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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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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