5 Small European Manufacturers Making Exciting Products - August 2022

Aug 29, 2022 at 4:37
by TEBP  
The European Bike Project is one of our favorite Instagram accounts and his feed is constantly updated with everything from interesting curios from tiny manufacturers to inside looks at European manufacturing to analyses of the environmental impact of our sport. He's going to be doing a new regular column for us here at Pinkbike that will be mainly focussed on bringing you exciting products from small European manufacturers.
In this article, we'll have a look at a very boutique steel hardtail, wooden handlebars and a couple of smaller but very useful products.



Rå Bikes .410

R Bikes .410 Photo by Ralph Richardson Build by Tom Howard
Rå Bikes .410 steel hardtail. Photos by Rå Bikes.

It doesn't get much more boutique than that - Pinkbike user @tomhoward379 really went the extra mile when he built this stunning hardtail.

Tom went for some custom options such as external routing for the rear brake, and no cable routing for the dropper and derailleur, as he uses wireless options - so why clutter up the frame with unnecessary fixtures? As everyone knows, red bikes are the fastest, so choosing the colour was simple. The finish not so much, after much agonising Tom went for "Ultimate Candy Red", which is chrome under red lacquer and over "Cosmic Fire" (which has some metal flake in it). He says that he couldn't be happier with how it turned out.

This started as a winter hardtail spares project, but after getting the fork in a charity auction, with proceeds going to World Bicycle Relief, Tom couldn’t just put them on an old frame, and with a nice frame, he couldn’t just use any old parts. The parts are essentially a mix of tried and trusted products and things he found rummaging around on the internet over the last year. Most of the kit is made in Europe or the US, and a high percentage are products where Tom has spoken to the maker, or the company owner directly.

Ralph from Rå Bikes uses Reynolds 853 and T45 steel tubing for this frame. The weight as pictured is 14.6kg (32,2 lb). It might not be the lightest hardtail out there, but Tom says that he'd rather have something solid than flex in the wrong places.

While the head angle is 63° (static) / 65.7° (sagged), the seat angle is 75° (static) / 78.5° (sagged). The reach is 450 mm (static) / 482.5 mm (sagged). While these numbers don't look very unusual, the BB drop of 80 mm (static) / 100 mm (sagged) really got people talking. Tom says that the actual BB height is about the same as most sagged enduro bikes. With 165mm cranks and thin pedals, strikes have not been an issue.


R Bikes .410 Photo by Ralph Richardson Build by Tom Howard
Intend Edge fork, Beast Components carbon handlebar, Dward Design stem cap, 5Dev titanium stem
R Bikes .410 Photo by Ralph Richardson Build by Tom Howard
Trickstuff brakes, KOM hubs

R Bikes .410 Photo by Ralph Richardson Build by Tom Howard
Sturdy Cycles cranks and chainring
R Bikes .410 Photo by Ralph Richardson Build by Tom Howard
Dward Design seat clamp and wireless dropper

Details
- Frame made in UK
- Head angle: 63° (static) / 65.7° (sagged)
- Seat angle: 75° (static) / 78.5° (sagged)
- Reach: is 450 mm (static) / 482.5 mm (sagged)
- BB drop: 80 mm (static) / 100 mm (sagged)
- Wheelbase: 1212 mm (static) / 1190 mm (sagged)
- Chainstays: 410 mm (static) / 405 mm (sagged)
- Travel: 150 mm fork with 30% sag
- Weight: 14.6 kg
- 29"
- Price: from 995 £ (frame)
- Website: https://www.ra-bikes.com/
- Instagram Rå Bikes: https://www.instagram.com/ra_bike/
- Instagram Tom: https://www.instagram.com/toms_bike_project/

Atelier SUJI wooden handlebars

Atelier Suji wooden handlebars
Wooden handlebars made in France

You might remember Atelier SUJI, a one-man company that specialises in wooden bike frames, as we featured the company's first hardtail and hardcore hardtail last year.

Recently the French brand released its first set of handlebars, including a riser bar (pictured) and a flat bar. The handlebars are made from ash which comes from eco-managed forests in France. According to Edouard from Atelier SUJI, ash has the ability to absorb vibrations and can handle big impacts without breaking.

