Corey Lowe of Seattle-based Eyewater bicycles is not new to the carbon game – with a background in mechanical engineering, he has worked previously as a design engineer at Parlee, Cannondale, Specialized, and with the Allied Cycle Works crew.

He left the production scene to focus on his own custom brand – Corey wants to be the guy to build the bike for you. He says that carbon has the potential to be romanticized in the same way as steel, not looked at as “plastic bikes”. What sets his operation apart is that he designed and built his own jigs and baking oven (of course), and the lugs on the bike are hand-laid. This allows his frames to be fully customizable in design and geometry, unlike most lugged carbon bikes on the market that are restricted by a rigid mold. He also has a top-secret curing process that gives a finish unlike anything else – completely smooth and a beautiful standalone without paint.

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While the outside of the frames are clean and beautiful, the insides are just as impressive. Corey showed me some sample joint cutouts that feature super clean carbon cross sections, no epoxy filler in the corners, no voids, and no wrinkles.

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Corey is about 15 bikes into his own carbon venture, and says that he wants to continue to build really nice bikes and be part of such a great creative community, working to find clever creative solutions for his customers. He also mentioned that the name Eyewater stems from the actual watery eye you get during those send it moments – in the sprint or during a great descent – but I think it could also be because the bikes are so beautiful they bring a tear to your eye. You can read our pre-show interview with him here.


  1. Per the site: “rim brake with quick release”. Now, I am not one of those people who is aghast at QR’s and rim brakes, and talks about either of them as though some of my friends had lost their lives to those specs. But- this is a 6500USD frame, and it seems to me it should have a TA and disc brakes at least as options.

    • If you read the linked article, you’ll see that it’s in the works. I also give him credit for developing a proper road bike first. Mostly because that’s what I want 🙂

    • Ya, that is a legacy spec. Paying that much is tough to justify when you know where things will be in the next year or so. I think Appleman would be a better value if we are looking at long term value.

      • The majority of the professional peloton is still riding rim brakes with qr. Legacy? I think not. It is simply a lighter and more aero combination.

  2. The frames look good my eyes. Not a hint of fiber warp, nicely done. The down tube cosmetic UD layer reminds me of an Appleman (in a good way).

    One thing that’s sometimes hard to appreciate about photos of this style of building is that the surface UD can look very different in person as you walk around it. Like those stickers with the hologram effect.

    I think it’s cool, like a monochromatic version of the plumage on a mallard.

  3. another overpriced frame? of course, price is relative to quality and it looks like a good bike but the price is still in outer space for most humans… but then the whole bike industry is a scam for money… the materials are lighter but not actually making the riding any better when a few pounds is the result and not anything really improving the ride… weight weirdos are welcome to overspend for a few grams here and there but the people able to afford these expensive toys are mostly too old to need such an advantage if any advantage is to be found at all… fair wheels, ascari and other overpriced art cycles are useless in the real world…

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