Picture perfect: Beauty and simplicity sum up the creation from
Aaron Dykstra of the Six-Eleven Bike Company. “I grew up hearing a romantic narrative from my grandparents about the time
they spent touring Europe by bicycle after World War II,” says
Aaron of his inspiration. “With photos, slides and a meticulous
travel journal, my grandfather would paint stories of the mountainous terrain and quaint little villages they visited while touring.
Though my grandparents are gone, those stories continue to
Groovy, baby: Rody Walter still does things the old way. He
makes his bikes (or, actually, your bike) one at a time and doesn’t
begin one until he identifies what the rider is expecting to get out
of it. By the way, those bars are called LUV handles, and Rody
makes them in titanium, ceramic or steel.
Long-time Ti: Dean Titanium has been around for 23 years and
continues to amaze with their titanium creations made out of their
headquarters in Boulder, Colorado. While fat tires seemed to be
the rage of NAHBS, Dean offers dual suspension and hardtails for
everyone, from trail riders to cross-country racers. ❏
Have an Xprezo: Hugo Bardou (shown) founded Xprezo in
Quebec, Canada, in 2003 to make bikes for racers. His new, full-suspension S650 is a lightweight race frame with 27.5-inch wheels.
It’s said to climb as well as it descends.
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