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Day 1 Randoms: Bespoked Show 2023

Oct 13, 2023 at 15:40
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.

Bespoked 2023 in Dresden. c by The European Bike Project

For the first time in its history, Bespoked is taking place outside the UK - in Dresden, Germany. To be precise, it's on the third level of the Dresden International Airport building.

It's difficult to describe Bespoked in a better way than James Smurthwaite did in 2021: "Bespoked is the kind of show where beards outnumber bikes by 10 to 1 and there's barely a lick of carbon to be seen. It's a celebration of handbuilt European bikes and, as you might expect, is populated with some wonderful and weird machines."

With a rather unconventional venue, everything was set for a unique show - and Bespoked 2023 certainly didn't disappoint.

Rheintritt

Bespoked 2023 in Dresden. c by The European Bike Project
The 176 mm rear travel "Ruffer"

Phil from Rheintritt had two really interesting bikes at Bespoked. The 176 mm rear travel "Ruffer" is a bike that he originally designed for himself, but now you can order this bike with custom reach, stack, head angle and seat tube length. The CNC parts are made in-house and the frame uses big 32x15x7 bearings. Phil suggests running a 180 mm fork in the front.

The dual toptube is a nice touch, as are the three tool/bottle mounts.

Bespoked 2023 in Dresden. c by The European Bike Project
A dual toptube and three tool/bottle mounts.

Bespoked 2023 in Dresden. c by The European Bike Project
The galvanized, copper-plated frame is unique - even more so because it didn't get a clearcoat, which led to a nice patina.

Bespoked 2023 in Dresden. c by The European Bike Project
The 120 mm rear travel "Ruffy"

"Ruffy" is a project that Phil worked on together with steel frame enthusiasts from a German mtb forum. They call themselves the "Rudel", which means "pack". Ruffy stands for "Rudel Fully" and it's a 120 mm rear travel steel bike. Phil offers the frame in three different versions: 1. Completely finished with a shock. 2. You can build your own frame in a frame-building course. 3. Phil will also sell you all the tubes and CNC parts for a reasonable price in case you want to build the frame yourself.

The geometry is customisable, you can choose reach, stack, head angle, seat tube length, the tubing and the gussets. The rear travel is either 120 or 130 mm, the fork should be between 130 and 150 mm.

Bespoked 2023 in Dresden. c by The European Bike Project
Bespoked 2023 in Dresden. c by The European Bike Project




Dlouhy

Bespoked 2023 in Dresden. c by The European Bike Project
29 x 3.0" is not dead

The team from Leipzig-based workshop Dlouhy had an amazing hardtail at the show. The purple AXS Transmission parts look great on the raw frame, but the perfectly integrated Eightpins dropper post is really interesting too. With 29 x 3.0" tires and a 140 mm fork, the bike should handle pretty well on gnarly trails.

Bespoked 2023 in Dresden. c by The European Bike Project
How do you like the purple Transmission parts?

Bespoked 2023 in Dresden. c by The European Bike Project

Bespoked 2023 in Dresden. c by The European Bike Project
Bespoked 2023 in Dresden. c by The European Bike Project
Every Dlouhy frame comes with a unique bird on the headtube.





Woodalps

Bespoked 2023 in Dresden. c by The European Bike Project
The Woodalps "Yggy".

Woodalps is the passion project of Arnaud, who runs this small company out of his garage. He's got a big CNC machine that he uses to create these unique frames, which are hollow and surprisingly light (2.3 kg / 5 lbs for the hardtail). Arnaud tested the frames himself and in his own test lab before he had them tested according to ISO 4210.

The "Yggy" Hardtail is designed around a 110 or 120 mm fork. While he says that the frame handles great, the "Grooty" road bike profits from the vibration-reducing properties of wood even more.

Bespoked 2023 in Dresden. c by The European Bike Project

Bespoked 2023 in Dresden. c by The European Bike Project
Bespoked 2023 in Dresden. c by The European Bike Project
Arnaud uses carbon inserts for the headtube, seattube and bottom bracket.






Ingrid

Bespoked 2023 in Dresden. c by The European Bike Project
The new Ingrid trigger

After many years of hard work, the Ingrid team was very proud to show us their new shifter. The shifter completes their drivetrain lineup - you can now get derailleurs, cassettes, cranks, chainrings, spindles, bottom brackets and shifters from the Italian company.

The shifter has only one paddle, which has to be pressed in one direction or the other to shift up or down (see the video). Building a shifter is probably as difficult as watchmaking and the Ingrid team managed to create a shifter with a very crisp feel. The first impressions were really positive.

