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 ->
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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…
Bikes shown at the North American Handbuilt Bicycle Show are objects worthy of drool. For years, I have seen the art that passes through those halls, and dreamt of someday owning one of these rolling masterpeices. The most impressive are the bikes that can hold their own for finish quality, yet you know are going to be ridden hard once the owner takes it from the show hall.
A few months back, we covered new builder Matter Cycles. After striking up a conversation with the owner, Collin, he mentioned that he would be showing his bikes at NAHBS this year. When writing the original story on them, I was very impressed with the BeneFat, Matter’s take on a fat bike. The 420mm chainstay length is the shortest I have seen on any fat bike, and I was looking for a trail-oriented fattie. A Surly Ice Cream Truck is a part of my stable for winter fat bike riding, but I wanted more of a dirt-oriented fat bike. You know, long, slack and low for ripping the trail.
Most NAHBS show bikes are actually owned by the builder’s customers. Most small builders don’t have the resources to build show-specific bikes, and they work with their customers to show off some of their best work. In this series, we will be following the entire process of building a Matter BeneFat, custom for me, and crafted as a show peice for the show. Here’s how it starts…
Fixed gear, steel frame, no brakes. There are only so many ways to build a track bike. Yet inventive fabricators always seem to find ways of pushing preconceived notions, and creating something extraordinary.
This custom build from Belgium builder Antoine Hotermans of McFly Customs brings together sugar, spice, and everything nice, to create one of the coolest track bikes we’ve ever featured. READ MORE ->
The Talbot Frameworks name dates back to 1940s, but it was only recently that customer frame builder Matt McDonough bought the naming rights. Since then, he’s produced everything from a balance bike to a Rofloff equipped touring bike, but perhaps his most interesting frame to date is the Dalsnibba.
Named after a mountain in Norway, where an annual duathlon takes place, the frame is constructed from a mixture of different tubing, which are mixed and matched to meet individual rider needs.
What makes this frame particularly notable is it’s unusual Di2 integration. Rather than running internal housing, this custom frame has pure silver laid onto the paint to create circuits.
*Updated* At bottom of the post with info from the builder!
As our NAHBS coverage wanes, we’ve got a few more roundups and posts to mix in with the rising Sea Otter news. Above, Rob English didn’t have a booth this year, but he peppered a couple booths with his fantastic looking bikes. This road bike sat in Campagnolo’s space, but was paired with TRP’s Spyre mechanical discs, not Campy disc brakes (we think you probably won’t have to hold your breath too much longer).
Check out the rest of the frame and many more from several builders below…
Boo had a number of impressive show worthy bikes this year at NAHBS, but if there was one bike that stopped people in their tracks it was probably this AluBoo fat bike. If fat biking in the snow wasn’t enough winter sporting for you, this bike is the ultimate winter sportsmobile. Able to carry all the gear you need to get out to your favorite ice climbing location, the bike also has to ability to carry some massive skis if the snow gets too deep for fat bike tires.
Even if you don’t need a bike for a winter triathlon, Boo had some other bikes that may interest you…
Quick, what can you make from some wood, axe and hammer handles, some pipe, saw blades, and a handfull of bike parts? Answer – Craig Calfee’s humorous take on the “workhorse” bike. Easily one of the most creative uses of non-bike-parts-as-bike-parts of the show, the Workhorse is definitely hand built, and definitely unique…
We had a solid interview with BME Design’s Brano prior to the show, so it was neat to see his stealthy city bike up close. The carbon fiber frame is built with angular tubing that gives it a very advanced, modern look.
Contrasting that, his other bikes and frames used bamboo tubes (and titanium and more carbon), and then there were the more classic looking steel bikes from Speedhound…