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Boutique Bicycle Manufacturers – The Ultimate List (B)

Here is the list of the boutique* bicycle manufacturers, ordered by their name (starting with B). If you want to find a unique bike that fits your personality, review this list.

The list is probably not complete, so if you want to contribute, please leave a comment below.

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Basso Bikes

Located in Dueville, Vicenza, Italy, Cicli Basso founded in 1977 by two brothers, Renato Basso (born 1947) and Alcide Basso (born 1954). Their older brother, one of the best sprinters of his generation and 1972 UCI World Champion, Marino Basso (born 1945) lent his experience to the young company which his two younger brothers had just created, after retiring in 1978, when he was 33 year old. Alcide Basso was also a racing cyclist, but his mechanical skills were superior. Renato Basso graduated from the University of Tubingen in Germany in 1974 with a degree in philosophy and political science and did postgraduate work in philosophy at the University of Padua, but he is also a cycling fan.

“At Basso we put the product at the center of everything, while continuing to progress in terms of innovation. Our craftsmen create with extreme attention to detail, great precision and a tireless perfectionism. With their hands, their eyes and their hearts, they transform the building of a racing bike frame into a piece of art.”

Basso Diamante SV 2017 (Matt Black/White)
Basso Diamante SV is designed for the aerodynamic position lovers. The air penetration is improved by designing new tube shapes, and reactivity by making a straight blade front fork. The new new system is applied with double pivot brake fixing.
The bike introduces the “3B-BASSO” (patented) clamp system. The seat clamping is totally masked and invisible on the frame. Not only nice to look at but also technically innovative.Getting way ahead of the usual clamp-ring/screw holding the seat post, or the extra bulking knot on the frame to house the seat screw; The 3B-BASSO (pat.) triple point fixing becomes a solid structure between seat-post and seat-tube. This system is slim, invisible and strong. In addition to all of this the extra rubber gusset in connection with the 3B-BASSO (pat.) has an anti vibration function which anyone can appreciate on rough surface roads.

Web Site: bassobikes.com

Bastion Cycles

Bastion Cycles is founded by Benjamin Schultz (Managing Director), James Woolcock (Engineering Director) and Dean McGeary (Technical Director). The company is located in Kensington,
Victoria, Australia.

“We believe in you, the rider. You know why you ride, how you ride and the ride you want. You are the best person to design your bespoke custom bike. Our mission is to empower you to direct the design of your bike – tuning it to your specific needs. The end product is uniquely precision crafted by the rider, for the rider.”

Bastion Cycles’ standard lead time is six to eight weeks – which is significantly faster than other custom frame builders.

Bastion Road Disc
Bastion Road Disc: With complete builds as light as 6.5 kg, the Bastion Road Disc represents one of the lightest bikes in its class. The torsional stiffness and stability of Carbon Fibre. The ride comfort of Titanium. Disc brakes. Electronic Shifting. Internal routing. Hidden control boxes. Tyre clearance up to 700c-28. Completely custom geometry. 3 stiffness options. Semi-standard and custom paint.

Web Site: bastion-cycles.com

Battaglin Cicli

The brand is created by Giovanni Battaglin, the legendary Italian cyclist who won the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España in the same year (1981). It is located in Vicenza, Italy.

“Battaglin Cicli has been creating the finest Italian bicycles for more than thirty years. Since the beginning, the main goal has been to deliver high-performance technology and the founder’s experience as a legendary Italian cyclist to professional athletes and occasional riders. Battaglin Cicli has developed perfect combinations of engineering advancements and unique design, inspiring two-wheel lovers to win international awards and live gratifying adventures.”

Battaglin Hyper
Battaglin Hyper (Matte Red/Matte White/Carbon) – the endurance road bike. Full carbon UDF monocoque frame and fork, tapered headtube 1″1/8 1″1/4, asymmetric rear triangle, carbon dropouts, 27,2 mm seatpost Di2 compatible mount, internal cable routing, matte finish. “Hyper is the Battaglin road bike designed to break records and take the weight-saving upgrades to a whole new level. Engineering team’s efforts managed to boost comfort and create the ideal setup for the most challenging Gran Fondos: long days in the saddle while pushing the boundaries of human endurance need a specific geometry to reduce the strain on your back and neck. The best performance is achieved through efficient power transfer, plus a perfect blend of stiffness and compliance.”

Web Site: battaglin-cicli.com

Baum

Baum is located in North Shore, Victoria. The brand is founded by Darren Baum, who trained and worked as a certified aircraft engineer and stainless steel TIG welder before becoming a frame builder. His cycling career began as an A grade rider before a car accident in 1990 sparked a long-term interest in how biomechanics and bike design can be used to increase performance. He is mentored by master frame-builder Brian Cross. In 1996, the first frames sold on a commercial basis under the Baum name. In 2003, he begun taking international orders.