Bespoked 2023 in Dresden. c by The European Bike Project
Ingrid now offers this crank protector that can be retrofitted to their cranks.
Bespoked 2023 in Dresden. c by The European Bike Project
The shifter was one of the most-touched products at Bespoked 2023.

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Bespoked 2023 in Dresden. c by The European Bike Project
The hard anodized finish of this group is difficult to beat.
Bespoked 2023 in Dresden. c by The European Bike Project
Ingrid also had a mock-up of their new road shifter at the show.

Bespoked 2023 in Dresden. c by The European Bike Project
Stay tuned for more colourful parts from Ingrid.
Bespoked 2023 in Dresden. c by The European Bike Project
Ingrid now offers a beefed-up crank protector. The cranks are hollow.



Actofive

Bespoked 2023 in Dresden. c by The European Bike Project
Actofive won the "best offroad" award at Bespoked 2023.

Simon from Actofive brought the latest iteration of his I-Train fully to the show, which helped him to win the "best offroad" award. This new version still has chainstays which are made by Nicolai, but the seat stays are now completely machined - as is the front triangle. The "champagne" colour looks incredibly classy and Simon says that this is how this specific alloy looks after natural anodizing (no colour is added).

The I-Train can be used with different shocks, resulting in 105mm / 115mm / 125mm /135mm rear travel. Simon suggests using forks that have 120 - 140 mm travel.

Bespoked 2023 in Dresden. c by The European Bike Project

Bespoked 2023 in Dresden. c by The European Bike Project

Bespoked 2023 in Dresden. c by The European Bike Project
The I-Train now comes with Actofive's own sophisticated chainstay guard.

Bespoked 2023 in Dresden. c by The European Bike Project
Bespoked 2023 in Dresden. c by The European Bike Project
The attention to detail is incredible.

Bespoked 2023 in Dresden. c by The European Bike Project
The new crank on the left side is machined from one block of aluminium. It will be a bit heavier, but significantly cheaper than the hollow and bonded crank on the right.
Bespoked 2023 in Dresden. c by The European Bike Project
Details of the AM/EN P-Train frame.

Bespoked 2023 in Dresden. c by The European Bike Project
Custom-made and machined, as everything from Actofive.
Bespoked 2023 in Dresden. c by The European Bike Project
Simon was stoked to win the "best offroad" award. This year's trophies are inspired by Star Wars characters.



Author Info:
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92 Comments
  • 232 29
 Brendog got Robbed
  • 4 7
 Ditto.
  • 4 5
 Totally
  • 11 55
flag mariomtblt (Oct 14, 2023 at 10:56) (Below Threshold)
 Child throwing a fit. Stfu
  • 11 8
 @mariomtblt: No, a warrior searching for vengeance over his slain brother!
  • 5 5
 100% robbery
  • 3 10
flag kroozctrl FL (Oct 14, 2023 at 21:11) (Below Threshold)
 @likeittacky: no the slain brother got crippled off a drop via side loading wind. He’s just a man child, that can’t face the facts. Crankworx Virgin will reward based on bias.

Bienvenido had the best run and even showed by popular vote.
  • 4 1
 @kroozctrl: You're looking at the best trick vote; where he won the vote hands down. Although, the overall #1 run vote is in Brendogs favor, leading by a nearly whopping 3600 votes. Get your facts straight! Rolleyes
  • 1 1
 Here here. Have an up-vote on me.
  • 75 3
 That actofive I-train in absolutely beautiful.
  • 36 2
 it kills me that people would pay the same amount of money for a santa cruz or specialized
  • 7 0
 Sobering prices but eye candy 100%
  • 10 1
 @fiekaodclked: You're right. If you spend these sums on SC, Spec, Yeti you do so because of ... ok some sophisticated tech, but a big part is marketing, Riders you like, emotions, brand presentation etc.


