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This feature offers the opportunity to learn more about exhibitors’ individual style and inspirations, as well as giving an insight into their behind the scenes preparation for Bespoked 2014.

Every week we will ask a couple of different framebuilders the same five questions and along with photos of them, their workshops and the bikes they make display them on these pages.


1. What defines your style as a framebuilder?

My material of choice is titanium, though I’m not sure whether I choose the material, or the material chooses me. I like to think that the two of us are similar in a number of respects. Titanium actually is very nice to machine, bend and manipulate, but it’s a diva all the same. It wants things done its own way, if you use force or try to rush things, it’s not going to cooperate. It’s got a mind of its own and prefers subtle arguments to rough orders, and it will not do anything out of its nature. But once it has agreed to cooperate it will stand by that decision.

I guess my style of building is very much influenced by the material. It’s more Bauhaus than Baroque, more form-follows-function than L’art pour l’art. As a racer I learned to appreciate the dogged and no nonsense type of support a titanium frame can give, so simplicity and the straightest possible lines are maybe what defines my style.


2. Who, or what, has inspired you?

I think I like Opinel knives, La Pavoni coffee machines, Dr. Martens boots, Deckel FP1 milling machines and good bikes of course. All of them are very straightforward designs, very much reduced to the bare essentials, and all of them are efficient enough not to go out of fashion anytime soon. I think I do like things that simply work. Anything you use without thinking about it while you do so. I guess that would be my definition of perfection.


3. Are you preparing anything special for Bespoked 2014?

I like to think all my bikes are special. Not in a big way maybe, but special because one cyclist got in touch with me, we got to know each other and worked on his bike, and then I built it with my hands. It’s a relation between the rider and the builder, with the frame linking the two of us. I think that makes each handbuilt custom frame a bit special.


4. Where is your favourite place to ride?

I used to be quite a competitive racer with an annual average of about 12 000 miles or so for a couple of years, nowadays I’m down to about half of that. As I result I’m pretty much acquainted with every pothole, tree or bush around where I live. You learn to hate the tedious repetition of one particular route, but at the same time you learn to appreciate the subtle changes brought about by the seasons for instance. I really like the Saarland and neighbouring France where I live for both MTB and road riding, but I also enjoy riding the bike pretty much everywhere else. I guess there’s no better way to travel, or to move about in general.


5. If you weren’t a framebuilder, what would you be?

I don’t know. I’ve done loads of things over the years, but building bikes is what feels most natural to me.


Mathias Scherer -Mawis


Photo - Goldseal Photography

- Photo Kayti Peschke


Maker - Mathias Scherer

Designer - Mathias Scherer

Mawis Bicycles

Where - Germany

Number Made PA - 35


Bikes say a lot about yourself. Why then should a frame not be every bit as unique as the human being riding it? That's why I love and build custom frames. I don't do production runs. I build bespoke bikes, one by one, starting with design and the geometry to fit you like a glove, continuing with a hacksaw, a file, a TIG welder, a pipe bender and finishing everything off with an extensive manual finish and a bolt on headbadge. If I had a say everybody would ride a custom bike.

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Web - www.mawis-bikes.com

Email - mathias@mawis-bikes.com

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Mathias - Photo - Goldseal Photography

Framebuilders of the week
getting to know the people that make the bikes


Previous framebuilders of the week

Advanced Velo Design - Karl Sparenberg

Ahearne Cycles - Joseph Ahearne

Craddock - Richard Craddock

Donhou Bicycles - Tom Donhou

Grim Bicycles -Rollo Lunn



Previous framebuilders of the week

Mawis - Mathias Scherer

Malcolm Custom

Satoma Cycles

Shand Cycles - Steven Shand

Strawberry Bicycles- Andy Newlands

Sven Cycles - Darron Coppin

Sword Cycles - Tim Leicester

Wittson Custom