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Road to NAHBS 2014: Mosaic Cycles Spreads the Bespoke Love

Mosaic Cycles pre-NAHBS 2014 interview teaser

Last year, Mosaic gave their bikes categories, providing a starting point for customers, and they added a disc brake road bike option and more mountain bike variations. This year, the story’s all about their dealers. As proof, we actually received the photo above from Prestige Cycles in the UK before we ever got the answers back from Mosaic’s Aaron Barcheck. It may not look like much yet, but Prestige’s Stephen Roche promises it’ll be on display in Charlotte with plenty of boutique UK components, an amazing paint scheme and a Di2 build. With a raw frame weight of just 1318g, it’s a pretty good starting point.

BIKERUMOR: What are your main building materials?

AARON: Mosaic Cycles builds with Titanium, Steel and Stainless Steel.

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

AARON: Throughout 2013 and into 2014 NAHBS Mosaic continues to work hand in hand with some of the best Custom/Handmade supporting bike shops in the Nation and now globally. We’ve added new Mosaic partners in Chicago (Velosmith Bicycle Studio), Toronto (Blacksmith Cycle) and Brisbane Australia (Crankstar Bespoke Cyclery) to name a few and are excited to bring the brand to new areas.

For the product side of things we’re offering our framesets now as a carbon module with Enve stem/seatpost and a Ti module with Mosaic built titanium stem and seatpost! Also launching at NAHBS will be a gravel grinder model, something we’re built for years but never put a name on. Around these parts of the country (Boulder, CO) the Gravel Grinder is King with so many dirt roads and riding potential all year.


Road to NAHBS 2014: Rob English Electrifies Things

Rob English Cycles custom e-bike with Bosch motor and Gates Belt Drive transmission

Over the years, Rob English has shown us some of the lightest bikes around, which is saying a lot since he builds from steel! And usually, at least one of the very impressive bikes in his booth is for himself. And those bikes usually push the limits of what’s possible to streamline aerodynamics and shave grams. Look here, here and here for examples that’ll blow your mind.

This year, at least one of his bikes will be heavy, yet still likely very quick. The big guy shown above is part of the Gates Belt Drive e-bike competition at the show.  In his own booth, look for While he won’t have his own booth this year, opting to just send the motorized beaut for Gates’ expo, here’s what else he’s been up to along with several customer bikes…

BIKERUMOR: What are your main building materials?

ENGLISH: Fillet brazed steel with the occasional carbon or titanium tube.

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

ENGLISH: Up until last year’s show I was still working part time as the engineer for Bike Friday. Shortly after I made the decision to concentrate full time on English Cycles, and also to support my wife’s new venture of Velo B&B. The extra time has enabled me to build a few more bikes and take on some additional design work.


Road to NAHBS 2014: Geekhouse’s Marty Walsh Gets a New Geek

Geekhouse Woodville touring bike with custom racks

Photo: John Watson

To say Geekhouse has some repeat customers might be an understatement, considering the past few years have all shown bikes built for John Watson. And to say they have a wide range of similar bikes would also be an understatement, albeit a weird one. Over the years, we’ve seen the Brentwood city/porteur bike (with racks), the Hopedale gravel road bike (with racks), and now this Woodville touring bike. With racks. All similar at first glance, but as with all fine things, the devil’s in the details.

BIKERUMOR: What are your main building materials?

MARTY: Our main building material is steel. Preferably OX Platinum tubing from True Temper, because steel is real!

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

MARTY: As of 2014 I am officially a 1.5 man show. I’m doing all the fabrication myself while Katty Walsh-Motes [no relation] does…pretty much everything that’s not fabrication.


Road to NAHBS 2014: 44 Bikes, Made with Parts from the Lower 48


First time exhibitor 44 Bikes isn’t new to building, just showing. We’ve featured their bikes here and here, and now we get a little peek into builder Kristofer Henry’s process in our annual lead up to the North American Handmade Bicycle Show.

BIKERUMOR: What are your main building materials?