The handlebars have passed ISO testing (which means that they've gone through 100,000 cycles with 50 kg load on each side). However, Atelier SUJI emphasizes that these bars are mainly aimed at city bikes, trekking bikes and gentle mountain bike use. They are not meant to be used on downhill or enduro bikes.

In an effort to limit the environmental impact of the handlebars, Edouard tries to find suppliers which are very close to his workshop and uses environmentally friendly manufacturing methods wherever possible. The glue is bio-epoxy, the varnish is eco-labelled and made in France and the screen printing ink is water-based.

Edouard prepares each "sandwich" of veneers in order to distribute the grain well. Once the gluing is done, each handlebar is machined with small portables machines and the transitions are done by hand. Each handlebar will have a different grain, with darker or lighter parts depending on the veneer.

The riser has a 15° backsweep and 6° upsweep, a 25.4 mm clamp area (31.8 mm adapter included) and it's available in 780 and 680 mm length. The weight is around 320 g. The flat bar has no rise at all, 15° backsweep and no upsweep. The length is 760 or 660 mm and weight will be approx. 290 g.

Atelier Suji wooden handlebars
Atelier Suji wooden handlebars



Details
- Made in France
- Wood: Ash
- Riser and flat handlebars available
- Tested according to ISO standards
- Price: 200 Euro
- Website: https://ateliersuji.fr/
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ateliersuji/


r3pro tools and camera mounts

r3pro camera helmet mounts
3D printed chin and under visor camera mounts

Have you ever broken something or lost a part that makes the rest of the part unusable? Phil from r3pro (re-pro) has, however since venturing down the path of 3D printing this has become less of a problem.

Some of Phil's first projects involved reproducing objects that were hard to find or a bit too expensive to purchase. 3D printing allowed him to be creative and design everyday things that he previously could not do. It soon became apparent that other people were interested in his designs and solutions to problems.

Today, r3pro offers a vast range of affordable, 3D printed tools, camera mounts, light mounts and more. Among the most popular products are the camera chin mounts. Many people think that chin mounts allow you to get the best videos, as your head works like a gimbal and the viewers will actually see what you saw - contrary to chest mounts, which always seem to be a little bit too low and they tend to bounce around quite a bit more. As many brands like to make subtle changes that alter the contours of their helmets, r3pro offers many specifically designed chin mounts, which match the contours of each brand, model, size, and year of manufacture of each helmet.

R3pro also offers a lot of brake tools, including bleeding blocks, piston release tools and caliper alignment tools.

There are more and more drivetrain tools added to the lineup as well, including a nice chain retention pulley tool that will slide on your rear axle and make sure the chain doesn't flop around when you've removed the rear wheel.

Make sure to head over to the r3pro website from time to time, as new products are added regularly.

r3pro drivetrain tool
Drivetrain tool
r3pro caliper alignment tool
Caliper alignment tool



Details
- Made in UK
- Price: from 4 £
- Website: https://www.r3pro.co.uk/
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/3dreproductions/


Panzerhülse wall anchor

Panzerh lse wall anchor
This wall anchor is perfect for rental properties

If you want to make sure bike thieves have a hard time when they're trying to steal your bike, a wall anchor is the obvious choice. Having your lock / chain attached to a wall anchor means that thieves can't just take your locked bike and walk away with it. However, most wall anchors are designed in such a way that they are very, very difficult to remove. If you live in a rental property, these massive wall anchors might not be an option for you as removing them might damage the wall quite a bit.

The Panzerhülse (which can be translated to armoured shell or similar) is a wall anchor that can easily be removed if you have the keys for the padlock. It comes with an 85 mm screw, but you can also order a shorter 55 mm screw in case your wall is not that thick.

It might not offer the maximum security that some of the big wall anchors offer, but it will definitely prevent thieves from running away with your bike - which might really make the difference between losing and not losing your bike!

In their webshop, you will find different versions of the Panzerhülse. The most affordable option costs 25 Euro and comes without a padlock (you'll need to use your own). There is also an option to get two wall anchors and locks that use the same keys, in case you want to secure two bikes.

