NAHBS 2013: Gaulzetti, Generic, Tommasini & Richard Sachs

Gaulzetti Cicli pantone green road bike with new dropouts

In our pre-NAHBS interview this year, Gaulzetti promised a new emerald green color, supposedly the hot new Pantone (17-5641) hue for 2013, and, well, he delivered. It’s a bit brighter in person, and surprisingly good looking.

And that’s not all they showed that’s new. Click through for pics and info on his stuff, plus bikes from Generic Cycles, Tomassini and our usual photos-only coverage of Richard Sachs…

Gaulzetti Cicli pantone green road bike with new dropouts

New dropouts are made in house with hoods able to accept any angle of chainstay and seat stay approach, giving them one piece to fit all models. They have a curved notch that coddles the QR lever so it’s not sticking out randomly below / behind the bike.

Gaulzetti Cicli new cyclocross bike

First time they’ve shown a cross bike at NAHBS, and now they’re offering it with disc brakes. The Dedacciai 7005 framed Cabrón is $2,999 with Chris King headset, ENVE fork and includes whatever bottom bracket the customer wants/needs. Like their road bikes, it’s built to race. BB is a little higher, but not Belgian bike high, and there’s good mud clearance at the stays.

I asked: He’s not ready to build road bikes with discs, though, until heat management issues have been thoroughly resolved.

GENERIC CYCLES

Based in Denver, Generic Cycles mainly builds for other brands, including Oskar Blues Brewery’s Reebs, 22 Cycles and others. Last year they built 203 frames and two were branded Generic. This year they’re shooting for almost 400, with Reeb possibly taking half or more of ‘em.

Above is The Ultimate, their 29er titanium hardtail built around a long travel dual crown fork. There’s also a full suspension model called the Transducer.

The chainstay yoke on this is half of their new travel frame concept, letting you split it easily. The other half of the design wasn’t done yet – they’ll be adding tube splits at the seatstays soon.

The Plus is a 26″ BMX bike. With suspension. And disc brakes. And titanium. Oh, yeah!

They also work steel.

TOMMASINI

Tommasini VLC-3 carbon fiber road bike

Tommasini’s VLC 3 carbon road bike gets an updated rear end and a lighter overall frame. They use Mizuno carbon tubes and tube-to-tube construction.

Tommasini VLC-3 carbon fiber road bike

Frame weight averages 950g to 1000g. Retail is $5,395 and there’s no up charge for custom sizing/geometry or custom paint.

Tommasini X-Fire stainless steel road bike

We’re not sure what Ridley will think of the name, but the X-Fire is a new Columbus XCR stainless steel road bike.

Tommasini X-Fire stainless steel road bike

Downtube uses Tommasini’s trademark bell shaped down tube that’s custom drawn just for them. Price is $3,995 for the frameset, also with custom sizing/geometry or custom paint. You can design your paint scheme online through their website. Frame weight is about 1,400g.

RICHARD SACHS

It’s becoming a bit of a tradition for me to swing by Richard Sachs’ NAHBS booth when either a) he’s not there or b) he’s behind a crowd three deep. At least last year we made eye contact. In this regard, 2013 was like every other year, so here are some pics of his road and cyclocross bikes.

Nice / interesting touches include a Philips head water bottle cage bolt, F’ing Baller sticker mimicking the UCI-approved decal, detail at the front derailleur braze on and the threaded bit for the rear brake’s adjustment bezel. Disc brake ‘cross bike? Puh-leeze.

Comments

dougal - 03/18/13 - 3:19pm

Tommasini has been making the X-Fire for a number of years. Don’t know what came first, the Ridley or the Tommasini, but that bike is nice. Italian steel at its best!

vectorbug - 03/18/13 - 8:00pm

Always love seeing a Maverick fork out there on shiny new stuff.

hollywood - 03/18/13 - 9:29pm

ok, is it heresy to say I’m tired of Richard Sachs frames? They appear to look identical to when they were built in the 80′s…It’s not that I don’t think they’re *nice*…just maybe I’ve seen the red-wtih-white-with-yellow-accents archetype so many ………….[sorry, just yawned] times now…

Gillis - 03/18/13 - 10:17pm

Hollywood: I was thinking the EXACT same thing as I was scrolling down. Nice frames I’m sure, but they are the same every year.

Vectorbug - 03/18/13 - 10:59pm

And yet people are still winning championships on RS bikes, weird!

Eyal - 03/18/13 - 11:41pm

@hollywood How much has Porsche changed over the years; most change are under the skin and subtle, yet, it is still one of the most desired and capable cars. But I don’t think you understand these things, you probably ride some carbon homogeneous plastic bike painted in red and black.

Mindless - 03/19/13 - 11:41am

“heat management issues have been thoroughly resolved”?

Bollocks, just use normal rotors (like Shimano icetech) and hydralic brakes. Or at least normal rotors, not crap like Ashima.

There are no heat management issues, only idiotic setups.

Mindless - 03/19/13 - 11:43am

@Eyal: Porche changed a LOT over the years. Sachs on the other hand made a nice business rubberstamping the same vanity craps year in and out.

Riders win, not bikes.

Mindless - 03/19/13 - 11:45am

Cross bikes should be disk. Anybody who thinks otherwise is a sad little poseur.

Britton - 03/19/13 - 10:34pm

Mindless, tell me about these new disk cross bikes.

Jim - 03/19/13 - 10:46pm

Mindless: he’s developed a few different lugsets, a tubeset, championed larger sized lugs, and continues to make high quality frames in a classic style. Also, if you think you can “rubberstamp” custom frames, you’re wrong.

Also, since you’re being such a rude little troll, you mean crap and disc.

dtm58 - 03/31/13 - 8:59am

Mindless: You just don’t get it. Richard Sachs bikes are not fashion items and what narrow minded people think we should be ridings as its got a nice new paint job and is carbon. Just look at the craftsmanship and years of skill that have gone into making these frames what they are. You have obviously never made anything in your life. And as for discs on cross bikes well thats up to the rider not some idiot like you

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