Despite cold winters and varied climate throughout the year, Canada is a country rich in cycling culture as is evident by the bicycle brands that have sprung up across the country. From custom builders in small communities to multi-national corporations that distribute across the world, Canada has it all when it comes to bicycles companies. Whether you are looking for a bike built for speed or to tackle the countries most technical trails, a Canadian bike company makes it. Here is a list of Canadian bicycle companies and a little about each of them.
Altruiste Bikes recently receiving a lot of attention for winning the Best Mountain Bike and Best in Show award at the 2018 edition of the North American Handmade Bike Show (NAHBS). The Notre-Dame, N.B. based company offers hand made custom steel gravel, road, kids and mountain bikes.
Founded by retired cyclist Gervais Rioux in Montreal in 1989, Argon 18 has grown to distribute bikes aross the world and sponsors a number of professional cycling teams and triathletes. In 2018, Argon-18 sponsors Hugo Houle’s UCI WorldTour team Astana.
Founded by Paul Brodie in 1986, Brodie Bicycles began manufacturing custom steel hardtail mountain bikes in Vancouver. They expanded into making complete bikes and working with aluminum to expand their offerings. Brodie now has a catalogue of dozens of models from trail to commuter through to road and cyclocross.
Cachet Bicycle Company is a North Bay, Ont. based street and dirt jump focused custom builders. The company makes Jordie Lunn’s titanium dirt jump specific frames he’s used at Crankworx event.
Connecticut based Cannondale was opened in 1971. Today the company which distributes a range of aluminium and carbon bikes is owned by Canadian company Dorel Industries which is headquartered in Montreal. While the bike company holds onto its American roots, it’s been owned by Dorel since 2008. Cannondale supplies road frames for WorldTour team EF Education First-Drapac. The company also produces a range of mountain bikes, cyclocross bikes and urban bikes. Dorel also owns bike companies GT Bicycles and Pacific Cycle who in turn own Iron Horse Bicycles, Mongoose, Roadmaster and Schwinn Bicycle Company.
Cervélo was founded in 1995 by engineers Gerard Vroomen and Phil White. The company started by making high-end aerodynamic carbon race bikes. Cervélo bikes continue to be used in top level competitions by Team Dimension Data on the WorldTour and professional triathletes while the industry as a whole has followed the emphasis on aerodynamics. The company’s headquarters are in Toronto but it is now owned by Dutch conglomerate Pon Holdings.
Chromag is a mountain bike company based in Whistler, B.C. which welds custom frames in its Canadian facility and in Taiwan. In addition to the 29″, 27.5″, 27.5″ + and 26″ mountain bike frames the company produces, they also offer saddles, stems, seat posts and more.
Deep Cove in North Vancouver is where Cove got its start making freeride bikes in 1992. The North Shore company now offers 10 frames.
Chris Dekerf is the frame builder behind Victoria-based Dekerf Cycle Innovations. With 0ver thirty years in the business, the company started making frames and doing paint for original equipment manufacturers. The company now churns out frames, forks, bars, stems and complete bikes. At NAHBS 2016, Dekerf wone the Best Artisan Bike Award.
Devinci was established in Chicoutimi, Que in 1987 by two engineering students and have expanded to headquarters in Saguenay under new ownership. The company makes road and mountain bikes. Steve Smith was one of the company’s sponsored athletes at the time of his passing. The company also sponros Unior Devinci Factory Team which competes in Enduro events. Devinci also make Montreal’s Bixi bikes and the ones for Toronto Bike Share.
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Evolve is based in Squamish, B.C. and source their frames from overseas but use as many components and parts from companies in North America in their assemble. The company also does custom paint to deliver custom bikes.
Kona was founded in Vancouver in 1988 by Dan Gerhard and Jacob Heilbron. The headquarters are now in Ferndale, Washington. Kona make bikes from carbon, titanium, aluminum and steel. The company has a world-class gravity team, Kona Factory Team which races internationally.
Vancouver-based, Landyachtz are new to the bike building scene launching in the summer of 2016. The company that was building longboards, skateboards and skateboard accessories have decided to enter the cycling industry thanks to the founders Mike Perreten and Tom Edstrand interest in the sport. The company makes city, touring, road and custom bikes.
An apparel company founded in 1984 in Quebec City by former Olympic cyclist Louis Garneau, the Garneau has expanded to offer a range of sports products that began including bikes about 20 years ago. They now offer a range of time trial, cyclocross, road, adventure and fat. Customers can have their frames painted to their liking through the Garneau Dream Factory.
Giuseppe Marinoni started building frames in the early 80s after a lengthy career as a cyclist. Over 40 years ago he started building steel bikes in Montreal and the family business continues to this day. While known for the bikes, the founder himself has captured headlines in recent years. In 2012, Marinoni broke the 75-79 age group hour record with a 35.728-km ride at a velodrome near to where he was born in Brescia, Italy. In 2017, he broke the 80 to 84 hour record with a 39.004 km ride in Milton, Ont..
Since 1969, Mariposa has been hand-making frames in Toronto. The company was founded by John Palmer and Mike Barry, the father of former professional cyclist Michael Barry Jr. who now operates the business with his wife Dede since the brands relaunch in 2012. The company makes custom classic steel frames.
Naked Bicycles based in Heriot Bay on Quadra Island in B.C. has been building custom frames since 1998. Founded by Sam Whittingham who has done extended touring, triathlons and Race Across American. The company makes road, cross and mountain frames out of steel and titanium.
Owned by two Toronto-based Canadians and named after the atomic number of the company’s favoured material, No. 22 make hand-made titanium frames in their Johnstown, New York facility. With seven models, custom options and ready-made complete bikes, No. 22 have been growing rapidly in recent years. The company also offers in-house anodized finishes. No. 22 won the People’s Choice Award and Best in Show at the 2018 edition of NAHBS. In 2017 they took the award at NAHBS for Best Campagnolo Build.
Norco opened its doors in 1964 as Northern Cycle Industries and was founded by Bert Lewis. The company changed it’s name but has grown considerably from its humble roots. The company introduced the first full suspension BMX bike in 1973 and in 1975 began making 10-speed road bikes. The company expanded into mountain biking as the sport became more popular and continues to have the strong Norco Factory Team of pro riders who race internationally in various disciplines.
Opus began in Montreal focused on building road bikes but has expanded in recent years with particular emphasis on commuting and urban riding in mind. They also offer e-bikes, trail and youth models in its line-up.
Founded in 1981 and based in Vancouver, Rocky Mountain have been making bikes used at the top level of mountain biking for decades. The company’s line-up is punctuated by various models for different mountain bike riding styles but their wide catalogue also includes road, cyclocross and urban bikes. The company sponsors elite and pro freeride, enduro and cross country athletes.
Founded in 1993, in a farm workshop in Alma, Ont. by Hugh Black, True North history began with mountain bikes. Now based in Belwood, Ont., True North build steel and titanium frames ranging in riding styles from touring to mountain biking.