Rocky Mountain Bike Show

by Brian Mullin on August 24, 2009

I had my kids (5 and7) in tow with me to the Rocky Mountain Bike Show, and I wasn’t really sure what to expect since I regularly attend the overwhelming Interbike show. I was pleasantly surprised, as it was a low key affair with some really good vendors. The RMBS team did an excellent job on the small show, and I especially appreciate that they could make it entertaining for kids! My only gripe was that people had to pay to park, I think with this small of a show that it needs to be free, and it was a major complaint from the web forums.

This is the second year of the RMBS, and this year it was moved to the Denver National Western Complex. There were around 35 bike makers, 23 related accessories and services, and a good number of local microbrewed beers.

It was nice to not only see some great local builders and quite a few from Portland, but to see the non profit bike related groups there. They had a great area in the back for kids, they could do art stuff, or ride bikes around in a small obstacle course. Very cool indeed!

Award winners:

Best Brew: Raspberry Wheat by Twisted Pine
Honorable Mention: Avery IPA
Sponsored by Zinn & Feedback Sports: Prize included: Custom Zinn cranks & a Feedback Sports bike stand

Best Paint or Finish: Renovo Hardwood Bicycles
Honorable Mention: Moots
Sponsored by Rudy Project: Prize included: Sunglasses, extra lenses, back pack, helmet

Best Accessory or Component: Hüdz
Honorable Mention: Sampson
Sponsored by Civilian Bicycle Company with paint by Class Act Powder: included: A custom Civilian frame with single paint

Builder’s Choice: Courage
Honorable Mention: Rebelledo
Sponsored by D2 Shoe and Sampson: Prize included: A pair of custom shoes & orthodics, and a Sampson TT bar

Best in Show: Renovo Hardwood Bicycles
Honorable Mention: Yipsan
Sponsored by Alpha Q: Prize included: Fork, bar, stem, seatpost, and tube set

Builder of the Year: Sponsored by Edge Composites: Kent Eriksen Bicylces
Honorable Mention: Black Sheep Bikes
Prize included: Edge rims, stem, handlebar and their brand new seatpost

I will add some in depth information shortly, here are some photos with captions.

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