NAHBS 2013: Bag Roundup w/ ILE, Brooks, Tanner Goods, Baileyworks & Twin Six

When you’re running errands or joy riding a custom frame by a worthy builder, snagging a quality bag seems the next logical step. We saw quite a few bags at NAHBS this year, from backpacks to frame bags ranging in material from lightweight synthetic to rugged quality leather. First up, the ILE Transfer-Race Day bag […]

NAHBS 2013: Gangl, Stinner Frameworks, Castle Frameworks, Steve Potts, Soulcraft leave the show bikes to others, Display what they make

Trends at NAHBS this year included the ever growing fat bike segment, adventure/gravel road bikes, and less show and more go from a lot of the builders. While we here at BikeRumor love to see the flashy one-off show pieces, as an attendee of the show, it’s really great seeing good clean examples of bikes […]

NAHBS 2013: Caletti Debuts Steel Adventure Road Bike, Road Race Special

Caletti gave us a heads up he’d be bringing his new Adventure Road bike, a blend between road and cyclocross bikes, and now we’ve got the details. Builder John Caletti, who works out of Santa Cruz, CA, says they ride a lot of stretches where there are significant gravel or rough stretches. This provides the […]

NAHBS 2013: Kirklee Lightens Road Bike by Molding More Tubes In-House

Kirklee has developed new tooling and molds to create their own seatstays, chainstays and dropouts, giving them more control over the layup for custom builds and more modern look. The side benefit is that it sheds a few grams, too. They’ve been making their own top and downtubes for three years. The headtube is Dedacciai, […]

NAHBS 2013: Lundbeck, Muse & Legacy w/ Racked & Fendered Fleet

Cycling’s not always about crushing your competition on Strava. Sometimes it’s about getting out in the sun for a cruise around the city. These three builders came to the show with beautiful around-towners built up to handle anything from a work commute to a picnic. Based out of Cincinatti, Lundbeck Cycles brought a spectacular build […]

NAHBS 2013: Gokiso’s Amazing Suspension Bicycle Hubs

We almost overlooked Gokiso’s booth, but as we passed by we overheard some interesting chatter. Something about suspension inside the hubs. Ding! Curiousity piqued…but that’s only half the story of these amazing hubs. Two different hubs were on display, the externally suspended front hub shown above, and an internally suspended rear hub. Both operate on […]

NAHBS 2013: Merlin Titanium Bicycles Revived by Competitive Cyclist

After buying Merlin Bikes in 2011, online retailer Competitive Cyclist shelved the brand while they were busy moving their headquarters out west and getting settled in. Now, they’ve resuscitated the respected brand and introduced the Merlin Extralite road bike. Like before, they’re titanium, and they’re still being 100% made in the USA. And, they’re made […]

NAHBS 2013: Calfee Tree Branch MTB, The 650B Dragonfly Adventure Disc, & An S & S Coupled Time Trial Tandem

Calfee Design, known for using alternative materials, didn’t disappoint at NAHBS this year.  The now standard bamboo and carbon fiber bikes were present, along with a mountain bike made from a tree branch that feel during a storm.  The branch came from a Douglas Fir.  The joints are made from a pounded bark cloth sourced from a […]

NAHBS 2013: Winter Bicycles Earns Best Finish for a Townie, Shows New Tool Series Stock Bicycles

Winter Bicycles are built by Mr. Eric Estlund.  Eric always produces highly refined, clean examples of bicycles.  Whether it’s NAHBS or at the Oregon Handmade Bicycle show, he never disappoints with his display pieces.  His NAHBS booth this year housed a sophisticated townie that netted him Best Finish at the show.  He also had the […]