This subject is near and dear to our heart. We are a California company and we design and spec our bikes in the San Francisco Bay Area. The final assembly and fine-tuning is performed with care by our expert technicians in Marin County, California. The different bike components are sourced from all over the world, from Brooks of England to Shimano of Japan, and the frames are built to our unique specifications by industry leaders in Taiwan.
The bike industry in Asia is highly sophisticated, and many manufacturers there have earned a reputation for excellence in producing world-class bikes for decades. We explored numerous manufacturing sources when we set out to establish PUBLIC. We visited bike makers in the U.S., Holland, and Italy, and all of them directed us to Asia. We stand by our product and are proud to be among the handful of quality bike companies working with the some of the best industry leaders in the world.
While the U.S. – and Europe too – has lost its ability to compete on moderately priced “production” bikes, the U.S. excels internationally at handmade bikes. There are numerous highly-skilled framed builders that we can refer you to for a U.S. made frame. We know many of these craftsmen personally. These handmade bikes cost more than ours, of course, as well they should. There are also numerous independent bike stores in urban areas in the U.S. that can build a great custom bike for you, as well as superb high-end limited production manufacturers like Seven Cycles, Independent Fabricators, and Serotta that make some of the best custom bikes in the world. Keep in mind that all of these superb manufacturers rely to some degree on some foreign based components.