Boutique Bicycle Manufacturers – The Ultimate List (A)

Here is the list of the boutique* bicycle manufacturers, ordered by their name (starting with A). 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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Ahearne Cycles

Ahearne cycles is based in Portland, Oregon, United States. It is owned by Joseph Ahearne, who build custom-made touring bicycles, and also some other things like insulated pint glass, insulated coffee mug, etc.

Ahearne World Touring Bike
This bike is very custom, and is ready for anything. The list of features includes: 26″ wheels, Rohloff 14 speed internally geared rear hub, Gates Carbon belt drive, Paul “Klamper” disc brakes, Supernova lights powered by a Schmidt front generator hub, internal wiring throughout. On top of the stem is the Supernova “Plug” which is a USB port to charge small devices from the power of the front hub. The bike has S&S couplers so it can be broken down for easier transport on airplanes etc. The racks are custom, steel, made in house. The fenders have very nice and understated striping, and the offset color of the racks is a quiet nod to the custom aesthetic. Keefer’s bike is ready to hit the road for the long haul.
There are a lot more detailed photos on flickr, including some photos of the process.

Web Site: ahearnecycles.com

Alchemy Bicycle Company

Based in Denver, Colorado, United States, the Alchemy Bicycle Company design, engineer, and hand-build a wide range of bicycles – road bikes, Cyclo-x, and mtb. They use custom, semi-custom and stock options in carbon fiber, titanium, and stainless steel while building frames.

Alchemy Arion
Alchemy Arion is the two-time winner of the “Best Carbon Bike” award at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS). “Of all the bikes we have built, the Arion is my favorite. It’s the perfect balance of performance and ride quality. Quick on flats, up and down hills, all the while leaving you ready for more after a long day in the saddle. Plus, it was our first frame made 100% in house, so it holds a special place in my heart.” –Matt Maczuzak, Engineer & Co-Owner Alchemy Bicycles. Photo: alchemy.bike

Web Site: alchemy.bike

All-City Cycles

The company is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States.

“Our goal is to make a significant contribution to the equipment and culture of urban cycling. This is not a cash in, this is not a fad, this is our life, our love, our community and our dream. We are a company of riders making products for other riders. We share a lifelong passion for the machines, the people who ride them, and the positive changes both can affect in this world.”

All-City Mr. Pink
All-City Mr. Pink: The flagship road race bike of All-City was designed to carry a rider as quickly and efficiently as possible over any road surface. From pot-hole-filled city streets, to long road rides in the country, to gravel centuries, this bike does it all with the style and smoothness that can only come from high-end steel.
Geometry-wise, it’s a classic racer, but they’ve made tweaks to the equation that remove the limitations associated with an average road bike. It has clearance for 32c tires (28’s w/fenders) for mixed-terrain riding, hidden fender mounts for foul-weather days and an ED coating for rust prevention and longevity. The Columbus Zona tubeset is lightweight and provides a stiff, yet comfortable ride. The Mr. Pink sports all of our classic steel touches: a custom head badge, All-City signature dropouts, a signature brazed-on seat collar, internal top tube cable routing for the rear brake, a pump peg and reinforcement stars on the bottle bosses. The complete bike is decked out with SRAM Rival 22-speed group, a Salsa bar and stem, tubeless ready DT Swiss wheels, FSA post, and Clement tires. This is the frame that won the 2013 Gravel World Championships.

Web Site: allcitycycles.com

Alliance Bicycles

Alliance Bicycles is based in Hailey, Idaho, United States and owned by Erik Rolf. Each bike is tailored to your body dimensions as well as your personal preferences. The bikes are built with high end steel, stainless steel, and titanium using premium tubesets and frame components from Columbus, True Temper, Dedacciai, KVA, and Reynold.

Rolf says “I stand behind all of my work. All frames include a lifetime warranty against defects in craftsmanship and a 10 year warranty on materials to the original owner. I also guarantee satisfaction on fit, as well as, finish.”

Alliance road bike
“First and foremost, each bike is tailored to your body dimensions as well as your personal preferences. I carefully review all of your body measurements when designing a frame. I also ask about the current and previous bikes that you have ridden in order to establish a fit baseline for your new bike. I ask about your previous bikes because no two people have the same preference for position, even if they have the same body dimensions. Because of this, it’s important to start the process with a good understanding of what you like and don’t like. Some cyclists prefer to sit up and enjoy the view on a scenic country road, while others need to be in the most aerodynamic position in order to stay with the group on a fast paced club ride. Differences in pedaling technique, flexibility, core strength, and experience will also determine the way he or she sits on the bike.
The geometry of your bike relates directly to how your new bike will handle and respond to your input. Geometry is not related to fit, but to a cyclist’s positioning and weight distribution between the front and rear axles. Center of gravity is also an important consideration. I have my own take on bicycle geometry and I will discuss with you the various trade offs for each numerical decision. However, it’s important not to focus on one or two measurements of a frame, but rather how they will interact with each other.” –Erik Rolf. Photo: alliancebicycles.com

Web Site: alliancebicycles.com

Altruiste Bicycle Company Inc.

Altruiste Bicycle Company Inc. is based in Notre-Dame, New Brunswick, Canada.

Altruiste LeCorbo 2017
2017 Altruiste LeCorbo, built with Reynolds 853 tubing and dressed with beautiful classic turquoise paint job. Cable-actuated DuraAce groupset, Reynolds wheels and a 3T cockpit completes the build.

Altruiste Bikes on instagram

Anderson Custom Bicycles

Anderson Custom Bicycles located in Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States. On the website, the founder, Dave Anderson explains very detailed how to order a bike from him.

Dave Anderson says: “I specialize in building one of a kind custom bicycles and frame sets. Each is designed and hand built exclusively for the rider, based upon his or her unique specifications, wishes, needs, and riding style. I offer a wide variety of different style bicycles, with a special focus on Road, Cyclocross, and my ‘4-Seasons’ all-rounder bikes. Though phrases that include words like “custom” or “hand made” have become overused and clichéd, I do build truly ‘hand made’ bicycles, with all of the skill and care that someone buying such a machine should expect.”

Anderson Custom Built Road Bike
Anderson Custom Built Road Bike

Web Site: andersoncustombicycles.com

Appleman Bicycles

Located in St Louis Park, Minnesota, United States, Appleman Bicycles is founded by Matt Appleman in 2010. Every Appleman bike is built by him, right in the USA. All of the tubing is made in America as well.

Appleman builds every type of bicycles, from a fat bike to a classic road bike.

Appleman Road Bike
Located in St Louis Park, Minnesota, United States, Appleman Bicycles is founded by Matt Appleman in 2010. Every Appleman bike is built by him, right in the USA. All of the tubing is made in America as well.
Appleman builds every type of bicycles, from a fat bike to a classic road bike.
“From the head tube to the dropouts, your Appleman is unique to you. Every millimeter, every degree, every layer of is carbon thoughtfully chosen to provide you with the best ride, quality, durability, and fit.”

Web Site: applemanbicycles.com

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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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