Dave has worked for some of the finest and most recognized custom bike builders in the business, including Serotta and Waterford. At Serotta he met Dave Kirk and Kelly Bedford, two builders who had the most influence on his development as a frame builder. Kelly showed him how to use the torch and soon he was off melting metal.
ELLIS CYCLES was born early in 2008. “I’d always enjoyed working directly with customers; Ellis was the next logical step. I now have the freedom to collaborate with cyclists to craft beautiful frames that are utterly gratifying to ride,” says Dave.
With a leap of faith, a 500lb alignment table, some oxy-acetylene tanks and the help of a handful of good friends, he started building frames! At the 2008 Cirque du Cyclisime, one of his first Ellis frames won “Best Track Bike”. More frames followed and word began to get out about Ellis Cycles. To cap his first year off, he was thrilled when Team Ellis rider Jame Lalonde won the Cyclocross Single-Speed National Championships.
At the 2009 Handbuilt Bicycle Show, an Ellis 953 frame was awarded “Best Lugged Bike” – quite an honor considering the collection of talent there.
That bike was reviewed by Road Bike Action (read the positive review of the “Modern Classic”).
The judges honored Ellis again at the 2010 Handbuilt Show in Richmond, Virginia. This time, a Lugged 953 Ellis took home “Best of Show” award. And in 2011 a stunning randonneur was tapped as “Best Road Bike”. Dave says, “We’re humbled to bring home awards three years running!”
Please join us Sunday August 28th from 6-8PM for a night with a young builder who’s already, a (cyclist’s) household name.