The brand was founded by Jeremy Shlachter in 2009. It is currently located in Denver, Colorado, United States.
“While costing more than some foreign assembled frames, we believe the quality, fit and one-of-a-kind nature of our frames more than offset any added expense. Every effort is made to source materials domestically, thereby minimizing environmental impact and promoting U.S. products, in contrast to foreign frames and bicycles transported from half a world away.” –Jeremy Shlachter
Geekhouse was established in 2002 by Marty Walsh. The company is located in New England, United States. Geekhouse specializes in custom-fit premium Steel and Titanium hand-built bicycles.
The company is very open to communications: “We like to spend the time to get to know everyone that reaches out to us. We’re available to chat over email, phone, skype. Go ahead, get in touch. We’ll discuss, brainstorm, dream, and together we will create the perfect bike for you.”
GIOS is a legendary Italian brand, founded by Alfredo GIOS in 1972. One of the best cycling teams of 1970s, Brooklyn was the first big team using Gios bikes. The star of the team, Roger De Vlaeminck (born 24 August 1947) was described by another BElgian legend Rik Van Looy as “The most talented and the only real classics rider of his generation”. Nicknamed “The Gypsy”” because he was born into a family of traveling clothiers, he is known for exploits in the cobbled classic Paris–Roubaix race, but his performances in other “Monument” races gave him a record that few can match. His record in Paris–Roubaix earned him another nickname, “Monsieur Paris–Roubaix” (English: “Mr. Paris–Roubaix”).
In the 1990s, another big team Kelme used Gios bikes.
In 1991, Stephen Roche, chose GIOS bikes for his victories of that season.
Lots of victories won under one single color, the “GIOS blue”. Alfredo GIOS looked for a special color which fitted perfectly with the “stars & stripes”, design of the Brooklyn team jersey. After some tests, he chose the blue, because of its brilliant, electric, eye-catching and surrealist tone. Its originality spread quickly in the cycling context, becoming a milestone of the history of professional cycling. Even today, after many years, the distinctive “GIOS blue” colour continues being the main sign of the brand’s visual identity.
Nowadays, the GIOS company takes part in every international bike show and its worldwide sales team and customer service is today managed by two branches: GIOS ASIA/PACIFIC based in Hong Kong and GIOS EUROAMERICA with offices in Alicante (Spain), headed by Luca Tolmino GIOS, Alfredo’s son.
In 2016, GIOS has become the official technical supplier of the Colombian team “Manzana Postobon”.
Hampsten Cycles, LLC, founded in 1999 by Andy and Steve Hampsten, and building all frames in-house in Seattle, WA. They offer unique line of custom road frames and whole bikes.
Andrew (Andy) Hampsten (born April 7, 1962 in Columbus, Ohio) is an American former professional road bicycle racer who won the 1988 Giro d’Italia and the Alpe d’Huez stage of the 1992 Tour de France. Especially, his Passo di Gavia ride at the 1988 Giro d’Italia was sensational. He remains the only American winer of the Giro d’Italia.
Based in San Diego, California, United States, Holland cycles was founded in 1986 by Bill Holland.
“Bill and his staff, who share over one hundred years of experience between them, build titanium, carbon and ExoGrid® (combinations of the two materials) frames of the highest quality and most distinctive forms. Holland’s ExoGrid® design is a combination of US-milled aerospace grade titanium, laser cut into a lattice and reinforced with a tube of custom-laid high-modulus carbon.”
Based in Davenport, California, United States, Hunter Cycles was founded by Rick Hunter in 1993. They offer TIG-welded and fillet brazed steel frames for everything from racing to hauling cargo, in addition to handmade forks and stems. They also offer complete bikes and wheel builds.
* 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)