our story

We are dedicated to building the ultimate trail bikes. Bikes with better suspension, better drivetrains, better design. So that you ride with maximum confidence and fun.


When our founder Andreas swung a leg over his first Specialized mountain bike in the UK back in 1992, he was hooked forever.

Trained as a mechanical engineer, he founded first the design firm Alskar Design in 2007, gaining experience in developing high quality products and bikes in over 120 challenging projects.

Around 2017 we started to develop the first ideas and concepts for our own line of high-end mountain bikes. It would take about 3 years of development and after successfully testing multiple carbon prototypes on the rocky trails of Croatia, we started small scale production in-house. That was the time that Instinctiv was born as a separate company, dedicated to building the ultimate trail bikes.


Our head quarter is located in Amsterdam, where we have our team of bike designers, highly skilled engineers and production mechanics.

We have over fifteen years of experience in development of highly complex products, many of them bikes and ebikes. We develop concepts, design kinematics, run simulations, use advanced 3D CAD programs to develop our frames and build prototypes.


For extensive performance testing we use locations in Croatia. If frames and components survive there, they will pretty much survive anything.

From our testing center we ride our prototypes on Alpine trails in Jamnica (SI) and on the rockiest trails of UCI Premantura (HR), UCI Kamenjak (HR) and Rabac (HR).

Apart from these testing locations, we have other riders test our bikes in Spain and Switzerland, participating in Enduro races and the EWS.

built in Europe

All our bikes are built to order in our workshop in Amsterdam.

We are not part of a large group, but fully independent. All we do is small scale, without investors, without loans and with little marketing. We’d rather use our time and money to develop the next generation bikes.

Laurens Bos

senior bike designer

Henriette Lauridsen

production / engineer

Joe Lintl

senior bike designer

Rik Verkerk

senior bike engineer

Maria Kouzmina

production / accounting

Pieter Stol

production / designer

Andreas Knol


Jaap Doornbos

senior engineer


We build our bikes fully in-house with our own people. Only the raw carbon parts are coming from Asia.

Quality checks on all parts is done in-house, high-quality custom coating is done in the Netherlands and also the assembly of frames, bearings and full bikes we all do in house.