Boutique Bicycle Manufacturers – The Ultimate List (C)

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.

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Caletti Cycles

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

Caletti Road Race Special
Caletti Road Race Special: True Temper OX Platinum lightweight head tube, True Temper S3 tear drop top tube and 38mm bi-oval down tube, Columbus Life triple butted oversize seat tube, Columbus Life high volume short taper chainstays, True Temper smaller diameter tapered seat stays, with our own custom S bend, Paragon Macine Works threaded BB and compact dropouts with replaceable hanger, Stainless steel bottle bosses and cable stops, Enve 2.0 fork painted to match (straight steerer) (upgrade to lighter 1.0 for $90), Chris King headset. “A brave new world of steel. High strength, heat treated, alloyed, butted and shaped tubing expertly crafted for speed.”

Web Site: caletticycles.com

Calfee Design

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.”

Calfee Design Manta Pro
Calfee Design Manta is available in Pro (road), Adventure (endurance/gravel) and Cyclocross(CX) geometry. It is also available with 12mm rear suspension (coil spring, 4 stiffness options) or a fixed/rigid rear wishbone.
-Suspended Manta will no longer require struts under the BB
-Rim or dual disc brake (mechanical or hydraulic)
-Compatible with mechanical and/or electronic drivetrains, compatible with internal battery and wiring systems
-Multiple bb sizes available including the 65mm shell for the Look Zed2 crankset
-Pro tire clearance; 25c mounted on a wide road rim
-Adventure and CX tire clearance; 650b x 42mm and 700c x 35mm tire
-Internal rear brake cable routing
-44mm head tube allows use of a tapered or straight steerer
-Available with eyelets to support frame/fork mounted racks, fenders, etc.
-56cm Manta frame w/suspension weighs 2.75 pounds
-25 year warranty
-Crash protection; the registered owner is protected by a $350 carbon repair credit for a term of 5 years
“Experience, opportunity, innovation and technology collided to catalyze our new frame model, the Manta. Five years in the making, the Manta is a “race platform” that leverages a patented, active suspension system at the rear wheel to enhance traction, power transmission and comfort to increase rider performance. Coupling manufacturing processes and technology we own with innovations by external business partners, the Manta is an extremely flexible module. Like all Calfee frames and components, the Manta is hand crafted and painted in our workshop in Santa Cruz County.”

Web Site: calfeedesign.com

Casati

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”.

Casati Laser
Casati Laser: it’s a model under the brand’s “minimalistic steel” category.
“Minimalism is a fusion of simplicity and grace. Nothing left to drop. Adding one more thing would destroy the elegance. A fillet brazed steel frame is like the philosophy of minimalism for cyclists. Decorated with some lovely details. There is no need for weird tube shapes and colors. True elegance never fades.”

Web Site: casati-online.businesscatalyst.com

Cherubim

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.

Cherubim New Horizons
Cherubim New Horizons – “airline road concept”. An interesting road bike. An aero geometry previously used in concept bikes such as Chris Boardman’s hour-record-breaker “Lotus”. Cherubim brought this concept into the road bike world.

Web Site: cherubim.jp

Chesini

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”.

Chesini Prima Gold Leaf
Chesini Prima Gold Leaf: Sloping geometry. Columbus Spirit Oversize tubes, tig welding (filet brazed optional). Asymmetric chain-stay, eliptical diameters of the seat-stays, ovalized section of the seat tube at the bottom bracket, head tube 1”1/8-1”1/2, bottom bracket BSA, Columbus FEL carbon fork. Custom size and colors. Frame with very limited lateral flexion while maintaining the ride comfort at the highest level, without equal in the long distances or on roads with rough or bumpy road surface.

Web Site: chesini.it

Cielo Cycles

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.

Cielo Road Racer
Cielo Road Racer: the frame features a custom drawn selection of ovalized steel tubing that has been strategically placed to provide a stiff racing platform while harnessing the road dampening properties of steel. The design utilizes a Press Fit 30 Bottom Bracket for undiminished power transfer, an oversized head tube for confident and agile handling, and stiff chainstays for quick acceleration. These features are combined with compact frame geometry for a contemporary race fit. It is available in cable shifting or electronic shifting configurations. A front derailleur braze-on tab is now available upon request. It is compatible with both compact and standard cranksets. Bike shown: 17 pounds / 7.71 kilograms.

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

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.

Cinelli Laser Mia
Cinelli Laser Mia -a Cinelli icon: all Made in Italy through a sophisticated wrapping technique of the carbon elements that are further processed, allowing us to create a custom frame weighing only 890g. All the iconic elements identifying the Laser are maintained: the fin under the bottom bracket, the fittings of the joints and the passage of the rear wheel housed in the seat tube.

Web Site: cinelli.it

Circa Cycles

The company was founded by Rich Fox, who is also the head designer, and based in Portland, Oregon, United States. They build road and city bikes.

Circa Gray-Red Road Bike
This road bike in space gray with red accents was created for the North American Hand-Built Bike Show in Sacramento. It features custom wheels with red Chris King hubs and an Ultegra group. The full build weighs in around 18.5 lbs (8.4 kg).

Web Site: ridecirca.com

Clockwork Bikes

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.

Clockwork Road Bike
A Clockwork Bikes road bike.

Web Site: clockworkbikes.com

Co-Motion Cycles

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.”

Co-Motion Nor'Wester
Co-Motion Nor’Wester: 700c wheels with room for 28mm tires + fenders, exclusive Reynolds air-hardening 853 steel, long-reach caliper brakes for larger tires + fenders, specially-designed Co-Motion carbon fork for LR calipers, InterChange Dropouts, converts from vertical to horizontal for single-speed or fixed gears, Rear rack mounts.

