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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Found: Pass & Stow handmade bicycle racks & Bart Brake parking brake strap

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Made in Oakland, CA, Pass and Stow racks are brass fillet brazed 4130 chromoly tubing. The design is a nearly universal front or rear rack that’ll fit a wide range of stuff and mount to just about any standard fork that has a drilled crown and lower rack mounts. The position is adjustable to level it out, and a couple of sizes are available.

Each one comes standard with internal wire routing for generator-powered lights, and an option mount for head lights sits below the rack’s surface so your illumination won’t be blocked by your cargo.

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Made in Oakland, CA, Pass and Stow racks are brass fillet brazed 4130 chromoly tubing. The design is a nearly universal front or rear rack that’ll fit a wide range of stuff and mount to just about any standard fork that has a drilled crown and lower rack mounts. The position is adjustable to level […]

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NAHBS 2016: No22 drops new carbon cyclocross fork, Drifter gravel bike & other updates

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No22 Bicycles’ Broken Arrow gained a disc brake thru axle option at last year’s show thanks to the then-new TRP fork. Now, they’ve done it one better by designing their own carbon fiber fork that’s built around flat mount disc brakes.

The titanium frame also gets a few updates, including a switch to (or the option of) the new T47 threaded bottom bracket standard and flat mount rear brake mounts, too. They’ve also used it as the platform for their new Drifter gravel road bike…

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No22 Bicycles’ Broken Arrow gained a disc brake thru axle option at last year’s show thanks to the then-new TRP fork. Now, they’ve done it one better by designing their own carbon fiber fork that’s built around flat mount disc brakes. The titanium frame also gets a few updates, including a switch to (or the […]

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NAHBS 2016 – Métier Velo, Carrer, Biwakoguma, Journey, and Patrick in New Builder Round-up

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Looking back at some more of the new builder creations that stood out at NAHBS, Métier Velo’s bike featured carbon bonded into 3D printed titanium pieces. Italian brand, Carrer, brought this year’s wooden bike to newbie row. And Japanese builder Biwakoguma Bicycles had classic steel and a paint job that’s out of this world. Check out these and more after the jump…

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Looking back at some more of the new builder creations that stood out at NAHBS, Métier Velo’s bike featured carbon bonded into 3D printed titanium pieces. Italian brand, Carrer, brought this year’s wooden bike to newbie row. And Japanese builder Biwakoguma Bicycles had classic steel and a paint job that’s out of this world. Check out these 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 – Best Lugged DiNucci, Best Brazed Steve Rex…and some fine bicycles from Shamrock

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Tim O’Donnell shared Shamrock Cycles’ origin story with us before this year’s show (and it’s a doozy of a read!), but didn’t unveil anything he was bringing to the show. So, if you didn’t make the trip to Sac this year, here’s your complete look at his booth. It, along with the coverage of Dinucci and Steve Rex’s award winning handiwork is heavy on the pics and light on the words, but very much worth your perusal…

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Tim O’Donnell shared Shamrock Cycles’ origin story with us before this year’s show (and it’s a doozy of a read!), but didn’t unveil anything he was bringing to the show. So, if you didn’t make the trip to Sac this year, here’s your complete look at his booth. It, along with the coverage of Dinucci […]

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

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Photo by Paul Skilbeck
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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 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 – Titanium bicycle roundup from Alliance, Dean & Steve Potts

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Like so many others, Alliance was showing off the cycle du jour, a gravel road bike. Building out of Ketchum, Idaho, Eric Rolf has long stretches unkempt roads and trails to ride, so his design has been refined to clear 38mm tires. The bottom bracket drop is 80mm, which is really low compared to a standard road bike. That puts the rider down “in” the bike for a more stable ride.

He’s also now building with Reynolds double butted titanium, which is rare, with frames using it starting at $3,100. Straight gauge tubes would be $2,700. Rolf says the weight difference depends on diameters, but are between 1/4 and 3/4 pounds. Bigger difference is that the butted tubes yield a smoother ride at equal torsional stiffness.

Check it and lots more of the wonder metal below…

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Like so many others, Alliance was showing off the cycle du jour, a gravel road bike. Building out of Ketchum, Idaho, Eric Rolf has long stretches unkempt roads and trails to ride, so his design has been refined to clear 38mm tires. The bottom bracket drop is 80mm, which is really low compared to a […]

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NAHBS 2016 – Abbey Tools, PAUL, Gevenalle, Cadence and SILCA in Cool Stuff Super Round-up

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Abbey Bike Tools raises the bar of top-end tools by bringing a new, ultra-light carbon titanium hammer to the show. Gevenalle takes it to eleven with shifters and derailleurs (with guest star, Squid Bikes). Last but not least, Cadence serves fresh cuts to keep you looking fly off and on the bike…

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Abbey Bike Tools raises the bar of top-end tools by bringing a new, ultra-light carbon titanium hammer to the show. Gevenalle takes it to eleven with shifters and derailleurs (with guest star, Squid Bikes). Last but not least, Cadence serves fresh cuts to keep you looking fly off and on the bike…

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