Circles Japan Personal Bike Show: Dobbat’s Succeed Fillet Road

Dobbat’s is one of the local Japanese builders who displayed their handywork at the Circles Japan Personal Bike Show. While this small builder might not be known in the Western world, he’s been building bicycle frames since the late 80’s and man, let me tell you, his experience shows. This Succeed fillet road has some of the cleanest lines I’ve seen. Everything just lines up elegantly and nothing feels forced. Not even that fastback seat stay cluster, with its top cut precisely along the seat stay line. While the seat cluster initially caught my eye, it was the stem that really made me appreciate his work. It’s like a delicate flower petal embracing the bar like some wild orchid. I couldn’t get enough of it!

Check out more DIY framebuilding goodness at the Dobbat’s blog and wait til you see his other bike!

  • AdamBike99

    Agreed. That stem is like the past and future came together into this very moment. Boom!

  • what a pretty looking bike. Stem, handlebar, and bar tape came all together cohesively!

  • Noel Smith

    Those spacers are on point. Beautiful bike.


    One of the nicest guys in the business. Great to see some of his beautiful work featured here. And yeah, that other bike he showed today is gonna blow some minds!

  • Holy moly, this is gorgeous! One of the smoothest-looking, well thought out bikes I’ve seen recently. And that seat cluster….

  • hans

    smooth and those cocktail caper style graphics!

  • recurrecur

    Such good work. Unassuming, classic ride.
    So surprised I’ve never heard of him before.

  • Oh my. And the wee bit of grease on show. Because, somehow, that makes it look even better.

  • noob_sauce

    So nice to see a custom steel road with a matching fork, not knocking everyone on ENVEs but it just adds something else to the completeness of the bike IMO. But yeah, that seat cluster… 105 FTW! #gruppoofchampions

  • Rasmus Riemann

    I love Circles, really nice shop and people! Go there if you are in Nagoya. Do you know about the custom builder Kualis (he’s on Flickr) ? You should feature him too.

  • Sebastian Schwägele

    Nice job but a slender Sugino crankset would be even nicer!

  • kasual

    That seat cluster with the aero post…

  • Brad Hodges

    The stem / headset / spacers are the new definition of clean !

  • ninja

    A beautiful unassuming ride, so much neatness, so undoubtedly japanese.

    Love the drive side look of the stem, the asymmetry from the saddle would probably set off the OC in me though :)