Erickson bicycles have been hand-built in Seattle, Washington since 1973. Each bike is built made-to-order, fully custom right down to the components you choose. There are three styles of construction methods: lugged, fillet brazed, or lugged lugless.
The purchase of an Erickson includes a fitting to make sure your bike is made exactly for you. Once we have your numbers, ordering is as easy as choosing a construction method, a componet set, and a paint job. Our attention to detail and high quality building standards will provide you with a bicycle you can love for a lifetime!
Lugged construction has what many consider to be a “classic” look. The steel tubing of the bicycle is inserted into a socket-like sleeve called a lug, then brazed together to create a strong seam. Erickson bicycles are known for their elaborate lugs- you can see some of the different styles in the gallery below.
Fillet Brazed construction uses brass to create a fillet (French for “ribbon”, pronounced FILL-it) that holds the steel tubing of the bicycle together. This creates the look of a “one-piece” bicycle since the joints are carefully filed smooth after welding.
Lugged Lugless construction creates the look of lugs without using full lugs, and allowing for highly customized frame geometry. The steel tubing is held together by a combination of welding and brazing partial lugs, and often fillet brazing is used to create the smooth appearance you see in the picture below.