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Horse Carbon Steel Camping knife!

Alexander Vijay Smith

gFr9Gca2wh534zDjaxZCjCkJoDYnmi7wm4hn_1ORJqI Another handmade, quality good off the Horse production line, ready to shred. Based on the pure simplicity of the Scandinavian bushcrafter's companion, we've constructed a knife with high-carbon steel at its core, for unrivaled edge retention and ease of sharpening in the field. We've traded in the stick tang and traditional wooden handle for a full tang and G-10 scales with a universally ergonomic finger grip, providing maximum purchase and resilience.  Offered in both Brick Red and Sea Glass.


We prefer leaving the splitting and batoning to our workhorse blade, and to always have this handsome utility piece on our hip, ready to make quick work of a fire stick or tent stake. And not only does the mirror polish make this knife the envy of the trail, it improves maintainability. To make upkeep even easier, we are now shipping all knives with a 1-oz bottle of Boeshield T-9 lubricant, which allows for extended use in the adventure zone (even salt-water conditions!).

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The optional leather sheath is made next door by master leather smith Will Lisak of ETWAS Bags. Each blade is hand ground and honed at the Horse Cycles workshop in Brooklyn, NY.   For more images and info check out the Product page HERE!

Laura's Nimble Townie

Alexander Vijay Smith


We wanted to post some pics of this great bike.  Laura knew just what she wanted and is super happy with the outcome. Hand carved lugs, scalloped seat stays, stainless fork crown, rear rack mounts and some sweet fenders from Surname Cycling Goods to top it off.  We are in love with these fenders!  Made in NY from reclaimed heart pine.

Nimble and light weight.  Perfect for zipping through the city streets.  Thanks to Laura for being such a rad  customer! Ride it forever, love it for a lifetime.

Horse Cycles x KM City Cruiser

Alexander Vijay Smith

When my friends at Kaufmann Mercantile asked me to design a bike for them, I didn’t hesitate for a moment. Even if you know nothing about the New York based online store, just the name in itself inspires respect and intrigue, both of which the company deserves and fulfills. Not only do they curate some of the best-designed and most durable goods from around the world, they also are sustaining a conscientious culture where the history of materials, the ethics of production, and the resilience of design are paramount.

Basically, they’re pretty rad.

All my bikes and my growing family of Brooklyn-made outdoor goods follow my own philosophy of producing long-lasting, simple, beautiful equipment that makes the best and most adventurous life possible. Everything I use, from manufacturing equipment to bike components, is made here when possible, but I’ll make exceptions for exceptional quality that can’t be replicated domestically. That is the case for the Brooks leather handle grips and matching leather seat I chose for the Kaufmann Mercantile City Cruiser.

They say that it takes a cowboy to know the best saddle, and I am apt to agree.

I searched high and low for a bike saddle to perfectly compliment my nimble, sturdy, and classic bicycles, and it is harder than you would think. Ever the patriot, I exhausted a stream of American-made saddle options, but up to this point, I have yet to encounter craftsmanship, durability, and aesthetics that compare to those of the Brooks line. And Kaufmann Mercantile agrees wholeheartedly.

As you can probably tell by these photos, my inspiration in the frame design comes from the classic and lightweight design of the cycles popular in England in the late 1800s and early 1900s- bikes that John Boultbee Brooks would have ridden. Of course, I’m not a complete nostalgist; I use 4130 steel True Temper tubing (this is the stuff they use for bikes racing the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia – no joke) to produce a frame that is extremely strong yet doesn’t weigh you down. I’m sure Brooks himself would’ve loved to see it in action.

It’s an honor to get to collaborate with thoughtful curators like the people at Kaufmann Mercantile, and put into use the ideal accessories and components that bring a bike frame to life and seamlessly integrate it into your lifestyle. I hope that with the City Cruiser you’ll be inspired to ride through your city with a new sense of adventure, lightness, and agility, and you can rest assured you’ll be doing so for many years to come. I’ll be doing the same, here in New York City, on my own velocipede steed, with a Brooks leather saddle too.

Urban Assaults ready to SHRED! NYCX

Alexander Vijay Smith

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We finished off our pre-order Frames for the summer and we have a few Urban Assault bikes in stock and ready for Cyclocross season.  If you want to pick one up without the 4 week wait, the time is NOW!  Each comes with a color-matched ENVE cross fork.

Check out a few of the available color options, Cream, Black, and Sky.  We also snuck in a Custom Matt Black paint job for a local rider.