Web Site: co-motion.com

Concorde Bikes

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.

Concorde Aquila
Concorde Aquila – Frame: Monocoque Generation6 – Zero Void Curing – UD Carbon Fiber, Front fork: Concorde Full Carbon Monocoque Gen6 1.5, Group: Ultegra Di2, Ultegra or 105, Seatpost: 3T Stylo 25, Handlebar: 3T Ergonova, Stem: 3T ARX, Wheels: Supra RA Elite, Tires: Vredestein Fortezza Senso 25mm, Saddle: Prologo Kappa EVO White, Sizes: 50 – 53 – 55 – 58 – 61 cm (sloping), Color: Matt Carbon Clear UD + White, Weight: around 6.5 kg (frame: 940 grams, fork: 325 grams)

Web Site: concorde-bikes.com

Condor Cycles

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.

Condor Acciaio Stainless
Condor Acciaio Stainless – a stainless steel beauty from Condor Cycles. Stainless steel as a raw material is notoriously difficult to work with, complicating and extending manufacturing times, but the end result is a stunning ride which melds top-tier performance with the ability to be ridden all day, into one, single, purebred bicycle. Each Acciaio Stainless is built upon the request of our customers and is available with Super Acciaio, Acciaio or custom geometry . Each bicycle is offered with a full fit and is available in up to 50 colours.
“Our road frames are designed for performance riding, whether you’re training, racing, or riding in events at the weekend. No matter the material, each handmade model is lightweight, fast, and responsive.”

“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.

Connor Cyclocross and Gravel Wood Bike
Ash wood frame (Walnut frame is available for an additional $350), 11 speed SRAM XO drivetrain, Spot Carbon CX Fork, Rolf-Prima alloy wheels, massive tire clearance for 42mm + tires, TRP hybrid hydraulic disc brakes, Easton alloy cockpit with Salsa Cowbell bars.

Web Site: connorcycles.com

CRISP Titanium

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

CRISP Türkü
CRISP Türkü. All CRISP road framesets are designed to include custom geometry, front fork, Chris King headset and seatpost clamp.

Web Site: crisptitanium.com

Crumpton Cycles

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.”

Crumpton T5 Superlight
Crumpton T5 Superlight, Di2 drivetrain, Enve wheels, Enve cockpit.
“T5 Superlight is the first model built using our new Type 5 platform. Type 5 is the latest iteration of the Crumpton road frame. It is a platform based on our own proprietary, multi-shaped carbon tubing. The tubing is designed and manufactured in house to our exacting standards. Crumpton controls the process from start to finish. We have been able to reduce frame weight and maintain the ride quality and durability that is the Crumpton Cycles reputation. The unidirectional tubing also sets it apart from our other carbon frames.”

Web Site: crumptoncycles.com

Cryptic Cycles

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.”

Cryptic CC I
Cryptic CC I: the winner of North American Handmade Bicycle Show 2016 “the best new builder” award.
“The award winning Cryptic CC1 is our premier road frame. This is the same model that took home the best new builder award at the 2016 NAHBS show. It features a tube set made in house, a full carbon drop out system and custom geometry. Every step is taken to tailor the frame to the rider. Building the tubing in house allows us to tweak the type of material used, tubing wall thickness, fiber orientation and diameters to offer the perfect match for the rider.”

Web Site: crypticcycles.com

Cucchietti

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.”

Cucchietti Kyra
Cucchietti Kyra

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.

Curt Goodrich Gulf Racing Sax Max
Curt Goodrich Gulf Racing Sax Max. “A great road bike is for all seasons but really shows its stuff when the going gets fast. Whether accelerating, descending, holding a line, or carving a turn, the bike is balanced and responsive, poised and predictable. I’ll design your bike to suit your preferred style and to meet the road head-on, whether you like to race, take long solo spins, ride weekends with friends, or train with the club. I prefer level top tube designs or nominal slope for fit with smart, straightforward choices to enhance the bike’s purpose, like maximum clearances for tires using short-reach brakes or braze-ons for a pump or chain-hanger. I’ll choose the lightest tubes appropriate for your size and weight so that the sum of design is greater than the parts. Options are kept to a minimum because a great road bike is all business and the fun of riding speaks for itself.”

Web Site: curtgoodrich.com

Cyfac

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.

Cyfac Absolu V2
Absolu V2 is the flagship of Cyfac cycles. Frame: T800H IM Carbon with Kevlar. Variable-shaped tube sections with the option for custom carbon lay-up.
Fork: Carbon, tapered 1 1/2″ x 1 1/8″
Rear: Carbon DoubleStay2
Headset: 1 1/8″ x 1 1/2″
Bottom Bracket: BSC or BB30
Front Derailleur: clamp 34.9 mm collar included.
Sizes: XS (50cm), S (52cm), M (54cm), L (56cm), XL (58cm) and Full Custom.
Options: Mechanical or electronic (Di2 or EPS) integration.

Web Site: cyfac.fr

Cysco Cycles

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.

Cysco Titanium Road Bike
Cysco Titanium Road Bike. “We designed these frames to be comfortable for long days in the saddle. Thanks to the natural properties of titanium these frames are stiff, efficient, durable, and light without any sacrifices to ride quality and comfort.
Our road frames include , Enve fork, headset, 44mm head tube, choice of standard or oversized tubing, standard 68mm threaded bottom bracket, cable guides and stops, and choice of decals. We also have a variety of upgrade options below to customize your new frame.
Additionally, we can select a custom component package to match your specific riding style and budget.”

Web Site: cyscocycles.com

Other manufacturers
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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)

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