Custom frames and bespoke builds continue to garner a healthy corner of the bike market. Those searching for a head-turning ride made totally to their specification are prepared to part with serious money for their dream machines.
Matteo Visentini from specialists Passoni tells Dan Cavallari who the customer is, why they desire one of the Italian company's timeless titanium frames, and how a trained architect prefers a career working with beautiful bikes. And if you recognise Matteo’s surname, that’s because his father Roberto won the 1986 Giro d’Italia. Bicycles are in his blood.
We are also joined by Ben Farver from Argonaut Cycles, who grew from being a one-man steel operation to custom carbon production in Oregon with a dozen employees, combining the wonderful ride qualities of steel with the almost limitless customisation potential of carbon. Ben will tell you all about it.