The Philly Bike Expo announced today it has surpassed 35 registered custom frame builders, the largest number in its seven year history. While this number is still well short of the 80-90 that the North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS) regularly attracts, this still makes the Philly Bike Expo a significant event for the cycling industry not only in the U.S.A. but also internationally.
International growth seems to be where the Philly Bike Expo is heading with its frame builder contingent. Last year Shand Cycles was the first frame builder from outside North America to exhibit in Philly. This year those brands include Cherubim and Nagasawa from Japan and Portus from Germany. Italian frame builder Battaglin first heard about the expo too late to exhibit this year but is seriously considering being there in 2017.
Among the North American frame builders, most are based relatively close to Philadelphia, but four builders are coming from California: Calfee, Frances, Inglis/Retrotec and Moth Attack; three from Colorado: Da Vinci, Gallus and Nobilette; and two will travel from Oregon: Cielo and Co-Motion.
Many of the frame builders exhibiting in Philly seldom appear at other shows, so this expo presents a rare opportunity to meet these builders in person. Richard Sachs, Cicli Polito, Da Vinci, Moth Attack, 44 Bikes, Vlad, Breismeister, Cobra, Coast, Cycles Ed, Dogwood, Hanford, Fenix, Nagasawa, Royal H, Stanridge, Wraith, and Von Hof are all among the builders who are using the Philly Bike Expo as a key show appearance and a main avenue for interacting with their customer base in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.