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…
The Drust Cargo Bike was awarded the Best in Show title.
Konstantin Drust makes custom steel bikes in Berlin. This one is built around a Pinion gearbox.
The Izoard RR from UK company Spoon Cycles is a custom steel road bike.
The front triangle is made from Columbus HSS, the rear is Columbus Spirit, and the dropouts are stainless.
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.
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”.
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, 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.
A bolt right at the top of the seatstays holds the seatpost in place without the need for a traditional-style clamp.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.