The Bikes and Matt Appleman


Appleman Bicycles builds some of the best dang custom carbon fiber bikes around!  With a degree in Composites Materials Engineering, I build fully custom frames with a unique, structural aesthetic.  I’m dedicated to building the best bikes and providing excellent customer service.  All frames are handmade in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


The Bikes

I build frames without compromising structure or durability. From the svelte internal cable routing to the tube layups, Appleman bicycles takes no shortcuts to produce a truly unique frame.  Incredible levels of customization go into each frame.  Every single tube is custom designed for each rider to match their riding style and tailor stiffness of the frame.  Custom geometry  and layups are standard for a “fits like a glove, rides like a dream” type of bike.

The Builder

Riding, racing, and building bikes are what I do. After racing road and track for ten years, a knee injury limited my riding time. I taught myself how to build frames so I could have a bike with a proper fit.  I’m back on the start line again racing cyclocross.

The Obsession

 The combined beauty, strength, and manufacturing processes of carbon fiber absolutely fascinate me. In college, I earned a degree in Composite Materials Engineering. I have worked in the aerospace, wind energy, and composite raw materials industries as a composite materials engineer. Having seen a wide array of carbon fiber design and manufacturing, I’ve developed my own set advanced fabrication techniques and build them into each frame.


Matt’s radio show interview on 1390 WNIO’s “Bicycling Today”


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