Bike without compromises
Swimming against the current can work! Two inventive spirits in Leipzig have reinvigorated an old craft for true bike aficionados. With great attention to detail, Mario Vogel and Jan Dlouhy of Dlouhy Cycles build custom steel bike frames. Combined with modern bike technology and colorful paint jobs by local designer Mario Pitsch, this results in unique bikes, many of them lasting a lifetime. Each one is as individual as its owner.
“Our customers value this kind of accuracy,” Vogel says. “People who come to us are already highly familiar with bikes, and they know what they want. During the production process, we optimize all the details so that the owner can also work on their own bike later on if they want.”
The first test drive takes place right outside the workshop, under the leafy trees lining Leipzig’s Erich-Zeigner-Allee. “We always see that as the moment of truth,” Dlouhy says with a smile. “The customer climbs on and rides down the street. At some point, they turn around, and we can finally see the look on their face. Luckily, they’ve always been grinning ear to ear so far!”