KRISTOFER: I’m presently working with steel. I will eventually offer titanium to my clients but that is a ways off in the future. In the meantime, steel is an incredibly strong, durable and very practical material to work with. It offers a resilient and lively ride quality. I feel that I’ve barely scratched the surface of what is possible with the material. All of my frames are built using True Temper steel sourced from Henry James and all of my headtubes, bottom brackets, dropouts and assorted braze-ons are sourced from Paragon Machine Works. All made in the USA.


Road to NAHBS 2014: Stijl Cycles’ New Loco Machine Brings Something Completely Different


Last year, Stijl Cycles‘ founder Hinmaton Hisler rolled out an amazingly complex, double-tubed Ironman theme bicycle. This year, he’s doing something completely different, focusing his booth on his frame building tools and frame components  under the Loco Machine brand. We thought it was a nice diversion from our usual Road to NAHBS subject matter. Of course, that doesn’t mean he isn’t building bikes anymore, evidenced by this beauty shown above.

BIKERUMOR: What are your main building materials?

HINMATON: Steel, Titanium, Cast Iron

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

HINMATON: I have expanded the Loco-Machine brand of product and will be exhibiting as Loco this year.


Road to NAHBS 2014: Boo Bicycles Growing Like Bamboo


Boo RS-R carbon and bamboo road bike with hydraulic disc brakes and integrated seat mast.

At last year’s show, and probably at this year’s too, Boo Bicycles impresses with some super sleek bamboo and metal bikes with a couple one-off or prototype parts from others hanging on them. This year, founder Nick Frey says he’s got more than a couple surprises shooting up:

BIKERUMOR: What are your main building materials?

NICK: Bamboo (always!) with carbon fiber or aluminum.

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

NICK: A lot…we had a successful Kickstarter in May 2013 for the new and have been focused on perfecting our craft with Boo as well as introducing Aluboo to a wider audience. We are building a dealer network in the US, selling fat bikes like mad, and driving around the country in a decked out 1998 Bluebird All American: BooBus Maximus. The BooBus will be going to many of the biggest events in the US, meeting with dealers, and riding all the local Wednesday Night World Championships. We have some great partners in TrainingPeaks, BRAAAP, and Pactimo—they’ll be stocking us with some things we need for the road, both in the bus and on bikes. READ MORE ->

Road to NAHBS 2014 – Sarif Cycle Worx Throws Us a Curve


A while back, we featured one of Sarif Cycle worx’s first builds, a very lightweight steel hardtail 29er for local pro Tommy Rodgers. Since then, builder Dave Johnson has been busy evolving his work…and making plenty more bikes. Given the proximity to his (and our!) Greensboro, NC, base, Charlotte makes the perfect start to his NAHBS experience.


Road to NAHBS 2014 – Engin Cycles Goes All Ti, All the Time

Engin Cycles - Drew machining bicycle tubes

After introducing his titanium frame just last year at NAHBS, Engin Cycles builder/owner Drew Guldalian has flipped the switch completely. He’s also continued to develop new dropouts and parts, giving his frames a growing ability to work with all standards…and look good doing it!

BIKERUMOR: What are your main building materials?

DREW: I have officially made all my bikes titanium as of 2014. The only steel products I offer are forks. No titanium forks available. Unless you are an existing customer all bikes are titanium from now on.

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

DREW: I have made a few additions from last year. First being yet another new drop out. I have a road drop out that will debut at NAHBS. Also a few things have been added to the bikes such as butted titanium, 1″ chainstays, and I’m offering some new finishes.

Road to NAHBS 2014: Jay Sycip of Cielo Cycles


The Aston Martin race car inspired paint scheme introduced last year on their Cross Racer.

Last year’s interview with Cielo’s Design Manager Jay Sycip was a bit lengthier. This year’s abbreviated answers suggest they’re pressed to get things ready for the show. That’s not uncommon among builders at NAHBS, with most working until the 11th hour to prep their show bikes. And it was confirmed in this case with a quick phone call requesting images to go with Jay’s answers – there are none yet, because the main new bike hasn’t even been welded together yet!

What is that new bike? Read on and see…