15 Bikes from the 2021 Enve Builder Roundup
ENVE’s third annual Builder Round-Up took place this past weekend with over 30 custom bikes on display, including loads of amazing hardtails, gravel bikes, and bikepacking rigs. We picked 15 from the roster for this roundup gallery…
ENVE’s third annual Builder Round-Up and Open House took place on Friday at ENVE HQ in Ogden, Utah, with over 30 renowned frame builders joining in to display their custom rigs. The showcase included everything from custom road, gravel, and mountain bikes, as well as quite a few set up for bikepacking and touring. We’re always impressed with quality of coverage that ENVE produces during this event and they sent over an amazing collection of photographs by the talented Ian Matteson (@analogstrikesback). We picked 15 of our favorite bikes from the show to feature in this roundup. Find details about each build from ENVE as well as the name of the builder with their location and link, and a gallery of photos below…
One of the handful of hardtail mountain bikes as part of the show, Alliance’s titanium trail bike is designed around the Rockshox Pike 130 fork and tire clearance up to 2.6 tires. It’s built up with ENVE’s M6 bar and stem in addition to ENVE AM30 rims on Onyx hubs. The bass boat glitter flake paint job is a real head-turner!
Breadwinner Cycles link
Breadwinner showed up with their Bad Otis, which we’ve seen before in a different configuration. This aggressive all-mountain hardtail is built with Columbus steel tubing, ENVE and Chris King bits, and is made to handle the roots and rocks of the Pacific Northwest trails.
Chumba’s new titanium Sendero takes aim at the “downcountry” hardtail category, where quick handling, good descending, and fast climbing characteristics are key. Designed around a 120-130mm suspension fork, it’s made to provide a fun riding experience across a range of terrain. It features a 3D printed titanium yoke to maximize clearance for up to a 29 x 2.6″ tire.
Falconer Cycles link
Cameron Falconer takes a straightforward, utilitarian approach to his TIG welded steel frames. This particular build is a coaster brake dirt road roller inspired by 1890’s pneumatic tire safety bikes. The front rack is the most unique part of the build and is made from two pieces of titanium sheet metal and designed to carry a sleeping bag.
Prague, Czech Republic
From Prague, Czech Republic, the Festka Scout is the second child in the brand’s family of gravel bikes. Compared to the Rover that was released in 2018, the Scout leans further towards off-road and bikepacking use due to its sturdier build, tweaked geometry, and 650b wheels. In addition, the design scheme shown is their latest collaboration with artists. This time it is the duo Ondrash and Kashparek who have developed an original method of ‘painting’ abstract pictures by transferring acrylic paints from the surface of water onto canvas.
Firefly Bicycles link
Firefly’s titanium all-road showcases what custom is all about with integrated Dynamo light wiring and mounts on the ENVE Adventure Fork. The handlebar-mounted Shimano Di2 sprint shifter controls the SRAM AXS wireless dropper post. With integrated bag mounts and Z couplers for easy packing of the bike, this thing is made for travel. Additional custom details come in the form of the titanium Sweet Wings cranks and a modified Shimano derailleur cage that can accommodate up to a 42t cassette with a 2x drivetrain.
44 Bikes link
Lyndeboro, New Hampshire
44 Bikes showed up with a prototype for what will be their first stock bike option after two seasons of development. It’s designed with options to run it single speed or with gears. Chainstays, seat stays, and seat tubes are all shaped in-house using Reynolds 853 tubing. The finishing build includes ENVE’s M6 Bar, Mountain Fork, and M630 wheels.
Horse Cycles link
Brooklyn, New York
The first titanium bike to come out of the Horse Cycles shop is designed for bikepacking and the ability to run big rubber with clearance for 27.5 x 2.6″ tires. It’s based on the all-road/adventure Stainless Steel bike shown at the Builder Round-Up last year, but Thomas Callahan opted to go with titanium to reduce weight. To achieve the clearance for the Rene Herse tires, the frame features S Bend seat stays and chainstays.
Founded in 1969, Mariposa continues to be a family-run business specializing in lugged and fillet brazed steel frames. The building technique hasn’t changed over the years, but the materials are now available for a lighter, better riding frame. This show bike is designed for lightweight, adventure bikepacking. Using Columbus tubing, it’s made for long rides or multi-day trips with a Dynamo hub to run lights and charge devices. In addition, it features an ENVE Adventure Fork, AG25 wheels, and can accommodate fenders.
Naked Bicycles link
Quadra Island, Canada
This is the latest in Naked’s experimental phase and is built around the pure joy of it. It’s built to pay homage to the original adventure bike and to play around with what is possible. Naked took it to the extreme with a very long wheelbase, figuring out how to make it work for aggressive riding and bikepacking. With an Adventure Fork and dropper post, it looks like a really versatile platform for any setup harkening back to the old repack days.
Curtis Inglis went with the look and feel of the Twin Funduro and a new material, titanium. Carrying the same smooth lines throughout the bike that Retrotec is renowned for, the Twin Funduro achieves clearance for up to a 2.6” tire. The odd component colors are thanks to the bike industry’s lack of availability, which provided Curtis the opportunity to have some fun with the mix-and-match approach.
Ritte Cycles link
Santa Monica, California
With the help of Tom Kellogg, Ritte brings the brand new Satyr titanium bike that’s made to handle the burly forestry roads outside of Los Angeles. With clearance up to 50mm tires, it delivers versatility for bikepacking or just providing confidence through handling for any type of riding. Aether Finishing in Santa Barbara does the Pray For Rain finish on the frame.
Specializing in dirt-focused titanium and steel bikes, Sklar offers both fully customized bicycles and three non-custom geometry, built-to-order models. This bike joins Sklar’s other readymade options the Sweet Spot trail hardtail and PBJ touring bike as the Super Something—a versatile gravel and light touring bike that can be set up with gears, single-speed, big tires or small, drop bars or risers. A true all-arounder.
Tomii Cycles link
Nao Tomii crafts handmade, custom-built frames from his Tomii Cycles workshop in Austin, Texas. His experience comes from fine art and sculpting. “Sculptures that I can custom build as a beautiful bicycle for my customers is always my number one goal” The process is spiritual, Nao says, adding, “To build bikes, I have to be happy.”
Brooklyn, New York
The Hammer Gravel SL is Weis’ carbon fiber and aluminum Gravel bike with big clearances for 700C x 45mm or 27.5 x 2.1″ tires. This is a purpose-built machine designed to go fast on flats, punch up climbs, or take on technical descents. Take a closer look to see the details from CNC dropouts to custom thru-axles and their experimental paint schemes.
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