Five Land Bikes was founded in 2017 by Matt and Callum. They studied design together in Aberdeen and later worked together as designers and fabricators before setting up their own workshop and moving into their current space on Cockdurno Farm in January 2018.
Matt is a Five Land co-founder and is originally from Northern Ireland. He moved to Scotland in 2008 to study product design at Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen and, after a brief spell back in Co. Antrim, moved to Edinburgh for a job as a framebuilder.
He got into bikes when he was too young to remember, raced MX bikes through his teens until he went to uni where he bought his first downhill bike and got way more into mountain biking and seeing more of Scotland.
He currently rides a custom 650b steel hardtail trail bike he built himself and has Shand Stoater for the commute.
Favourite trail is probably Repeat offender or Flat white at The Golfie, Innerleithen.
Callum, co-founder of Five Land Bikes, grew up in Edinburgh and spent his youth trying to master barspins and footjams on his bmx. He then went on to study product design at Gray’s School of Art along with Matt.
After working as a designer for a number of years, he decided to merge his hobbies and skills and get into the world of bike manufacturing.
He can’t quite pin down his number 1 trail but knows that his favourite food is definitely eggs.
We are in Balerno, near Threipmuir Reservoir, on the West side of the Pentland hills. It’s just a 20 minute cycle from the workshop into the heart of the range of hills that run about 20 miles South West from Edinburgh. It’s also where we do a lot of our biking.
The workshop is in a converted barn at Cockdurno Farm Steading. The building we are in was originally built around 300 years ago as part of the dairy farm and granary. Nowadays, although still a working farm, it’s looked after by The Free Company and a lot of the spaces have been repurposed in creative ways.