Here is the list of the boutique* bicycle manufacturers, ordered by their name (starting with N, Oi P and Q). 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.
Founded by Sam Whittingham in 1988, Naked Bicycles is a custom bicycle manufacturing company creating custom frames.
“The bicycle is the most amazing thing to us. We work with them and ride them every day and yet they never cease to amaze. We love that with a few simple tools, we can create something that will take you around a velodrome in only a few seconds or around the world at just the right speed. It is our goal to build bikes that not only get you from A to B, but make sure you arrive out of breath and with a monster size grin on your face.”
Web Site: nakedbicycles.com
The company is named after titanium, which has an atomic number of 22. It is located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
“Our point of departure is frame material: we fell in love with the ride of titanium and named our company after it. We then took to the task of sweating details of fit and finish. Our frames are based on carefully considered geometries and tubing profiles. We use the highest grades of titanium tubing available, build our frames in our own production facility it the United States with our veteran craftsmen, and confidently back them with our ten year warranty. We carry this meticulous approach through to our clean-lined and contemporary finishes that showcase the beauty of raw and anodized titanium. No. 22 is still a young brand, but we are spurred on by the number of passionate cyclists that agree with our approach. With our current lineup we are proud to be producing more bikes that make the destination second to the journey.” –Bryce & Mike, Founders
Web Site: 22bicycles.com
The company was founded by Sean Burns and located in Fort Collins, Colorado, United States. They build mostly mountain bikes and fat bikes, and some interesting road machines (not road racing bikes).
Web Site: odditycycles.com
The Officina Battaglin brand was founded in 2014 by Giovanni Battaglin, the Italian ex-rider who achieved the Giro-Vuelta double in 1981. After a 20-year break, he is now back to brazing steel frames, just like he used to do before aluminum and carbon became the de facto standard for bicycle production. Using the original process and craftsmen , Giovanni Battaglin is reviving his legacy , being the only Italian steel maker to have significant experience riding steel in the pro peloton. The company is located in Viale Vicenza 4/1, Marostica, Italy.
“If you’re after a true Italian handmade steel road frame, you’re more than a little concerned about how and where your steel frame will be built. Every single step of our production process takes place in small workshop in Italy. Our craftsmen will be the only people who will manufacture the frames, following a process we know everything about.”
Web Site: officinabattaglin.com
Paketa Magnesium Bicycles
The company is located in Lafayette, Colorado, United States. Jp Burow is the owner, designer, and frame builder of Paketa Custom Bicycles. He started Morgul Bismark Bicycles and ran Rainbow Cycle craft paint shop with his brother Mark. He began welding Magnesium frames for Paketa in the early 2000s then purchased the company in 2008.
Each bike built by Paketa is completely customized to the individual. They hand pick the tube sets for each rider to optimize weight, strength, durability, and ride quality. While your frame is being fabricated, they will work directly with you to choose the best components for your cycling needs. They also offer electronic or cable shifting, rim brakes or disc brakes, wide ranges of tire clearances, precision hand built wheels, and anything else you can think of.
According to the company:
“Magnesium is the lightest structural metal currently available in the world, which means a Paketa magnesium bike frame is extremely lightweight. We can build complete road bikes as light as 13 pounds! (5.9 kg)”
Because magnesium has the highest known damping capacity of any structural metal – as much as 10 times greater than steel, titanium, or aluminum – the ride is truly amazing. Vibration from the road literally disappears within the structure of the frame and never reaches the rider, which means you can ride longer with less fatigue.
Web Site: paketabike.com
Parlee Cycles was founded by Bob Parlee in 2000. The company is located in Beverly, Massachusetts, United States. The company builds custom handmade carbon bicycles. Mr. Parlee has 20+ years of experience in the boat-building business, which helped him to understand the capabilities of composite materials.
“Carbon fiber is perfect for building bikes because it has such a high strength-to-weight ratio—and that’s why it doesn’t make sense to focus on styling, which just adds weight and reduces ride quality. It’s akin to putting fins on a car. They may look cool, but they don’t make the car faster. Instead, our guiding principle is efficiency. We use carbon fiber strategically to achieve a certain level of performance. To create a bike specifically for you that does exactly what it’s intended to do—whether that’s road racing, daily training rides, cyclocross or all-day epics.”
“Targeted performance meets tailor-made fit. That’s what defines a Parlee bike.” –Bob Parlee
Web Site: parleecycles.com
Located in Lenexa, Kansas, United States, Pedalino Bicycles was founded by Julie Ann Pedalino. She started custom frame building after ten plus years working as a fine artist and graphic designer. She says her focus is on fit for all riders, but especially for the smaller riders who struggle to find a production frame that fits well.
“Besides fit and function, my other very strong interest is in creating frames with a bit of panache! Custom isn’t just about performance – it’s about self expression, the mystique of the handmade object, the creative process: aesthetics, design, and beauty. We spend so much time on on our bikes, why not ride one that speaks to body, mind, and soul?” –Julie Ann Pedalino
Web Site: pedalinobicycles.com
Dario Pegoretti is one of the most respected master framebuilders in the world. The Italian bicycle framebuilder is based in Caldonazzo, outside the town of Trento, in the Dolomites.
