11th Bike Lovers Contest 2019
March 29-31, Urban Bike Festival Zürich

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The bike industry establishes the standards for today‘s top bicycle frames by incorporating hydroforming or sophisticated carbon lay-ups; features from portability to suspension are integrated directly into the design. Is romantic tradition the only chance for builders of individual custom bikes to make a stand against this seeming superiority of the industry?

Creatives, developers, frame builders and tinkerers from Germany and Switzerland attempt the next level of contemporary bicycle craftsmanship: with bikes of all kind that deserve the label “CRAFT RELOADED”.

Building individual customs by progressive methods; manufacturing what the industry doesn’t dare or seize freshly on traditional techniques – the contest features bikes of various approaches: laser-cut Inox-tubes combined with carbon, 3D-printed lugs with mesh structure, E-powered wood or even raw steel with unadorned brazing.

The Contestants of the Bike Lovers Contest show the opportunities of individual planning and the potential of crafting that exceeds pragmatically joined metal tubes and off-the-shelf parts. It’s the endeavour of “CRAFT RELOADED”.


Yago Diaz-Madronero Schweitzer, Dragocycles
Raphaël & Patrick Dreier, DREIERCYCLES
Rafael Hoffleit, rafael
Ralf Holleis, VORWAERTZ
Wim Kolb, Kolb Rahmenbau
Christian Kunz
Frank Patitz, RETROVELO
Simon Ruchti, Ruchti Bicycle
Mathias Scherer, Mawis-Bikes
Martin Schlimbach, Woodbike 46
Röbi Stolz, Fahrradbau Stolz
Patrik Widmer, 47° Nord


The creations of the contestants can be seen in the entrance hall of the Schiffbau during the Urban Bike Festival from March 29 to 31; guided tours on Saturday and Sunday. Until Sunday, 2 pm you can vote for your favourite bike in the VELOPLUS Audience Award. At the awarding ceremony the coveted BLC trophies in gold, silver and bronze will be presented together with material prizes and the Audience Award.

BLC agenda Urban Bike Festival

Friday, 29.3.
16:00 – 21:00 Exhibition– Schiffbau entrance hall
16:00 – 19:00 Photo-shooting

Saturday, 30.3.
11:00 – 19:00 Exhibition– Schiffbau entrance hall
13:30 & 16:30 Guided tours

Sunday, 31.3.
11:00 – 18:00 Exhibition– Schiffbau entrance hall
12:00 Guided tour
17:00 Awarding ceremony at the lounge


Urban Bike Festival  Schiffbauhalle Zurich, March 29-31, 2019