We are pleased to announce that Lichen Bikes will officially be opening its doors for business, following the culmination of our successful Kickstarter campaign on March 24th. Lichen bikes is a small shop specializing in handbuilt full suspension bikes that cater to the modern rider, built in steel, and built to order. We design the parts, machine all the frame components, fit and weld the tubes, all in-house. This allows us to customize all aspects of the design for each individual customer.
The Matchstick is our first model that we're offering for sale. The third iteration of our Drop Link suspension concept. Available with custom geometry, paint, decal color, and parts spec.
- 650b Wheel Size
- Aggressive Contemporary Geometry
- All American Steel
- 6.9 Lb Frame Weight (Size XL w/o shock)Why Steel?
Our goal is to bridge the gap between the handbuilt bike community, and the mountain bike community. We want to offer customizable frames that cater to the needs of the modern mountain biker. This means working on a built to order model, which doesn't allow for the batch heat treating that aluminum requires. We believe that steel is a very appropriate material for modern bikes, it's incredibly strong and durable, and can be quite light when used thoughtfully. They call 4130 aerospace grade Steel for a reason.
For more information on frame specifics, process, or pricing, please see our website lichenbikes.com