Day 3 Randoms: Bespoked Show 2023

Oct 16, 2023
by TEBP  
The European Bike Project is one of our favorite Instagram accounts because the feed is constantly updated with everything from tiny manufacturers to inside looks at European manufacturing. During Bespoked 2023, Alex is tracking down the most interesting mountain bikes for you.

SQlab

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The longer you look, the more hand-polished parts you'll find on this Starling Murmur, which we found at the SQlab booth.

SQlab had a Starling Murmur at their booth that was built by one of their employees. He spent a ton of time polishing the cranks, chainring, brake levers, trigger paddle and even the dropper post.

It's hard to believe, but he used a lot of used parts for this bike. The extremely classy colour concept really made this bike stand out from the crowd, which is no easy task when you're at Bespoked.

"Never ever" he said when I asked him whether he'd build such a bike again - too much elbow grease was needed to polish all the parts.

Bespoked 2023 - c by The European Bike Project
Note the hand-polished dropper.

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Bespoked 2023 - c by The European Bike Project
Some 90s-inspired Drillium on the brake levers.

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A clean cockpit and - of course - some ergonomic grips.

- Website SQlab: https://www.sq-lab.com/en/
- Instagram SQlab: @sqlab

- Website Starling Cycles: https://www.starlingcycles.com/
- Instagram Starling Cycles: @starlingcycles



Scar Cycles

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The Scar Cycles LFS Pinion.

Stefan from Scar Cycles says that this LFS (Light Full Suspension) Pinion build comes in at around 15 kg (33 lbs), which is a very respectable weight for a steel fully with a Pinion gearbox.

Thanks to the adjustable shock mount, the frame can be used with 190 x 40 (pictured), 190 x 45 and 210 x 50 shocks, resulting in 115, 125 and 130 mm rear travel. This build comes with a burly Bright Racing Shocks xCO fork in the front, which is set to 110 mm (remember Bright forks use a no-sag concept).

A few years ago Stefan built a 140 mm bike based on the same platform, but with a regular drivetrain. He says the owner was able to bring the weight down to 12 kg (26.5 lbs), even though he's running a 140 mm Pike.

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The Bright Racing Shocks fork and Pirople textile spokes are still a pretty rare sight.

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The 612 "cybertruck" brakes are becoming more and more popular.
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See how they are made here.


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Bespoked 2023 - c by The European Bike Project
This new Radoxx stem was an interesting detail on the Scar LFS Pinion.




Zoceli

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The Zoceli "Dobordelu".

Martin from Zoceli managed to strike a chord with his first creations such as the "Dobordelu" frame, which he designed two years ago. In the meantime, he added more frames to his lineup, such as the new "Narum".

Many frame builders at Bespoked only build full custom frames, so it can be difficult to find some information on their websites. Martin's website is different, as he offers most frames in four sizes and has all the info you might want online.

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Zoceli frames come with very nice sheet metal details and a small 3D-printed mudguard.

The "Dorbordelu" frame can be used with 250 x 70 shocks (180 mm rear travel) or 250 x 67.5 shocks (175 mm rear travel), making it the bike with the longest travel at this year's Bespoked show. Martin recommends to run forks with 180 - 200 mm travel. You can run the bike as full 27.5" bike, full 29" or mullet.

Bespoked 2023 - c by The European Bike Project

Bespoked 2023 - c by The European Bike Project
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The Naosm is a 160 mm rear travel Enduro frame.


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Bespoked 2023 - c by The European Bike Project
The new Narum comes with 135 mm rear travel and beautifully machined CNC parts.




Huhn Cycles

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A few days before the show, Ralf from Huhn Cycles told me that he'd bring a "bikepacking hardtail" to Bespoked. I was prepared to see a wild bike, but I wasn't ready for this wild creation.

More than any other build, this bike blurs the lines between hardtails and gravel bikes. Is it a gravelbike with mtb brakes, dropper remote and SRAM trigger? Or is it a hardtail with a dropbar?

The 212 mm Vecnum Nivo dropper, big Leonardi Racing Cassette and Astral Serpentine X rims with 30 mm inner width as well as the long(ish) travel Intend fork certainly put it in the mtb category, but then again the Beast handlebar changes everything.

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Regular mtb brakes, trigger and dropper remote on this handlebar.

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The matching frame bags by Reisefix look great.
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Note the extremely long seatstays.

- Website: https://huhncycles.com/
- Instagram: @huhncycles


Cyber Cycles

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Cyber Cycles is the new kid on the block that's already causing a stir in the singlespeed and gravel community. With their new "For Enduro Racing Only" cranks, they now offer a steel crankset that will look great on any long-travel steel frame.

The cranks are welded by frame building legend Stefano Agresti and are currently available in four different versions: OR (offroad), ST (square taper), GR (gravel) and EN (Enduro).

