NAHBS 2016 – More crafty steel bicycles from Black Cat, Frances & Detroit Bikes

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Frances Cycles’ show collection focused on utility and did it with style. This yellow touring bike with custom trailer sat out front, but the two bakfiets-style cargo bikes behind it were every bit as interesting. Based in Amory, Mississippi, he builds only with True Temper steel using fittings and parts from Henry James and Paragon Machine Works.

Using handmade racks on the front for smaller loads, the touring bike’s capacity is multiplied by the large capacity trailer, which is designed to haul anything from groceries to surf boards. Check it, plus mountain, road, ‘cross and city bikes from them, Black Cat and Detroit Bikes, below…

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Frances Cycles’ show collection focused on utility and did it with style. This yellow touring bike with custom trailer sat out front, but the two bakfiets-style cargo bikes behind it were every bit as interesting. Based in Amory, Mississippi, he builds only with True Temper steel using fittings and parts from Henry James and Paragon […]

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NAHBS 2016 – Hunter, Sklar & Breadwinner turn steel into modern classics & wild mountain bikes

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Steel is real…interesting, especially in the hands of creative builders like Hunter, Sklar and Breadwinner. They collectively showed a range of bikes that can tackle virtually any terrain and had features that set them apart from mass produced items you’ll find in the stores.

Above, Hunter Cycles’ 650C “road plus” bike used the new WTB 40mm tires to give it a sporty, comfortable ride. Frame details like beveled thru axle dropouts, shapely stays and a curved top tube (not to mention that yellow paint) helped it stand out in the crowd…

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Steel is real…interesting, especially in the hands of creative builders like Hunter, Sklar and Breadwinner. They collectively showed a range of bikes that can tackle virtually any terrain and had features that set them apart from mass produced items you’ll find in the stores. Above, Hunter Cycles’ 650C “road plus” bike used the new WTB […]

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NAHBS 2016 – A beautiful variety of steel bikes from Mandaric, Don Walker & Equilibrium

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Don Walker has typically shown two things: Cyclocross bikes and track bikes. There’ve been variations of them, but those have been his bread and butter for years. They still are, too, but this year he brought a little more variety to the show with a brazed gravel road bike and several aero bikes, all fashioned from steel, of course.

Above and center, though, is a candy apple red ‘cross bike that keeps the traditional flame alive with cantilever brakes. Beside it is the gravel bike, which also sticks with rim brakes, but at least in a more powerful iteration. Regardless of the stoppers chosen, the bikes look as good as ever, as do some amazing steel road bikes from two other builders we’ve not seen before…

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Don Walker has typically shown two things: Cyclocross bikes and track bikes. There’ve been variations of them, but those have been his bread and butter for years. They still are, too, but this year he brought a little more variety to the show with a brazed gravel road bike and several aero bikes, all fashioned […]

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NAHBS 2016 – Truly custom carbon (and paint) from Formigli, Alchemy & Sarto Antonio

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Sarto Antonio is a custom Italian builder that works in carbon fiber for both road and mountain bikes, that latter offered in hardtail and full suspension designs. For this year’s show, he brought his new Gravel TA Wave road bike that upgrades prior road bike designs to use thru axles and his “Wave” seatstays.

Check those and the other details, plus some of the shapeliest custom carbon out there from Alchemy and Formigli, below…

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Sarto Antonio is a custom Italian builder that works in carbon fiber for both road and mountain bikes, that latter offered in hardtail and full suspension designs. For this year’s show, he brought his new Gravel TA Wave road bike that upgrades prior road bike designs to use thru axles and his “Wave” seatstays. Check […]

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NAHBS 2016 – Road, cyclocross and a do-it-all bike from TripleThreeFab, Caylor & DeSalvo

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TripleThreeFab hails from Seattle, Washington, and builds in steel (regular and stainless) and titanium. For the show, they brought an eTAP-ready road bike (front in pic above), another road bike with sparkly paint, a cross bike and the builder’s own do anything, go anywhere mountain bike/commuter.