Panzerh lse wall anchor
Panzerh lse wall anchor



Details
- Made in Germany
- Price: from 25 Euro (wall anchor without padlock)
- Website: https://www.panzerhülse.de/

44elf

44elf hub pepper mills
44elf pepper mills

Tim founded 44elf (44 eleven) back in the days when mountain bikes had three chainrings. The biggest chainring often had 44 teeth, the smallest sprocket had 11 teeth - the perfect combination for going full speed.

Today, 44elf offers some very nice bike-inspired furniture, pepper mills and even cookie cutters (these come in enduro, road and triathlon versions).

The wheel lamps are made to order - if you have a specific idea, get in touch with Tim and he will help you. All the production and the packaging takes place in Tim's living room, with his friends helping him.

However, the product that I like best are the hub to pepper mill conversion kits. You can order these for 35 Euro and transform a broken hub into a pepper mill - that's upcycling at its best. Unfortunately, some of his products are very low in stock, as 44elf was facing some supply chain issues.

Tim is currently looking for partners or investors to speed things up to full 44eleven speed and in order to offer new, high quality products. If you like the 44eleven spirit and you're interested in working with Tim, feel free to get in touch with him.

By the way: Did you know it's only 117 days until Christmas? Tim's products could be the perfect gift for your riding buddy who already owns dozens of bottle openers.

44elf wheel lamp
44elf wheel lamp
44elf cookie cutters enduro version
The enduro version of the 44elf cookie cutter

44elf hub peper mill conversion kit
The hub to pepper mill conversion kit

Details
- Made in Germany, small parts come from various countries
- Price: 35 Euro (hub pepper mill conversion kit), 85 Euro (pepper mill), 10 Euro (cookie cutter), 299 Euro (wheel lamp)
- Website: https://44elf.com/
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/44elf_velos.art/



98 Comments

  • 234 5
 If yew ash me, they are knott going to be an poplar choice. I dont know what the elm they were thinking. It has to be some kind of bad oak. Fir-ther more if you cedar problems with it Im sure they willow people money back. Definitely barking up the wrong ...
  • 63 0
 This guy woods.
  • 21 3
 Wow they are taking some stick over the wooden bar's.
  • 15 1
 @chriss78: I'm sure they're pine-ing for some positive commentary as counterbalance..
  • 39 2
 I appreciate the effort to branch out to different materials but I'm not sticking these on my bike. I'm just stumped about someone would want these. Probably better to leaf it for commuter bikes.
  • 14 0
 They must be good on phloem trails.
  • 8 0
 @BentonFraser you sure have got a way with woods!
  • 8 0
 Olive it alone!
  • 6 0
 Wooden ya know, fir sure
  • 2 0
 i have a friend named willow
  • 2 0
 Be the hammer not the nail!
  • 4 0
 Probably won't be as Poplar as they're hoping.
  • 3 0
 I woodworm my way out of Yewsing them
  • 1 0
 €200?! Robinia blind
  • 2 0
 @HaveYouEverPutButterOnAPoptart:
Why don't you make like a tree and... scram
  • 1 0
 Lot of time on your hands. You must’ve did a long ride yesterday and today your just chilling. Nice
  • 1 1
 @BentonFraser: Hmm....Reminds me of a couple of my posts from the wayback machine.

www.pinkbike.com/news/tech-briefing-uk-made-pedals-2022-bikes-clipless-crocs-and-more-november-2021.html
GT-CORRADO (Nov 10, 2021 at 19:21)
While I can cedar may be a small splinter group of cyclists that wooden bikes wood be poplar with, personally, I think it would take balsa steel to huck one to flat ! But I can't be-leave that the size larch frameset weighs 4.8kg? (that's 10.58 lbs!!)
It's sure knot as light as carbon, or even steel for that matter. And I hope the €2,700 price is a complete bike, because that's aspen a lot for just a frameset.................

www.pinkbike.com/news/Movies-For-Your-Monday-December29-2014.html
GT-CORRADO (Dec 29, 2014 at 16:41)
Some thoughts on the Splinter Bike Video:

I wooden have thought it possible, but it looks like it turned out oak-k.
It takes alotta balsa to attempt a project of that magnitude, fir sure, elm impressed.
I suspect he had help, but he's mahogany all the credit.
He alder produce them for sale, I'm sure it would prove poplar.
But it would be bad if customers got slivers in their ash, they would probably birch about it!
(this would require a doctor with tweezers to teak a look)
He would need to make several frame sizes, small, medium & larch.
People in Santa Monica would use them as beech cruisers.

