NAHBS 2016 – Kent Eriksen wins twice for best cyclocross bike & best TIG welding, plus more

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Kent Eriksen is in rare air having taken home two awards in a single NAHBS show, but 2016 was his year. He won best in show for Cyclocross and TIG welding, and you’ll soon see why.

The titanium cyclocross bike shown above is a pristine example, but at first glance it’s another titanium ‘cross race bike that uses modern standards like a 44mm head tube, disc brakes and thru axles. But, as usual, the devil’s in the details…

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Kent Eriksen is in rare air having taken home two awards in a single NAHBS show, but 2016 was his year. He won best in show for Cyclocross and TIG welding, and you’ll soon see why. The titanium cyclocross bike shown above is a pristine example, but at first glance it’s another titanium ‘cross race […]

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NAHBS 2016 – Kent Eriksen’s brilliant mountain bike-to-road crankset spider conversion

Kent Eriksen machined alloy crankset spider to convert 1x mountain bike cranksets to run road double chainrings

Kent Eriksen machined alloy crankset spider to convert 1x mountain bike cranksets to run road double chainrings

At first glance, we just thought this was a fancy aftermarket spider. Then we noticed it was on a mountain bike crankset, which was being shown elsewhere on cyclocross and gravel bikes. Curiosity piqued.

As Kent Eriksen explains it, neither Shimano nor SRAM have updated their road cranksets’ chainline as bikes have started migrating to 135mm rear spacing for disc brakes. So, not only does that affect chainline, but, as cyclocross and gravel tires get bigger, you start running the risk of chain/tire clearance issues.

But, mountain bike cranks were already designed around wider rear axle spacing, but their spiders weren’t set up to handle double chainrings with road-oriented tooth counts. Hmmm

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At first glance, we just thought this was a fancy aftermarket spider. Then we noticed it was on a mountain bike crankset, which was being shown elsewhere on cyclocross and gravel bikes. Curiosity piqued. As Kent Eriksen explains it, neither Shimano nor SRAM have updated their road cranksets’ chainline as bikes have started migrating to […]

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NAHBS 2016 – Ti Cycles brings the future w/ 3D printed dropouts, carbon fork & sick bikes

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At first glance, Ti Cycles’ booth was an amalgam of random. Each time I walked by, there was something else front and center, none of which could be confused for traditional.

Turns out, the bikes were as much a showcase of what they could build as what they could offer other builders. Ti Cycles supplies other custom builders with tubes and parts to make frames in addition to making full custom frames themselves. And some of those parts should be awfully handy, providing desired options where there’s currently very little to choose from…

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At first glance, Ti Cycles’ booth was an amalgam of random. Each time I walked by, there was something else front and center, none of which could be confused for traditional. Turns out, the bikes were as much a showcase of what they could build as what they could offer other builders. Ti Cycles supplies […]

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NAHBS 2016 – Edco unveils 3AX multi-axis floating road pedals, new Aerosport carbon tubeless wheels

2016 Edco Aerosport 85mm and 105mm carbon fiber tubeless ready road bike wheels

2016 Edco Aerosport 85mm and 105mm carbon fiber tubeless ready road bike wheels

About this time last year, Edco teased their new woven carbon rims that would be produced from their own molds. Prior to that they’d purchased blank Reynolds rims and finished them in house. Then, at Interbike, the full line of proprietary rims were unveiled, introducing tubeless ready designs in multiple depths and styles.

Now, those rims grow to include the new Aerosport Simplon (105mm deep, $2,699/set) and Aerosport Fluela (85mm deep, $2,599/set). That expands the Aerosport series to 45, 65, 85, and 105 mm depths.

The rims use their proprietary 9K 8mm twill weave, which means it’s a 9k carbon tow woven into an 8mm twill pattern. For the same material weight, that means a stiffer wheel than, say, 3K. All of the rims are now made at their own facility in China (the factory is a co-owner of Edco), so all IP, designs and development are under their complete control all the way through production.

Get up close and see their curious new AX3 floating road pedal, below…

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About this time last year, Edco teased their new woven carbon rims that would be produced from their own molds. Prior to that they’d purchased blank Reynolds rims and finished them in house. Then, at Interbike, the full line of proprietary rims were unveiled, introducing tubeless ready designs in multiple depths and styles. Now, those […]

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NAHBS 2016 – Cielo Base Racer road bike heads to the gravel, plus more new Chris King goodies

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Cielo only rolls out a new model every blue moon, but they’re not immune to trends. And, as you’ll see, neither is parent company Chris King. Hence, the new Base Racer gravel road bike.