The eTAP bike gets no shift ports or guides for a streamlined look, which is accentuated by its shapely stays. Check ’em out and more from Caylor and DeSalvo, below…

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TripleThreeFab hails from Seattle, Washington, and builds in steel (regular and stainless) and titanium. For the show, they brought an eTAP-ready road bike (front in pic above), another road bike with sparkly paint, a cross bike and the builder’s own do anything, go anywhere mountain bike/commuter. The eTAP bike gets no shift ports or guides […]

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NAHBS 2016 – Road (plus), gravel and mountain bikes from Triton, Soulcraft & Bixxis

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When we talked to Triton Bike’s Dmitry Nechaev in our pre-show interview series, he was very, very excited to tell us about his bikes and why he got into the custom frame building business. In person at the show, he was just as exuberant, and the stories made us want to hop on a plane to Russia and go for a ride with him! The gorgeous titanium bikes didn’t hurt either.

Above, one of two 29er hardtails and his son’s balance bike. Check them out in more detail, along with more fantastic two wheeled examples from Bixxis and Soulcraft, below…

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When we talked to Triton Bike’s Dmitry Nechaev in our pre-show interview series, he was very, very excited to tell us about his bikes and why he got into the custom frame building business. In person at the show, he was just as exuberant, and the stories made us want to hop on a plane […]

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NAHBS 2016 – new builder Tim Crossman brings fascinating mini velo from Ukraine

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My first stop of the show was with Ukrainian Tim Crossman. “I don’t like to do what others do. It’s boring,” he said during our talk. This attitude was completely evident by his choice of show bike, a carbon mini velo – a strange submission when compared with the other bikes in new builder row. “It’s a city bike that looks not serious.” That’s what’s great about Tim: everything about him is interesting, from the way that he came to frame building in the first place to his current approach. Tim Crossman is a mad scientist, and I couldn’t be more excited to see where he goes. Read the story behind the man with the carbon robots after the jump…

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My first stop of the show was with Ukrainian Tim Crossman. “I don’t like to do what others do. It’s boring,” he said during our talk. This attitude was completely evident by his choice of show bike, a carbon mini velo – a strange submission when compared with the other bikes in new builder row. “It’s […]

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NAHBS 2016 Interview: new builder Hernan Montenegro

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I know Hernan Montenegro from the alley cat racing circuit, so I was caught off guard seeing him in the new builder’s row at NAHBS with a fresh shave. Hernan’s submission: a buttoned up carbon road frame with a custom saddle and a set of sophisticated integrated handlebars, all made from scratch by him. During our short 15 minutes chatting, we talked about how he went from a shop rat to a working with carbon, to then fulfilling his dream of becoming a bike builder, and the critical help he’s had along the way…

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I know Hernan Montenegro from the alley cat racing circuit, so I was caught off guard seeing him in the new builder’s row at NAHBS with a fresh shave. Hernan’s submission: a buttoned up carbon road frame with a custom saddle and a set of sophisticated integrated handlebars, all made from scratch by him. During […]

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NAHBS 2016 – Sweet bikes from Oddity, Appleman & Demon Frameworks

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Oddity Cycles’ collection featured big tires all around this year, from “plus” (aka baby fat) to real fat, including a 20″ fat bike for the builder’s kid.

They also had this new front end. Called the Squidfork for its resemblance to a squid’s tentacles coming down and grabbing the wheel, it’s made of titanium and claims to weigh less than Niner carbon fork. They also say it handles vibration better than a standard fork because of the multiple, thinner tubes. And it gives a little over bumps without diving during braking.

Lastly, it uses a standard tapered steerer, making installation easier than their truss forks that clamp onto a steerer tube above and below the headtube.

Lots more to see below the surface…

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Oddity Cycles’ collection featured big tires all around this year, from “plus” (aka baby fat) to real fat, including a 20″ fat bike for the builder’s kid. They also had this new front end. Called the Squidfork for its resemblance to a squid’s tentacles coming down and grabbing the wheel, it’s made of titanium and […]

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