Interview: Alchemy Bicycles with Ryan Cannizzaro and Matthew Maczuzak

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In a world where almost all production carbon fiber is made overseas, Alchemy Bicycles has soldiered forth not only producing frames, but really leveraging their Denver, Colorado facility and many decades of in-house carbon manufacturing experience to push the envelope of what can be done in the medium.

The Arktos, their latest creation, is the culmination of years of intensive in-house development, allowed the company to really flex their capabilities for everyone watching in the community. Alchemy claims, after all, that the Arktos is the first domestically manufactured, production, full suspension, carbon fiber frame.

The story of the Arktos is really the story of Alchemy to this point. In order to understand more about the Arktos, we sat down with Alchemy founder, Ryan Cannizzaro, and brand product development designer/engineer, Matthew Maczuzak, at their impressive south Denver facility to understand how a brand that started in steel and titanium only eight years ago could evolve so quickly…

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In a world where almost all production carbon fiber is made overseas, Alchemy Bicycles has soldiered forth not only producing frames, but really leveraging their Denver, Colorado facility and many decades of in-house carbon manufacturing experience to push the envelope of what can be done in the medium. The Arktos, their latest creation, is the culmination of years of intensive […]

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Interview: Danny MacAskill talks Every Day Carry, Travel, Scotch, and what’s up next

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There are few people in the cycling world as recognizable as Danny MacAskill. While many pros obtain stratospheric levels of fame and notoriety within the world of cycling, few can boast that even non-cyclists have shared their videos and know their name. And yet, Danny still manages to be one of the most approachable geniuses on a bike you’re likely to meet – which is surely part of why he’s so popular with fans. Shortly after the brick of time Magura had arranged for one on one interviews, Danny was out front signing autographs. The crowd was so big that Magura had to shut it down so Danny could get onto his next obligation.

While his skills on a bike have catapulted him into the spotlight, they also brought on an increasingly heavy schedule of demos, appearances, and rides befitting an international celebrity. Fortunately, we had enough time to sit down with Danny and pick his brain a bit about a number of things, including what he carries around the world, set backs along the way, and what’s coming next…

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There are few people in the cycling world as recognizable as Danny MacAskill. While many pros obtain stratospheric levels of fame and notoriety within the world of cycling, few can boast that even non-cyclists have shared their videos and know their name. And yet, Danny still manages to be one of the most approachable geniuses […]

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Every Day Carry: What does Hans Rey take with him on a ride?

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For the second installment of our new Every Day Carry series, we take a look at what the legendary Hans “No Way” Rey loads into his hydration pack for a typical ride. While we imagine there’s quite a bit more stuffed in there for the amazing backcountry, world-spanning adventures that turn into insane videos and galleries, he had a representative spread while at Sea Otter this year. Here’s what he’s packin’…

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For the second installment of our new Every Day Carry series, we take a look at what the legendary Hans “No Way” Rey loads into his hydration pack for a typical ride. While we imagine there’s quite a bit more stuffed in there for the amazing backcountry, world-spanning adventures that turn into insane videos and […]

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Interview: Tom Warmerdam of Demon Frameworks

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With Bespoked – the UK Handmade Bicycle Show – only weeks away now, we thought we would take the opportunity to cover a few UK-based builders who will appear in that show.

I met Tom Warmerdam, the builder and Star Wars aficionado behind Demon Frameworks, in the back of a cab going to a party at NAHBS this year. When he introduced himself, I had to shake off my fanboy response a little. Demon Frameworks has been a guilty pleasure for me and my friends for awhile now. Tom is ruthless in his pursuit of precision in his frames – to a point where he comfortably discards widely accepted methods where they don’t suit his preferred level of capabilities. The result is a process that is long, involved, highly technical, and gratifying in how hands-on it is and a product that, according to Tom, is “fucking, fucking straight.”

Though outside perception seems to be that Tom has hit his stride, the road has not been easy. In this interview, conducted in his booth at NAHBS (which featured a single bike and very little more) we discussed his challenges in getting into the craft, with early acclaim and recognition in the community, and how he’s arrived at his current level of process.

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With Bespoked – the UK Handmade Bicycle Show – only weeks away now, we thought we would take the opportunity to cover a few UK-based builders who will appear in that show. I met Tom Warmerdam, the builder and Star Wars aficionado behind Demon Frameworks, in the back of a cab going to a party […]

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NAHBS 2016 – Interview with new builder Alex Clauss of Portus Cycles

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Photo by Paul Skilbeck
Photo by Paul Skilbeck

One of our favorite things about New Builder Row at NAHBS this year was Alex Clauss, a gregarious guy with a very interesting full suspension steel frame. The frame, with kinematics driven by the Internet Community Bicycle 2.0 project by mtb-news.de, features a spec of mostly German components. Its theme, “Armor of God,” tells a story of Alex’s history and is a statement on his personal philosophy.