Walnut olive you will find this humorous, maple some of you will??

That is allSmile
  • 2 0
 Sometimes you got to go against the grain
  • 75 1
 You know you're obsessed when you're grinding pepper with an old hub
  • 79 0
 And eating lunch with an old fork
  • 13 0
 I have a Chris King salt/pepper set myself.
  • 13 0
 Now I know why my Shimano non-series hubs started making that somehow familiar sound. Somebody was using it to grind pepper and forgot to inform me about it.
  • 1 1
 Dentist@Explodo:
  • 1 0
 Legit thought this was a multi-speed Fixed conversion. chucked the cogs in, and all your bike can do is now being salty.
  • 47 0
 Wood you like to gamble with your life?
  • 11 0
 Maybe on a commuter bike?
  • 26 0
 @mtbschrader: 100% I could see myself throwing them on a pub bike.
  • 7 0
 Doesnt say anything about use on dirt jumpers...
  • 40 0
 When they crack you gotta yell "timber!"
  • 1 0
 Probably, as long as my bike is made out of cardboard and my tyres out of toilet paper... Trees are my friends.
  • 3 0
 Just don't park it in the woods near woodpeckera, squirrels or beavers and you're probably fine.
  • 1 0
 If you ever saw Bo Jackson play, yewed know that’s a bad idea.
  • 2 0
 @Mac1987: don’t forget the carpenter bees and ants
  • 41 0
 Can’t ride handlebar got termites
  • 27 0
 wood grain grippin
  • 15 0
 still tippin on fo' fo's
  • 2 0
 I like how it comes in two lengths. Um, no. I gotta saw, baby!
  • 26 0
 Unless that pepper mill is superboost, I'm out.
  • 25 0
 Where is the organic clay stem?
  • 21 0
 Dat Ash do'
  • 2 0
 Winner
  • 10 0
 I've got an R3PRO GoPro chin mount for my 7IDP helmet and it's absolutely spot on, would definitely recommend the stock available on that website!
  • 3 7
flag nickfranko (Aug 29, 2022 at 19:58) (Below Threshold)
 Or you just buy a 3D printer, take the files they stole from someone else, and print it yourself.

That’s the thing that really gets me: a lot of people take other people’s creations and monetize them, so it goes from a great community of sharing ideas to no one wanting to share because of greedy a*sholes.
  • 6 0
 @nickfranko: You're assuming that people want / can afford a 3D printer
  • 3 0
 @nickfranko: I think if you give away anything, you accept that there is a chance that someone else will sell it on for a profit.

There are plenty of small outlets selling 3d printed stuff. Most people need only one part, rather than a whole 3d printer.

From what I can tell R3PRO have done some of their own designing, they offer parts I haven't seen anywhere else.
  • 6 0
 @nickfranko: R3PRO does design his own stuff.

How do i know? because im a "competitor" i guess on a much smaller scale (I make snap fit mounts that dont need cable ties) but i have not seen any of his model on freely available websites like thingiverse.

I havent had the courage or drive to quit my own mech eng job and chase the 3d printing store dream, especially with small kids aorund.
  • 2 0
 His SRAM caliper reset block was a life-saver for me. I have his chin mount for my Fox helmet too. Makes good stuff.
  • 1 0
 @korev: Honestly, I think the, "want," part of your argument is a lot more valid than the affordability.

Compared to bike parts, 3d-printers are getting downright affordable. I bought a basic, entry/mid-level printer, assembled and with filament, for 400 bucks, shipped. I've been able to make things that would have cost money to buy, and even sold a couple of small things. In theory, you could make the argument that it could pay itself off.

