“ Yes, I am a bike nerd and my passion is designing and developing quality bicycles and components, I ride and trust by my own.“
Already as a little kid I got fascinated about biking and we were spending all day long doing power-slides, riding off-road, getting some air over wooden ramps or just doing some afternoon races together with friends at the local mx track. Back in those days, we used standard touring bikes with gear hubs. It worth to mention, during that time there was no internet access, so we did not get any influence from anywhere at all. We were all living in our own small world and each of us was focused on his personal mission, which was pretty much beating anyone else on the private races or keep the wheelie record of the hood.
It must have been around 1982, when I saw a story in a youth magazine, were kids in the USA were racing on little bikes with offroad tires. I think it took me less than a second and for me it was obvious, I need a bike like that. This was my first contact to bmx. I did all kind of jobs, from fruit picking to deliver newspapers, just to save up the money for a bmx bike. I can still remember that day, when I smashed 235 german marks on the counter, to get proud owner of a low quality BMX 2000. But this piece of crab was enough to fully change my childhood. We spend every single minute pulling wheelies, doing bunny hops or catching some air…Well, that´s the story of my youth…
Today I am open minded to a wide range of different bicycle activities. Dirt jumping is still my major passion, but I although enjoy riding through the forest on a mountainbike, join a bike polo session or just cruise around.
I started leafcycles, because I always had that dream, „one day I wanted to fly on my own designed frame“. This dream got true in the year 2007, when the „d.one“ frame hit the market. Right after the launch leafcycles got international attraction in the dirt jumping segment and for years I was riding the wave of a boom market. But suddenly I had to learn on the hard way, no trend runs forever.
The years from 2016 to 2019 were the dry time for leafcycles. The mistake I made was, that I concentrated on the dirt jumping segment only. Sales went down dramatically and suddenly, riding the wave of success was history. The situation was that bad, that I had to accept a side job just to feed my family. The new situation was not easy, but the hamster wheel was spinning. Well, it took me almost 4 more years to understand, that developing bicycles is my passion and here we go…
I would like to give leafcycles a second chance, but this time with a wider range of bicycles. I know, this time will be even harder, because there is no trend giving me any backwind. But I want to give it a try it again with the same approach than ever. I vision is to design and develop quality bicycles made out of steel and I hope we meet somewhere out there in the nature, cheers. – Frank Heinrich | leafcycles
Leafcycles – equipment for the dirty hours of your life
Frank ridin´ with his son > Video