Here is the list of the boutique* bicycle manufacturers, ordered by their name (starting with M). 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.
M.A.P. is the acronym for Mitch Prior Bicycles. Mitch Pryor, is the owner and founder of the company. It is located in Chico, California, United States. Pryor builds fine handmade steel bicycles one at a time and has learned the craft of framebuilding from master builder and painter Doug Fattic. Mitch has refined and expanded on these skills to include rack building with the help of fellow builder Joseph Ahearne.
“The bikes I build reflect the growing urge to make cycling a part of everyday life. Bicycles made for work, for travel, and to carry you through your day can be more than just practical. It is my passion to combine traditional methods and materials with a contemporary view towards building bicycles that are above all useful, elegant, and timeless.” –Mitch Pryor
Web Site: mapbicycles.com
Machine Bicycle Co.
Machine Bicycle Co. was founded by Kyle Ward, who builds hand crafted road, cyclo-x and track bikes.
“Steel is an OG. Bicycles have been designed out of steel from the very beginning (approx = the year 1817). Now wood was a more workable material and thus implemented into a large part of those early bicycles. However it wasn’t long until steel was the heart of the bicycle. Given that bikes are still made from steel today, we are going on 200 years. After using steel for 200 years a lot of decisions have been made, redacted, remade, failed and succeeded. The result: tried and proven the test of time. We know how how to achieve a desired ride quality. We know how to fit that ride quality to the human body. And we know how the human and the bicycle move together through space as a symbiotic Machine.” –Kyle Ward
Web Site: machinebicycle.co
Magic Cycle Werks
Based in Bend, Oregon, United States, Magic Cycle Werks was founded by Greg White, who is also the Chief Craftsman of the company. Before, he was a racing cyclist in Europe.
In his own words:
“Making frames gives me a chance to call upon all of my background experience, from using a torch, to precision work, to communicating and collaborating with every customer to design their dream frame. Film taught me the power of collaboration, but frame building lets me seize on that opportunity.”
Magic Cycle Werks builds handmade road, cyclo-x, all-road and mountain bikes.
Web Site: magiccyclewerks.com
Maietta Handbuilt Bicycles
The company was founded by Anthony Maietta. It is currently located in 10 Nate Whipple Highway, Cumberland, Rhode Island.
Web Site: anthonymaietta.wordpress.com
Majaco (pronounced Mah-Jay-Co) Bicycles was founded in 2011 by Mark Combs. The company is based in Austin, Texas, United States. The motto of the company is “handbuilt for everyone”.
Combs started his metalworking career in the Los Angeles area in the late 80’s at an aircraft manufacturing company where the margin of error of his output was thirty-thousandths of an inch. He worked there, alongside his father, for over 20 years. Combs longed to follow his passion and attended Master Frame Builder Koichi Yamaguchi’s Bicycle Frame Building School and just knew he had found his spot in this world. In 2011 he moved to Austin, TX where he formed Majaco Bicycles.
Web Site: majacobicycles.com
The company is based in Twin Oaks Valley, San Marcos, California. The first Mandaric frame was built in 1976.
“The constant search for material perfection isn’t sufficient without a perfect fit to the rider’s body and a perfectly balanced frame for the purpose of riding. These three elements are inseparable and are essential in the perfect frame. Without one or the other, your bike wouldn’t be what you really need. At Mandaric Bicycles, we implement those elements into every single frame/bike we make. We strictly believe in a specific geometry for the rider, and although some of us are similar, no one is the same. We want to make you the perfect bike, the unity of material, your fit, and and your riding style.”
Web Site: mandaric.com
Marinoni Cycles was founded by the master frame builder Giuseppe Marinoni. They build handmade bicycles in Quebec, Canada since 1974. Giuseppe Marinoni personally hand paints all his frames. He is also a keen cyclist – he broke the hour record for 74-79 age group on October 20, 2012.
Web Site: marinoni.qc.ca
Mars Cycles was founded by Casey Sussman. The company is 2015 NAHBS (North American Handmade Bicycle Show) peoples choice award winner and builds custom fillet brazed and lugged modern steel frames.
Sussman studied the art of fillet brazing at The Bicycle Academy, in Frome, England. He is the only American to have attended their school. He builds large-tubed steel race bikes using tapered headtubes. Tubes are mitered by hand with a hacksaw and file.
Web Site: marscycles.com
Cicli Masi’s roots goes back to Faliero Masi, who commenced making bicycle frames at the Vigorelli Velodrome in Milan in the 1950s, after a career as a professional racer and team mechanic. Many well-known and successful professional cyclists of the era rode Masi bikes, such as Antonio Maspes, Fausto Coppi, Tom Simpson, Felice Gimondi, Jacques Anquetil and Eddy Merckx.
