Aegis Handmade Carbon Fiber Bicycle

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Handmade carbon fiber bicycle is a weird bike to want

Handmade Carbon Fiber BicycleBut you do want one. Nearly nobody has one. Nearly nobody has heard of one. It’s not the lightest. It’s not the cheapest. It’s not the most hyped. Lance never rode one. They’re not giving them away to race teams.

Good. You can get it in whatever colors you want—the weirder the better. You can get it in triathlon, time trial, road, track, mountain or cross. You can get it in just about any size you need—including women’s. You can get it in about a week after you order it.

Better. It’s handmade of carbon fibers in a little town in Maine, by people who love what they do. And know exactly what they are doing. Because they are the people who invented what they do. They invented carbon bike frame manufacturing. And they have the patents to prove it.

Best. They make possibly the best—and fastest—carbon fiber bicycles in the world. They make them one at a time. And guarantee them to last as long as you. Maybe longer. So if you get one, and you don’t crash it, put it in your will. But if you get one and you do crash it, they give you a big discount on a replacement. Because they are built by people with big hearts.

Welcome to Up North. Why would you want a handmade carbon fiber bicycle built Up North, in Maine? For starters, you have to understand Up North. These frames are built as far north in Maine as you can go without making friends with the Canadian border patrol. And to get to the town where they’re made, Van Buren, a potato’s throw from the Canada border, you pass a lot of barns.

And you notice three things about these barns: They’re big. They’re old. And they’re standing.

You have to understand the people Up North who build these kinds of things. These barns were built a hundred or so years ago, by people who wanted to pass them onto their grandchildren. People who didn’t want to have to go out and build another barn in a few years.

Or in a hundred years.

Frugal people built these barns. The kind of people who wasted nothing. The kind of people who found 151 ways to serve a potato. So these barns are big, but you have to understand that they are not one inch larger than they needed to be.

When you venture way Up North to the very last town in America, you will find people who know exactly what to do with carbon fibers.

You will meet the people of Aegis.

Aegis Handmade Carbon Fiber frameThese are the legendary people who perfected carbon fiber bicycle making. People who’ve been improving the process for 20 years. People like John Desjardin, who runs the workshop where they are made. John’s been building Aegis bicycles for sixteen years. Says his secret is simple—dependable bikes are built by dependable people.

How dependable?

“Well,” says John, “I wouldn’t trade any one of my people for five other people.” These are people who build bicycles to endure.

Why not use aluminum or titanium or some other high-tech metal? Because carbon is lighter, stronger, stiffer and more durable. It makes bicycles that absorb road shocks, and flex and works with you to translate your sweat into speed more efficiently than any other material.

It makes bicycles that feel alive.

Now, they could make them lighter. But then they would break. The people of Aegis build bike frames, not one ounce heavier than they need to be. And not one ounce lighter. Because they know what breaks a bike. Because these people break lots of them. Because they put these bike frames through a torture test on a machine that stretches, shakes and flexes each one hundred of times. When you put your hand on a frame in the torture machine, you can feel it flex like the muscles of a live animal.

Yes, like muscles, frames do fail.

But given a choice between a frame failing under you or under the watchful eyes of John, you’ll pick him every time. So will John.

You have to understand that the people of Maine have been building everything from ships to barns to bicycles for a long time—to endure oceans and blizzards and ornery animals and heat and humidity and seasons of cold and rain.

They build things to endure.

To endure thousands of miles of soft shoulders, and potholes, and trucks, and dogs, and buses, and rainstorms, and flats, and manholes, and mud holes, and culverts, and races and roads.

They build bicycles to endure.

They build bicycles that corner and climb and pull and roll with a comfort and strength that makes them the joy of racers and the love of weekend riders.

They build bicycles for people who understand about handmade carbon fiber bicycle.

They build bicycles for people who dream about handmade carbon fiber bicycle.