There are a lot of amazing bikes here at NAHBS made by builders from all over the country; but I wanted to start our show coverage off by focusing on Oregon. As an Oregonian myself, and as someone who has followed local bike builders for many years — seeing several of them grow from an idea to a mature business — I have a special sense of pride for each of them.
Oregon is home to a wide range of bike builders known for their innovation and precision and revered by bike lovers both for their aesthetics, artistry and innovative ideas. Here are some of the Oregon builders I ran into on the NAHBS floor this morning…[Read more…]
(Photos © J. Maus)
Distefano (L) and Jay Sycip at an event
in Portland back in May.
(Photos © J. Maus)
Portland’s reputation as a hotbed for custom bike building has just taken another major leap forward with news breaking over the weekend that Chris King Precision Components has hired SyCip Designs co-founder and renowned framebuilder Jay Sycip (pronounced “see-sip”).
Sycip will work as a product manager for the company, but he’s also being hired to help Mr. Chris King revive Cielo Cycles, a framebuilding brand he created three decades ago.
The hire is a coup for Chris King and for Portland. [Read more…]
Chris King, the man who redefined headsets and has not compromised the quality of his Chris King Precision Components in over thirty years, has rekindled his love for making bicycle frames.
In typical Chris King style, he has quietly re-launched his Cielo Cycles brand name.
According Chris King Components marketing guy Chris Distefano, King began making frames in 1978, just two years after he created the headset that would make him a household name to bike geeks around the world. He built bikes primarily for road racing teams that would be labeled under a variety of nationally-known brand names.[Read more…]
While at the Chris King Tour de France party last night, I heard someone mention that a guy rolled up on a bicycle made by Chris King himself. In all my years in the bike industry, including a stint as a King employee, I was surprised I’d never heard about this before.
For anyone not familiar with Chris, his hubs and headsets (made right here in Portland) are considered to be the best in the world and they have been ridden to three Tour de France victories by the US Postal Service and Discovery Channel teams.