BH on Competitive Cyclist
BH Bicycles is perhaps the most important bike brand that you've never heard of -- strange since they've been in business for nearly a century. While they enjoy a firm share of the European bike market, and are the largest manufacturer of bicycles in Spain, historically their presence in the US has been a footnote. That is until a relationship with Chris Cocalis developed. In the beginning, BH imported and distributed his bicycles, Titus and then Pivot, in Spain. And it was through this affiliation that BH USA was born. BH started as a gun manufacturer in the Basque region of Spain, but the three brothers who ran the company opted out of weapons manufacturing and chose bicycles instead. They realized then, that a lightweight agile bike was what the racing cyclist needed to go fast. Shortly, their machines were used by professional cyclists, and the first Vuelta a Espana was won on a BH bike. They produced the world's first sub-800 gram monocoque road racing frame and the first extended seat mast. BH has long been known among climbers for their lightweight frames, and they've been associated with the superlight bike category since they helped create it. With their Ultralight, BH plays on a field where few dare to tread, and, honestly, few have the capability. As bike technology has developed, so has the acceptance of newer materials and processes at BH. While tradition has its place, it rarely carries a brand forward. This is why BH is on the cutting edge, not just keeping pace, but setting it. Their G5 is heralded as one of the best all-around road racing framesets available today. It bares details that showcase the thoughtful processes by which all BH racing bikes are created. While lightness is a priority, ride quality doesn't take a backseat. From climbing to descending and sprinting, BH bicycles are built to perform at the highest levels.