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Check out 10 stunning bikes from Bespoked Handmade Bicycle Show

Something for everyone with every type of bike and a variety of materials with our pick of the most eyecatching carbon, steel and titanium bikes from the expo

Loads of amazing bikes were on display at the Bespoked Handmade Bicycle Show over the weekend in Dresden, Germany – the first time the expo has taken place outside the UK – and here are the highlights…

Drust Cargo Bike 

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The Drust Cargo Bike was awarded the Best in Show title.

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Konstantin Drust makes custom steel bikes in Berlin. This one is built around a Pinion gearbox

Spoon Customs Izoard RR  

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The Izoard RR from UK company Spoon Cycles is a custom steel road bike.

Spoon Customs Izoard RR 1 (Rory Hitchens/Greenleaves Cycling)
(Rory Hitchens/Greenleaves Cycling)

The front triangle is made from Columbus HSS, the rear is Columbus Spirit, and the dropouts are stainless.

Quirk Cycles Superchub 

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The Superchub from London’s Quirk Cycles is designed as a cross-country hardtail but here it has been decked out for bike packing duties with an Old Man Mountain front loader and a custom set bags from Timba Equipment

Auguste Launch TSL 48 

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A couple of features stand out on this Launch TSL 48 Columbus steel bike from France’s Auguste. First, it’s a fixie. Second, check out the asymmetric seatstays that are designed for “originality but also to distribute the load evenly on the seat tube”.

DeAnima Cicli DeFer 

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Italy’s DeAnima makes a range of bikes in both steel and carbon fibre. This DeFer gravel bike uses Dedaccciai Zero Uno tubes and is available in a custom geometry.

Repete R3 

Repete R3 1 (Rory Hitchens/Greenleaves Cycling)
(Rory Hitchens/Greenleaves Cycling)

Repete, from the Czech Republic, offer the Columbus Spirit HSS steel R3 with hidden cable routing and enough space to fit tyres up to 35mm wide.

Repete R3 4 (Rory Hitchens/Greenleaves Cycling)
(Rory Hitchens/Greenleaves Cycling)

A bolt right at the top of the seatstays holds the seatpost in place without the need for a traditional-style clamp.

Ichnu Era 

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The Ichnu Era’s frame is made in Europe from custom carbon and 3D-printed titanium. The tubes use three different types of carbon fibre wound together with Dyneema fibres or laid up with Kevlar fabrics, depending on the area of the frame.

Fern Ultra Rando 

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This steel bike from Germany’s Fern is designed to be a lightweight randonneur with a claimed weight of 9.4kg. That’s fully built up with a front rack, mudguards, lights and pedals.

Leaf Cycles Klunker 

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If you fancy going riding fully tooled up, this Leaf Cycles Klunker is the bike for you. It comes with a cromo steel frame and fork and, of course, it’s available without all of the numerous mounting points for trail-building tools too.

Leon Larage 

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The LaRage is a 3Al-2.5V titanium (double-butted) gravel bike from France’s Leon. You can have it either in a standard or custom geometry and can also change features like the head tube (straight or tapered), according to your preference.

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Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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wtjs | 4 months ago
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The added value of the Drust is not immediately obvious

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ktache | 4 months ago
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That Drust rocks!

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chrisonabike replied to ktache | 4 months ago
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Ingenious - but I wonder about the toughness?  I guess because of space requirements you're not going to be carrying tons though?

Probably a "how long's a piece of string" / horses for courses.  Witness what happened when a courier company got their hands on the late great Mike Burrow's 8freight (another take on a 2-wheel cargo layout).  Result - one increasingly peeved designer and couriers regularly reporting "er... it broke again".

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Secret_squirrel replied to chrisonabike | 4 months ago
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Whats ingenious about it?   

Am I missing something?

It looks like a bag o'shite.

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Steve K replied to Secret_squirrel | 4 months ago
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I'm with you S_s.  It doesn't even look particularly practical - any cargo has got to fit under that cross bar.  

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chrisonabike replied to Secret_squirrel | 4 months ago
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Secret_squirrel wrote:

Whats ingenious about it?

In the "why make a special (heavy!) cargo bike frame, when you can just weld two bike frames together" sense?  I'm assuming of course that the bar above the load makes the whole thing stiffer, meaning a lighter frame at the bottom.

Could be another devastatingly impractical strike from the Good Idea fairy though.

Looking again it does seem it might be tricky keeping the load level.  And if imbalanced or the load shifted that could be less stable than the bakfiets-style.  And there may be a good reason why those bikes tend to have a small tyre up front, aside from making loading easier.

Possibly this one would behave like a rock star e.g. get totally unstable when loaded...

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Pot00000000 | 4 months ago
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Nope. Expected to see ten stunning bikes and left disappointed ☹️ 

zero stunning bikes available to view 

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Secret_squirrel replied to Pot00000000 | 4 months ago
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I tend to agree.  Looking at the replete it tells me the designer has never ridden off road in their life.  You never leave a honking great gap at the top rear of the seatpost where all the shite can get in and stick the seat post in the frame.

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quiff replied to Secret_squirrel | 4 months ago
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Secret_squirrel wrote:

I tend to agree.  Looking at the replete it tells me the designer has never ridden off road in their life.  You never leave a honking great gap at the top rear of the seatpost where all the shite can get in and stick the seat post in the frame.

Your point probably stands either way, but it's not an off-road bike. It may be impractical, but I've always thought this style of clamp looks super classy on Saffron bikes.

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Backladder | 4 months ago
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They're not trail-building tools on the Klunker, that's a standard commuter self defense kit!

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andystow replied to Backladder | 4 months ago
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Backladder wrote:

They're not trail-building tools on the Klunker, that's a standard commuter self defense kit!

This got me nice safe passing behaviour.

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NOtotheEU replied to andystow | 4 months ago
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Was it mounted it sideways and running at the time?

"I'm on my way to the job site and want it warmed up when I get there officer"

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