Darron Sven has been building and repairing vintage race cars and motorcycles for many years and in 2012 returned to his first love of bicycles, setting up Sven Cycles in Weymouth Dorset. Darron's been building all sorts of machines from fat rubbered off-road adventure machines like the one above to his 'Stingray' trike, pictures below. He has recently been collaborating with Mog Mogford (ex Brixton Cycles) to build classically styled hub geared roadsters with a modern twist and also offers a bike fitting service and frame repairs/renovation.
Moss Bikes and Operation Pacemaker and their hopeful European speed record bike.
American components manufacturer White Industries make some really nice high end precision CNC components in California and are best known for their hubs and shiny drive-train components.
Dear Susan bringing his pure hand-built originality to this years show with a touring rig named 'Mike Roche'. It's kitted out with Dear Susan's now almost signature super wide handlebars, a fork acting providing the seat-stay for a mirrored front and rear and the new SRAM AXS group-set for a modern twist. This build picked up the Pannier Choice Award for best touring bicycle.
Ted James Design - Tracey's Titanium MTB
Another winner of the The Pannier Choice Award
If you’re not an experienced pro, it’s so difficult to use metal or car spray paint on bikes. It drips and dribbles and is extremely hard to control and professional electrostatic or powder coating can be super expensive. At Vicious Cycles in Athens, while trying to repair a damaged frame using a standard RAL spray, they were so disappointed with the results that we phoned up the manufacturer, “Well what do you want the paint to do?” was the reply. After 2 years of development created out of frustration with a lack of options, Spray.Bike was the answer - dry power coating in a spray can. Check out our experience and review of using Spray.Bike HERE
Spray.bike recently launched their new metallic range and had their latest marble effect creation at the show. It was created by spraying a combination of the metallic range into the surface of the water in a paddling pool, then rapidly dropping the bike in on one side and then repeating the process on the other side. The finished article is a truly unique and demonstrates the almost endless creative options available to you with their range of spray cans.
It's not often you see a 22mm tire nowadays but Japanese Kerin bike builder Maruya made an appearance at this year's show with this finely crafted Japanese build with a design based on a "traditional Japanese arts motif" and won the outstanding finish / paint award.
Enigma Bicycle Works - Escape Cadence Edition
Winner The Grit CX Choice Award
This was one of my favourite things on display at this years show. An undergraduate mechanical engineering project by Ben Boxer from Bristol university looking into a mountain bike suspension swing-arm.
Stanforth are expedition and touring bike specialists, hand building steel frames and complete bikes in the UK. They were displaying custom versions of their Kibo expedition bikes for world touring, as well as their bespoke Skyelander classic touring bikes (650b randonneur & 700c). They also launched a new model at the show, the Pamira - an all-terrain 27.5” tourer (pictured above and the 3rd and final winner of the Pannier Choice Award) which Sean Conway used on his Europe cycle record ride.
A mountain biker’s round-towner, Starling Cycles - Migration
Starling Cycles make 5 models of fast, lively and beautiful steel full suspension mountain bikes constructed in Bristol using Reynolds 853 and Columbus tubing.
Beamz bringing wooden bikes to this years show.
It was wonderful to see Chris King himself once again make an appearance at this years show along with an array of his products.
Starling Cycles - Spur Gearbox Bike
Winner The Singletrack Choice Award
Rodford Built - Big Billy. Winner The Bike Radar Choice Award & The Cycling UK Choice Award