During our 30 minute booth-side chat at NAHBS, we learned about this history. His passion for bicycles began as a child, from which he got a job at a bike shop and worked his way up through several component companies. Finally, he arrived at frame building at England’s The Bicycle Academy where he took a course that resonated with his interest in social welfare. It was in this course that Alex found his life’s calling. “The frame is the heart, the soul of a bicycle. By choosing the geometry, you choose the character of the bike. For me, frame building- it was pursuing the last step…”

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One of our favorite things about New Builder Row at NAHBS this year was Alex Clauss, a gregarious guy with a very interesting full suspension steel frame. The frame, with kinematics driven by the Internet Community Bicycle 2.0 project by mtb-news.de, features a spec of mostly German components. Its theme, “Armor of God,” tells a […]

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NAHBS 2016 Interview: new builder Hernan Montenegro

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I know Hernan Montenegro from the alley cat racing circuit, so I was caught off guard seeing him in the new builder’s row at NAHBS with a fresh shave. Hernan’s submission: a buttoned up carbon road frame with a custom saddle and a set of sophisticated integrated handlebars, all made from scratch by him. During our short 15 minutes chatting, we talked about how he went from a shop rat to a working with carbon, to then fulfilling his dream of becoming a bike builder, and the critical help he’s had along the way…

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I know Hernan Montenegro from the alley cat racing circuit, so I was caught off guard seeing him in the new builder’s row at NAHBS with a fresh shave. Hernan’s submission: a buttoned up carbon road frame with a custom saddle and a set of sophisticated integrated handlebars, all made from scratch by him. During […]

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NAHBS 2016 – Bastion Cycles changes the game with 3D Printed Ti and carbon bike- that customers design

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When it was announced that automotive company, Toyota, was shutting down manufacturing and development in Australia, vehicle dynamics engineer and cyclist Ben Schultz developed a business plan for a high concept custom carbon and 3D-printed titanium race bike. Little did he know that his coworker, James Woolcock, was independently developing his technical concept for the same bike. At lunch one day, they pitched the same concept to one another.

The bicycle, shown at NAHBS, is technically impressive, but the bike itself is really just the tip of the iceberg as far as what makes the product and brand compelling. And that’s what’s really exciting – James and Ben, along with their partner Dean McGeary, have brought their experience in automotive process, business and design to cycling. The result is a clever, buttoned-up deep custom consumer experience package that puts total control of the design directly in the hands of the customer and seems to have exploited every ounce of opportunity within the bicycle design, ordering and fabrication process. And the final product is, well, pretty mind-blowing as a result. It is my pick for most compelling new bike I saw at NAHBS – maybe the most compelling bike I’ve seen all year.

Buckle up for this one. In order for the bike to really blow your mind, you have to wrap it around the whole concept first…

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When it was announced that automotive company, Toyota, was shutting down manufacturing and development in Australia, vehicle dynamics engineer and cyclist Ben Schultz developed a business plan for a high concept custom carbon and 3D-printed titanium race bike. Little did he know that his coworker, James Woolcock, was independently developing his technical concept for the […]

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Road to NAHBS 2016: Alexander Clauss of Portus Cycles

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Photo by Portus

Also joining NAHBS from the international community is new builder Alex Clauss of Portus Cycles in Germany. After building his first frame at The Bicycle Institute in the UK – a fillet brazed steel frame to be donated to those in need – Alex Clauss caught the frame building bug. Now welding rather than fillet brazing, Alex is making his NAHBS debut with an ambitious full-suspension steel frame that’s bound to turn heads.

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Also joining NAHBS from the international community is new builder Alex Clauss of Portus Cycles in Germany. After building his first frame at The Bicycle Institute in the UK – a fillet brazed steel frame to be donated to those in need – Alex Clauss caught the frame building bug. Now welding rather than fillet […]

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Road to NAHBS 2016: Matt Conrad of Journey Cycles

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After leaving the corporate world, and armed with years of experience in composites, Matt Conrad saw an opportunity in the frequency of damaged carbon bikes coming into his bike shop. After repairing frames for a time, he decided to take the plunge to establish and pursue Journey Cycles full time. Though it would initially be a vehicle for his carbon repair business, his goal was always to move fully into frame building…  and 2016 is his big NAHBS debut.

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After leaving the corporate world, and armed with years of experience in composites, Matt Conrad saw an opportunity in the frequency of damaged carbon bikes coming into his bike shop. After repairing frames for a time, he decided to take the plunge to establish and pursue Journey Cycles full time. Though it would initially be […]

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