On-One is about choice, not compromise. On-One was founded ten years ago by two friends in the UK looking to build a better bike. They began with steel and later began making bikes from titanium, which is famous for its durability, as well as its light weight. Eventually they incorporated another light-weight manufacturing element: carbon. On-One prides itself on using the latest technology to make the best product possible. Originally not a performance brand, On-One has grown to incorporate alloys and 29-inch wheels to build bikes meant for speed that wins races.
On-One sells three categories of bikes: mountain, 29er mountain, and urban. They produce ten types of mountain bikes, four types of 29ers, and six types of urban bikes. Bike prices vary with the urban bikes being the least expensive and the titanium and carbon mountain bikes being the most costly. Cost is directly related to the manufacturing materials and components that go into creating each bike. On-One also sells a variety of mountain bike and urban/track frames, in addition to their line of complete bikes.
The company’s first production was called then Inbred, a basic, single-track bike that the company has refined over the years and still sells a version of today, including 29er versions, and a commuter version. The next creation was the Gimp, their first jump bike. Next came the Compo and Armadillo alloy extreme hardtails. Their next creation was the ScandAL alloy bike, which is still sold in two varieties. The company then began experimenting with creating titanium bikes. The 456 model followed, a model the company sells in three varieties. Following the 456 was a single speed/fixie road bike, the Pompino, also still sold in several varieties.
While the company and its bikes have evolved over the past decade, their basic tenet stays the same: building bikes that are just great for riding. They have just decided cover a lot more different types of riding than they originally envisioned. Their first Inbreds were designed as bikes “just for riding really.” These bikes seemed to be really popular with people who did a huge amount of “just riding.” But it was curiosity that drove the two friends to experiment with 29ers, alloys, and longer forks. These experiments have proven fruitful, as On-One bikes remain popular, continue to sell well, and keep very competitive prices.
Value is key to On-One’s operation. They started their business because they were through riding badly-designed, cheap bikes and expensive bikes that looked novel but didn’t actually perform. That idea of honest value is still the baseline for all of On-One’s bikes. They have recently added different versions of the 456 and the Summer Season to their line-up; two more classically, cost-effective bikes. Again, On-One offers lots of practical, useful innovation for a more enjoyable, versatile ride, minus a surcharge. This is an advantage On-One can offer its customers, unlike some of their competitors.
Like many other bike manufacturers, On-One offers an online store where cyclists and bike enthusiasts alike can purchase accessories, components, clothing, helmets, shoes, and even tires, amongst many other things. On-One may be a relative newcomer to the bicycle manufacturing game, but they have, so far, made all the right moves in getting their name recognized and respected.