Each bike is handcrafted right here at the HorseCycles workshop in Brooklyn, NY.

Made with Love, Made for Speed, Made in the USA.

Horse Cycles Paint

Alexander Vijay Smith


Introducing Horse Cycles Paint: Premium wet paint and powder coat for the ride of your life.  For 7 years, we've painted our work at Horse Cycles alongside frames and components for the wider New York City cycling community from our spray booth in Brooklyn.

Joining the team is esteemed frame painter Ben Falcon. Ben came to us from renown builder Chris King, where he established the paint department for Cielo bicycles after honing his craft for the exquisite purveyors of custom rides at Seven Cycles.

Your imagination is the limit, from a minimal Matte black to a lattice work of intricate multi- color graphics, logos or branding

Horse Cycles paint uses only the highest quality coating producst to give your bike the most durable and fibrent finish. PPG automotive coatings and high end impact resistent polyester powder.

Spread the word, and look out for our flyers in your local bike shop!

Wet paint starts at $300

Powder coat starts at $200

For a detailed price list, visit the new paint page on the main website at

Or feel free to Contact us at

3 way Cross Machine

Alexander Vijay Smith


The Three Way Cross Machine was made with the minimalist in mind.  Internal routing means there are no cables to get caught up, caked in mud or snagged. True Temper OX Plat, Columbus Max, and life paired with an ENVE cross fork make it super light, ridiculously responsive and just plain handsome.  Thanks to Justin, a long time friend of the shop, for his vision.

Urban Assault / Brooklyn Pump Track

Alexander Vijay Smith

A little Afternoon R & D with the 2014 Urban Assault at the Brooklyn Pump track with Parker Feierbach.  I managed to get a few Cyclocross races in last season on this bike but riding her at the pump track was so RAD!  Thanks to Parker For these sick shots and Thanks to Ride Brooklyn and every one in the Community who made The Brooklyn Bike Park happen. Pre-Order for the Urban Tour / Urban Assault is only up for the next few weeks.  Head over to the Horse Cycles Shop and secure yours!  Happy shredding.


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Alexander Vijay Smith

HorseCycles_092713_009The Urban Assault Bicycle            2014 Urban Assault is the Urban Tour with an upgraded CARBON ENVE Cyclocross fork. This years model has an upgraded oversized head tube making the front end stiffer and more durable. The Urban Assault is a great upgrade for those who want a lighter more performance based ride. It tears up the streets and is equally as nimble racing CYCLOCROSS. Each Urban Assault is paired with a color matched Enve cross fork with branded horse logos on the inside of the non-drive side fork blade as well as a minimal Enve logo.

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FOR MORE details or to place your pre order go to the Horse Cycles Web Store!

Geometry specs:

Detailed geometry can be found with the product images on our website. We have stayed true to the original design and most of the geometries. Both the seat tube and the head tube have responsive angles. This allows the bike to preform best in all areas.  The Nimble set up is perfect for riding though the city or tearing through a Cross course and controlled enough for those 80+ mile rides up through the palisades. Chain stay length has been kept to a minimum while still allowing room for 38mm tires optimizing acceleration and reared responsiveness.

Fork rake is set at 47mm across the board with is perfect for a controlled Cross race and responsive Urban riding. Though not meant for a heavy load, the front end tracks beautifully for lighter touring and on longer rides.

Additional Specs:

-Durable powder coat finish with lug lined fork crown -Offered in 5 different colors -Cantilever brakes for increased stopping power and fender clearance -Two sets of Water bottle mounts , rack, and fender mounts -Horizontal dropouts with derailleur hanger for single speed or multi speed set ups -700c wheels and clearance up to 38mm tires with fenders -Threadless 1 1/8" steerer tube -27.2 seat post clamp diameter


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The new Market space opened up at Space 98 on north 6th street.  Horse Cycles is lucky enough to have a couple of bikes and a few things from our shop for sale, hats, bags, hatchets, etc.  Images below! woop woop!  Stop in if your riding by and check out the sweet roof top chill zone!porter bike-1253459047e4b0cac63ce16099[gallery ids="907,916,908,909,910,911,912,913,914"]


Andrew's Bi-lam Rando

Alexander Vijay Smith

Andrew's Bi-lam Rando-7   This has been my favorite build of 2014 and if you haven't noticed, blue is also my favorite color.  Made from Columbus SL tubing including the fork blades, this bike is strong and super light weight.  Sachs lugs, rap around seat stay, polished dropouts, and internal cable routing.  To top it off we included a custom stem.  Chromed with a high coller to eliminate spacers.  Blue on blue on shiny.  Can't really go wrong [gallery link="file" ids="889,888,887,886,885"]

Stainless Steel Mile Muncher

Alexander Vijay Smith

IMG_9913We decided to use the new Reynolds 931 stainless, a thicker tubing as compared to the 953 tubes. Where 953 is paper-thin, 931 is beefed up by a tenth of a millimetre, which may seem insignificant but makes for a more resilient frame — ideal for the durability needed for this every day mile muncher.