At 470 g (OR; including compression ring, spring and screws) / 520 g (EN), the cranks are surprisingly light. They come with a 24 mm spindle and use the wide-spread SRAM 3-hole direct mount. You can choose from four different finish options: raw, black, matte chrome and nickel.

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The steel tubes are specifically made for Cyber Cycles.

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Even though the idea of such a fork design is not new, it's great to see something that looks totally different from the conventional rigid carbon and steel forks. The intended use of the "Cross Blade" forks is XC and gravel.




Sour Cycles

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The Sour Cycles "Bad Granny".

Local company Sour Cycles brought this "Bad Granny" build to the show. Decked out with Cyber Cycles cranks, Qvist hubs and a self-made steel dropper remote, it looked absolutely ready for some fun times on the local trails.

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The coolest dropper remote at the show.

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Qvist hubs use a unique double-sided tooth ring and will be available in a couple of months.

- Website: https://sour.bike/
- Instagram: @sour.bicycles


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72 Comments
  • 115 0
 Would have never thought to one time ever see my own bike as a thumbnail on the PB home, ...THAK YOU Alex / @TEBP !!!
  • 54 0
 And I have to point out, yes a lot ot the parts are also available in RAW or even polished, but I bought the cheapest options second hand, which means most parts were colorful annodized (blue, orange, purple, ...), so I used the old dangerholm hint to de-annodize & then hand polish. A lot of black bits were de-annodized as well.
I will never ever do that gain, especially for parts like a hope front chain ring (4h polishing this alone, and yes, using a dremel & polishing tools).
PS: don't do, it or be very careful with droppers,
I got play on my wolftooth dropper stanchion, obviously didn't do as carefull as John from radavist, where I got the idea from.
  • 16 0
 Big thumbs up for your bike! Murmur's are beautiful bikes, but your bike stands out miles above it. It could maybe be the best and most beautiful bike Ive seen here! The elegance and harmonizing colors and parts makes it almost art and a wonderful bike to look at.
  • 5 0
 @one38: kudos for all that graft. It feels a bit mean to point out that it'd look better with a silver-coloured spring Big Grin
  • 5 0
 @chakaping: agree, looking for an intend rear shock, right nowWink
  • 3 0
 @one38: DB Heritage, with a silver spring? Who needs a climb switch anyway Wink
  • 4 0
 Well deserved! That things a beauty! Going off of looks I think an original Push 11.6 (when it was all raw and shiny) would looks absolutely bonkers on that build.
  • 4 0
 @GenesiZ: Not "almost art". That's definitely art.
  • 2 0
 Well done, that bike is a stunner. It peeves me that you generally can’t buy stuff in raw finish, I’d love some polished alloy wheels with polished stainless spokes and raw brass nipples. Getting nickel off spoke nipples might lead to permenent insanity though
  • 1 0
 @one38: Have you considered a titanium handlebar as well, Rust is the only brand I can think of. They are super-comfortable but not cheap obvs.
Would that be too much silver?
  • 1 0
 @chakaping: will stick to the SQlab handlebars, love the 12* backsweep, and they are lightweight as well.
  • 2 0
 @Kebabroll: have a look for “black one” rims from German brand Reverse, they are available in a polished / chrome version. I considered these, but got a great deal on the Newmen wheelset, which is super leightweight, and having chrome decalsWink
  • 3 0
 @one38: ah yes, I missed that you worked for a brand that sells handlebars Big Grin
  • 2 0
 @one38
Your bike is an absolute beauty, extremely well executed.
Easily one of the nicest full suspension bikes I've ever laid eyes on.
  • 2 0
 @one38: i’ll take a peep. I guess non eyeletted rims are a quick job once clamped to a potter’s wheel. Eyelets would make the process a nightmare though
  • 34 0
 I‘ll take that steel Santa Cruz, thanks.
  • 4 0
 Me too for sure! They're beautiful!!
  • 8 0
 @Mtbnoob23: they're not even more expensive than the ppastic ones.
  • 2 0
 @nullzwo: I know, I've been eyeing them up and dreaming!
  • 21 2
 It strikes me that the feature that all these bikes are missing out on is through headset cable routing, can't they see the benefits all of us pinkbikers keep pushing for?
  • 2 0
 Yet the ti hardtail that won 'Best Mountain Bike' features headset cable routing. Some road bikes at the show did as well. There is no safe space.
  • 16 0
 You can keep your carbon, hidden shocks, internal cable routing, batteries, servos, and goofy new standards. There's something about the gussets, welds, and linkages that just makes my heart flutter.
  • 1 0
 true, I would have gotten myself a steelfullsus long ago if it's easier to import them to asia, shipping and trax is far too expensive to make sense
  • 1 0
 @stephenzkie: Some Starling, all Pipedream and possibly a good few other steel full suspension frames are being produced in Taiwan. If you'd buy them in Asia, would they still travel back and forth to the UK or do they have a shorter route?
  • 2 0
 @vinay: my murmur has a front triangle made in uk, but yes rear end is TW.
Bought it second hand as well,
overall build cost were a bit over 4K for the full bike (all second hand (70% of parts) or industry deals (30%))
  • 1 0
 @one38: Yeah I think (at least for a while) Joe had a the standard geometry Starling frames made in Taiwan entirely. Of course over the past couple of years a good few UK brands (Stanton, Cotic, Starling...) have been pulling production back to the homeland but at least Pipedream has always continued to have their full suspension frames being made in Taiwan. There probably still are some others too.
  • 1 0
 @vinay: these go to UK before being shipped to customers I think, if I'm not mistaken that's how all brands work, pretty much impossible to get them straight from the factory
  • 1 0
 Steel bikes also ride better. They feel way nicer when you bottom out due to inherent flex, and the sideways compliance is second to none.
  • 7 0
 Those two shorter travel Zoceli frames are lovely things. Starlings usually build up to look like nice bikes but that one particularly, wow!
  • 8 0
 Probably a good idea they're adding braces on the Zocelis now.