In his 2009 book, Close to Flying, the only Australian winner of the Tour de France (2011), Cadel Evans thanked to Darren Baum, for his work with him.

In 2014, he won the Best Road Bike award with Baum Corretto at BUKHBS 2014 (Bespoked UK Handmade Bicycle Show).

Baum Corretto Ti
Baum Corretto Ti – “one of very few titanium frames in the world with every tube butted with an individual rider in mind”. The Corretto is Baum’s attempt to do away with the usual cycling dichotomies of weight and longevity, acceleration and road feel. Feather light and tough enough for years of hard use, the Corretto’s is as smooth as it is capable.
Custom fit geometry, CWSR Grade 9 certified tubing (every tube is butted in-house to rider requirements), CNC butted and relieved BB shell, internally relieved head tube, scalloped and bi-ovalised chainstays, Bespoke relieved 6/4 Ti dropouts, 3T Funda Team forks, Chris King headset or Tune Bobo headset, 130mm spacing, 68mm bottom bracket shell (English thread).

Web Site: baumcycles.com

Bellon Bikes

Located in Red Bluff, California, United States, Bellon Bikes is founded by Claudio Bellon. He was born and raised in San Andrea OM, Castelfranco, Italy, Claudio Bellon grew up around cycling and started racing in his teens. Then he moved to North California in 1989.

“Growing up in Italy, cycling was all around me. We lived it, breathed it, and loved it. Cycling has always been a part of my life and as my friends and family encouraged me to try out bike building, I knew that I should take a chance and just go for it. My vision for my bikes became clearer as I researched everything I could about structure, materials, techniques, and different parts. From building my own jig to making my own parts, I realized that at the end of the day I was experimenting with new styles and sizes that added my own personal touch to the frames.” (from an interview on Bike Rumor)

Bellon Nino
“Each aspect of my frames is close to my heart, but the closest is the name “Nino” on the top of the frame. Nino was my dad’s nickname. I chose to name my frames after him as a way of honoring him because he always supported me and drove me to be a hard worker no matter what I was doing.”

Facebook Page: facebook.com/bellonhandmadeframes

Bilenky Cycle Works

Located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, Bilenky Cycle Works is founded by Stephen Bilenky. He has been in the bike industry for 44 years, and began frame building in 1983. Bilenky Cycle Works won Best Road Bike (2010), Best Lugged Bike (2011), and Best Lugged Frame (2013) at NAHBS (North American Handmade Bicycle Show). The build all kind of bicycles (road, cyclo-x, touring, mtb…).

“Bilenky Cycle Works is more than just a shop. It’s an enduring institution that is committed to enhancing the world of cycling, one handbuilt frame at a time. Contact us to design and build your dream bicycle.”

Bilenky road bike
Located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, Bilenky Cycle Works is founded by Stephen Bilenky. He has been in the bike industry for 44 years, and began frame building in 1983. Bilenky Cycle Works won Best Road Bike (2010), Best Lugged Bike (2011), and Best Lugged Frame (2013) at NAHBS (North American Handmade Bicycle Show). The build all kind of bicycles (road, cyclo-x, touring, mtb…).

Web Site: bilenky.com

Bishop Bikes

Bishop bikes is founded by Chris Bishop in 2007. The company won many awards, including:

  • 2010 Cirque du Cyclisme: Best Track
  • 2011 NAHBS (North American Handmade Bicycle Show): Best Steel Frame
  • 2012 NAHBS: Best Steel Frame
  • 2012 NAHBS: Best Lugged Construction
  • 2012 NAHBS: Best Fillet Construction
  • 2012 Cirque du Cyclisme: Best Track/Single Speed
  • 2012 Cirque du Cyclisme: Best in Show
  • 2013 NAHBS: Best Road Bike
NAHBS 2013 Best Road Bike Winner Bishop
NAHBS (North American Handmade Bicycle Show) 2013 Best Road Bike Winner Bishop: a classic steel silhouette, while still capturing an undeniably modern feel.

Web Site: bishopbikes.com

Bixxis

Bixxis was found in 2015 by Doriano De Rosa and his daughter Martina. Doriano is the son of legendary framebuilder Ugo De Rosa, founder of the De Rosa bicycles. At only 14 years of age, he started working in the workshop of his father. Ugo De Rosa’s guidance along with daily encounters and exchange of ideas with cycling pros of that time taught Doriano to interpret right away needs and desires of the cyclist he was talking to.