If you buy one of these cnc'd ones, the bike reflects where the money went.
  • 19 2
 @xice: If you buy a bike from SC, Spec, Yeti, you have a very very good chance that they'll still be around in 5 years for support if something goes wrong. With these little one-off companies, you just don't know if they'll still be there and who knows how long it will take to get support? It might be better, it might be worse.
  • 18 0
 @fiekaodclked: I guess you could ask Guerilla Gravity owners how they feel about that.
  • 4 0
 @fiekaodclked: doesn’t seem fair to put spesh in that grouping, have you seen their pricing recently?
  • 2 0
 @Explodo: I wouldn’t call Actofive a one-off company anymore. I personally agee with @xice here.
  • 3 2
 Deck the actofive out with Ingrid components and goddam, pure art and engineering. In 60 years the plastic frames will be forgotten but these will appreciate in value.
  • 1 0
 All Actofive bikes I saw so far are wonderful machines, not as sexy as a Reeb IMO, but damn beautiful.
  • 4 1
 beautiful, yes. but practical? not really. so many places where mud can stick to. also heavy frame for the bike category.
  • 3 0
 @dtheio: yeah, they are beautiiful but I don't get the obsession with a fully machined frame. I love metal, but it's a silly way to make a frame. Tubes are lighter, cheaper, AND less wasteful... and I find the aesthetic straight tubes of a Nicolai, Raaw, or classic Turner quite pleasing, not to mention some of the hydroformed frames like Commencal or YTs look amazing when polished or anodized (I had a Capra LTD and it was gorgeous). But to each their own, and folks should spend their money on whatever turns them on!
  • 1 0
 Looks absolutely killer. Get the chainstay on par and I would take this over basically everything else.

Anyone knows if/where it is possible to demo one?
  • 1 0
 @Nygaard: I think there are. Few demo bikes in Dresden, DE
  • 46 0
 I really appreciate these great pictures. Thanks!
  • 11 0
 Thank you very much!
  • 39 0
 The Ingrid stuff is gorgeous, wow
  • 9 15
flag jeffreysendit (Oct 14, 2023 at 17:24) (Below Threshold)
 I actually came here to say the exact opposite. The shifter is one of the most un-ergonomic things I've seen in a while, it would cause me to stay in the same gear the whole time. Maybe if it came with a mini thumb shoe and little shimano spd on the lever to clip in. As for the cranks, they are probably better used as a square-edge than a gorgeous bike part. That being said, I do like their colors and the fact that they're doing something different. That's a no for me dog
  • 7 0
 Different tastes and all that. It is great that there now is something for all those Minecraft addicts out there. I'm happy enough with Shimano and Microshift, but the existence of Ingrid doesn't bother me.
  • 22 0
 That Ingrid drivetrain look so good!
  • 11 0
 It doesn't get much more "Mad Max" than that Ruffy,like it a lot!
Nice with the options too
  • 6 0
 Absolutely love it!
  • 6 0
 I would like to see the team that does the whole bike with no commercial products at all. Forget $20K bikes, get to $40K. Bonus points is you smelt the metals from ore, synthesize the rubber and use only hand tools.
  • 2 0
 ever heard about ascari bikes?
  • 7 0
 I’m often critical of high end boutique stuff, but everything in this post looks great!!

Functional designs, beautiful finishes. As these sort of bikes and bits should be.
  • 7 0
 At first I thought PAUL has made another rear derailleur with all that anodized color.
  • 18 0
 Paul's sister Ingrid
  • 4 0
 Paul components are for wealthy flintstones. This is on another level.
  • 7 1
 I wood absolutely ride that Iggy (actually, everything up top looks superb, particularly that Ruffy too)
  • 2 0
 Watch out @iggzdaloc !! Wrecked 'em, damn near killed 'em!!
  • 7 0
 Those Ingrid cranks!!!! Gorgeous.
  • 2 0
 It's so refreshing to see actual bikes, cool and awesome bikes made of different materials (would absolutely love giving the wood ones a try or owning one), when electrically assisted contraptions are polluting my eyes everywhere...
  • 7 1
 Ruffer. I like it.
  • 2 0
 Loving that Ruffy too. I wonder what made them opt for the trunion shock mount. I understand the primary reason for them is to be able to fit a longer stroke shock in a shorter space, but in this case it appears like there is more than enough room for a longer shock too.
  • 4 0
 @vinay:
It all comes down to kinematics.
The "Rudel" had a clear vision for how the rear end should perform, countless iterations off the linkage design were made until the best compromise was found and the trunnion mount came out as the best fit.
  • 5 0
 That Actofive looks amazing!
  • 6 0
 Stick a bird on it!
  • 2 2
 I guess a 55mm chainline for 148mm wide hubs means a conventional frame design for 29"x3" is possible... personally I'm not convinced of the merits of that configuration. I would rather just go to 83mm BB, 56-57mm chainline and 157 wide hubs... think crank manufacturers need to work on Q factor more.
  • 2 1
 55mm chainline is really going to be crossed when in the lower gears! Not good. Even 52 pushes it sometimes.
  • 3 0
 @mybaben: SRAM transmission uses a 55mm chainline over their standard 52 because they moved the cassette outward 3mm. They made room by replacing the thick UDH hanger with a thin sandwich part of their derailleur.
Chainline relative to the cassette is the same as before.
  • 1 0
 @atestisthis: Oh okay, that's good. Glad they did that. A 55 line would be way too much cross chaining in 1st and 2nd gears.

