Here is the list of the boutique* bicycle manufacturers, ordered by their name (starting with C). 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.
The company is located in Santa Cruz, California, United States. It was founded by John Caletti in 2004. They build many types of bicycles (road, mountain, cyclo-x, touring…).
“I take building bikes seriously, and I take the way I run my business and the impact it has on the environment seriously as well. Part of that is building a bike you will love and want to keep, and part of that is making it durable by using top quality materials and careful workmanship. Both my chosen frame materials (titanium and steel) are recyclable if needed.” –John Caletti
Web Site: caletticycles.com
The company is located in La Selva Beach, Santa Cruz County, California, United States. Calfee Design was founded in 1987 by Craig Calfee, and their bikes used at the Tour de France in 1991, by the legendary American cyclist Greg LeMond, triple Tour de France winner, and hiz team Z-Tomasso.
“In 1991, Greg LeMond was searching for a bike fast enough to keep him at the very pinnacle of professional bike racing. Craig Calfee was busy forging a quiet revolution in carbon construction. Together, they changed the face of cycling.”
Web Site: calfeedesign.com
Casati is an Italian brand, founded by Pietro Casati, around 1925. You can read more about the brand by seeing another post titled “Casati Campagnolo 80th Anniversary Limited Edition“. They build road bikes under three categories: “historic steel” (steel bikes with classic look), “minimalistic steel” (steel bikes with modern look) and “best fit carbon”.
Web Site: casati-online.businesscatalyst.com
Cherubim is based in Japan. The company was founded in 1965, a year after the Olympic Games in Tokyo. They build steel road (concept, modern and classic), track and keirin bikes.
Web Site: cherubim.jp
The brand was founded by Gelmino Chesini in 1925 and located in Verona, Italy.
“Our real and unique intent is to build special race bikes, perfect for racer and amateurs. Today every CHESINI bike is special because unique, handbuilt one by one with dedication, skill, attention to details and unchanged passion.”
In 2009, I paid a visit to their shop in Verona, you can read the story in the post titled “Verona and Chesini”.
Web Site: chesini.it
The brand was founded by Camino Cielo in 1978. It is based in Portland, Oregon, United States. Camino Cielo is a friend of Chris King, the famous component manufacturer, and they produce things in collaboration.
Many Cielo frames were raced in the United States under the names of several prominent manufacturers and pedaled by some of the day’s most notable racers. A stainless steel Cielo road frame exhibited at the 2008 North American Handmade Show drew enough attention and praise from inside and outside the company to encourage Chris King to revive Cielo Cycles.
Web Site: cielo.chrisking.com
Update: Chris King ceases production of Cielo road bike frames. The company announced on their web site that:
“We are quite proud of the product that Cielo has produced over the years and are honored by those who ride our frames. We are suspending Cielo indefinitely to focus our attention on Chris King Precision Components core product families (headsets, bottom brackets, and hubs).”
“We will continue to support the Cielo warranty and will fulfill any outstanding orders.”
Cinelli is a small high end bicycle and components factory founded by Cino Cinelli, a former pro rider between Thirties and Forties, winner of three Giro d’Italia stages (1938, 1939), a Giro di Lombardia (1939) a Milano-Sanremo (1943) and many other races. In 1948 Cino decides to retire from pro cycling to found his own factory that will become a benchmark in the bicycle world. Someone may remember him as a rider, many others remember him as the father the first aluminium handlebars, the first seat with a plastic core, the first pedal straps, the first quick release pedals etc. Now the company is owned by Antonio Colombo, the son of A.L. Colombo, who involved in producing steel tubes (the famous Columbus tubes) for bicycles, cars (like Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, etc.), motorbikes (Moto Guzzi, etc.), aeroplanes (like Caproni, the very first plane to fly over Atlantic Ocean).
The company is based in Caleppio di Settala, Milan, Italy.
Web Site: cinelli.it
CIRCA Cycles was founded in 2013 by ex-Nike innovation director and ZIBA design strategist Rich Fox.
“CIRCA’s proprietary manufacturing process let’s us build head-turning road, city and town bikes with amazing attention to detail and laser-etched graphic storytelling. Our patent-pending bonded-lug design allows us to quickly deliver bikes that are tailored to a cyclists riding style, body type and personality in a way that no other manufacturer can.
We take our inspiration from a wide range of influences. Think the obsessive detail of Apple meets the expressive versatility of Swatch, all hyper-localized to Portland’s manufacturing ecosystem.”
Web Site: ridecirca.com
The company was founded by Joel Greenblatt and located in Golden Valley, Minnesota, United States. They build many types of bicycles – including road, track, MTB, Fat bikes, Cyclo-x etc.
Web Site: clockworkbikes.com
The company is located in Orlando, United States and it was founded in 1988. They build many type of bicycles bicycles, including road, touring, city, cyclo-x and tandem.
“Co-Motion Cycles started simply: We built a few bikes for ourselves and our friends, and discovered that we were able to rise to the occasion when challenged by new ideas or problems. Not once have we stopped questioning the way things have always been done. While finding better ways to make our bicycles stand apart, we’ve learned more than we ever imagined, from designing new bicycle tubing to the intricacies of our own CNC machining and maintaining an amazing, talented workforce.”
