Haven’t yet gotten your fill of beautiful custom and small-production bikes? We can’t blame you.
This round of coverage from the Philly Bike Expo features Fat Chance’s Slim Chance TIG-welded steel road bike, Breadwinner Cycles’ gorgeous steel 29er hardtail, new bikes from Cinelli and Wilier Triestina, a neat semi-custom concept from Roll Bicycle Company, Bianchi’s interpretation of the steel adventure bike, and much more.
And don’t go thinking we’re done yet, either. There’s still one more round to come…
Want more from the Philly Bike Expo? You can find our complete coverage here, and if you want even more custom bikes, make sure to check out our comprehensive catalog of showstoppers from the North American Handmade Bicycle Show, too.
Bianchi doesn’t actually offer its Orso with a 1x drivetrain as shown here. This one is a custom build by one of the company’s North American sales reps, but it sure seems like this configuration would find more than a handful of buyers.
The comparatively slender top tube and down tube on the Bianchi Orso contrast with the oversized head tube.
Higher-end Bianchi Orso models are equipped with carbon forks, but this lower-level model uses a steel one instead. Either way, supplemental mounts are included on the legs for greater carrying capacity.
“Lite” is perhaps stretching it a bit here; especially with the steel fork, this particular sample was anything but feathery. But it still seemed like it’d be a worthy companion for a fun adventure.
Breadwinner Cycles – a joint project between fellow Portland-based builders Ira Ryan and Tony Pereira – offers several semi-custom steel models, including this beautiful 29er hardtail.
The colors on this bike are just right.
The slim stays on this Breadwinner 29er hardtail look very elegant, especially with the skeletal dropout that connects them.
Without question, there’s a certain appeal to the Fat Chance Slim Chance’s smaller-diameter butted steel tubes.
Cinelli’s range of bikes at the Philly Bike Expo was impressively sizeable, and included this lovely Veltrix disc-brake carbon road bike.
Want to hit some gravel? Cinelli is getting into the mixed-terrain game with the new King Zydeco.
Roll Bicycle Company sells reasonably priced utility bikes direct-to-consumer, and buyers can choose from a variety of frame configurations, colors, and build kits. This sort of simplicity and customization will hopefully appeal to new riders.
If you want a step-through frame pre-configured with fenders and racks for running errands, Roll Bicycle Company can help you with that, shipped to your door.
The purple paint on this Royal H Cycles road bike – sprayed by Hot Tubes – was just begging for a ray of sunlight.
Wait, was it purple, or was it green? Yes.
The polished section on the dropouts was a very nice touch.
Breezer Bikes brought this blast from the past to the Philly Bike Expo. It was a stunningly well perserved example of one of the most desirable bikes of the era.
Merlin Metalworks is now under the same umbrella as Dean Bicycles, both built in the same facility in Gunbarrel, Colorado, just outside Boulder.
So many cargo options.
It wouldn’t be a handmade show without a wooden bike.
This one is made in upstate New York.
Pratt Cycles showed off this fetching fixie, complete with a creative paint job and a track version of Princeton CarbonWorks’ new Wake 6560 aero carbon wheels.
The painted-to-match Spurcycle bell was a nice touch.
This Santana Synergy titanium tandem fits into the travel case at right.
Rather than use off-the-shelf S&S couplers, Santana has instead developed its own Z-Coupler system, which is not only lighter, but also looks far cleaner. Unless you were specifically looking for them, you’d never notice them on the frame.
European brands aren’t letting the gravel craze pass them by.
My, what a big down tube you’ve got there, Wilier Triestina! I wonder what’s inside…
Yep, you guessed it. The new Wilier Triestina Cento1HY elegantly incorporates its e-assist system directly into the frame.
The lower-power hub-based is the same one that Orbea uses on its new Gain.
It’s never too early for kids to learn that bikes can be useful, too. This tiny cargo bike was one of my favorites at the show.
Legendary mountain bike builder Steve Potts is still at it, and he was a popular figure at the Philly Bike Expo.
The sleeved fork crown is a Steve Potts signature item.
This titanium 650b gravel/adventure bike from Winter Bicycles is ready to travel thanks to a pair of S&S couplers built into the main triangle.
Will Santana’s Z-Couplers steal some sales from S&S Machine? Perhaps, but the classic is still clearly the favored option among custom builders – at least for now.
The front rack system has some serious hauling capacity.
Shimano used this Tonic Bicycles frameset to display its wares.
The cylindrical insert at the seatstay wishbone is intended to provide a measure of a shock absorption on rougher roads.
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