NAHBS 2013: Gaulzetti, Generic, Tommasini & Richard Sachs
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…
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.
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.
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’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.
Frame weight averages 950g to 1000g. Retail is $5,395 and there’s no up charge for custom sizing/geometry or custom paint.
We’re not sure what Ridley will think of the name, but the X-Fire is a new Columbus XCR 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.
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.