Posts in the category NAHBS

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 ->

How To Build A NAHBS Bike – Part 5: Selecting All The Right Components

RockShox Bluto Fat Bike Suspension Fork Review (2)

When building your dream bike, everyone has a tendency to simply pick all of the most expensive gear in existence. While it is a show bike too, I am making sure it is purpose built for riding. NAHBS can be a place of bikes that start at $10,000, so this bike which will come in around $6k retail might just be the most affordable on the show floor. And that is because it is made to be ridden.

In this article, we go through all of the components chosen for this build, and the reasons why.

The first product chosen was the Rockshox Bluto RL. Truly pushing the envelope for fat bikes, the Bluto is the only legitimate suspension fork, and it is really changing how the builders themselves start to create fat bike models. Even though it goes to 120mm of travel, and this bike is going to be made for getting rad, I stuck with 100mm to keep the front end from getting too high.

Take a look inside to see what makes my list for the ultimate fat bike for riding dirt…


Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces


  • Purchase a raffle ticket for a chance to win a set of Industry Nine wheels and the proceeds go to a great cause. Visit the Trips for Kids of Western North Carolina site for more information but do it quickly as there are only 100 tickets available!
  • The 2nd Annual Richmond Endurance Athlete Symposium is this Saturday January 24th at the Westin Richmond. Presenters will give 30-60 minute talks to inspire and educate athletes, coaches and healthcare professionals who are passionate about endurance sports.
  • Bicycle Technologies International (BTI) is now distributing hand crafted leather saddles from Rivet Cycle Works. Ask your local bike shop to carry these beautiful saddles.
  • Were you already planning to go to Louisville in March for NAHBS? Consider volunteering and snag a one-day pass to the show plus a souvenir limited-edition NAHBS Volunteer T-shirt when you sign up as a volunteer. More importantly, you’ll have the chance to meet other great volunteers, form new friendships, and have the satisfaction of knowing that thanks to you, this amazing show can keep happening each and every year!
  • Registration is now open for the 3rd Annual Tour de Pier. On Sunday, May 17, the award-winning stationary cycling event pedals its way back to the South Bay shores benefiting three cancer charities: the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research; the Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach and the Uncle Kory Foundation.
  • Sleet and snow is currently falling in the Smokey Mountains but thankfully, Spring will be here in less than two months. Welcome Spring by riding in the Tour De Smokies March 22nd – 25th in Eastern Tennessee.This year, you’ll share the journey with legendary TV personality and former Professional Cyclist Bob Roll, retired Pro Cyclist George Hincapie and Chef and Vintner Michael Chiarello, ending each day’s ride with extraordinary food, wine and company.
  • Do you live in Indiana? There are 3 bills in the Indiana Legislature that would require motorists to leave 3 feet when passing bicyclists. Let’s hope that this passes.
  • Meanwhile in neighboring Kentucky, a new bill introduced in the Kentucky General Assembly would require kids under the age of 16 to wear a helmet.
  • Fortified Bicycle, Inc. has won $150K from Chase Bank’s Mission Main Streets program. Plus, in the typically slow month of December they hit 179% of their projections. Great news for the manufacturers of high quality bike lights that you can leave on your bike without the fear of having them stolen.
  • Portland, Oregon, is one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in the country, where you can also find great folks there like Rhona Mahl who is the director of Braking Cycles. Rhona directs an outreach to homeless youth in Portland and they’re opening a bike and coffee shop that will not only bring benefit to the community by providing great coffee and bike tuneups but also provide apprenticeships for Portland youth as well. Check them out.
  • Polar Bottle wants to hear from you. Over the years, they have had various customers inquire about whether or not we are ever going to release a Polar Bottle water bottle with a larger fluid capacity. They now need your help to decide whether they should move forward on designing one. Give them your feedback in this survey.
  • Diamondback will be offering participants of the Wildflower Triathlon pro-deal pricing on its new Tri/TT bike the Serios. Diamondback Bicycles entered the triathlon market at this past Kona Ironman with the introduction of the Serios. Photo below…


How To Build A NAHBS Bike – Part 4: Melting Tubes Together

All-The-Materials-To-Make-a-Bike Welding a bike together can bring about romantic notions of fire and metal meeting, making something from nothing. Every bike must go through a transition from a raw material into an operable bicycle, and this is where the skill of your custom builder comes in. Some builders are pure artists. Some builders are very skilled craftsmen. Some builders are expert welders. Some builders are master designers. For this particular bike, I wanted something that could be ridden hard, and personally, I’m not really attracted to the ornate bikes that are intended to just look nice. I chose Matter Cycles because of Collin’s focus on design and geometry, and his simplistic style. Take a look inside at some pictures of this  bike moving from 10 round tubes to a tool that will take me ripping down the trail… READ MORE ->

Rob English Glow Bike lights up the night in Seattle


We’ve seen some pretty sick custom builds from Rob English in the past, proving he’s one of the most creative frame builders around. He’s also pretty darn good at making steel both aero and lightweight.

But for this Seattle customer, English Cycles used paint to make a commuter bike really stand out, especially at night. Featuring a special “Glowbee” clearcoat that glows in the dark, it will definitely be seen on the roads after the sun goes down.

See what happens when the lights go out below…