Pegoretti uses only steel and aluminum to create his frames, having used tubes from Excel, Dedacciai, and most recently Columbus. He has also created custom paint and graphics designs for customers. The ‘ciavate’ paint scheme is entirely hand-painted by Dario and originally drew inspiration from Jean-Michel Basquiat (December 22, 1960 – August 12, 1988), the American artist. And each Ciavete paind schema is unique, as Pegoretti says on his web site: “Please don’t ask for a reproduction of a Ciavete paint scheme you’ve previously seen, as the idea behind Ciavete is for each frame to be a unique work.”
Pegoretti designed and built frames that were ridden by Miguel Indurain, Marco Pantani, Stephen Roche, Claudio Chiappucci, Mario Cipollini, and Andrea Tafi among others. For example, 1994 would be the last year the Tour de France was won on a steel bike, this time an Oria-tubed, TIG-welded machine badged as a Pinarello but rumored to have been made under contract by Dario Pegoretti.
Pegoretti won the President’s Choice award at the 2007 North American Handmade Bicycle Show and framebuilder of the year at the 2008 show.
Web Site: dario-pegoretti.com
Founded in 1967, Cicli Pelizzoli is based in Curno, Bergamo, Italy. Their bikes are 100 handmade built in Italy. The famous Ciocc bicycles was started by Giovanni Pelizzoli himself. According to Pelizolli, Ciocc was a nickname (“Poker Face” in the dialect around Bergamo) given to himself, his father, and his grandfather – so he put it on his bikes. In 1977, amateur racer Claudio Corti won the U23 Worlds in San Cristobal, Venezuela on a Ciocc. The company’s signature model was called the “San Cristobal”, to honor this achievement.
During the 70’s and 80’s, the Polish National Team used Ciocc bikes, and at the 1980 Olympics in Moscow, Czeslaw Lang of Poland rode a Ciocc to a second place finish in the 189 km individual road race. Afterwards, Pelizzoli started to build a model known as the “Mockba 1980.”
In 1980, Pelizzoli sold the Ciocc name. In 1983, he began building frames under the Pelizzoli name. Today, Pelizzoli builds a few of his own frames, but he is primarily known for his amazing paint jobs. His frame painting company is called TITAAC and along with his own frames, he paints Guerciotti frames and also builds some aluminium frames for Guerciotti.
Web Site: ciclipelizzoli.it
Peter Mooney Cycles
Peter Mooney Cycles is a part of Wheelworks, in Belmont, Massachusetts, United States. Peter has played a major role in developing Wheelworks into one of New England’s premiere bicycle retailers. He and like-minded partners opened the first Wheelworks store in 1977. He is still building bicycle frames, catering to a market that appreciates a hand-built, lugged or filet-brazed frame.
Web Site: peter-mooney.com
Philosophy Bicycle Co.
Located in Denver, Colorado, United States, Philosophy Bicycle Co. builds custom steel frame road, gravel, and cyclocross bikes. Each frame is custom tailored to the rider and handcrafted.
The company won Best New Builder award at 2015 North American Handmade Bicycle Show.
Web Site: ridephilosophy.com
Pogliaghi Italcorse Milano
Founded by Sante Pogliaghi, the company is based in Milan, Italy. Alcide Basso acquired the brand in 1993. Sante Pogliaghi saw in the young but already experienced frame maker his natural follower. He passed to Alcide his designs, his special made lugs and seals, the beautiful fork crowns and brake bridges. Those were the years of the development of carbon frames and just few appreciated the characteristics of steel frames. This legacy has been preserved by Alcide Basso until today, when at last many are rediscovering the noble material such as steel frames.
The idea of Alcide Basso is to maintain the same philosophy of Sante Pogliaghi: to propose not only custom bikes, but to offer bikes which are “sewn on”.
Web Site: pogliaghiitalcorsemilano.com
The German company was founded in 2014 and located in Pforzheim. They build custom handmade steel bicycles.
Web Site: http://www.portus-cycles.de
Quiring Cycles was founded in 1999 by Scott Quiring, who is an avid cyclist since 1987. He started racing in 1989. In around 1992, he got his first exposure to framebuilding from a company called Greendale Bicycle Co., which was local to his area, and they produced Quiring a custom race bike. He quickly discovered that the custom bike in every way outperformed his previous off-the-shelf bikes. The 1996/1997 season was a big year for Quiring as he raced professionally on the Bianchi-Martini Racing Team, which was an international team that traveled around the States and the World to compete in National and World Cup events.
When the team became defunct at the end of 1997, Quiring decided he needed to build a frame to his specs for racing and get back the feeling that his first custom provided. After many years of hard work that followed, Quiring Cycles, LLC, was finally formed in 1999 in order to make high-quality bicycles.
Web Site: quiringcycles.net
* 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)