Need a break from the
Tour de France? Enve recently held its third Builder Roundup, a sort of mini handmade show that’s starting to become not-so-mini.
Enve is one of the most prolific suppliers to the handmade community, and while the event is ostensibly designed to be a showcase of the company’s wares, it’s evolved into a reputable event in its own right, with builders from around the world descending upon Ogden, Utah, with their best and brightest.
There are far too many bikes to display in one go, so we’ve split the gallery into three parts. Enjoy part one today, and stay tuned for parts two and three in the days to come.
Australian builder Prova set hearts racing with this incredible titanium and carbon fiber machine. The paint is so deep and lustrous that it almost seems like you could reach your hand right into it. The one-piece Enve front end is beautifully integrated into the rest of the frame. Prova uses 3D printing to achieve such complex shapes in titanium. Cut. It. Out. The Enve Builder Showcase wasn’t meant to be a competition, but if there was a prize to be awarded, this Prova likely would have taken it home. It’s a shame that not more bikes aren’t built with painted-to-match cockpits. The titanium upper headset cover was 3D-printed since the necessary shape didn’t already exist. Prova also 3D-printed the upper part of the head tube. Everywhere you look, there are more incredible details. Naked Bicycles
This titanium machine from Naked is a bit of a mash-up, combining the ethos of the old Repack cruisers from the early days of mountain bikes, together with modern mountain bike geometry and bikepacking utility. Raise your hands if you think this looks like a good time! You get one guess where Naked builder Sam Whittingham lives and works. This seems like an awfully complicated mitering problem. The custom frame bag attaches with dedicated hard points so there are no straps required. Allied Cycleworks
Allied’s new Echo looks resplendent in this color. The key feature on the new Allied Echo is the adjustable geometry. Note the ovoid aluminum inserts at the end of the fork. Look, ma, no cables! This seat cluster shaping has become a trademark design feature on Allied frames. Allied’s internal routing design doesn’t require a special headset. Allied frames perhaps aren’t true one-offs, but they are built to order in Bentonville, Arkansas. The concealed cabling might be a royal pain to set up, but the advent of electronic shifting and hydraulic brakes means that you’ll almost never have to re-run the lines. Enve forks are popular amongst the custom crowd, but Allied makes its own. English Cycles