In 1973 Faliero’s son Alberto took over the Vigorelli shop. Faliero and two assistants went to the US and began production at a new facility in Carlsbad, California after selling the “Cicli Masi” name and trademark to an American businessman, Roland Sahm.
Later, Faliero returned to Italy. Disputes over volume production caused a break in relations between Masi and the US Masi investors. The ownership of the US trademark remained with the US operation, so the Masi family were unable to sell bikes in the US under their own name.
Faliero Masi died in 2000. The business was taken over by his son Alberto who learned everything there was to know about bikes and bike building from his father. When he was 16, he was Fauto Coppi’s mechanic at the Giro d’Italia. In 1982, he built the first bike made with oversized and ovalized tubes – the Volumetrica. Alberto Masi would later release bikes into the US under the “Milano 3V” name, he built about 500 handmade bikes per year. The U.S. rights to the Masi name and logo are now owned by Haro Bikes.
Because Cicli Masi is completely separate from Masi USA, there can be a lot of confusion about the origin of a bike – whether it was actually built by Faliero or Alberto Masi, or by Masi USA. To complicate the things further, some Masi USA frames are actually built in Italy, but not by Masi.
According to LaBicycletta.ca, if you want to know know if you have an Italian or American Masi built after 1973, it’s all in the numbers. Italian built bikes have the frame size stamped on the bottom bracket and sometimes a matching size stamp and date stamp on the head tube. American made Masi’s have a serial number (with a few exceptions) or a serial number and frame size stamp. All Gran Criteriums built after 1978 are US made. And today, all frames made by Alberto Masi have his sign.
Web Site: Biciclette Masi Milano
Founded by Chris McGovern, the company is based in Nevada City, California, United states. McGovern builds custom handmade bicycles using carbon and titanium.
Web Site: mcgoverncycles.com
Meriwether Cycles was founded by Whit Johnson. Meriwether is his nickname, after Meriwether Lewis of Lewis and ClarkNotes 1. The company is located in Foresthill, California, United States. Johnson builds road, mountain, cyclo-x and touring bikes with a motto of “handbuilt custom steel bicycles to help you get lost”.
“I did my first mountain bike tour in 2004 and that was a game changer for me. I have always commuted by bike as much as possible and ridden with friends on long rides and races, but touring self-supported for days at a time was… well, I found my inner Meriwether all over again. These experiences made me want to create the most utilitarian bicycles that can take you anywhere you want to go – reliably and safely – whether it be a for gravel, mountain, road, or cross.” –Whit Johnson
Web Site: meriwethercycles.com
Founded in 2013 by Jamie White, Métier Vélo LLC is a small-scale custom bicycle design and fabrication shop in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States. Métier Vélo bicycles are built with 3D-printed titanium lugs to join carbon-fiber tubes.
Web Site: MétierVélo.com
Based in Los Angeles, California, United States, the Montenegro Manufacturing produces handmade carbon-fiber and bamboo bicycle frames. The company was founded (in August 2013) and owned by Hernan Montenegro. He also offers carbon repairing service.
“Every single product that comes out of my work shop is top notch. I wouldn’t put my name on it otherwise.” –Hernan Montenegro
Web Site: montenegromfg.com
The company was founded by Todd Heath in 2014 and located in Fort Collins, Colorado, United States.
“At Moonmen, we use your measurements, design preferences and functional needs to have our industry experts create a bike that is made to fit your needs. Every detail is considered by our fabricators when designing your bike so that you don’t have to.”
Web Site: moonmenbikes.com
Moots Cycles has been handcrafting bicycle frames in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, United Statses since 1981. Unlike many other manufacturers above, Moots is not a one-man-show. They have more than 20 people aboard who are also active cyclists.
Web Site: moots.com
Mosaic Bespoke Bicycles
Located in Boulder, Colorado, United States, Mosaic Cycles is a family operated small batch builder of handmade bicycles.
“The rider is at the center of the Mosaic process. Regardless of your needs, we have a model for you. Our materials of choice are titanium and steel. Each has different ride characteristics. Titanium is our preference due to it’s versatility. By using oversized butted tubing and modern design elements, titanium allows a full spectrum of ride options. It can rival the stiffness of top shelf carbon, or create the compliant feel of all day endurance. Mosaic steel utilizes modern tubing to achieve timeless ride quality without compromise in weight. Both steel and titanium are light and lively, but most importantly forever materials. We guarantee delivery within 6 weeks, if not sooner.”
Web Site: mosaiccycles.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)
- The Lewis and Clark Expedition from May 1804 to September 1806, also known as the Corps of Discovery Expedition, was the first American expedition to cross what is now the western portion of the United States. It began near St. Louis, made its way westward, and passed through the continental divide to reach the Pacific coast. The Corps of Discovery comprised a selected group of U.S. Army volunteers under the command of Captain Meriwether Lewis and his close friend, Second Lieutenant William Clark.