Ben Farver started his bike building career working with steel in 2007. He built bikes out of steel because that’s the material he loved to ride, and felt had the best overall ride quality. However, the quest for more performance eventually led Ben to carbon, but not the sort of carbon you find on the racks of most bike shops. Carbon piqued Ben’s interest not so much because of the ideal strength to weight ratio, but instead because of the nearly limitless potential for customization.
Nearly 10 years later, Ben and the team at Argonaut Cycles are building bikes that retain the feeling of the original steel bikes made in the early days, but lighter, stiffer where it counts, and with a ride quality that we feel is truly transcendent. Every Argonaut is unique to the individual owner. Every Argonaut rides like an Argonaut.
Being a company ran by a small army of engineers, Brompton has thought of everything and re-engineered the folding bike from the ground up creating a folder like no other. Perfect for NYC apartments, stashing under an office desk, storing in a trunk or on a boat, or smuggling onto a crowded MTA train during rush hour. Hand-made in England out of steel or titanium, Bromptons are the crème de la crème of folding bikes, offering a fully bespoke process so you can match your style and your riding style.
Giant started in 1972 with one goal: Create a better cycling experience for people around the world.
The founders of Giant were craftsmen and engineers. They understood their strengths. So to make cycling more enjoyable and accessible to people around the world, they did what they knew best. They set out to improve the cycling experience by following three guiding principles: craftsmanship, innovation and inspiration.
It began with lightweight aluminum frames. Giant’s ability to produce high-quality bikes at an affordable price allowed more riders to experience cycling in a whole new way. Since then, Giant has pioneered advancements in both aluminum and composite engineering. We introduced the first affordable carbon fiber bike, the Cadex 980 C, and transformed high-performance road bikes with our Total Compact Road design. In mountain biking, Giant’s Maestro Suspension established a new level of performance for off-road riding and racing.
Over the last four decades, Giant has grown well beyond its manufacturing roots to become the world’s leading brand of quality bicycles and gear. With more than 12,000 retail partners worldwide, we aim to inspire adventure in all riders, from casual to competitive.
Giant bikes win world championships. They win design awards, too. But most importantly, they win the hearts of riders who choose to make cycling a part of their lives. We support that choice. We think it makes the world a better place.
Kona Bikes is a bicycle company based in the Pacific Northwest. Founded in 1988 and still owned by Dan Gerhard and Jacob Heilbron in Vancouver, BC, their World Headquarters are located in Ferndale, Washington, with Canadian distribution offices in Vancouver, and European distribution offices in Geneva, Switzerland.
Gerhard and Heilbron worked initially with Mountain Bike Hall of Fame rider Joe Murray to create a range of custom steel hardtails. Kona was the first brand to produce a complete range of sloping top tube design mountain bike frames. The Canadian headquarters are located near the famous North Shore mountains of Vancouver, leading Kona to develop a range of Freeride mountain bikes in 1998 known for durability as well as for their ability to handle extremely technical downhill terrain.
Kona has gone on to develop a complete range of road, commuter, cyclo-cross in addition to a complete range of mountain bikes. Using a range of materials including Carbon Fiber, Titanium, Aluminum and Steel, Kona’s bikes are sold in over 60 countries worldwide.
Moots Cycles has been handcrafting bicycle frames in Steamboat Springs, CO since 1981. The company is known for building the finest quality titanium road, mountain, cross, and specialty bicycle frames, and select components from its facility in the Rocky Mountains. Moots bikes are enjoyed by cycling enthusiasts for their unsurpassed ride quality, attention to details and superior craftsmanship. In recognition of Moots’ business leadership, product innovation and corporate/environmental responsibility Moots has been recognized as a Colorado Company to Watch. Moots frames and components are available from high-end bicycle dealers worldwide.
In 1989, SCOTT introduced one of the most significant product innovations in the history of cycling – the aerodynamic handlebar. The handlebar was strategically utilized by American Greg Lemond in his 1989 Tour de France win.
In 1991, the Company entered into the production of mountain bike suspension with Unishock.
In 1992, SCOTT shipped its first full-suspension mountain bikes and later introduced cycling shoes and helmets.
In 1998, SCOTT presented the lightest full-suspension mountain bike worldwide. The name “G-Zero” became a milestone in the development of the bike industry.
The ultimate utility-driven bikes, Surly is your somewhat abrasive friend who definitively has the coolest gear. Always made of steel, always able to fit tires that other frames can only dream of, and always incredibly accessorise-able, these are the bikes for people that need one bike to do the job of three or four.