Posts in the category NAHBS

NAHBS 2015 Mega Gallery: Best Campagnolo Build Bike Contest Part 2, Metal Bikes

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You’ve seen the carbon creations, now it’s time for metal. Whether it’s titanium, steel, brazed, lugged, or tigged, bicycles of the metal variety are probably what comes to mind when most people think of NAHBS. The Campagnolo Best Build Bike Contest was a showcase of some extremely impressive bikes, all fitted with lust worthy Campy drivetrains. It was hard not to get a feeling for each builder’s personality through their entries…


NAHBS 2015: New Builder, Green Pea Bikes


Paul Daniel is the owner and builder behind Green Pea Bikes of Ashland, Oregon. His company philosophy is simple – combining his passion of cycling with green energy systems, and creating performance electric bicycles. Paul’s NAHBS bike features a unique frame design, along with an innovative front suspension system, and of course an electric motor… READ MORE ->

NAHBS 2015: An interesting spread from Hero Bike, Steve Potts & Scappa


Steve Potts has been building bikes for a long time, helping shape some of the early days of mountain biking. Nowawadays, it’s all about titanium for him, and the bikes vary a bit but mainly fall into road/cyclocross or mountain bike categories.

The one above is in the former, but takes a modern approach with 650 wheels and tires, his Type II fork and disc brakes. A modern-retro parts build gives it a bit of character, but not at the expense of performance in most areas.

Check it out, plus a very cool bamboo-and-carbon commuter bike concept from Alabama’s Hero Bike and some Italian flair from Scappa, below…


NAHBS 2015 Mega Gallery: Best Campagnolo Build Bike Contest Part 1, Carbon Bikes

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If you were to enter a competition for the best Campagnolo equipped bike, what would you choose? That question brought together nearly 22 bikes from different builders and different eras with everyone putting their own spin on the competition. In spite of a few casualties that never made the show or only partly made the show due to a heavy blanket of snow snarling traffic and deliveries just before showtime, the quest for Best Campy bragging rights made for an awesome collection of eye candy both at the Campagnolo booth and around the show.

After the jump you’ll find all of the carbon fiber bikes that were entered, both new and old…


NAHBS 2015: Funk Cycles’ 20 lb Titanium Full Suspension La Ruta 29er, Plus Colorful Ti Anodizing


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Likely one of the most performance oriented mountain bikes you could find at NAHBS, Funk Cycles’ sharp La Ruta build was also one of the lightest. That is, at least when it comes to full suspension. Certainly one of the very few full suspension bikes at the show anywhere near 20 lbs, the La Ruta also features some incredible detail work including custom anodized graphics. The Funk team might not have gone home with any awards from the show, but they clearly demonstrated their ability to build incredible titanium bikes…


NAHBS 2015: Rolf Gets Colorful with Prima Plus Program, Tries out New Color Coating

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Love Rolf wheels but looking to get a pair that stands out from the crowd? Due to a rising interest in custom colored decal requests, Rolf is launching the Prima Plus Program. Starting with the Rolf Ares, TdF, Vigor, or Elan, customers can pick out one of nine standard colors for a custom set of die cut decals that are made to order. If the decals don’t do it for you, Rolf whipped up a one-off color coated set of wheels just for the show. It’s prototype only for now, but if there is enough interest…


NAHBS 2015: Cycle Monkey’s 29+ Black Sheep, Gates Belt Drive, Kish & Cysco Cycles

NAHBS 2015: Cycle Monkey's 29+ Black Sheep, Gates Belt Drive, Kish & Cysco Cycles

Cycle Monkey is the U.S. distributor and service center for Rohloff internally geared hubs, and what better way to show off the system than on a sweet custom project bike.

This one belong’s to CM’s Neil Flock and combines a standard 120mm travel Rockshox RS-1 shock with Maxxis Chronicle 29+ tires… which looks amazing, with side clearance to spare. As for bottom out clearance between the top of the tire and the fork’s crown? Well, I walked one of Rockshox’s PR managers over and he said they absolutely do not recommend this set up. Of course, folks were running 27.5 wheels on 26” forks long before the wheel size became dominant, the safety rule of thumb being to remove all the air from your fork and check clearance at bottom out. And then decide for yourself if you wanna run parts outside of their intended scope.

Check the details, plus bikes and parts from Gates Belt Drive, Kish and Cysco Cycles, below…


Defeet Shows Off New Levitator Trail and Thermeator Winter 6″ Socks

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Out of all the Enduro specific gear out there, we haven’t seen much in the way of Enduro specific socks. Calling the new Defeet Levitator Trail an Enduro specific sock is a bit tongue in cheek, but the design is meant to cater towards those riding off road in ways other than XC. Starting with their COOLMAX EcoMade fabric, Defeet adds 48% Nylon with 3% lycra to make the socks manage moisture well while still being earth-friendly. As far as enduro or all mountain specific features, the socks use a high density foot pad to help cushion your feet on hard landings or when pushing your bike when you have to hike-a-bike.

Matched with strategically placed highly breathable sections, the Levitators with their 6″ cuff should be quite comfortable on the trails…


NAHBS 2015: DeSalvo Builds 12×142 Ti Gravel Bike with New Paragon Machine Works X-12 Dropouts

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NAHBS is always interesting in that you can stop at a booth and talk to the builder and then wander a few feet away and meet the company that produced the tubes or details like the dropouts for that very bike. For most bikes we probably take the availability of certain dropouts, braze ons, and other parts for granted, but for builders at NAHBS that want to keep the bikes U.S. made down to the last detail, someone has to create those little parts.

That point was illustrated beautifully when we stopped to check out the latest DeSalvo Custom Cycle above, then got a look at the new X-12 titanium dropouts from Paragon Machine Works…