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Get on my LEVEL

Shiko Matsuda, a Tokyo based builder and president of the Keirin Framebuilder’s Association-has been cranking out frames since 1975 and has been an NJS-certified builder since 1980. You have most likely seen some of his bikes that he builds bikes under the name LEVEL.

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Known and respected for the quality and craftsmanship that goes into his NJS frames, Mr. Matsuda has an appreciation for the bicycle that goes above and beyond Keirin racing.  I would guess that though he enjoys making a handcrafted NJS frame, his creative side may feel a little stifled and so he creates these interesting and novel designs that seem to be a far cry from NJS requirements.  Enjoy.

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An interested take on a city bike.

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You can see here the wide range that he builds.

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Shiko Matsuda had some of his works in a show in Milan recently.  The Wallpaper Handmade exhibition featured works from around the world and included items from furniture to food.  Blending craftsmanship and design, the show looked amazing, with exhibitors including Carmody Groarke, Todd Saunders, Amanda Levete, Kostas Murkudis, Stumptown Coffee, Peter Saville, Darren Wall and Kam Tang, among others.  You can read more about the Wallpaper Exhibition HERE.

3 Comments

  • Lane Kagay

    May 4, 2010

    HOLY SHIT. The orange one is very special.

  • Steven

    May 15, 2010

    The TT bike in the background of the last photo is insane. The brakes are integrated into the fork legs and chainstays and are almost invisible.

  • rev

    January 13, 2011

    lord, its like an orgy in there.

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