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Portland-based Zen Bicycle Fabrication is closing its doors

Posted on February 25th, 2016 at 12:41 pm.

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A bicycle frame manufacturer based in north Portland has decided to call it quits. According to Bicycle Retailer and Industry News magazine, Zen Bicycle Fabrication “has discontinued operations and is in the process of vacating its premises.”

Zen launched in 2011 by company owners David and Jen Woronets. David was head of production for Vancouver Washington-based Ellsworth Cycles before going out on his own with Zen. According to BRAIN, the decision to close was based on a lack of business. “We built our facility based on maintaining a certain capacity, and we had too many months below that figure to continue… We wanted to maintain a 100-piece minimum order, but much of the interest is in runs of 10s and 20s,” Woronets told the magazine. The company had nine employees when it launched in 2011 but that number has since dwindled to five.

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Industry Ticker: Ti Cycles 25-year Retrospective coming to Velo Cult

Posted on August 26th, 2015 at 1:04 pm.

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Industry Ticker: The Vanilla Workshop launches ‘Urban Racer’ model

Posted on June 2nd, 2015 at 8:10 am.

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The new Urban Racer from The Vanilla Workshop, the latest in Sacha White’s Speedvagen line.
(Photos by John Watson)

Sacha White, the southeast Portland-based maker of fine bicycles who has sat among the top American framebuilders for years, has just released a new bike: the Urban Racer.

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Industry Ticker: Renovo launches ‘Ready-To-Ride’ line

Posted on February 3rd, 2015 at 11:20 am.

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Stepped up production means you can get a Renovo in just a few weeks, instead of a few months.
(Photos: Renovo Bicycles)

Welcome to Industry Ticker, a new column where we’ll share news from the local bike industry.

Southeast Portland based hardwood bicycle makers Renovo are moving beyond custom frames with their new “Ready to Ride” line. Now you can get one of their bikes with just a few weeks wait.

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New Portland business aims to supply local frame builders

Posted on January 14th, 2015 at 12:48 pm.

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Co-founders Mike Cobb (L) and Tony Tapay.

Portland’s well-known crop of bicycle builders will now have a much easier time sourcing the tubing and frame parts they need thanks to a new business that officially launched today.

Framebuilder Supply is the work of 47-year-old Tony Tapay and 44-year-old Mike Cobb, two men who have over 35 years of bicycle industry experience under their belts. (Both of them are likely familiar to BikePortland readers as well. Tony for his regular comments, and Mike for his exploits as a world-class bike messenger and involvement with the Disaster Relief Trials and other events.)

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Local builder roundup: A carbon ‘cross collaboration and a new builder

Posted on October 18th, 2012 at 11:35 am.

Bike maker Joshua Bryant.
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Welcome to the latest edition of our local builder roundup. With such a thriving crop of bike makers here in Portland, there’s always news to share about what they’re up to. Today we’ll share more on the continuing carbon influx and a new, emerging builder.

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Introducing Joshua Bryant of Cycles J Bryant
In the last roundup we said goodbye to Mitch Pryor and his classicly-styled randonneuring bikes.

Today we introduce you to a new builder in a similar vein, Joshua Bryant (in a recent interview, Joshua actually named Pryor as one of his influences).

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NAHBS Spotlight: A closer look at Paul Brodie’s 1888 Whippet Replica

Posted on March 2nd, 2012 at 5:10 pm.

Tucked away in the corner of the Sacramento Convention Center in a nondescript booth hosted by a Canadian university is a bike that looks like it may have come from another century. 

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A visit to Co-Motion Cycles in Eugene

Posted on December 19th, 2011 at 11:15 am.

Tandems on display at Co-Motion Cycles in west Eugene
(Photos: Will Vanlue)

During my time in Eugene, in addition to seeing the city’s new cycle track, I stopped by Co-Motion Cycles for a tour of their facilities. My initial plan was to take a look at some of the interesting facts about the production of their bicycles, but I ended up also learning a bit about their approach to business.

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Industrial designer, boat builder team up on plywood cargo bike

Posted on May 19th, 2011 at 12:00 pm.

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Exclusive: Portland bike maker partners with Audi

Posted on March 31st, 2011 at 12:36 pm.

The ‘duo’ from Audi, made by Portland-based Renovo Hardwood Bicycles.
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