NAHBS 2012 – Cherubim, Alliance, Blaze & Bruce Gordon
Cherubim always has a show stopper, and this year was no different. This sleek bike defies categorization, but always had a crowd around it. The other two bikes in their booth were just as well thought out, but virtually overshadowed by this razor. Fortunately, we got a few pics of those, too, and bikes from Alliance, Blaze and Bruce Gordon…
Alliance Bicycles builds out of steel, stainless and titanium. Above, a classic steel road bike…
…and a titanium hardtail.
And another with a simple but fun paint scheme.
Blaze’s steel bicycles are made in Moab, UT, by Pierre Chastain.
Bruce Gordon is one of those builders whose bikes look fairly straightforward if you’re in a rush to pass by. Look closely, though, and you’ll notice some fine details. The rusty looking bike above actually had a pretty nice textured brown paint job and some shaped carbon fiber handlebars…which he sells and were inspired by some old school Japanese parts.
Disc brakes make it a very slick singlespeed commuter that would be equal parts fast and incognito. It also had an early version of Panaracer’s forthcoming re-release of Joe Murray’s Rock ‘n’ Road 700×43 dirt road tire.
The blue road bike is simple but pretty.
This one was the real eye catcher. Carbon fiber tubes with titanium lugs and 650B wheels. The detail work on the lugs is impressive, and you can check out more (better) photos on their gallery page.
He also sells these lights and the mean looking canti brakes separately.