“At the time we only had one type of metal – steel – and only one method of building: brazing tubes and lugs. After long time of training with the file, I timidly strated brazing. It was 1977; after a year I had my very first frame.”

In the following decade new materials take center stage, just like titanium, which had become the metal that Doriano De Rosa started feeling as “his own”. He embarked on a personal adventure of study and research, to go beyond all that he had already learned so far.

“And then, at the beginning of the Nineties new materials came up: particularly, titanium alloys became more and more common. It almost felt natural to start building bicycle frames in this fantastic material. The transition was nowhere near easy: I didn’t have that much information but, at the same time, I couldn’t wait to place my hands on it. I mean, I was totally attracted from a material with such incredible mechanical properties.”

Bixxis products are entirely hand-made. Each Bixxis frame is 100% made in Italy, at their Seregno workshop, just few miles north of Milan, Italy.

Bixxis Prima
Bixxis Prima – Steel frame (Columbus Spirit tubeset), TIG welding, one-piece CNC-machined dropouts, customized geometry available both in regular and slope versions, Italian thread 70mm bottom bracket, 29,4mm seatpost diameter, 32mm derailleur hanger. Super record Campagnolo groupset, Campagnolo Shamal Ultra wheels, fi’zi:k Aliante saddle, Look Blade pedals, Deda Elementi Super Light / 0100 handlebar, Vittoria Open CX tires, Falz fork (by Pegoretti).

Web Site: bixxis.com

Black Cat Bicycles

The company, “The one man dance party” is founded by Todd Ingermanson. It is located in Santa Cruz County, California, United States. Ingermanson builds handmade Road bikes, mtb, cyclo-x and touring bicycles.

“The bikes have a way of speaking for both themselves and for me. I could try and sell you on a cult of personality, but that’s not what is going to be hanging out in your garage. What does matter is trust. You need to have confidence in your bike, and by extension, confidence in me. Over the years I’ve produced a volume of work that allows you to build trust. Short of that, is there anything that I can really say over the internet that doesn’t boil down to a sales pitch?”

“Talk is cheap. Bikes aren’t.”

Black Cat Grey Road Racer
Black Cat Grey Road Racer.
“While Santa Cruz County is world renowned for its mountain biking, the roads are the hidden jewels, and special roads inspire special bikes. From the mind bending climbs, to the tear inducing descents. From hiding at the back, to pulling all the way home, these bikes handle it with aplomb. Built from the ground up for you and your riding, not a rounded down, unrealistic standard.”
“Road bikes have a purity of function unmatched by much else in the world. If you don’t absolutely need it, why is it there? Let’s strip it all back to nothing and add only what it takes for you to grab that bike time and time again.”

Web Site: blackcatbicycles.com

Black Sheep

Founded by James Bleakley in 1999, Black Sheep bikes is located in Fort Collins, Colorado, United States. 2008 was the first year the Black Sheep bikes attended the North American Handbuilt Bicycle Show (NAHBS) and was rewarded with the honor of “Best Titanium Bicycle”. Every bike is still custom, and built for an Individual, not in standard, or stock sizing.

Black Sheep Highlight
Black Sheep Highlight – 29er lefty mountain bike. “All titanium frames offer a lifetime warranty to the original owner. Forks and other components offer a 5 year warranty, but well cared for, should last a lifetime as well. Any part supplied by Black Sheep, but not made by us carries the Manufacturer’s warranty.”

Web Site: blacksheepbikes.com

Blaze Bicycles

Founded by Pierre Chastain, Blaze Bicycles is a one man workshop producing one bike at a time, which allows him to make you a highly personal bicycle and maintain the highest quality standards. Chastain builds handcrafted titanium and steel bicycles. The company is located in Moab, Utah, United States.

Blaze titanium road bike
Blaze titanium road bike. “It’s our philosophy that your body is the most important part of the bicycle. Creating a bike with a dialed fit while accommodating your riding style and preferences is the goal. Some folks need this, others want it, either way it’s at the core of what we do.”

Web Site: blazebicycles.com

Boo Bicycles

Boo bicycles build handcraft bicycle frames using bamboo. They produce almost any kind of bicycle frames, from road bikes to fat bikes. The company is located in Fort Collins, Colorado, United States.

“Why do we use bamboo? Because it has an amazing ride quality. Every frame we build is made by hand, from our custom geometry SL Series to the hand-welded aluminum lugs of the Aluboo and Alubooyah. Building performance bamboo bicycles is an intensive and lengthy process. But, if done properly, the rewards of crafting frames using this amazing natural material can be great, producing bicycles that are the best of both worlds: stiff and durable, nimble and confident, lively and smooth.”

