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Aaron Allen

Saturday 27 February 2016

Featured Bike: Holland Cycles HC

Holland Cycles has something new on display at NAHBS and it’s a stunner. Bill Holland has been working with carbon guru Mike Lopez on what we are confident will be one of the finest carbon bikes on the market.

Featured Bike: Holland Cycles HC
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Holland Cycles has something new on display at NAHBS and it’s a stunner. Bill Holland has been working with carbon guru Mike Lopez on what we are confident will be one of the finest carbon bikes on the market.

The latest creation is the “HC”, a full custom carbon beauty. The “HC” and “HC Signature” use carbon lugs which are machined to final spec after the initial molding process. This allows them to create nearly limitless geometry combinations accommodating virtually any size rider while delivering a balanced ride feel for any riding style. Think custom geometry and custom ride tuning!

Aesthetically the bike is gorgeous. This bike is a raw carbon finish but if you want a painted one, they’ll gladly make it happen using Joe Bell. The frame and fork use titanium dropouts for durability and shifting performance and you’ll find asymmetrical chainstays with clearance for 28c tires and ample chainring clearance. There is a lot of strategic tube shaping throughout the frame. The tubing is bladder molded allowing for further ride tuning by adding material where needed. Mike Lopez of former Reynolds Composites and Serotta fame is the man behind the carbon here. He designed the fork in several different lay up and rake options adding to the level of customization and ride tuning.

“We’ve put everything into this, sacrificed nothing and we couldn’t be happier with the result,"said Bill Holland.

Two years and many prototypes later, this bike is simply amazing and a testament to what custom carbon can be. Knowing the minds involved in its creation, we can’t wait to throw a leg over this one.

Holland Cycles is located in San Diego, CA and they produce roughly 200 made-to-order frames a year. The HC – as well as their titanium and mixed material bikes that they are perhaps more well known for are entirely made in-house. They’ve been building since 1984 and have an unyielding commitment to refining ride character. Their unique use of materials and construction methods speak directly to that. Check out Holland Cycles at www.hollandcycles.com.