NAHBS 2014: Bike Roundup – A.N.T., Helavna, Brompton, Rob English & More!
As our NAHBS coverage wanes, we’ve got a few more roundups and posts to mix in with the rising Sea Otter news. Above, Rob English didn’t have a booth this year, but he peppered a couple booths with his fantastic looking bikes. This road bike sat in Campagnolo’s space, but was paired with TRP’s Spyre mechanical discs, not Campy disc brakes (we think you probably won’t have to hold your breath too much longer).
Check out the rest of the frame and many more from several builders below…
English is known for his steel bikes, many with pencil-thin seatstays and beautiful details. Like these ultra smooth cable ports on the head tube.
The rear brake’s exit port is just as clean, presenting an overall minimalist look even with disc rotors.
He also had an e-bike in the Gates Belt Drive booth, which he showed us in our pre-show interview.
Magic Cycles‘ builder planted a frame in Gipiemme’s booth, using it to showcase the wheels.
Brompton celebrated their 25th anniversary with a special edition bronzy finish on their trademark folding bicycle frame.
A.N.T. (Alternative Needs Transportation) stuck to its basics with these city bikes and accessories.
But basics don’t have to be boring, like this cafe-raceresque singlespeed shows.
Moulton also kept to their habits, which are always interesting to examine.
Front suspension is handled in a few ways, both with variations of a parallelogram. On the left, the blue bike has the squishy bits hidden in the head tube/steerer. The black one places an elastomer just behind the fork crown’s usual location.
Japan’s Helavna Bicycles had another (orange) bicycle that was constantly out of their booth for photos or had too many people crowed around it, so, sadly, we missed getting photos of it. But this blue one was plenty eye catching, too.
Cycle Monkey is the U.S. distributor of Rohloff hubs, Schlumpf gearing, as well as a reseller and service provider for them. They also provide suspension tuning services. To show off a few of those things, they had this Battleaxe full suspension bike.
It uses a dual chain drivetrain with 1:1 gear ratio running back to the rear hub. The front gear is placed at the main pivot, which eliminates any suspension or pedal feedback from the system.
Shifting is handled by one of their internally geared hubs.