy....
  • 1 0
 Will the stuff from Auxiliary actually be available to purchase?
  • 2 0
 Yes, you can buy from them here: www.auxiliary.cc
  • 1 0
 Non matching screw drivers?
  • 4 5
 Weather you like or not,nowadays road bikes are way cooler than mtb bikes.I'm so sorry, NOT!
  • 8 1
 Whether you like it or not, spacing and spelling are way cooler than mountain bike bikes.
  • 1 3
 "oozed style" yeah okay, go have another overpriced craft beer







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