Products that are made in America are becoming increasingly rare these days, especially when it comes to bicycles. The bike industry is dominated by brands that rely heavily on overseas manufacturing. This isn't necessarily a bad trend, but it makes it challenging to buy American if that is a priority for you.
Don’t despair! There are brave revolutionaries out there — small independent builders who are keeping the dream of American-made bikes alive.
Many cyclists dream about owning a bike built by one of these craftsmen. But sometimes it can be prohibitively expensive. It can also take months or years to get a custom bike made. Buying pre-owned is one way to get an American-made bike at a great price, right now.
The Fourth of July is coming up. So, let's take a look at seven shining examples from our inventory on The Pro's Closet. Celebrate this Independence Day with bikes built right here in the USA.
Mosaic Cycles produces handcrafted, bespoke titanium and steel bicycles in Boulder, Colorado. Mosaic has built an enviable reputation for itself by creating beautifully finished dream bikes that have won several awards at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS). This RT-2 is a refined, but value-oriented titanium road bike, constructed with straight-gauge titanium tubes, and fitted with an ENVE Road 2.0 fork and Shimano Ultegra R8000 parts. The beautiful blue-gray paint is done by Mosaic's sister company Spectrum Paint & Powder Works.
No. 22 Bicycle Company Great Divide Disc
No. 22 Bicycle Company strives to create forward-thinking, feature-rich titanium frames built by veteran craftsmen in Johnstown, New York. No. 22 uses clean lines and contemporary finishes to showcase the beauty of raw and anodized titanium. This builder won several awards at NAHBS last year. The Great Divide Disc is a well-rounded endurance road bike with a full Shimano Ultegra Di2 drivetrain. It provides increased tire clearance, all-weather stopping power with hydraulic disc brakes, and all-day riding comfort for long backroad adventures.
Winter Bicycles Custom
Winter Bicycles manufactures custom bicycles and luxurious necessities including forks, rack, and other fittings in Centre County, Pennsylvania. At Winter Bicycles, the goal is to build bikes that carry a sense of year-round versatility with fresh, clean design. The bicycles are made from a custom blend of steel tubing and meant to be great for everything from training rides to casual commutes. This custom road bike features a Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 groupset, a small front rack for carrying luggage, and a stylish matching frame pump.
Mosaic’s bike building expertise extends beyond road bikes into cyclocross, gravel, mountain, and even city bikes. This XT-1 is a high-performance cyclocross bike bred from a strong tradition of Colorado Front Range ‘cross racing. It's built with oversized internally double-butted titanium tubes to trim weight while remaining stiff for efficient power transfer. The bike is race-ready with a 1x Shimano XTR Di2 drivetrain and NOX carbon rims laced to Project 321 hubs. Spectrum Paint & Powder Works painted this bike with those distinctive stripes.
Speedvagen bikes are produced in small batches by The Vanilla Workshop based out of Portland, Oregon. The Speedvagen mission is to build a handful of great bikes that are refined and truly meaningful to their owners. All of its bikes are built out of steel with classic lines and plenty of details (just look at those machined dropouts) that make bike lovers drool. This gold VX07 is a simple singlespeed cyclocross bike that can be ridden hard on the street or in the mud and look good doing it.
Moots has been handcrafting bicycle frames in Steamboat Springs, Colorado for nearly four decades. Moots builds its high-quality titanium bicycle frames and components to handle the rugged roads and trails that can be found throughout the Rockies. The Frosthammer is a versatile, all-season mountain bike that can fit 26x4.8” fat bike tires for riding in snow and up to 29x3.0” tires for shredding dirt. This example comes with 27.5x3.0” tires on carbon Whiskey No. 9 rims, laced to Industry Nine hubs. The golden SRAM Eagle XX1 drivetrain adds some bling too.
This is one for the history buffs. In the '90s, Klein pioneered the use of large-diameter aluminum tubes, and bikes like the Attitude were far ahead of their time with modern features like internal cable routing and press-fit bottom brackets. This Attitude pops with Klein’s signature two-tone paint, Mission Control cockpit, a full Shimano XTR Groupset, and an early RockShox Quadra 21R suspension fork. Though Klein no longer produces bikes, it lives on in the memories of many riders as one of the great American bike brands. This is a bike that will stand out in the collection of any vintage bike lover.