Posts in the category NAHBS

SRAM Kicks Back with 3 Speeds for WBR, and a Hub that can Shuck Corn

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Amongst all of the high zoot show bikes of NAHBS, SRAM had something new that was decidedly not as sexy, but still very important. Bolted onto the back end of a World Bicycle Relief Buffalo bike, SRAM was showing prototypes of their new 3 speed kick back hub. Simplicity and durability are important, especially when you’re talking about a bike that will reside in remote villages in Africa without a modern bike shop close by. So to offer more speeds without the need for a shifter or cables, SRAM has upped their sealed kick back hub to 3 speeds. Offering a 186% gear range, shifts are carried out by back pedaling slightly which clicks up to two, then three. As soon as you brake on the coaster brake, the system resets to first gear.

The hubs will make their way onto bicycles for regular consumers as well, but for the Africa bikes, the hub includes a special feature…

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NAHBS 2014: Reeb Gets Rad with 650b Dirt Jumper, 29+ Pinion, Alfine Di2 Cross, and Ti

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Ride bikes, drink beer. That sums it up pretty nicely right? Especially when your bike company is the side project of the beloved Oskar Blues Brewery. Known for strong beers that come in a can, their show bikes at NAHBS were also beautiful creations made out of metal, welded up by Chris Sulfrian. Each equipped with a Gates Belt Drive, Reeb had 4 impressive show bikes that all were pretty unique. However, there was one bike that we were most interested in…

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NAHBS 2014: Don Walker’s Still in Steel, Jim Kish Keeps it Titanium

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As promised in his pre-show interview, NAHBS president Don Walker kept it simple this year. His traditional cyclocross, track and road bikes (this time a tandem) are unchanged, but he continues to highlight some great paint schemes year after year.

Last year we saw a Star Trek theme that was a bit out there. This year, things were a little more down to earth, including a digital camo and a few bold two-tones with lines as sharp as a razor. Check out the gallery below, along with Jim Kish’s beautiful titanium bikes…

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NAHBS 2014: Modern Classics from Ellis Cycles & Rich Adams

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Ellis Cycles’ Dave Wages continued his tradition of very traditional looking road bikes with all but invisible touches that make them thoroughly modern. This year, he also showed off a fat bike so pretty it’d almost be a shame to get it dirty. Almost. And it won for Best Fillet Brazed Bike. Click through and you’ll see why.

His road bikes received updates, particularly for the newer versions of Di2, and he’s offering some retro tubing options while supplies last. Roll on for pics and details, plus a look at Rich Adams’ collection…

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NAHBS 2014: Ti Cycles’ Full Suspension Fat Bike, 26″ Gravel Grinder & More!

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First off, I’d like to thank Dave Levy of Ti Cycles for bringing the kind of off-the-wall builds that simultaneously evoke a WTF reaction along with a Wow, that’s pretty cool. This is what we want to see more of at NAHBS.

For starters, there’s a titanium full suspension fat bike called Gunther. As if full suspension and fat bike put together isn’t enough, he did it with pivotless flex stays to get 2.5″ of rear wheel travel. The 29er Lefty fork works thanks to 17mm offset adapters that splits the difference between the standard 100mm front axle width and a 135mm fat bike hub.

Detail pics of all that awesomeness below, plus a 26″ gravel grinder with a truss fork and a sweet pit bike…

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NAHBS 2014: Engin Revs Up Titanium Bicycle Frames, Shows One of Each

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In short order, Engin went from showing an early (and impressive!) titanium build last year to a complete collection this year, making it his primary frame material. We got a peek into his change with our pre-show interview, then we got a look at the real bikes in Charlotte.

Not too many people opt to paint titanium frames, but when they do, they usually go for broke. The red one above gets a gorgeous candy apple gloss with masked sections to show the metal. Click through for detail pics and a look at road, ‘cross and a bare ti mountain bike, too…

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NAHBS 2014: Festka Shows Amazing Artist Series Bike, New Titanium Frames & Much More!

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We got the story of Festka’s new titanium frames in our pre-NAHBS interview, which took a deeper look at the new material and their nabbing of Morati’s founder to head things up. Now, we’ve got eyes on with the new frames plus so much more. Festka’s been quite busy.

This Zero, which is their lugged carbon fiber frameset, is the first one from their Art Collection. The base color is white, and every other bit of color, including the blue underlying tone, was painted by hand. It took seven days. This one gets stainless dropouts and an eccentric BB so it can run a Gates Belt Drive. Only four will be done with each Art Collection paint scheme, but they can be ordered in any frame style you want.

Closeups of this, plus steel, ti and more carbon bikes (and wheels!) below…

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NAHBS 2014: Beautiful Bikes from Moots & Cykelmagaren

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Moots wasn’t showing off any brand new models, but they did take the time to customize a couple of their existing bikes and roll out the massive Frosthammer 5″ fat bike.

In the background above, at the far corner of their booth, the built up a ‘cross bike with retro styled brown leather bar tape and saddle and added S&S Couplers, making for possibly the ultimate travel bike. In the foreground, their entry into the Campagnolo contest and shows their ability to really dial the details if you’ve got the coin.

Shift past the break for detail photos and a look at Cykelmagaren’s slick hidden shifter and other snazzy customizations to their city bikes…

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NAHBS 2014: Crumpton Molds His Own Carbon Tubes for New Type 5 Road Bike

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Since June, Nick Crumpton has been producing his own bladder molded carbon fiber frame tubes in house in Austin, TX.

Why? This gives them self reliance, and it gives them a “net shape” on the outside, meaning the outside diameter and shape is always perfect, all of the butting and tapering can be done on the inside. That’s versus rolled tube construction where layers are wrapped over a metal tube and have a fixed interior size but variable external diameter and thickness.

Crumpton says it also means all of the carbon is functional. In other words, it doesn’t need any superficial cosmetic layers that could add weight…

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