BOO SL-R Road Bike
The SL-R is top-of-the-line road frame of Boo Bicycles. Bamboo soaks up vibration much better than other frame materials, meaning you can stay in the saddle longer and more comfortably on the SL-R. The bumps, noise, and chatter of the road surface are quieted by the vibration-damping abilities of the bamboo.
The SL-R sports 12x142mm QR thru-axle carbon dropouts for a stiff rear end and near-effortless removal of the rear wheel. A generous 28mm of tire clearance allows for wider road meats should the need, or desire, arise.
“Unlike some other performance road bikes, which can feel twitchy and unforgiving in the corners, the SL-R boasts confident and responsive handling. This is also thanks to the material properties of the bamboo, which has a small amount of torsional (twisting) compliance.”
“When the bike turns, the top and down tubes can flex slightly in a twisting direction. This affords the SL-R a forgiving and planted feel through the curves, as it follows the line you set and deflects the rest.”

Web Site: boobicycles.com

Breadwinner Cycles

Breadwinner Cycles was Founded on January 15, 2013, by Tony Pereira and Ira Ryan. It is located in Portland, Oregon, United States.

The award-winning company build many types of bicycles (road, mtb, touring, cyclo-x, city). Their awards include:

  • Best Mountain Bike, North America Hand Built Bicycle Show 2014
  • Best City Bike, North America Hand Built Bicycle Show 2016
  • Bicycling Magazine Editors’ Choice – Best Steel Road Bike 2016 (Breadwinner Lolo)
Breadwinner Lolo
Breadwinner Lolo – Bicycling Magazine Editors’ Choice (Best Steel Road Bike 2016): Custom TIG welded and brazed construction, double oversize Columbus Spirit tubeset, Breadwinner TITO stainless dropouts, Enve carbon fork painted to match, internal Di2 wiring (optional), caliper or disc brakes available, 9 stock color choices (custom available), lifetime warranty on craftsmanship.
“Mixing ultra-light and responsive Columbus Life tubing with decades of road racing and riding experience, the Lolo was made to dance up mountains and carve twisty descents. This smooth riding, light steel tubing is TIG welded with precision and fitted with an Enve carbon fork, which results in a refined performance machine. A modern road bike in design and style, with sloping top tube and double oversize tubing, the Lolo is a fast and responsive road machine that works and feels great all day long.”

Web Site: breadwinnercycles.com

Broakland

Based in Oakland, California, United States, Broakland Bikes founded in 2006. The company build road and track frames.

“Each one of our distinct models are designed and built to achieve great balance, limit compromise and maximize performance within an intended purpose. They must live up to our tough standards, that is, the standards of a life long cyclist, racer, professional bike mechanic, aerospace level TIG welder, professional CAD expert and veteran bike designer. They are the frames we build for ourselves and the frames we ride everyday.”

Broakland CRITFighter
Broakland CRITFighter: Broakland S.Y.S. “true track” geometry, Available in 3 different tube-sets (Reynolds 858, Broakland Triple Blend or S3 Blend / Full S3), 1 1/8 head tube, Wound-Up 1 1/8 carbon fork, compact frame design, Paragon stainless dropouts (7000 series replaceable hanger).
“Essentially, this is a track bike with a derailleur hanger on it and all the other bits that turn a track bike into a true, CRITfighting road bike. With it’s S.Y.S. track geometry, high bb and all; The CRITfighter is a cornering king of a road bike. Designed for all around road riding with emphasis on handling, it is the perfect weapon for technical descents and courses.”

Web Site: broakland.com

Bruce Gordon Cycles

Located in Petaluma, California, United States, the brand was founded by Bruce Gordon in 1974. He build many types of bicycles (road, track, touring, cyclo-x, etc).

“Function, is the single most important idea behind building a bike for the customer. Your bike has to meet your needs, but it should be done in an aesthetically pleasing way, but first is function.” –Bruce Gordon

Bruce Gordon Monster Cross
Bruce Gordon Monster Cross: chromoly steel frame, Shimano Ultegra groupset with bar-end or STI shifters, 45mm tire clearance.
“Monster Cross isn’t the middle ground between the Road and the Mountain, It is the bridge that allows you to enjoy both sides. This is a bike that can handle the abuse and terrain of single track riding in all conditions, while still feeling snappy and quick when the rubber meets the pavement.”

Web Site: bgcycles.com

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* According to the wikipedia, “boutique manufacturing is a method used for the custom production of certain products in limited quantities by hand or with a restricted level of automation.”. (Boutique manufacturing on wikipedia)