Hi, I’m Al.
Some 20 years ago I left my home country of Australia to seek fame and fortune in far off lands. While nothing worked out as I imagined, the only real legacy from those heady days is a modest design and wholesale company which, until recently was completely unrelated to bicycles!
Anyway, after settling in Northern Europe, there was a lot to get used to, and my way to deal with those long, dark winters was to embrace the joys of the outdoor life. It was liberating to learn the mysterious skills of self reliance through long distance hiking and camping in remote areas.
The allure of self powered travel steered me on to ski trekking, canoeing, and finally cycling when in 2012 I took on a 3 week challenge to see how far North from my Riga home I could pedal. With very little experience, never in my dreams did I imagine that I could reach the Arctic Circle, let alone North Cape and beyond!.
This achievement in the end made me realize that you don’t have to be super human to travel great distances under you own power. Along the way I was helped by practicing a lot of what I knew about self reliance, and using the land in favor of carrying a lot of gear. Lessons learned from the indigenous Sami folk also helped with camping in the Arctic and still affect the way I plan my tours.
On returning I couldn’t contain my enthusiasm for building on this life changing experience with more cycling challenges like Casablanca to Riga, then in 2016 from Baku (Azerbaijan) to Stockholm!. On each occasion new bikes were prepared by sponsors but not purpose built. Each time was a success, but the shortcomings of this approach seemed very wasteful, so a more lasting solution had to be found.
Though experienced enough to know exactly the sort of bike I needed for future expeditions my search for one ended up fruitless so I decided to build the ultimate dream machine from the ground up. My background in business and design quickly gave the project enough coherence to inspire a host of technical collaborators, so Horizon was born.
To brand the project ”Horizon”came easily because the whole thing felt like the natural progression of a life guided by paths less traveled, questioning convention, relentlessly chasing new Horizons. In short, it was to be a bike of lofty ambitions- and expectations.
I took my own ideas, and thoroughly grilled world cyclists for their experience, and advice. Online resources were also researched thoroughly as were touring forums. Experts helped combine this knowledge in the custom titanium frame, and eventually the completed Quest model.
Now the passion for building bikes without compromise just keeps growing. From the very start, my motivation was not profit, so I am doing what I love and I cant describe how satisfying it is to work with pure awesomeness!. Visually the brilliant quality speaks for itself, and I m proud that many compliments come from far beyond the cycling world. With Horizon I use aerospace references, not just because of the titanium build, but more so the elegant beauty that emerges from the pure functionality of craft built not to fall out of the sky.
Ultimately to see these bikes in the field, earning their status as the very best expedition bikes is a mission worth striving for. In the meantime, I try to get in the saddle when I can, and hope to tackle a 2 month tour with my Horizon in the near future.