Boutique Bicycle Manufacturers – The Ultimate List (SO-SP)

Here is the list of the boutique* bicycle manufacturers, ordered by their name (starting with SO-SP). 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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SOMEC

Founded by Oliviero Gallegati in 1973, the company is located in Sant’Agata sul Santerno, Ravenna, Italy. SOMEC comes from the Italian “Mechanic’s Society” acronym, “Societa’ Mecchanica”. In the beginning the bikes were sold to local cyclists but with increased exposure at international bike shows, SOMEC received orders from many foreign customers fascinated with the work of SOMEC’s superbly skilled artisans. Now SOMEC distributes its products all over the world. They build almost all type of bicycles made from the all popular materials (carbon, titanium, steel and aluminum).

SOMEC Revolution
SOMEC Revolution, custom built carbon road bike

Web Site: somec.com

Sotherland Custom Bicycles

Sotherland touring bike
A beautiful casual bike by Sotherland. Frame by Sotherland Custom Bicyces, paint by Sanchez Paint Shop.

Founded by John Sotherland, the company is located in Whitewater, Wisconsin, United States. Sotherland is hand-crafting custom bicycles for more than 20 years.

Web Site: sotherlandbikes.com

Soulcraft

The company is located in Petaluma, California, United States. It was founded by Sean Walling, wo has more than 25 years of experience and previously worked for Bruce Gordon Cycles and Salsa Cycles.

“We want the bike to “disappear” beneath you so you can concentrate on riding; a bike that fits and handles so well you don’t think about what you’re doing, you simply do it.” -Sean Walling

Soulcraft Royale. Features: 2 Coat Powder Paint With Iron Phosphate Pre-Treatment, Blind/Sealed Stainless Steel Water Bottle Bosses With Diamond Reiforcements, Complete Custom Fitting, Externally Butted Head Tube, Frame Delivered Fully Prepped And Ready To Assemble With Rust Inhibitor Sprayed Inside Seat Tube And On All Bare Metal Surfaces, Internally Butted Head Tube, Internally Relieved BB Shell, Reinforced Seat Collar Insert, Rider Specific Tubeset, Sealed Tubeset (no vent holes), Sloping Top Tube Standard, Stainless Steel Cable Stops And Brake Line Guides, Stainless Steel Dropouts, Stamped head badge, Tig Welded Frame. See more: soulcraftbikes.com

Web Site: soulcraftbikes.com

Soulrider Frameworks

Soulrider road bike
A Soulrider road bike

Based in Istanbul, Turkey, Soulrider Frameworks was founded by Yasin C. Bingöl, a metallurgical engineer and also an avid cyclist.

“If you want to be different in the bunch and want to feel the silky ride of the steel bicycle which is built only for you then Soulrider Frameworks at your service.”

Web Site: soulrider.bike

Speedhound Bikes

Speedhound THE ONE
Speedhound THE ONE

Founded in 2009, the company is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States. Their ONLY ONE™ frameset features the patent-pending Speedhound Dropout System™ (SDS). This allows the ONLY ONE to be configured (and reconfigured) to suit virtually any riding style and drivetrain preference. It even allows you to use a belt drive instead of a chain.

Based on a cyclo-cross geometry, the ONLY ONE also features a wide fork crown and S-bend chainstays that can accommodate 700 X 38 tires, large chainrings, and narrow chainlines. “Want a road bike? Build it up with your favorite road group. Is light trail riding your thing? Do it cyclo-cross style. Prefer the simplicity of single speed or fixed gear? Bring it! Want a low maintenance city bike? Set it up with a belt drive and geared hub.”

Web Site: speedhoundbikes.com

Speedvagen

Located in Portland, Oregon, United States, Speedvagen manufactures limited production, steel race bikes designed and built by hand.

Speedvagen OG1
Speedvagen OG1: Steel frame, choice of Ultegra Mechanical or Di2 Electronic, ENVE 2.0 road fork, Mavic Ksyrium Elite wheels & tires, Fabric Scoop saddle with Titanium rail, PRO handlebar wrapped in fi’zi:k superlight tacky touch, Ritchey seatpost head & PRO PLT stem both painted to match. “Made from the latest technology, our new steel is to traditional steel what a Tesla is to a 60’s Ford. Speedvagen tubes are 4-6 times stronger than the tubing people typically associate with a steel bike. Because it’s stronger, it can be made lighter, resulting in a Speedvagen as light as 13 lbs (6 kg) complete.”

Web Site: speedvagen.com

Spooky Cycles

The company was first founded in New England in 1992. In in 2000, the owners walked away and it was disbanded. A few years later, Spooky 2.0 was born. But, the brand again stepped down and took its last breath. In 2016, Spooky Cycles is again resurrected. Today, it is located in Portland, Oregon, United States.

All aluminum bikes are being made by Frank the Welder in Vermont. They use Dedacciai tubing mixed with US-made bottom brackets, head tubes, and dropouts.

Spooky Mulholland LE
Spooky Mulholland LE: Limited to 25 frames in the first batch. Di2, mechanical, or eTap shifting. Bikes have big tire clearance, built based around clearing a Vittoria Pave 27 on a 23mm wide rim with ample clearance around the tire. Frames ship approximately 2 weeks after order confirmation and deposit. Bikes will use a 30.9 seatpost, 35mm front derailleur clamp, and a 44mm head tube. The launch bikes are shipping with an ENVE 2.0 tapered fork (1-1/8″ to 1-1/4″) and a Chris King Inset8 headset.

Web Site: wearespooky.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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