NAHBS 2016: No22 drops new carbon cyclocross fork, Drifter gravel bike & other updates

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No22 Bicycles’ Broken Arrow gained a disc brake thru axle option at last year’s show thanks to the then-new TRP fork. Now, they’ve done it one better by designing their own carbon fiber fork that’s built around flat mount disc brakes.

The titanium frame also gets a few updates, including a switch to (or the option of) the new T47 threaded bottom bracket standard and flat mount rear brake mounts, too. They’ve also used it as the platform for their new Drifter gravel road bike…

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No22 Bicycles’ Broken Arrow gained a disc brake thru axle option at last year’s show thanks to the then-new TRP fork. Now, they’ve done it one better by designing their own carbon fiber fork that’s built around flat mount disc brakes. The titanium frame also gets a few updates, including a switch to (or the […]

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NAHBS 2016 – Métier Velo, Carrer, Biwakoguma, Journey, and Patrick in New Builder Round-up

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Looking back at some more of the new builder creations that stood out at NAHBS, Métier Velo’s bike featured carbon bonded into 3D printed titanium pieces. Italian brand, Carrer, brought this year’s wooden bike to newbie row. And Japanese builder Biwakoguma Bicycles had classic steel and a paint job that’s out of this world. Check out these and more after the jump…

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Looking back at some more of the new builder creations that stood out at NAHBS, Métier Velo’s bike featured carbon bonded into 3D printed titanium pieces. Italian brand, Carrer, brought this year’s wooden bike to newbie row. And Japanese builder Biwakoguma Bicycles had classic steel and a paint job that’s out of this world. Check out these and […]

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NAHBS 2016 – Best Lugged DiNucci, Best Brazed Steve Rex…and some fine bicycles from Shamrock

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Tim O’Donnell shared Shamrock Cycles’ origin story with us before this year’s show (and it’s a doozy of a read!), but didn’t unveil anything he was bringing to the show. So, if you didn’t make the trip to Sac this year, here’s your complete look at his booth. It, along with the coverage of Dinucci and Steve Rex’s award winning handiwork is heavy on the pics and light on the words, but very much worth your perusal…

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Tim O’Donnell shared Shamrock Cycles’ origin story with us before this year’s show (and it’s a doozy of a read!), but didn’t unveil anything he was bringing to the show. So, if you didn’t make the trip to Sac this year, here’s your complete look at his booth. It, along with the coverage of Dinucci […]

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Week in Review: New trail slayer from Intense, a smart aero-road bike plus bikes from Paris Nice, NAHBS & more!

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This week we rode Intense’s new playful trail slayer which is like a short travel Enduro bike made for your home trails, (unless you live in Whistler or the like). We were also at Paris Nice and got to sneak around the pits to get a close up look at what the pros are riding and took a ride on some of Mavic’s new carbon wheels…

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This week we rode Intense’s new playful trail slayer which is like a short travel Enduro bike made for your home trails, (unless you live in Whistler or the like). We were also at Paris Nice and got to sneak around the pits to get a close up look at what the pros are riding and took a […]

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NAHBS 2016 – Lovebaum has a new Philosophy, plus Razik’s carbon truss tubes & Connor’s wood handlebars

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What started out as Lovebaum last year, Philosophy Cycles is the 2.0 collaboration between Chad Lovings and Bryce Baumann. Perhaps using the original brand as a proving grounds, their new bikes look amazing, with paint to match.

Above is the gravel road bike built for Bicycle Crumbs and gets a completely custom seatmast topper to set the saddle back, beautiful painted graphics and some restraint by not choosing red or pink I9 spokes for the wheels. Check out this and lots more below…

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What started out as Lovebaum last year, Philosophy Cycles is the 2.0 collaboration between Chad Lovings and Bryce Baumann. Perhaps using the original brand as a proving grounds, their new bikes look amazing, with paint to match. Above is the gravel road bike built for Bicycle Crumbs and gets a completely custom seatmast topper to set […]

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NAHBS 2016 – Mmmmmm! Bikes from Map, Mars & Majaco

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Last year Mars Cycles’ Casey Sussman showed up as a first time builder and took home a People’s Choice award. This year, he brought a fleet built out with some clever features. The Trailside Companion sat front and center with the most obvious “upgrade” being, well, obvious. It’s the glittery paint, of course!

Wanna partake of the good stuff, then puff, puff, and give yourself a click past the break…

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Last year Mars Cycles’ Casey Sussman showed up as a first time builder and took home a People’s Choice award. This year, he brought a fleet built out with some clever features. The Trailside Companion sat front and center with the most obvious “upgrade” being, well, obvious. It’s the glittery paint, of course! Wanna partake […]

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NAHBS 2016 – Interview with new builder Alex Clauss of Portus Cycles

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One of our favorite things about New Builder Row at NAHBS this year was Alex Clauss, a gregarious guy with a very interesting full suspension steel frame. The frame, with kinematics driven by the Internet Community Bicycle 2.0 project by mtb-news.de, features a spec of mostly German components. Its theme, “Armor of God,” tells a story of Alex’s history and is a statement on his personal philosophy.

During our 30 minute booth-side chat at NAHBS, we learned about this history. His passion for bicycles began as a child, from which he got a job at a bike shop and worked his way up through several component companies. Finally, he arrived at frame building at England’s The Bicycle Academy where he took a course that resonated with his interest in social welfare. It was in this course that Alex found his life’s calling. “The frame is the heart, the soul of a bicycle. By choosing the geometry, you choose the character of the bike. For me, frame building- it was pursuing the last step…”

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One of our favorite things about New Builder Row at NAHBS this year was Alex Clauss, a gregarious guy with a very interesting full suspension steel frame. The frame, with kinematics driven by the Internet Community Bicycle 2.0 project by mtb-news.de, features a spec of mostly German components. Its theme, “Armor of God,” tells a […]

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NAHBS 2016 – LLLL’s yeah! Bikes from Lov, Low & Lichen

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It would have been easy to confuse Lov Bikes as a custom paint provider, but the brilliantly colorful frames are theirs, too.

They build in Eagle, Colorado, with fillet brazed steel and titanium. All full custom, with a big emphasis on paint. How big? Click on through to see some great examples, plus alloy road racers from Low and a full suspension trail bike from first time builder Lichen…

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It would have been easy to confuse Lov Bikes as a custom paint provider, but the brilliantly colorful frames are theirs, too. They build in Eagle, Colorado, with fillet brazed steel and titanium. All full custom, with a big emphasis on paint. How big? Click on through to see some great examples, plus alloy road […]

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NAHBS 2016 – Titanium bicycle roundup from Alliance, Dean & Steve Potts

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Like so many others, Alliance was showing off the cycle du jour, a gravel road bike. Building out of Ketchum, Idaho, Eric Rolf has long stretches unkempt roads and trails to ride, so his design has been refined to clear 38mm tires. The bottom bracket drop is 80mm, which is really low compared to a standard road bike. That puts the rider down “in” the bike for a more stable ride.

He’s also now building with Reynolds double butted titanium, which is rare, with frames using it starting at $3,100. Straight gauge tubes would be $2,700. Rolf says the weight difference depends on diameters, but are between 1/4 and 3/4 pounds. Bigger difference is that the butted tubes yield a smoother ride at equal torsional stiffness.

Check it and lots more of the wonder metal below…

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Like so many others, Alliance was showing off the cycle du jour, a gravel road bike. Building out of Ketchum, Idaho, Eric Rolf has long stretches unkempt roads and trails to ride, so his design has been refined to clear 38mm tires. The bottom bracket drop is 80mm, which is really low compared to a […]

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