NAHBS 2012 – Moth Attack’s Monster Track Bike, Plus Baum and Six Eleven Bicycles

Moth Attack Track Bike Full Bike

I had the pleasure of meeting builder Megan Dean of Moth Attack this year.  Having seen her awesome RITTE racing track bike at Interbike, I was keen to see what she would have on display at NAHBS.  I was not let down.  What she brought was one of my absolute personal favorites of the show.  This track bike is beefy!

Past the break you’ll find more details on this, plus bikes from Baum and Six Eleven’s winning Cyclorcross Bike.

Moth Attack Track Bike Front End 2

The reason this bike looks so beefy is because Megan used a 1 1/8″ to 1.5″ headtube mated to a True Temper tubeset.  The downtube however was a bit of a mystery.  At first glance, it looked like an oversized tube, but after looking closer, it was bigger than a normal oversized tube.  After prying a bit, Megan informed me that it’s the downtube from a tandem tubeset.  The build was finished out with iRT carbon wheels, a massive Serenity Bicycles carbon track fork, and 3T Scatto track handlebar.  This this must be an absolute monster on the track.

Moth Attack Track Bike Front End 3

Such a lovely headtube badge.

Moth Attack Track Bike Logo

Plenty of room on that downtube for a nice big logo.

Moth Attack Track Bike Rear Monostay

This monostay keeps things clean and classy on the back end.  It’s my favorite part of this bike.


Baum Track Bike Full Bike

Baum was also showing off a killer track bike this year.  This one is ti with a carbon fork, and a custom carbon bar stem combo created from an Enve stem and 3T Scatto bar.

Baum Track Bike Custom Bar Stem

Baum Ti Road and Steel Cross Bikes

Baum also had on display two nice steel road and cross bikes.

Baum New Rear Chain Stay Shape

New to the Ristretto road bike is this stainless rear end with lovely shaped chainstays.  Internal routing keeps things clean, and the rear stays shave off 15g and stiffen things up a bit.

Six-Eleven Bicycles

Six Eleven Cyclocross Bike

Six-Eleven did such a good job on this cyclorcross bike that they were awarded best cyclorcross bike of the show (tied with Moots as well).

Six Eleven Cyclocross Bike Paint Detail

The paint work was outstanding.  It was done by Dick Howard with a spoke stuck in the end of a cork.  I think they were going for mud splatters, but to me it looks more like animal print.  Either way I dig it.

Six Eleven Cyclocross Bike Rear Brake Cable Routing

Six Eleven Cyclocross Bike Headtube Badge

Six Eleven Cyclocross Bike Name Plate

Six Eleven Henry Loud Special Full Bike

611 was also showing off this gorgeous track black and gold track bike, themed after a Henry Loud John Player Special race car.

Six Eleven Henry Loud Special




fuzzbuzz - 03/12/12 - 11:32pm

I don’t usually call you guys out on stuff, but……….I believe the bike in the last picture is homage to the John Player Special race cars of most notably in the 70’s. The same car driven by one of the best racers of all time, Mario Andretti.

Sean - 03/13/12 - 12:14am

Ok, I’ve had this nagging feeling for a while, and now I want to get it out in the open. Here it is: I just can’t bring myself to care about the NAHBS. The bikes are either uber-fussy, ultra-expensive, weird for the sake of being weird, or retro. I’d like to believe that somehow the effort made by the builders of these bikes will positively impact the engineering, design, or best practices of bicycle manufacturing, but I can’t shake the feeling that these boutique builders represent an isolated branch off the bicycle family tree. I think they are art — fine and beautiful art, like Fabrege eggs — impractical, and primarily interesting to industry insiders (to use the term loosely) or with a ton of money. There are, of course, bikes at the NAHBS that you might imagine riding in a Cat 5 race, or commuting back and forth to work every day in the rain, locking up in a public bike rack…. no, wait, I can’t really imagine that. I can’t imagine that at all. Does that make me a bad person?

Andres - 03/13/12 - 12:27am

i totally agree with Sean….well said!

Matt - 03/13/12 - 11:09am

“There are, of course, bikes at the NAHBS that you might imagine riding in a Cat 5 race, or commuting back and forth to work every day in the rain, locking up in a public bike rack…. no, wait, I can’t really imagine that. I can’t imagine that at all.”

Actually there are a lot of bikes at NAHBS that are intended to do just that. Unfortunately those types of bikes don’t really get the press coverage that the art-bikes get.

Examples: Richard Sachs had some bikes that had actually been raced. Chris Igleheart had a very convenient and simple little top-cap switch for a dynamo light that would really help a commuter setup. Guru built a sweet looking Ti bike that was extra stout so that it could survive massive damage in a crit race and keep going. There were also a LOT of actually-used all-road bikes (including mine which I rode in to work this morning). Naked Bikes even rode the 450mi to the show on their bikes.

