The first ever European Handmade Bicycle Exhibition (EHBE) is being held in Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany, May 8-10, 2009. The EHBE hopes to bring together in one weekend custom bicycle makers from all around Europe. To date, over 30 exhibitors have already confirmed their participation, including big names Nevi, De Rosa, Zullo and
Independent Fabrication. From the UK, 18 Bikes have so far confirmed they will attend.
Perhaps the best known of the exhibitors on board so far is Italian legend De Rosa. For over 50 years, De Rosa has set the benchmark with their superb construction and exquisite finishing. De Rosa will be exhibiting the 2009 range; in particular, their titanium and steel models. Each and every one of the highly-prized De Rosa Ti2, Titanio XS, Corum and Neo Primato models is “su misura” – custom built – by Doriano De Rosa, demonstrating he has inherited all of the skills and flair of father and company founder Ugo De Rosa – arguably one of the worlds’ finest framebuilders.
Another big name who will be joining De Rosa as one of the major show attractions is Independent Fabrication of the USA. IF are rapidly gaining a reputation as being amongst the best of the US ‘micro-brands’,with each of their sought-after models fully customizable and made-to-measure.
Other names already confirmed for the show include Nevi Titanium and Zullo of Italy; German specialists Ulrich Vogel and Gebla Precision Frames; Le Cadre from the Netherlands; 18Bikes from the UK and MSH1 Bicycle Works from the USA.
Switzerland is represented by touring specialists Stolz, plus Schlumpf Innovations, who design and manufacture a range of decidedly different gearing systems.
The show runs from May 8th – 10th 2009 at the Congress-Centrum Stadtgarten, Schwäbisch Gmünd, in southern Germany. Getting there is easy; Stuttgart Airport is close by and the town is easily reached by major road networks and rail.