We are excited to have been selected as one of the original LOW// Bicycles Dealers. Keen to bring a wider choice of builders to the European market LOW// was a natural selection. Their reputation and standing within the North American fixed gear scene speaks for itself.
low bicycles are a small manufacturer of high quality, handmade aluminum bicycle racing frames. Established in 2010 by Andrew Low, all of their frames are manufactured by hand in San Francisco, California, U.S.A.
The following excerpt form their website reflects exactly why we wanted to include them in our range:
"Our designs reflect a passion for the sport, the craft, and the culture. Here in San Francisco, we are at ground-zero of one of the most vibrant cycling communities in the world. With most major manufacturers moving their production overseas, and dozens of cookie-cutter import fixie brands popping up like mushrooms, our mission is to honor the craft by staying local and keeping all our production in-house, and honor our heritage by continually working with and responding to the needs of the cycling community to provide the highest quality and fastest bikes we can build. Because we take pride in the quality and precision of our work, each frame is handmade in-house, in small batch production runs."
Whilst others covert exotic materials LOW// continue to build with aluminium and have demonstrated that a well built aluminum frame can under certain applications out perform high end carbon fiber frames. Providing a cost effective and in many cases more robust material it is an attractive material for track and fixed crit racing.
So what do LOW// believe sets them apart? Rather than try and explain, it's far easier to let them do it for themselves...
"the process: Low Bicycles goes above and beyond our competitors when it comes to welding our frames. Welding is just one of the many steps involved in the fabrication process, but it is what really sets Low Bicycles apart from the rest of the industry. We have perfected a multi-pass smooth weld technique that is significantly more labor intensive than the welding process used by our competitors. The larger smoothed out fillets not only look good, but they increase joint stiffness, and reduce stress risers that lead to cracks and frame failure. Stress risers are commonly associated with sharp angle breaks at the tube junctions of aluminum frames."
We would like to remind potential customers that as with all the builders we work with LOW// frames are handbuilt and can therefore take that little bit longer to obtain; however we think you will find the wait well worth while! On some occasions we may hold stock of some frames, please check the store for details and availability.
You can find more information about LOW// bicycles at their website