Web Site: co-motion.com
Concorde is a Dutch bicycle manufacturer, which was founded in the 70’s. They also sponsored a Dutch professional cycling team, PDM-Concorde (also PDM-Ultima), from 1986 until the end of 1992.
Web Site: concorde-bikes.com
Condor Cycles was started in 1948 by Monty Young, providing bespoke bicycles which have been ridden by riders such as Tom Simpson and Bradley Wiggins. Condor bicycles have been ridden to World Championship gold medals and ridden in the Tour de France.
“As more and more marques take their manufacturing to the Far East, we continue to produce our frames by hand in Italy. Frames are constructed from our own selection of tubing and manufactured to our own design requirements. We utilize the right materials to produce frames dedicated to each purpose.”
Web Site: condorcycles.com
Connor Wood Bicycles
Founded in 2012 by Chris Connor, the company is located in Denver, Colorado, United States and as its name suggests, produces wood-frame bicycles. The available types of the bicycles are cruiser, touring, MTB and cyclo-x. The bikes are race-tested: Connor frames have survived the Leadville 100 mountain bike race, the second oldest of the growing number of 100-mile (160 km) marathon mountain bike races held in the United States (the first being the Wilderness 101 in Central PA). The Leadville Trail 100 MTB was first run in 1994 and has become one of the best marketed, attended and known marathon events in mountain bike racing.
Web Site: connorcycles.com
CRISP Titanium was founded by Darren Crisp in January 2004. It is located in Castiglion Fiorentino (a small, walled city in eastern Tuscany), Italy. Darren Crisp builds handmade and highly customized titanium bicycles (road and MTB).
“Throughout my career I have been committed to the rigorous development of conceptual ideas through their evolution to a well-executed final product, relying on my experience as an architect and designer, and my hands-on approach to fabrication. Building bicycles is a natural undertaking for me. Having raced competitively in the United States and Italy, my skills building racing bicycles for road and off-road use are informed by my own experiences as well as the constant feedback from fellow cyclists.” –Darren Crisp
Web Site: crisptitanium.com
Located in Austin, Colorado, United States, the brand was founded in 2004. They build custom carbon fiber frames. The founder, Nick Crumpton still personally designs, builds and finishes each frame in his Austin studio.
“Crumpton Cycles fit philosophies and ride characteristics are based in combining performance and comfort for its riders. We design our frames based on rider contact points that in the end, result in a superior ride quality with well-rounded attributes for all types of road riding. This is key to the overall performance of our bicycles.”
Web Site: crumptoncycles.com
The company is located in Mission Viejo, California, United States. It is an award-winning company: with their road-bike model CC I, they won North American Handmade Bicycle Show 2016 “the best new builder” award.
“We design and create unique frames with an unlimited amount of customization. Every aspect of our frames can be controlled to provide each rider with something to fit their needs. Classic craftsmanship and hand built meet cutting edge technology and the best materials that money can buy. We have a zero compromise attitude and believe we offer one of the finest custom carbon bicycles available today.”
Web Site: crypticcycles.com
Founded in 1975, the company is located in Cuneo, Piedmonti, Italy.
“Since 1975, we create high-end bicycles handmade, personalized in every detail to ensure high performances. The experience acquired by Gian Paolo in his long career as a professional cyclist and over 35 years of experience are our strengths. If everyone of us is different and unique, why settle for having an industrialized bike? Test a new experience of cycling in old-fashioned way! You can create your own bike choosing each component, frame materials, and more.”
Web Site: bicicucchietti.com
Curt Goodrich Bicycles
Curt Goodrich is building bikes since 1995. The brand is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States. They build handmade steel bicycles – road bikes, sportif all-rounders, long distance randonneuse with custom carriers and constructeur-style design and specialty bikes for cyclocross, track and single speed, and city porteurs. In short, you’ll find the full range of what is possible in custom lugged and filet-brazed bicycles.
Web Site: curtgoodrich.com
The French company founded in 1982 by Francis Quillon. Ever since, they’ve been building frames for Olympic medalists, Tour de France contenders, World Champions and passionate riders across the world. Cyfac started as a simple workshop atelier building framesets for the greatest French stars of the 1980’s. Laurent Fignon, Thierry Marie, Thierry Clavreyolat, Charly Mottet, Marc Madiot, Richard Virenque and nearly every French pro from the 1980’s to 2000’s raced on a Cyfac painted in their team’s livery. Through the decades they also built for more of the sport’s legendary greats, including Claudio Chiapucci, Marco Pantani, Frank Vandenbroucke, Robert Millar, and more.
Cyfac was the first builder to TIG-weld aluminum frames, making the lightweight aluminum frames for Claudio Chiapucci and Marco Pantani and others.
As the first European titanium builder, Cyfac offered a growing list of options, including the world’s only full-custom alu superbike design (since outlawed by the UCI). Cyfac’s avant-garde efforts culminated in the first full-custom, full-carbon lug-less frameset, the Tigre. The revolutionary Cyfac carbon-stratification process brought old-world hand-craftsmanship together with 21st century technologies.
Web Site: cyfac.fr
Located in Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States, Cysco Cycles is a family business. The brand was founded by Clay Ellison. They build handmade titanium-frame bicycles and each bike tailored to the riders need, fit, and riding style.
Web Site: cyscocycles.com
* 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)