Unless people are on the podium at races with prize purses frequently, most bike parts aren't going to make you any money Smile

But again, a lot of people don't want to get into it, and that is completely understandable and valid!
  • 10 0
 *Me looking at the ash tree in my backyard* Humm, I wonder....
  • 1 0
 Don’t do it, you’ll end up in A&E with all the other wooden bike riders !
  • 12 1
 That bike is pure art.
  • 8 0
 Awesome hardtail, the colour is great
  • 5 0
 serious question, can I use the wood bars on my dirt jumper? I cant imagine a bigger flex than that
  • 17 0
 Only if it’s electric
  • 3 0
 R3Pro Tools and stuff are awesome, the caliper tools are among the ones i use the most! Also they do offer halt tokens for Rock shox, which might be nerdy bur helped me find a good setup for my fork Smile
  • 1 0
 Very keen to get a Magura piston tool, just what I need and not seen them elsewhere.
  • 6 1
 Wood grain bars with leather grips and a wideboi brooks saddle would look classy as hell on a beach cruiser or chopper
  • 1 0
 @user178323: come ride here.

I don't live here for the haute cuisine or the scintillating night life. Curt Gowdy is rad, Happy Jack is decent, and now I can roll out my door and be on singletrack in minutes. Cast that net a little wider and I have hundreds of miles of singletrack within a 90 minute drive.

Gaper
  • 4 0
 love that caliper alignment tool
  • 4 0
 I see lot of custom options for internal routing in those wooden bars
  • 2 1
 Termites!
  • 3 0
 That .410 is such a beauty. Like a Purdey shotgun that you want to ride all the time.
  • 1 0
 Picked up a pepper grinder a month or so ago from the eurobike coverage. He hooked it up with shipping etc to the states.Super awesome company/guy to deal with and I hope he succeeds. It works great and is very well made.
  • 4 1
 Under no circumstances wood I use those handlebars.
  • 4 1
 Bike repair shop called, they have to tent your bike for termites....
  • 3 0
 Add felvarrom.hu to the list, they're making pretty nice stuff from tubes.
  • 3 0
 Thank you, I put them on the list :-)
  • 3 0
 That Ra bike is sick. I want one.
  • 3 0
 I got wud
  • 2 2
 Where is the enduro bike review? Pinkbike drawing it out as long as they can to keep people checking back, as usual. And dammit, it works on me
  • 4 0
 TBF, if there are other things to cover (events, races, new products), it makes sense to space out the tests rather than blow their load in one week.
  • 2 0
 I woodn’t ride those bars.
  • 1 0
 Cant believe those wooden bars are the same weight as normal bars, would love to give them a try!
  • 1 0
 You are a poser unless your lamp is mounted tubeless Assigai with Cushcore.
  • 2 0
 Wanna some good tools from small company in EU? Check BITUL.PL
  • 1 0
 What’s a caliper alignment tool and how does it work? Honestly asking because I can’t figure it out.
  • 1 0
 This makes me want to cook a steak and start a camp fire.
  • 1 0
 Candy apple red, best colour for a kid’s first bike.
  • 1 0
 I'm so excited and I just can't hide it
  • 1 0
 I thought I was looking at an IKEA catalaogue at fir-st glance!
  • 1 0
 Imagine a wooden handlebar infested with termites.
  • 1 0
 I'd like a Grim Berliner cookie cutter please.
  • 1 0
 That pepper grinder is pretty sweet.
  • 1 0
 That pepper grinder is pretty cool!
  • 1 2
 @user178323: Riding here is great. Not here for the night life.

Wooden commuter bars, 3d printed plastic bits, and an expensive Honzo replica really, really are meh.
  • 1 0
 titaLium...sweet.
  • 1 0
 Is it April first?
  • 1 3
 14kg hardtail what's the point, thought my voodoo bokor was bad.. Luckily my bokor cost me 200 quid..
  • 1 3
 Don't know what I would be more frightened of, carbon bars or wooden ones!!
  • 1 3
 Gorgeous bike! but would never use it as "winter bike"...
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