Boutique cycling brands are expanding fast while Western countries are more and more concerned about soft transportation modes. In the meantime, affluent urban bike riders are increasingly interested in crafted bicycles, produced by talented and radical teams.
Besides international cycling brands that only promote carbon-made bicycles for both performance and cost reasons, local, often crowdfunded, niche bike manufacturers provide their customers with high-quality made-to-order hand-crafted machines.
Let’s zoom in on a selection of desirable bike manufacturers.
Based in Germany, Schindelauer is specialized in minimalist fixed-gear bikes with belt drive gear system. Frames are available in iron or titanium.
The Vanilla Workshop is a community of bike specialists led by designer Sacha White. Based in Portland, Oregon, the Vanilla Workshop produce beautiful hand-made and performance oriented bicycles.
Victoire is a French Bicycle manufacturer that propose a wide range of hand-made and steel-framed high-end bikes.
IF stands for “Indépendant Fabrication”. This says it all. The brand first started with mountain bikes and is now featuring a wide range of bicycles, which frames are available in steel or titanium.
Established in England, Enigma was born 10 years from now. Specialized in hand-made and made to order titanium frames. The brand is welcoming visitors in its main workshop to take a closer look on how the bikes are made.
In most cases, the bikes carefully crafted by these passionate niche brands are not really more expensive than high-end but mass-produced carbon-framed bikes from international brands. Anyway, before enjoying riding a bike from boutique brands, you might have to deal with a long delivery time. Some niche bike manufacturers just cannot cope with the demand. When you want to go off the rails, it always come to a price.