Point being, the practical bikes, the ones that push innovation, the ones you could actually afford to use. Those were all there, but instead the press is more bamboozled by things like English Cycle’s mono-stay bike and a bunch of show-piece fixies that’ll likely never see a single street or track.

Gavin - 03/13/12 - 11:54am

fuzzbuzz is right. homage to Player Special, and Henry Loud is the customer/owner of that bike. it should be seeing track time in LA this year.

Dex - 03/13/12 - 12:12pm

Sean go buy a sensible bike that you can ride in the rain, commute, and race with the cat 5 field. The vendors at NAHBS could very well put a cap on the price range of bikes that they design, build, and decorate for the general public to ogle at. Bottom line is that any bike that looks awesome takes alot of time to build and design and looks cool with flashy paint and anodized do dads. Don’t hate on the bike crowd that appreciates bikes that are flashy, well built, and just plain bad ass.

Jake - 03/13/12 - 12:55pm

@ Sean…I agree to a point and Matt has a point as well. The “Bike Show” is just like an Auto Show…no one in the press really ever covers the latest Honda Civic, Ford Taurus or Chevy Impala….those don’t grab the readers attention which when it comes down to it, if you are in the press business, its all about readership. So as a prostitute sells her wears by “showing a little” of what she’s got, the press has to show what they’ve got for you as well to grab your attention. Should the press cover the more ‘boring bikes? Sure but the reality is that the boring Trek, Jamis, Pinnarello, Cannondale, etc….are exactly that, boring and no one really wants to read about them. We can see those at the bike shop on any given day.

Now in support of your comment, I too feel that a lot of what we see will never be “on the road”. At least concept autos are test beds for technology that will (hopefully) show up on actual autos we can buy. These bikes, as you so eloquently put it,

“I’d like to believe that somehow the effort made by the builders of these bikes will positively impact the engineering, design, or best practices of bicycle manufacturing,…”, “like Fabrege eggs — impractical, and primarily interesting to industry insiders (to use the term loosely) or with a ton of money.”

…tis true. A lot of what we see on these show pieces will never end up on a bike that the average Joe can afford.

I think a lot of that is due to trying to stand out in the crowd…as I said above, you gotta show your wears and this includes the hand builders as well. They gotta show what they can do, what they are capable of in design as well as construction.

Unfortunately, the boring stuff is well….boring and no one really wants to read about it.

That what I like about this site. Am I really interested in the latest cool weather glove? No, not in the slightest but I know a lot of people are. Did I read the post about it? No, don’t plan to either but it’s nice to know that this site will ‘go there’ with the ‘boring stuff’…in case I ever need to read about something I might one day find myself in need of and need to do some research.

Nick Burklow - 03/13/12 - 5:58pm

@fuzzbuzz – good catch. I have updated the post. The worst part is that I knew that and just missed it in proofing. I love those old race cars.

Dick Howard - 03/21/12 - 7:28pm

I agree with about 85 % of what Sean says but those are the reasons I LOVE the show.

Yenski Glower - 03/21/12 - 8:26pm

@ Sean (& everyone else with fame tube envy):

Really? You’re joking, right? I mean, most cyclists think that these are just works of art and have no practicality, right? I’ve seen my fair share of hand built frames for almost 3 decades and, had the pleasure of witnessing the 611 Bicycle Company pour their passion (as all the NAHBS builders) into their creations.

Many of the bikes in these shows have displayed many innovations that these unique breed of craftsman have created that has caught the eye of manufacturers, cycling enthusiasts and the media. Unlike those concept cars at the auto shows, where some tart walks around a vehicle shell with bells and flashy lights, these cycling machines are the real deal, they can actually be ridden and raced on the pavement or on the trail, and take numerous hours to build for little profit.

Sounds like you need to stick with your China made, mass produced bicycle – BORRRR-INNNG! At one time, the mass producers, such as Trek and Schwinn, started out small like these frame builders, not any more and they never will – the big guns have lost sight of what cycling truly is, art in motion.

So, yea, it is refreshing that these passionate men and women (and NAHBS for showcasing them), are breathing life back in the art of cycling and keeping it alive, as it was intended.

Dick howard - 03/22/12 - 10:27am

Ok. I am down to about 60%. If some of the cutting edge engineering shown at NAHBS doesn’t influence the mass producers it’s not the fault of these builders. It’s the industry’s fault. Is being an “…isolated branch of the bicycle family tree ” a bad thing.? Not really because these bikes by their very uniquensss, design, engineering skills and labor intensity appeal to the cycling cognoscenti ( not to the industry insiders) and to those individuals I say “thank you” for providing the fuel to keep the flame burning.

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