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Delicate Arcs: Charlie’s Blaze Bicycles Twin Turbo

Thanks to trails like Slickrock that course over the stone it’s built on, Moab is a spiritual home of mountain biking. Make a pilgrimage to the city and you’ll come across a shop called Bike Fiend and, nearby, the workshop of Pierre Chastain and Blaze Bicycles. If Moab is the spiritual home,...

Purple Keys: Olivetti Dropkicker Drop-Bar MTB

One of the most interesting aspects of Grinduro is the opportunity offered to a selection of custom frame builders to create their vision of the ideal bike for the event, which traverses a variety of terrain. For the 2019 California Grinduro, Peter Olivetti concocted what seems to be the perfect...

Line ‘Em Up, Jack: Speedvagen Bourbon King Disc OG

Speedvagen’s OG line has been a steady source of creativity for the Portland workshop since they were first released. The latest iteration blends Chris King Bourbon into a limited edition series for 2020. The OG is a stock model that enables you to become the proud owner of a Portland Unicorn and th...

No Spring Bin Chicken: Jaime’s Ibis With Tomii Custom Fork

Ibis Cycles has a 30-plus year history yet continues to offer a contemporary catalog of products that reveal their dedication to the original MTB pursuit. This 90s-era hardtail show how relevant the old frames are, especially with a new fork by Austin’s Nao Tomii. Unless you’ve spent a fair amount...

White, Blue, And Red All Over: Erik’s LOOK KG 292

We’re fans of all things Hinault, LeMond, La Vie Claire and LOOK here at Cycle EXIF. As far as classic pro cycling went, they were the full package. So when Erik emailed us his submission of a recently-rebuilt titanium LOOK 292, it made our day. Erik doesn’t mind a LOOK either — this is actu...

Mountain Made: Spoon Customs Zurich Izoard RR

Amongst those unfamiliar with the handmade bicycle industry is a misconception that a custom bike is little more than a fancy paint job. But underneath the fancy paint of the latest Izoard RR by Spoon Customs is also a highly refined road-riding machine. Developed in and inspired by the rarified atm...

Gets From A To Berlin: Longus MTB Commuter

Dan Pleikes probably builds the nicest titanium bikes in Germany. That doesn’t stop him from being the victim of bicycle theft so when his beloved cargo bike was stolen, he wrangled a much less conspicuous vintage MTB into service — but his style is obvious. If you managed to read the article on D...

Mad Ride: Rizzo Cycles SSMTB

The klunker blazed the trail for modern mountain bike design and subsequent bikes were more purpose-designed and built, yet handmade in steel. After a few generations of evolution and development, a steel hardtail still seems to be the pinnacle for the long-term rider. Madrid’s Rubén Durán of Rizzo Cy...

Stijl Riding: Hampsten Cycles ANNO20 Project

The partnership of brothers Andy and Steve Hampsten, Hampsten Cycles, just ticked over twenty years of business and to celebrate they created a very fresh interpretation of a personally significant livery — that of Andy’s La Vie Claire team. Bernard Hinault’s iconic La Vie Claire team kit was a ...

The True Meaning Of Bespoke: Mosaic MT-1 SS

Today, ‘bespoke’ can refer to anything from cars to software, although it’s originally derived from the British tailoring profession. It’s bandied about in the bicycle industry as well, but for The Bike Tailor in Brighton, the definition is a perfect fit. Stephen Roche is The Bike Tailor, ...

Hurry On Sundown: Tom’s Sunn Crosss Commmuter

Down Under, the inevitable turning of the seasons is currently swinging towards the ascendant, bringing an end to riding in the dark and cold of Winter. What better way to celebrate the advent of Spring than to check out this commuter-fied Sunn Crosss. Sunn is a French brand that enjoyed near cu...

Highland Fling: Grinduro Scotland x The Bicycle Academy

The Scottish round of this year’s Grinduro event was held a few weeks ago on the Isle of Arran, and it was a complete success, especially for The Bicycle Academy, who presented the work of three frame builders as part of an annual competition. The Grinduro frame builder’s competition was initi...
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