This is a portuer-style track bike with full fenders and front rack capabilities, super rad 7000 series aluminum Phil cranks, hubs and bottom bracket and a Paul ‘Tall and Handsome’ seat post. H+Son rims, King headset. Super nice build, super smooth.”

It’s a classy-yet-functional bike, from the copper-railed Brooks B17 saddle, down to the fork. The fork is also stainless steel, using KVA’s stainless fork blades.IMG_9882

There’s nothing like a slew of Phil Wood & Co components to emphasise an American-made frame, as they’re one of the oldest manufacturers in the US and, along with Paul Components, have been constantly supplying us with innovative design and machining.IMG_9864-Edit

Solid, reliable and homegrown — which is what Horse is all about. Head to Horse Cycles flickr stream for more detail shots

Über CX

Alexander Vijay Smith

Über (German pronunciation: [ˈyːbɐ] ( listen), sometimes written ueberuber or uuber, is a German language word meaning "above", "over" or "across". It is a cognate of both Latin super and Greek ὑπέρ (hyper).Uber CX (1 of 1) I've been amped about this build for a while.  So much so that I'm going to build its stainless brethren any day now.  What makes it an Über CX?  Well, first its the precision tig welded double oversized tubes.  (USA True Temper OX Platinum steel alloy.) Second, it's made with a 44mm oversized head tube for maximum stiffness and control.Uber CX (14 of 16)

The Über CX will be paired with an ENVE disc fork with a 1.5" tapered steerer.  It has robust custom S-bent seat and chain stays allowing it to fit larger 38mm big boy tires.  This pup will be built up with the new SRAM hydraulic Disc brakes. It's getting sent out to Arizona to be thrashed in the rocky deserts of Flag Staff.Uber CX (10 of 16)

Check out more photos on the Horse Cycles Flickr Page

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Camo Paint Horse Cycles Workshop

Alexander Vijay Smith

Here are a few pics of the camo paint that just came out of the booth!  Three color Camo with a powder coat base for durability.  CX frame made in Manila, the paint really integrated well with the Fillet construction.  The ENVE cyclocross fork looks just super sick.  This bike is for a good friend of the shop Geoffrey Tomes.  Check it!camo-12 camo-5 camo-4 camo-1

SuperCross Cup Weekend

Alexander Vijay Smith

Super Cross was this weekend after a cancelation last year due to Sandy.  Super cross was Super cold and Super fun.  It was actually the first time I had been to a cross race and the first time I ever raced a bicycle in my life.  SO RAD!  I got blasted but had a ball.  I was able to see a number of really great friends and great riders including Abigail Isolda and Nate Mumford on their Custom CX Horse bikes as well as Cooper and Willis from the ROSKO / King Cog team.  I took the New Urban Assault Vehicle on the corse for testing and it rode like a dream. Check out pics from both days below! CX-6


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Horse Brand Co.

Alexander Vijay Smith

We wanted to let everyone know we have launched our new online store front Horse Brand Co. where you can find a bunch of quality gear for the holiday season.  In collaboration with local designers such as MER Bags and Surname, we have developed a rad collection of amazing goods.  Help us support local design and production by investing in quality gear made close to home.  Check it out at  hatchets-9 copye-1                                

Plumb Camp Hatchet


MER Low Pro Dry Bag Daypack


Urban Tour Bicycle, On Sale -Limited Quantity Available


Wood Bar End Plugs


All the best.


Alexander Vijay Smith

IMG_9378We just finished a 1983 Lotus Supreme restoration.  Full color match and full Dura-Ace.  Campy headset complete with Continental Giro tubulars.  There is something special about bringing these old frames back to life.  Thanks to Adam Greissman for putting in the effort to get this beautiful bike restored. [gallery ids="800,796,797,801,798,799,802,803,792,794"]