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NAHBS 2012 – Cyfac’s Full Custom Carbon/Kevlar, Steel Road Bikes

NAHBS 2012 Cyfac Absolu full custom carbon fiber and kevlar road bikes made in France

Cyfac, pronounced see-fak, is based in France and builds custom steel, aluminum and carbon fiber bicycles. The carbon frames are hand built using tube to tube construction with Kevlar sections at each joint. Each one is hand made one at a time and painted in house. There are no decals. The Absolu takes 35 hours from start to finish, some pair schemes take 10 hours to complete.

Absolu is their flagship, can be full custom with choice of BB, headtube and geometry, ISP or regular. This Italian customer’s bike was Campy EPS with a paint scheme he designed. As is it’s about $15,000. Of that, $600 is brakes and about $6k is the EPS system, according to Cyfac.


Cyfac Launches Custom Paint Configuration Website

Cyfac Custome Paint Screen Capture

File this under time wasters.  Cyfac has recently joined the likes of Parlee and NielPryde by launching their custom paint configuration website.  You will find seven templates to choose from, and they have provided 25 colors to use so you can pretty up that bicycle just how you like it.  There’s even an option for those who prefer an ISP (integrated seat post).  This all adds up to over two million different possibilities.

Should you choose to buy a frame from Cyfac, you will find they use real paint, stencils instead of decals, and the details can include the rider name, personal logos, and even the builders signature.



Cyfac Belt Drive Tandem Heads Carbon Line-up at NAHBS

Cyfac custom tandem with belt drive on front

At NAHBS for the third year was Cyfac, a relatively little known French bicycle maker, but one with an illustrious history.

Standing for Cycles Fabrications Artisanales des Cadres (Artisan-made Bicycle Frames), the company, which is based in the Loire valley, south of Paris, has been around since 1982, and does all its design, production and finishing under one roof. Originally, it made high-end custom frames, handmade to individual professional’s measurements and badged up by other bicycle brands to be ridden by the pro peloton. At the high point, about a third of the division one riders were on Cyfacs – although you wouldn’t have known it, since they were painted in the colours of MBK, Peugeot and others.

Cyfac started off with lugged steel, but moved to fillet brazing, and were the first to TIG-weld aluminium for the pros (including Chiappucci and Pantani). Now, they make fully custom tube-to-tube carbon frames, to individual riders’ geometries, with proprietary tubesets and bespoke carbon lay-ups to suit each individual’s needs and riding style.

Cyfac Absolut

The top-of-the-line Absolut (pictured), can be built with or without an integrated seatpost, to custom or standard geometry, with or without BB30, integrated Di2 or no… take your pick. There’s also in-house finishing for custom paint jobs. The model on show had a nice French red-white-and-blue thing going on, over a matte-finish carbon weave.

Also on the stand was a stunning carbon tandem, made for a husband-and-wife team, with a custom supporting tube configuration (from the front seatpost back), that suits both the riders’ aesthetic desires and the company’s desire to keep the bike as stiff and responsive as possible.

An interesting feature was a belt drive on between pilot and stoker (which Bilenky had also done, on a steel tandem on display at his stand). Cyfac plans to experiment with a fully belt-drive tandem, using a Rohloff hub – if the customers want, that is…

A couple more shots after the jump.


Cyfac, Peaks Coaching Form Partnership

Cyfac bicycles and Peaks Coaching are now offering the opportunity to get a full custom frame to go with your custom coaching program.  No doubt, this would be an expensive package, since Cyfac frame/forks start north of $4,000 and coaching services start at about $1,200/year.  If you don’t think your kid’ll make the NBA, though, perhaps this is a good “investment” in them (as long as they’ve finished growing), or if you’re still dreaming of making a pro team, I say go for it.

Cyfac has been building bikes since 1983 in La Fuye, France, supplying bikes for Tour de France and Olympic champions.  They offer a new eco-friendly paint option in more than 14,000 color options.

Hit the “more” link to see the full press release…


Taipei Show Randoms Pt. 2 – Huge Gallery of the Interesting, Crazy, and Peculiar

Bikerumor Taipei Show Random parts weird oddities (6)

In addition to all of the products you know and love, there was another side of the Taipei show to catch your attention. This jersey is a pretty good example. Most likely a tongue-in-cheek jab (we hope!) at the state of professional cycling, at the least, it was certainly eye catching. Sometimes you would find genuinely innovative products, other times you would leave shaking your head. This is a collection of some of the best, the most humorous, and just plain weird. Enjoy.


Louis Garneau Launches DreamFactory, Match your Helmet and Bike with Custom Paint

LG Dream Factory

Joining the likes of Trek’s Project One, Parlee, Cyfac, and other programs that allow customers to custom tune the paint job on their new ride, Louis Garneau has taken the wraps off of their new Dream Factory paint program. While not quite as in depth as some of the options, the LG Dream Factory does offer something unique – the ability to customize a Course or Quartz II helmet to match your new paint job. We all know that a matching helmet is worth at least a couple of watts.

Check out the options, and start dreaming about your next bike after the break.


Steel Is Real! Meet The One4All – A Steel Full Suspension AM/Enduro MTB by Caminade



It’s been a long time since I’ve heard the “steel is real” mantra, but Caminade, a new French MTB brand certainly believes it as they are launching with two steel bikes: the 150mm full suspension One4All, already being raced in the Enduro World Series by Damien Oton, and the Simple Track, a 29er hardtail.  Built by Cyfac, who we most recently covered in March, the One4All and Simple Track will be for sale in the U.S. and Canada come September.  In the meantime, join us after the break for more pics and details.



Bicycles By Design Expands Landescape Tandems to Include Single and Women’s Specific Bikes

Bicycles By Design is a quite the multidimensional bike company. Since 1981, they have been building hand made bespoke steel frames under their Swallow brand of bikes. In 2009 they expanded to add the Landescape brand with made-to-measure aluminum tandems, with made-to-measure carbon tandems added in 2012. Made-to-measure is essentially what we would refer to as semi-custom – the bike is made to custom fit the customer, but it is made out of set tubes, components, and finishes.

Now, in addition to the tandems Landescape is adding single bikes in both men’s and women’s specific models. Shown above is a sportive model with 650 wheels, though BBD says they can build almost any size frame with 700, 650, or 26″ wheels as appropriate. Landescape’s women specific bikes are built to accommodate they unique physiology of a woman, but on an individual basis. We think the bike above is reminiscent of the older US made Cannondales, in a good way, thanks to the big aluminum welds and rear dropouts.

Landescapes aluminum tandems are apparently hand made in the Czech Republic to the customer’s precise measurements, so we assume the same could be said for their aluminum single bikes. Their carbon tandems are actually made by Cyfac in France.

Check out the beautiful carbon tandem and the men’s single after the break.


NAHBS 2011 – Krencker Luxury Road Bicycle

nahbs 2011 krencker cyfac custom luxury road bike build

This year, NAHBS allowed designers to join the builders as exhibitors, and one of the most exorbitant examples was Krencker’s custom built, luxury Cyfac road bike.

Materials and component selection were top notch, and it was built with a lot of custom touches to up the elegance and convenience. From trick internal cable runs to a simple frame break for the belt drive, there’s lots to see right after the jump…