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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NAHBS 2016 – New builders Pineapple Trikes and Maxwell Cycles stand out

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There were a few stand outs in the new builder group by concept. Maxwell Cycles featured a motorcycle style-themed ebike on display with a 3D printed “gas can” for artfully concealing batteries and control boxes. But the big stand out (emphasis on the word “big”) was the cargo trike at Pineapple Trikes. This model, the Cargo Cruiser, is philosophically as interesting as it is subversive.

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There were a few stand outs in the new builder group by concept. Maxwell Cycles featured a motorcycle style-themed ebike on display with a 3D printed “gas can” for artfully concealing batteries and control boxes. But the big stand out (emphasis on the word “big”) was the cargo trike at Pineapple Trikes. This model, the […]

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NAHBS 2016 – Holland Cycles’ shapely lugged carbon HC road bike finally out for a ride

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Holland’s HC carbon lugged road bike has been a two year project spanning six prototypes to get to this point. Now, it’s in production and is a full custom road bike that’s 100% made in house, including the fork.

Working with founder Bill Holland, Mike Lopez produced the carbon fiber components and was the founder or Reynolds Composites. He also created this fork and was responsible for much of the carbon work for the Serotta forks and tubes.

Why lugged? Several reasons, first of which was because their concept was to design something they had complete control over the angles and build. Normally, this would mean tube to tube construction since each lug requires a mold, and you can’t realistically have an infinite number of molds to create every conceivable angle. Here’s how they did it…

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Holland’s HC carbon lugged road bike has been a two year project spanning six prototypes to get to this point. Now, it’s in production and is a full custom road bike that’s 100% made in house, including the fork. Working with founder Bill Holland, Mike Lopez produced the carbon fiber components and was the founder or Reynolds Composites. […]

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NAHBS 2016 – TºRED shows unique titanium, steel & alloy bikes, plus slick one-piece double crankset

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TºRED is an Italian brand making bikes in Italy from steel, titanium and, with the launch of a Kickstarter campaign for their latest, now aluminum, too. The name is pronounced “tred / tread”.

Above, the Callithrix is their butted, fillet brazed Dedacciai steel frame that blends the classic material with modern features like thru axles, disc brakes and a full carbon tapered fork. It’s a beauty, as are their other road, cyclocross and race bikes…

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TºRED is an Italian brand making bikes in Italy from steel, titanium and, with the launch of a Kickstarter campaign for their latest, now aluminum, too. The name is pronounced “tred / tread”. Above, the Callithrix is their butted, fillet brazed Dedacciai steel frame that blends the classic material with modern features like thru axles, […]

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NAHBS 2016 – Black Sheep’s Deathsplosion ti fork, most expensive fenders & some cool bikes

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Since Black Sheep’s bikes are pretty much all one-off custom creations to suit the customers’ needs, they often defy categorization. Or, at least, span too many to be easily defined.

One of the latest is their Adventure Fat Bike, which has a new rear end that, as they put it, has 25mm of “catastrophic” travel in case the tire bottoms out. So, yes, if that balloon on the back hits something so hard that you’re landing on rim, there’s a bit of give in the frame to help prevent damage.

Take a look at the rest of the bike, a matching “catastrophe” fork and some of the best head badges ever…

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Since Black Sheep’s bikes are pretty much all one-off custom creations to suit the customers’ needs, they often defy categorization. Or, at least, span too many to be easily defined. One of the latest is their Adventure Fat Bike, which has a new rear end that, as they put it, has 25mm of “catastrophic” travel in […]

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A week in Review: NAHBS coverage, Taipei, and more! New gear from Microshift, Vyro, Shimano, Knog & much more!

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Over the last week we’ve brought you lots of goodies from last weekend’s NAHBS. Tyler and Anna each took their own ways of digging through the shows and we’ve still got plenty more on the way. At the same time Cory just updated us on his time riding volcanoes with a pre-production all-mountain crank from Vyro that shifts with no front derailleur required. Then by the middle of the week both Zach and Trey we in Taipei digging up some great new tech there too, maybe the biggest of which was an electronic mountain bike group from Microshift that seemed to come out of the blue. Oh yeah, and a spy shot that may be the next Dura-Ace Di2!

It was an eventful week and there are plenty of new bits and pieces to see, plus of course a slew of one-of-a-kind show bikes, below the fold…

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    Over the last week we’ve brought you lots of goodies from last weekend’s NAHBS. Tyler and Anna each took their own ways of digging through the shows and we’ve still got plenty more on the way. At the same time Cory just updated us on his time riding volcanoes with a pre-production all-mountain crank […]

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