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If it is a classic and beautiful handmade racing bicycle you are looking for, Pinarello could be your answer. From 1952 Pinarello has been building quality road and track racing bikes from its factory in Treviso, Italy. The company is one of the most successful in the history of the Tour de France, with Oscar […]

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Cannondale was responsible for pioneering aluminium as a bike construction material and it has almost exclusively used aluminium for its products ever since. In 2004 Cannondale really picked up the pace with its carbon/alloy composite Six13 model, a bike that became popular very quickly and sold plenty of units. The following year the company launched […]

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Before Trek rose to prominence as the premier American bicycle manufacturer, Schwinn was the biggest company in US cycling through most of the 20th Century. The company started in 1895 and, after a long life of mixed successes, went bankrupt and was bought by Pacific Cycle in 2001. In 1938 the company introduced what was […]

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Eddy Merckx

Eddy Merckx retired in 1977 as one of the greatest cyclists ever to have ridden. The Belgian champion won the Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia five times each, the Vuelta a Espana once and set the hour track record at Mexico City in 1972. Merckx’s legacy lives on in the bikes created at […]

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Canada’s biggest contribution to the world of cycling comes in the form of Cervelo, a young company that has really only hit its straps in the past two years. Cervelo began in 1995 when Phil White and Gerard Vroomen teamed up in Toronto to build racing bikes. The pair had designed a radical time trial […]

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The leading Spanish bike manufacturer, Orbea is building a reputation for quick, responsive and great quality road bikes. The company actually began as a weapons maker in 1840, but in 1930 and at the end of the Spanish Civil War it shifted its focus to bicycles. One of the most striking and popular elements of […]

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Founded in Italy in 1885, Bianchi is the world’s oldest bicycle manufacturer still in operation. The company made its start when a 21-year-old, Edoardo Bianchi, started building bikes in a small shop in Milan in 1885. A point of distinction for Bianchi bikes is their trademark ‘celeste’ colour, which is a shade of turquoise that […]

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Scott is based in Switzerland and, although the company has existed since 1958, it has only been the past 20 years that it has been a force in cycling. The breakthrough for Scott was the aerodynamic handlebar design that helped Greg LeMond win the 1986 Tour de France. In that same year the company developed […]

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A relative newcomer to the cycling scene, Litespeed turned out its first bike in 1986 and is based in Tennessee in the US. The major point of difference between Litespeed and other bike manufacturers is that the company exclusively produces titanium bikes. Although Litespeed experimented with carbon fibre and aluminium models between 2002 and 2006, […]

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Giant is the world’s largest bicycle manufacturer and is based in Taiwan. The company started out in 1972 and originally just produced bikes to be branded by other companies such as Schwinn and Nishiki. The number of bikes produced by Giant is astounding; more than 4,700,000 were built in 2002, for example. An important part […]

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