2013 NAHBS – Part 2

by Brian Mullin on February 25, 2013

What I noticed from around the show, was that a lot of designers were
using belt drive systems, especially in conjunction with internally
geared hubs. I saw this on quite a few bike categories, including fat
tire designs. Another common component on bikes was ENVE rims, which
was nice to see, since they’re light, strong and phenomenal for just
about any system.

Saturday’s Awards

  • Alchemy Bicycle Co. — Best carbon construction
  • No Award given — Best steel construction
  • Bishop Bikes — Best road bike
  • Bilenky Cycles — Best lugged frame
  • No Award given — Best experimental design
  • Steve Potts Cycles — Best TIG frame
  • Kent Eriksen & Black Sheep Fabrication — Best titanium construction
  • Boo Bicycles — Best alternative material
  • Cherubim by Shin-Ichi Konno — Best city bike
  • Retro-Inglis Cycles — Best mountain bike
  • Mosaic Cycles — Best cyclocross bike
  • Black Sheep Fabrication & Calfee Design — Best tandem
  • No Award given — Best utility bicycle
  • Matsuda Cycle Factory — Best track bicycle

A-Train Cycles
Alex Cook of A-Train
out of Minneapolis, had a really nice steel singlespeed on display. The
bike is a combination of Columbus Life for the rear triangle and KVA
stainless for the main tubes.

I
liked the lugs, and the little swooping section at the rear, along with
the pretty green glittered paint job. It’s spec’ed with White Industry
cranks and hubs, a painted Niner carbon fork and weighs in at 20 lbs.

Oxide Cycles
The Valkyrie is bizarre and wild looking downhill bike. The bike has
180mm of travel, comes in 26″, 27.5″ and 29″ wheel sizes, and is
constructed with KVA and 17-4 stainless steel tubing.

The entire seatstay, shock assembly, pivots and drivetrain are interesting design. I wonder how it rides?

 
Konno Cycle Works/Cherubim
The Japanese Cherubim Rambler, which won the award for the Best city bike, was a very stunning bike.

From
the shiny dual top tubes and rack, to the unique handlebars, this bike
was gorgeous in its simplicity and lines. Top it all off with Sturmey
Archor’s S2C Duomatic 2 speed kick shift hub with coaster brake, and
Ghisallo wood rims makes for an excellent package.

Shiny
to the max! I am not even sure what this handlebar type is called, but
the bike looks like it would be fun to ride, drifting along with the
coaster brakes.

 
Sanomagic
This Japanese company makes Mahogany boats, furniture and bikes. Sueshiro Sano of Sanomagic
is a ninth-generation shipwright, and his attention to detail really
shines on these bikes. The workmanship on the bikes was exquisite, from
the wood bars, saddles, seatpost wheels and frames.

 
Desalvo Custom Cycles
They had a gorgeous 27.5″ titanium bike in their booth, tricked out with SRAM XX1 and ENVE wheels. Desalvo is based out of Ashland Oregon, and makes titanium and steel road, cross, track and mountain bikes.

The tig welding on the bike was impeccable.

English Cycles
The blue TT bike in the background won Best of Show Award for Rob English of English Cycles,
so big congratulations to him. I liked his orange-hued mountain bike,
that had sweet dual top tubes, and a neat medallion that is sat smack in
the middle of them.

In
addition, the rear brake and derailleur went inside each of the top
tubes, which gave nice clean lines and a sharp look. The headtube had a
carbon fiber insert in front of the head badge, for an interesting
touch.



Donkelope Bikes
Their Steampunk theme bike was pretty cool looking, and included
old-time parts and modern features. The headtube and lugs are clad in
brass; the brake lines are copper/nickel hard tubing through the frame
for hydraulic brakes, and wood fenders and leather grips for the
finishing touches.

The headlight is an antique bike gas lantern, with modern led lighting. Greg Heath of Donkelope is based out of Bellingham Washington, and makes steel frames, forks, stems, and racks.

Weld One (OGRE)
This was an interesting looking bike from this Japanese company, though
I am not sure how comfortable the massive dropped steering position
would be, so I assume it’s more of a concept design?

Eric Baar – Ground Up Designs
Eric Baar of Ground Up brought a couple of wild looking bikes with him from Colorado Springs.

He is well known for his track bikes, but I liked the way the BMX looked with sparkled and glittery paint job.

Various Bikes – Part 1
The always classic Ritchey 650B.

Groovy Cycleworks had a really wild paint job on their Feast of Flesh…Zombie Ti Road Bike.

Lastly, the always trick Italian Tommasinibi Cycles.

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