Custom brands like custom shops. Mosquito in North London is certainly a custom shop – it boasts three Serotta International Cycling Institute bike fitters among its knowledgeable staff. That’s helped attract prestige brands the likes of Moots, Independent Fabrications, Zullo, Lynskey, and so on. Now Mosquito Bikes have added the Alchemy Bicycle Company to their portfolio.
Alchemy Bikes of Denver, Colorado, manufacture framesets using stainless steel and carbon fibre. It’s a sort of old school, new school approach but interestingly these are the materials which they claim yield the highest quality frames available. Of course the skill of the builder is just as important as the material used and they stress that all of their frames are made by craftsmen, each dedicated to building a perfectly fitting and tuned performance bicycle for every customer.
To achieve this they use their own proprietary Techne-Craft – where technology meets craft – manufacturing standards which ensures for instance, perfect tube to tube fitment, removing the need for filler. They believe this attention to detail elevates the custom bike way above mass production bikes and provide many benefits, such as better fit, improved durability and technical superiority.
With that in mind they offer a lifetime warranty on all frames for defects in craftsmanship for as long as you own the frame. Plus they have a crash replacement scheme affording a 40% discount on a replacement frame.
They have a good reputation as well; their Arion aero frameset won ‘Best Carbon Fibre Frame’ at the 2012 North American Handmade Bike Show, and so its a natural fit for Mosquito, who have a great reputation for bike-fitting expertise and custom bike-building and will be at Bespoked Bristol, the UK Handmade Bike Show….(continued on page 2) >