Is it possible that Fat Chance Bicycles may be the manufacturer to most influence handmade steel bicycles in the past 30 years? It was Fat Chance’s move from Somerville, Mass to South Glen Falls, New York that spawned the birth of Independent Fabrication and ANT Bicycles, and now, Indy Fab’s move out of Somerville area to New Hampshire seems to be spawning the yet another round of spinoffs.
Firefly Bicycles, a company founded by three former IF employees, is now crafting custom bicycle frames out of their 2000 square-foot shop in Boston, Massachusetts. The company’s founders, Tyler Evans and Jamie Medeiros, have designed, built and fit high-end Ti, steel, stainless steel and carbon frames for a combined 30-plus years at IF and some other of the world’s most revered names in handmade frames.
“We’re taking everything that was great about where we came from, where we’ve been, our history together, our deep roots in the international cycling community, our collective skills, and we’re using that as a starting point,” indicated Jamie Medeiros, Firefly Bicycles’ Director of R&D. “The fundamentals of making great bike frames haven’t changed dramatically, but there is so much room for improvement in attention to detail, dialing in ride quality, finish quality, customer service and making bikes that are truly unique to each rider.”
“From a really simple standpoint, we can and will make some of the world’s most impeccably designed and carefully built bikes, for both recreational and competitive use,” said Tyler Evans, Firefly’s Lead. “We’ve brought in Kevin Wolfson, an incredible frame designer and super cyclist. We’re taking nothing for granted. The high-end, handmade bike customer has seriously high expectations, as they should. The handmade industry’s craft and quality have never been better and there are a number of great builders out there. I’m confident we will raise the bar. We wouldn’t be doing this for any other reason.”
“Careful control of the bike purchasing and building experience is a foundation of our approach. We will be choosing only a handful of dealers around the globe; the best in the business. The majority of our customers, however, will be working with Firefly directly,” said Evans. “There’s no more intimate way for our customers to get a perfectly dialed-in, complete bike.”
Firefly has launched with two custom, TIG welded, hand-built bike options—the Firefly Road and Firefly Cross—in either Columbus XCr stainless steel or 3/2.5 titanium tubing, multiple frame options such as Di2 internal routing, horizontal dropouts, S&S couplers, internal 44mm headset, PressFit 30 bottom bracket, fender mounts, and nearly unlimited build kit options that range from high-end to “dream” builds. Learn more and keep up with the good news at fireflybicycles.com.