NAHBS 2016 – Argonaut Cycles wins 2016 Best Layup, debuts new dropouts, paint, and T47 in action

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There was a lot to be excited about with Argonaut Cycles when we visited them at NAHBS. Aside from winning Best Layup of the show and being able to boast primary collaborator credits for the new T47 bottom bracket standard (in case you were wondering whom to blame), Argonaut has added in-house painting facilities allowing them to add another level of customization to their frame sets. And, lastly but not leastly, Argonaut debuted some new, attractive dropout system solutions for their road bikes in caliper and flat mount disc formats. See what the men from Bend (Oregon) have been cooking after the jump…

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There was a lot to be excited about with Argonaut Cycles when we visited them at NAHBS. Aside from winning Best Layup of the show and being able to boast primary collaborator credits for the new T47 bottom bracket standard (in case you were wondering whom to blame), Argonaut has added in-house painting facilities allowing […]

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NAHBS 2016 – Bilenky Cycle Works with Mentor tribute bike, disc tandems

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There was a lot going on in the Bilenky booth at NAHBS. And each bike was involved… in the best way possible. There was the unassuming stickered alternate personality bike in pink docked in the exploded Hetchins frame rack. There was a sub 30 pound titanium travel tandem, matched by a very attractive red fillet brazed travel tandem. Then there was Bina Bilenky’s now famous “Le Petit Graveleur” which she rode across chunks of Africa. Any of these bikes on their own would have made a spectacular main draw for most builders, but the star of the booth was clearly Steve Bilenky’s own “Mentor” bike, which was dripping with details inspired by each of the builders that inspire him to do what he does…

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There was a lot going on in the Bilenky booth at NAHBS. And each bike was involved… in the best way possible. There was the unassuming stickered alternate personality bike in pink docked in the exploded Hetchins frame rack. There was a sub 30 pound titanium travel tandem, matched by a very attractive red fillet brazed travel […]

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NAHBS 2016 – Sycip shows ultralight steel road & barbecue bikes, Strong makes a comeback (and a fat bike)

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Sycip had a little something for everyone, including the fringes, with his collection of show bikes. Starting with the biggest one, the Barbecue Bike is really just a STEPS driven adventure e-mountain bike, but the accessories show a fun way of using it. Like most of his bikes, it’s a steel frame, and the racks and support stand are all made in house, too.

Click through for the details, plus his Road Light Special, a unique fixie and more, plus Carl Strong’s new bikes…

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Sycip had a little something for everyone, including the fringes, with his collection of show bikes. Starting with the biggest one, the Barbecue Bike is really just a STEPS driven adventure e-mountain bike, but the accessories show a fun way of using it. Like most of his bikes, it’s a steel frame, and the racks and […]

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NAHBS 2016 – Rolf Prima gives “bombproof” a whole new meaning w/ ballistic stealth wheels & more

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Just prior to NAHBS, Rolf Prima unveiled their EOS3 ultralight carbon clincher as their first made-at-home carbon fiber rim. This follows their move to bring all alloy rim construction in house, too, and shows their hand for future product development.

At NAHBS, they showed off two more new models, both alloy, and one that shares EOS3’s ballistic finish on the hubs and takes that all the way around the rims, too! The other is the Hyalite, a shallow but wide road tubeless alloy rim laced to disc brake hubs that puts them smack in the middle of the gravel race category…

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Just prior to NAHBS, Rolf Prima unveiled their EOS3 ultralight carbon clincher as their first made-at-home carbon fiber rim. This follows their move to bring all alloy rim construction in house, too, and shows their hand for future product development. At NAHBS, they showed off two more new models, both alloy, and one that shares […]

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NAHBS 2016 – Rob English’s bikes blow minds on road, gravel, dirt and city

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Perhaps its fitting that this year’s Best Road Bike award went to a gravel bike. There’s simply no denying the category’s growth, with most builders not only showing one or more models but also saying that a significant chunk of customer bikes going out the door are designed for riding the rough stuff.Rob English is known not just for making some very light bikes out of steel, but also for making some very interesting frames, too. The bike above may look normal, but it’s got a few treats worth seeing. And the rest of his bikes just keep turning things up, notch after notch…

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Perhaps its fitting that this year’s Best Road Bike award went to a gravel bike. There’s simply no denying the category’s growth, with most builders not only showing one or more models but also saying that a significant chunk of customer bikes going out the door are designed for riding the rough stuff.Rob English is […]

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NAHBS 2016 – Co-Motion gets its internally geared gravel on, wins for best tandem bike

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Co-Motion’s been building tandems for quite some time, so it should come as no surprise they took home an award this year.

What was more of a surprise was not one, but two different gravel-style road bikes with alternative gearing designs. Usually we’ll see those with larger collections show off one bike with something like an internally geared hub or gear box, just to show what they can do. Co-Motion had both, and both were fine examples…

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Co-Motion’s been building tandems for quite some time, so it should come as no surprise they took home an award this year. What was more of a surprise was not one, but two different gravel-style road bikes with alternative gearing designs. Usually we’ll see those with larger collections show off one bike with something like […]

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NAHBS 2016 – New builders Bellon Handmade and Krattli

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As we learned in our pre-show coverage, Claudio Bellon’s heart is in cycling and it’s in steel. Bellon’s show bike was something that’s become a relative rarity at NAHBS: a classic steel standard. In flawless candy apple red paint with polished stainless details, this classic road bike was a total heart throb in the new builder row. Joining Bellon in lugs and steel is new Canadian builder, Krattli, with his submission, a tulip-themed steel cross frame with special consideration for Di2.

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As we learned in our pre-show coverage, Claudio Bellon’s heart is in cycling and it’s in steel. Bellon’s show bike was something that’s become a relative rarity at NAHBS: a classic steel standard. In flawless candy apple red paint with polished stainless details, this classic road bike was a total heart throb in the new […]

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NAHBS 2016 – New builder carbon with Cryptic Cycles and McGovern Cycles

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One of the really exciting aspects of the show for me this year was the strong showing of carbon in the new builder row – and really good stuff too. So it was not at all a surprise that Cryptic Cycles, by builder Kevin Fickling, took home Best New Builder with his carbon road bike, a technically impressive race machine. But what’s fun here is that right down the row, McGovern Cycles by Chris McGovern, was also showing pretty rad road carbon. The two builders, as it turns out, are attendees of a relatively new course put on by Dave Bohm on carbon frame construction. Perhaps these two are an indicator of composites to come – and that’s pretty exciting…
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One of the really exciting aspects of the show for me this year was the strong showing of carbon in the new builder row – and really good stuff too. So it was not at all a surprise that Cryptic Cycles, by builder Kevin Fickling, took home Best New Builder with his carbon road bike, […]

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NAHBS 2016 – New builder Circa Cycles brings sleek, bonded aluminum road to the show

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New builder row this year was full of engaging new product – there wasn’t a slacker in the house. Out of the batch, Circa Cycles was definitely up there for the most engaging. Rich Fox started the process of Circa four years ago. Having come from the realm of design consultancy, he sought to first examine the problems facing bicycles from a domestic manufacturing standpoint and to build his product from there. Inspired by his first racing bike, an aluminum ALAN Spirit, his medium was set. What he does with it certainly sets it apart from the crowd…

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New builder row this year was full of engaging new product – there wasn’t a slacker in the house. Out of the batch, Circa Cycles was definitely up there for the most engaging. Rich Fox started the process of Circa four years ago. Having come from the realm of design consultancy, he sought to first […]

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