NAHBS 2013: True Fabrications’ Steel Road, City & Mountain Bikes

True Fabrications hails from Austin, TX, and has been building custom steel bikes since 2005. They started out just building 29er frames for themselves, but now offer road, cyclocross, mountain and commuter bikes. They also make stems. The disc brake road bike shown here is for a customer in Dublin. It has all internal cable […]

NAHBS 2013: Bicycles from Ground Up, Metrofiets, Paketa & Zullo

Ground Up Designs’ Eric Baar brought his brushes and was pinstriping and decorating his bikes at the show. The sparkly racer above caught our eye for the garage-mechanic World of Outlaws motif, but the details made us stay. The frame uses a reversed sliding dropout placement and unique turnbuckle bar to adjust tension on the […]

NAHBS 2013: Silk Cycles’ Engineering Marvel, Donkelope Goes Steampunk

At first glance, this road bike from Silk Cycles seems to have to many tubes. Upon closer inspection however, I quickly realized the engineering work at hand here.  The bike is a full size folder, and an elegantly designed one at that. See just how the bike breaks down on the other side, plus a […]

NAHBS 2013: Predator Custom Carbon, Shamrock Cycles & One-Off FSA Singlespeed Disc Carbon Tubular Wheels

Predator Cycling is known for being one of a very few carbon fiber repair shops in the country (Ruckus being another).  But they do so much more.  At NAHBS they were happily showing off both bikes and components. The first thing I noticed at the Predator booth was not their full carbon road bike, and it […]

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 […]

NAHBS 2013: Andy Hampsten, Ellis, Funk Cycles & Yipsan

While lots of attention was placed up on Andy Hampsten’s 1988 Giro-winning race bike, which was indeed branded as a Huffy, there was plenty more to see at his booth. But it was still pretty cool seeing a complete Dura-Ace group from that era, so we nabbed some pics. Like Hampsten, Ellis Cycles had their […]

NAHBS 2013: Vendetta, Form Cycles & Don Walker

Form Cycle’s new disc brake road bike is built from KVA stainless steel and gets internal routing and brazed on small bits (disc brake tabs, cable ports, bottle bosses) for a cleaner look. They’re also working on a gravel road version that’ll have more tire clearance thanks to S-bend chainstays. It’ll also get a slightly […]

NAHBS 2013: DeSalvo, Alliance & Carl Strong

Carl Strong had but one bike on display at NAHBS this year: Carl’s Personal Blend. It’s a new concept dirt road bike designed to show his take on a disc brake road bike aimed at rough road, back country riding. Bottom bracket is lower than a ‘cross bike, and head tube is a bit slacker […]

NAHBS 2013: Mosaic Updates, Categorizes Road & Cyclocross, Adds 650B & DJ Mountain Bikes

Mosaic has typically just built what people wanted. Problem is, people sometimes don’t know what they want. Or, at least, it helps to give them a starting point. So, Mosaic has for the first time launched specific models to make “custom” a little less intimidating. Bikes are now given simple letter codes: R (road), M […]