zen bicycle fabrication

Portland-based Zen Bicycle Fabrication is closing its doors

by on February 25th, 2016 at 12:41 pm

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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Local bike industry roundup: Ecospeed, Vanilla, Renovo, Circa, North St and some Zen

by on October 3rd, 2014 at 3:02 pm

In the shop with North St. Bags-3

North St. Bags owner Curtis Williams hopes to take out a “community sourced to keep his expansion on track.
(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland)

I’ve been gathering news tidbits about local bike companies for several weeks now and since today is National Manufacturing Day, I decided it was time to put it all together into a roundup.

So get comfortable and read the latest news about Portland’s always-changing bike-related industry…
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Local industry news roundup: King, Zen, Rapha, Dalton, Murphy and Kinn

by on September 24th, 2013 at 11:00 am

Greg Hudson is featured in a promo shot for
Chris King’s new wheelset offerings.

With the big bicycle industry trade show (Interbike) just wrapping up, and with lots of local bike industry news piling up on my desk in the past few weeks, I figured it was time for another roundup…

Chris King Precision Components now offers complete wheelsets
Northwest Portland-based component manufacturer Chris King made a big announcement before Interbike: They now have a full-fledged wheel building program. The new line of wheels is built in-house and they offer models for road, cyclocross, and mountain bikes (ranging from $1,000 to $3,300 a set). They come with Chris King hubs (obviously) and are built up with an “intentionally selected” and “pedigreed list” of parts from respected industry brands. King’s wheel program is being overseen by Greg Hudson, formerly of Corsa Concepts. Get pricing info and learn more at ChrisKing.com.[Read more…]

New Portland bike frame manufacturer has Ellsworth roots

by on October 7th, 2011 at 11:29 am

Group shot of Zen Bicycle Fabrication, a new company that will begin making bike frames (O.E.M. for other brands in North Portland.
(Photos: Zen Bicycle Fabrication)

The (somewhat mysterious) new O.E.M.* bicycle frame manufacturing operation we reported on last week has officially opened for business and released a statement with more information about their company.
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