The name comes from the gravel base material used under the pavement when they’re building roads. And that’s what it’s designed for, with geometry tweaked from their road bikes and capped off with thru axles. It also gets a few new tube bits to both modernize it and improve the classic aesthetic that steel bikes are known for…

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Cielo only rolls out a new model every blue moon, but they’re not immune to trends. And, as you’ll see, neither is parent company Chris King. Hence, the new Base Racer gravel road bike. The name comes from the gravel base material used under the pavement when they’re building roads. And that’s what it’s designed […]

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NAHBS 2016 – Tsubasa pares down carbon construction to the minimum

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Originally from Lithuania but now working in London, Tsubasa cycles has taken things to their logical minimalist limits. The goal? Pure performance without regard to aesthetics. That said, we find them absolutely stunning and, in the case of the Crow road bike, downright lustworthy.

Above, the T.Kuricin track bike was designed by the same guy that used to design for the Soviet cycling teams. The original name of the frame, which was designed by R.Vorontsov in late 70s, was Takhion. The headset and overall design won world and Olympic championships before being banned, but was never made in carbon fiber. Until now. Tsubasa made two of them – one was auctioned to benefit orphanages, the other sits before you.

Race through for some of the most unique bikes at the show…

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Originally from Lithuania but now working in London, Tsubasa cycles has taken things to their logical minimalist limits. The goal? Pure performance without regard to aesthetics. That said, we find them absolutely stunning and, in the case of the Crow road bike, downright lustworthy. Above, the T.Kuricin track bike was designed by the same guy […]

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NAHBS 2016 – Foes goes big with Alpine Plus full suspension mountain bike & more

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While Brent Foes’ bikes have always qualified him for the Handmade Bicycle Show, this was his first time at the craft fair. To celebrate, he brought out his latest hydroformed monocoque alloy full suspension rig, the new Alpine Plus.

It’s a full suspension trail bike that’ll handle 27.5×3.0 and is built around Boost spacing. There’s 160mm travel from his linkage driven, single pivot design. Brent really likes this new “Plus” tire size for folks just getting into mountain bikes because there’s so much traction and it rides a little smoother, and doesn’t require as precise of line selection. Of course, if you’re getting into a Foes, you’re probably well beyond entry level…

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While Brent Foes’ bikes have always qualified him for the Handmade Bicycle Show, this was his first time at the craft fair. To celebrate, he brought out his latest hydroformed monocoque alloy full suspension rig, the new Alpine Plus. It’s a full suspension trail bike that’ll handle 27.5×3.0 and is built around Boost spacing. There’s […]

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NAHBS 2016 – Distinctive road, mountain & other bikes from Wittson & W.H. Bradford

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W.H. Bradford is a small builder out of Rancho Cordova, CA. His collection spanned the range from a road bike worthy of being in Campagnolo’s booth to this Moto Clunker to a pair of bikes made for exploring the outer reaches.

The Moto Clunker mountain bike is a twin top tubed hardtail with single pivot “springer” fork that rides like a moto when getting rowdy. It was built for Ty Hathaway of Golden Saddle Cyclery and there’s more to it than just that odd suspension fork. Double top tube makes it more rigid, but it’s really just for looks. The dropped bend let’s the saddle’s nose nestle in there when dropped for a very moto look.

Check it, and some fabulous titanium bikes from Wittson, below…

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W.H. Bradford is a small builder out of Rancho Cordova, CA. His collection spanned the range from a road bike worthy of being in Campagnolo’s booth to this Moto Clunker to a pair of bikes made for exploring the outer reaches. The Moto Clunker mountain bike is a twin top tubed hardtail with single pivot […]

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NAHBS 2016 – Mosaic adds gravel, eTap bikes and more, shows prototype gravel tires

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Mosaic always impresses with impeccably built steel and titanium bikes. In recent years, we’ve seem some impressive 29ers, and their cyclocross bike won for best in category at the Denver, CO, NAHBS. Rather than rest on those laurels, they’ve tweaked and updated that frame to keep it current.

The XT1, which stands for ‘Cross Titanium 1, is the flagship model. In Mosaic parlance, a “1” refers to the top end tube spec with butted tubes, and a “2” means straight gauge tubes. For spec, The cyclocross bikes now get a thru axle ENVE CX fork, and they’ve switched to flat mount brakes in the rear. Fortunately, Shimano will sell them a mixed set until ENVE gets a flat mount CX fork.

More on this, plus their new gravel bikes and some prototype tires from Terravail and Clemente, below…

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Mosaic always impresses with impeccably built steel and titanium bikes. In recent years, we’ve seem some impressive 29ers, and their cyclocross bike won for best in category at the Denver, CO, NAHBS. Rather than rest on those laurels, they’ve tweaked and updated that frame to keep it current. The XT1, which stands for ‘Cross Titanium […]

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