Posts in the category Interviews

Road to NAHBS 2015: Retrotec Returns To Fat

Retrotec NAHBS 2015 head tube fillet di2 port

Due to a last minute change in plans, the ever-charming Curtis Inglis of Retrotec is suddenly making an appearance at NAHBS this year.  Having taken a few years off of showing fat bikes, we can look forward to Curtis making a triumphant return to the category with a Twin Fat featuring state-of-the-art specifications.  Also, be sure to look out for a deeply custom Sierra Leone-themed 29+ non-suspension corrected build.  Curtis and his legendary sense of humor after the jump. READ MORE ->

Road to NAHBS 2015: Calfee Design

Calfee NAHBS 2015 Carbon Road 1

As the thirtieth anniversary of his first carbon prototype frame approaches, Craig Calfee continues to push the design and process envelope.  Having debuted a tandem-to-solo conversion bike last year, and a new 3D printing process for custom, one-off carbon lugs on their Manta endurance road frames, it will be interesting to see what surprises Calfee has in store for this NAHBS.

BIKERUMOR: What are your main building materials?

Craig: Carbon fiber, bamboo and hemp. And to a lesser extent, titanium and Douglas Fir tree branches. READ MORE ->

Road to NAHBS 2015: Savvy Cycles’ hits the trail with a big stick

Saavy Cycles NAHBS 2015 29er trailhead

Celebrating their debut year at NAHBS, Savvy Cycles will be making their argument that wood is good.  Following the lead of other outdoor industry product in returning to wood as a viable and environmentally friendly composite base material and inspired by modern heavy timber technology, Savvy’s handmade hickory and ash designs utilize advanced joining methods and adhesives for tough and weight-competitive results.

BIKERUMOR: What are your main building materials?

Mike: We use wood! Hickory, Ash and Sepele.

BIKERUMOR: What’s new with your company since NAHBS last year?

Mike: First time at NAHBS this year. We will be showing wood frame mountain bikes and a fat bike. READ MORE ->

Road to NAHBS 2015: Boo Bicycles’ Bamboo Bombers


Boo has had a gangbusters year.  Through impressive competitive showings in fields internationally for both their original and Aluboo models, Boo has established the high performance capability of their product while reinforcing its proven durability and ride quality across genres.  The crowd at NAHBS has a diverse selection of naturally grown tubed bikes this year…

BIKERUMOR: What are your main building materials?

Boo: Bamboo and carbon composite (for Boo models) and bamboo and aluminum (Aluboo / Alubooyah models). READ MORE ->

Road to NAHBS 2015: Kish Fabrication

Kish NAHBS 2015 Road Hog

NAHBS award winner Jim Kish has two debut products for this year’s show to complement several favorite cross and road standards.  The first is a production steel road model called “The Road Hog.”  The second?  A titanium fat bike to be unveiled at the show (Kish swears it will be done by then).

BIKERUMOR: What are your main building materials?

KISH: Titanium, with a little steel here and there. READ MORE ->

Road To NAHBS 2015: Groovy Cycleworks Is Out Of This World

Groovy Cycleworks NAHBS 2015 Rohloff Pink Camouflage 29 plus

To be displayed alongside several 29+ custom builds with outstanding and “out of this world” paint, Groovy Cycleworks will debut its long-awaited production version AccuSet Professional Level Frame Fixture.

BIKERUMOR: What are your main building materials?

RODY: One of my goals is to take the customer’s vision and bring it to fruition in house, from design to final assembly. To that end, we have the ability to work with Titanium, Steel, and Aluminum, giving a wide variety of material properties to work with. READ MORE ->

Road To NAHBS 2015 – Bilenky Cycle Works

Bilenky NAHBS 2015 Gaffney1

It’s time again for our Road to NAHBS series, your annual primer for what’s to come at North America’s largest showcase of handmade frame builders and some of their biggest, boldest creations from the past 12 months. Of course, we’ll have all the coverage from every booth right here in just a few short weeks, but if you can make it to Louisville, KY (and maybe ride in a cave while you’re there), nothing beats seeing these two-wheeled works of art in person. Now, without further ado, here’s our first participant for 2015: Bilenky Cycle Works!

Now armed with new machinery purchased this past year from the Serotta factory, Bilenky brings to NAHBS 2015 a diverse range of genres and interesting technologies in builds featuring the level of deep thematic detail we have come to expect from the builder. Here’s a little taste… READ MORE ->

Bike Check: Neko Mulally’s new Scott Gambler w/ prototype Fox shock

Neko Mulally Scott Gambler Dh bike with prototype dual high-low speed compression and rebound coil shock

Having moved to Asheville, NC, last year, gravity phenom Neko Mulally showed up for a Scott Bicycles demo ride at Billy Goat Bikes recently and gave us the run down on his new team bike.

The frame is the 2015 Scott Gambler with 27.5″ wheels that was introduced last summer, and a Scott rep informed the model will carryover unchanged for 2016, save for the likely spec updates. We were thinking there might be a carbon version coming, but the official word is that the riders are doing quite well on the alloy bike and are very happy with it. Neko’s been testing a coil version of a new dual high/low speed compression/rebound Fox shock for a couple months now, we just couldn’t photograph it the first time he showed it to us. We spotted a prototype Fox air shock using the same new damping controls in testing earlier, and our source tells us Neko could be swapping that in soon, too.

Drop in for a little Q&A and closeup pics…


How to Break Into the Cycling Industry – Transition Bikes’ Kevin Menard


Kevin’s business card at Transition Bike Co.

It’s a new year, and perhaps your resolutions of shedding the shackles of corporate life for the fun and adventure of cycling are still fresh in your mind. Here, as inspiration (or a kick in the butt, take it how you will) is proof positive that it doesn’t much matter what you’re doing now, you can indeed break into the cycling industry…

BIKERUMOR: Who are you and what are you doing here?

KEVIN: My name is Kevin Menard and I own 50% of Transition Bikes. As an owner of a small business you end up doing a ton of things on a daily basis but my main title is sales and marketing director. I drive the brand direction and image of the company and all the relationships with our fine customers.