The Bikes and Matt Appleman


Appleman Bicycles is a one man shop that builds some of the best dang custom carbon fiber bikes around!  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 carbon fiber cable stops to the tube layups, Appleman bicycles takes no shortcuts to produce a truly unique frame. Every customer receives a full custom fit for their frame. Custom geometry is built around a customers wants and needs. The ride of the frame is tailored through the use of custom tubing and layups.

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”