Thanks.
  • 2 0
 @atestisthis: For UDH, yes. However plenty of other bikes are running 55mm chainline with 'pre-UDH' cassettes... not a fan of that!
  • 1 0
 @DaveRobinson81: Yeah, that would not be good.
  • 2 0
 So something like 1750-ish euros for a custom built Ruffy(frame only). That's actually way better than I thought it would be.
  • 4 0
 I think that‘s the pricing for a hardtail from Rheintritt.
Theses frames will be a bit more expensive.
  • 2 0
 @nollak: that's makes sense you could at another 1000 euros to that price and it would still a good price.
  • 3 0
 @HardtailHerold: Yeah that still a very reasonable price for a handbuilt frame.

I think final prices will be announced at the end of the year/beginning of next year.
  • 4 0
 "The attention to detail is incedible" / stem is upside down
  • 4 0
 As a bike porn addict, I really love this kind of article. Thanks.
  • 17 15
 I guess I'm in the minority but I don't think "patina" and "nice" belong together, especially when it's so contrived...
  • 13 4
 i guess you're in the minority there... looks even better in person.
  • 21 0
 You know what belongs with patina? "Funky" and "Cold"
  • 7 12
flag telemarc67 (Oct 14, 2023 at 6:46) (Below Threshold)
 @rrolly: and "medina" just ask Tone Loc
  • 8 3
 I'm old school. I prefer my bikes NOT to look like they were stored outside in the rain for 3 years...but that's just me.
  • 6 10
flag nickfranko (Oct 14, 2023 at 8:54) (Below Threshold)
 @nullzwo: Patina never looks better in person. It's such a gaudy thing, just like stretched tires.
  • 9 1
 @nickfranko: well i had the chance to ride both rheintritt bikes two weeks ago, and their finish gives them proper mad max vibes. really love how they turned out, from looks to ride feel to kinematics. i think the look just contributes their overall appearance.

on the other hand i might be biased, because philip is a close friend and i own a lightweight custom steel hardtail out his workshop.
  • 5 0
 Patina is achieved due to age, weathering, use, etc. Fake patina is meh.
  • 2 0
 I meant to add, give that frame a few years and the patina will be gorgeous.
  • 2 0
 @BermJunky:

Agree. When I wanted faded Levis, all my other clothes had to suffer blue for a couple weeks.
  • 4 0
 @BermJunky:
You could actually see it change from dusk till dawn when it was just resting peacefully in the grass overnight, drinking morning dew to find new strength after a hard day at the Bikepark and then gracefully getting up with the first rays of sun touching it's beautiful body.
  • 4 0
 James Cagney also hates dirty copper.
  • 3 0
 Does the Ingrid shifter work like the first gen box shifter?
  • 2 0
 Ingrid stuff looks really interesting, but their cranks come in S, M, and L. WTF is that supposed to correlate to?
  • 2 0
 All cool bikes in their own.
  • 2 0
 The wood frame is "Yggy" not "Iggy" says so near the bottom bracket.
  • 3 0
 Yggdrasil? A very metal timber frame \m/.
  • 2 0
 Ingrid: Come on guys make your heavy duty MTB crank in 170mm!!!
  • 2 0
 More of this pls, pinkbike!
  • 2 0
 Eightpins dropper on the Dlouhy needs purple ano on the collar.
  • 1 0
 That Ingrid shifter looks like it would hurt to shift after a while and it would probably be hard to shift at speed.
  • 2 1
 Wow that ruffer is just gorgeous.
  • 1 0
 What happened to coconino cycles?
  • 1 0
 29x3.0 ain’t dead? Tell that to bro-Schwag chromag! Arcturian RIP!
  • 1 0
 @Tigergoosebumps. Steve is still making bikes
  • 1 0
 "...Then they saw it was Ruffer than the average bluffer..."
  • 1 0
 Anyone know who makes the bike stand in the actofive pics?
  • 1 0
 Looks like Acto5 does
  • 1 0
 Was the Rhinetritt built by a plumber?
  • 1 0
 No headset routing on any of the frames shown. Are you from the past?
  • 1 0
 Hey Ingrid, the eighties called. They want their CNCed derailleur back.
  • 1 0
 Craft!
  • 1 1
 Mooga-Oomgawa!







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