Equilibrium Cycle Works

Custom Made Bicycle Frames

Equilibrium Cycle Works

Custom Made Bicycle Frames

Equilibrium Cycle Works

Custom Made Bicycle Frames


ABOUT equilibrium cycle works


Equilibrium cycle works is a one-man operated workshop in East of Tokyo.
We specialize in hand-made custom bicycle frames made to order.
It was born out of the passion for cycling, steel construction, simple lines and seamless finish.

My journey in cycling world begun with restoring and riding vintage lightweight racers for a number of
years, later on I met an Ohtaki san, a well-known japanese NJS (Theo's note: an acronym for Nihon Jitensha Shinkokai,
a certification for frames and components used in Japanese track racing) frame builder and he introduced me to steel frame construction.

His experience and support helped a lot in setting up my own brand ” Equilibrium cycle works ”.
In my process I combine classic lines with modern technologies to make a perfect performance machine
that can last a lifetime.

The individual approach to every single unit gives me freedom to make something really unique and perfectly
matched to any of my customers.

Vladimir Balahovsky
Tokyo, Japan


Our Philosophy

The main concept of EQ handcrafted frames is simplicity and function with best possible level of craftsmanship.

To serve my vision of the perfect bike, I choose steel as the building material.

If you look at all possible materials options that bicycles are made of, nothing will compare to steel by its riding and aesthetics characteristics and durability.

The new generation of steel offers a possibility to make truly lightweight frame, with a lively and responsive ride without sacrificing comfort and strength of construction.

At EQ I exclusively use high-end Italian and American made steels from Columbus, True Temper, KVA stainless for their innovative design, uncompromised quality and constant pushing the limits.

Working with steel allows to personalize frame material, shape/size and butting profiles to customer’s desired ride feel and intended use.

Steel is good for almost any imaginable application from road racing, long touring to tail riding, commuting, etc. For its multipurpose ability and strength, it won’t let you down in any road conditions or unexpected situations.

If properly looked after, there is no reason why it can’t serve a lifetime to its owner.

Personalized Design

Truly, there are no limits to one’s imagination, from graceful slim classic shapes to oversized aero tubes, I can make it one–off and perfectly functional that serves a decade or so.

There is a chance to choose a perfect design and material that will exactly suit the particular customer and his needs, to maximize performance and feeling of the ride.

By choosing the right tube set, I can precisely match the stiffness of the frame to the rider’s body dimensions, experience, riding style, and fitness level.

The result will be a frame that works and handles well as a whole with its rider.

Production Methods

I build all frames one by one from scratch by myself, I take care of every single step in process and make sure it is as perfect as possible.

I use the best frame-building and brazing materials on the market, sourced from all over the World, and it enables me to broaden my design options, to mix classic forms with cutting-edge technologies.

For all my brazing with lugs, I use silver for its low brazing temperature, which reduces brazing stress and degrading of steel in stress-affected areas. Because of that, I can use lighter tubes with thinner walls, without the danger of overheating and degrading of steel.

All of the mentioned above will result in a lighter, stronger, straighter frame with a longer life span.

Dying Art of Lugged Construction

What difference does it make when choosing lugged steel frame?

Compared to the other joining methods, lugs provide a reinforcement in construction where it's needed and spread the load over large area.

Also, it allows the use of silver for brazing at a very low temperature. As as result, the post-brazing stress is minimized, leaving the steel grain structure virtually undamaged, it’s especially important for keeping frame’s natural flex and durability, extending it’s life span.

Coupled with high-end modern steel tubes like Columbus Spirit, True Temper OX platinum or KVA Stainless, lugs will make a reliable performance machine in any road condition, breaking the limits of “road cycling” canon.

Equilibrium Cycle Works