www.pinkbike.com/photo/25721345
  • 1 0
 Holy moly, how did it happen??
  • 4 0
 @Denyer: “just riding along”
  • 22 0
 Yes, that happens in the life of a frame builder too. The frame is not immortal Smile This frame is now in my workshop and gets a new front triangle that no longer uses thinned tubes.
  • 6 0
 That Huhn looks great, apart from the bottle mount position. So much storage but the only place to put the thing that goes in your mouth is in the firing line of mud and sheep shit?
  • 1 0
 I suspect the planned usage there is to run a bladder along the bottom of the frame bag. Just a 3rd bottle or spot for a tool keg.
  • 6 0
 Gotta say that bag/frame color scheme on the Hunh looks gorgeous.
  • 5 0
 Some awesome stuff here. People make cool shit.
  • 5 0
 the bad granny wins for me
  • 4 0
 what if i use those cyber cranks for xc? is someone from the cyberpolice going to jump out of the bushes and arrest me
  • 1 0
 That Huhn Cycles bike.... those Beast bars? Are they available in the US? Asking for a bikepacking curious friend who does not want to spend the $ to convert a hardtail to drop bars, but finds the Surly Corner bar a bit too much.....
  • 2 0
 The beast bars are 500€
Better go for surly corner bars, if you are on a budget
  • 1 0
 @one38: Ouch! Thanks!
  • 4 0
 That Starling is beautiful.
  • 4 0
 Those cranks do it for me for some reason.
  • 2 1
 Between the Zoceli frames, 612 brakes, rockin cranks, and Intend suspension everywhere, I think this is my favorite update yet. I REEEALLy want to try those 612 brakes as well. Keep hearing awesome things about them.
  • 2 0
 @cyber cycles Bravo on the nicest iteration of the Bontrager Race Lite fork I've seen since the OG from the late 80's and early 90's.
  • 3 0
 There is some killer stuff there, love it.
  • 3 0
 I have the sudden urge to own an inverted fork
  • 3 1
 Stunning art pieces. No plastic can ever top these.
  • 3 2
 What's the hardest thing about being part of the gravel community?

Trying to explain it to your parents.
  • 2 0
 if only Balfa were able to receive residual cheques....
  • 1 0
 Saved the best ones for last, huh? Man, those Zoceli bikes are a thing of beauty!
  • 1 0
 To me those Starling bikes have really regressed recently. Leverage ratiowise.
  • 1 0
 Those Zoceli frames are sick! Never heard of them before but that Naosm frame is slick.
  • 2 0
 Those cranks are rad…little cook bros-esque
  • 1 0
 Bespoked always proves that just because you can, it doesn't mean you should.... Along with some truly beautiful bikes.
  • 1 0
 It's a shame those cyber cranks are only for Enduro racing or I would have put a set on a trail bike.
  • 3 2
 finally somebody makes nice direct mount steel cranks.
  • 1 0
 That Zocelli frame, ciao bella!
  • 2 0
 Naosm = steel Bronson?
  • 1 0
 basically yeah, and I fkin love it
  • 1 0
 Cyber cranks: "Enduro Only"

Next pic...on a gravel bike.


wut?
  • 3 0
 the article says "4 different versions" but this infonis behind a read wall.
  • 1 0
 @nullzwo: Oh, you got me...

Mostly commenting on using the word "only", as if there is a compatibility issue on your trail or downcountry bike.
  • 1 0
 those cranks are for Enduro only no Downcountry allowed
  • 1 0
 Do the Zocelli frames use a flip chip for mullet/29?
  • 1 0
 I thought I just saw a steel Santa Cruz!
  • 1 0
 I’d love to have the Zoceli Narum in raw steel…
  • 1 0
 Lekker...
  • 3 4
 routing through the gusset. all of the disadvantages of both internal and external routing
  • 1 0
 I am steam punk now
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