Five Innovative New Canadian Brands Driving Bike Design


Canada has a long history of developing pioneering bikes in all categories. From the many mountain bike brands that helped develop the sport in the 90s (and have continued ever since) to brands like Cervelo pushing the development of the road and the many award-winning custom builders and are acclaimed from coast to coast, the Canadian bike industry is, in its own quiet way, always up to something interesting.

Here are five new Canadian brands that are up to something interesting right now. From custom builders to production bike lines, and from Quebec to British Columbia and everywhere in between.

Bridge Bike Works co-founder Michael Yakubowicz (left), chief engineer Thanos Drivas and co-founder Frank Gairdner at work in the Toronto factory. Image: Chris Monette/Bridge Bike Works
Bridge Bike Works

Not so long ago, making carbon fiber bikes in Canada – not just designing them, but manufacturing them – seemed like a distant reality. We Are One of Kamloops, BC led the mountain bike charge. Today, Bridge Bike Works brings Canadian-made carbon fiber to the road. And Bridge does it right in the heart of Toronto, showing that it’s possible anywhere.

Landyachtz (Vancouver, BC)

Landyachtz isn’t a new company, you may have come across it in the 20 years it’s been making skateboards, but BC’s foray into bikes is more recent. Landyachtz now has a line of production bikes and costume models, all made in-house in Vancouver. It’s not just the “Made in Canada” approach that sets Landyactz apart. The AB, short for Adventure Bike, is available in steel or aluminum and uses long reach and massive tire clearance to help prepare for everything from daily commutes to trails to bikepacking.

Panorama Cycles (Quebec)

Panorama Cycles manufactures its line of steel and carbon fiber gravel, touring and fatbikes in Granby, Quebec. Since expanding into carbon fiber, the brand has been looking for a way to responsibly dispose of the waste of this notoriously difficult to recycle material. Panorama is now partnered with C7 Composites to run its prototype, testing and some production frames from its two carbon fiber frames.

Kruch Customs (Calgary, Alberta)

Kruch Customs has a few interesting projects on behalf of Calgary’s newest custom builder, but the Shrimpalicious stands out. It’s not the only steel full-suspension bike made in Canada, but it does have a few distinct features.

“The Shrimpalicious was designed to provide confidence on steep, loose, fast terrain like what we have here in the Frontal Ranges of the Rockies,” says Corey Kruchkowski. It can handle the widest 29er tires, the longest dropper posts, and is super low with massive overhang and a long wheelbase for added stability. Everything about the bike is designed for the new style of trails we see here these days, where mastering steep terrain is essential.

If you want to know more, like, much more, Kruch dives deep into what sets Shrimpalicious apart in his blog.

WZRD Bikes (Victoria, BC)

WZRD bikes work to the very specific and obscure edges of bike design, without being unnecessarily weird. If you want a steel frame for gravel, cross (or tracklocross) or mountain biking that is exactly what you want it to be, nothing else, and maybe a little different from what everyone everyone wants, WZRD can probably help you. WZRD recently showed up at Philly Bike Expo after receiving a SRAM Inclusivity Scholarship.

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