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 the builder makes day in and day out.
Past the break check out more from Gangl, Stinner Frameworks, Castle Frameworks Steve Potts (Best Tig Welded Frame), and Soulcraft.
Gangl Custom Cycles
Richard at Gangl Custom Cycles has been building and painting frames for the past 32 years. As a professional racer, he felt like he wanted a custom frame to better suit his racing style, so he made his own. From there, other racers came to him wanting the same, and thus a business was born.
This was Gangl’s first time ever displaying his product at a trade show. His loyal customers felt that he had to have a booth (since he is only a 30 minute drive a way from Denver) that they ponied up the monies and got him set up. The booth was nearly overwhelming with the amount of bikes on display. Six were Richard’s personal bikes, and the rest were on loan from customers. Shown were Ti, Carbon, Aluminum, and mostly old school lugged steel frames. All of which had high quality finishes and paint done in house by Richard himself.
After working in the cycling industry on the racing side for years, Aaron Stinner decided to learn the art of frame building and take up a torch full time.
The above mountain bike was made for Ty from Golden Saddle Cyclery. He will be riding it in the Tour Divide. Growing up riding BMX, Ty opted for a flat bar to best suit his style of riding. Notable parts include a belt driven Rohloff hub and Son Schmidt OR 15 generator hub.
This no nonsense cross racer was built for winter training and racing in the mud.
A good, clean fillet brazed frame Aaron built for his father-in-law. The Ultegra Di2 drivetrain is powered by a Calfee integrated battery seatpost.
Eric Coury started off, as so many in the industry do, as a mechanic. He then moved to fitting riders. Eventually, he made a career change and jumped into metal fabrication and welding. After buying a custom frame from builder Carl Strong, he was so moved that he took the torch to tubes and started building Castle frames in Idaho.
Legendary builder Steve Potts took home the Best Tig Welded frame award at this years NAHBS for this lovely mountain bike.
If you like playing in the dirt, Soulcraft has you covered. The model range includes a rando bike, cross racer, a do-anything fat tire adventure bike, plus a full on mountain bike. Pictured here is the Dirtbomb (above) bike built around 45c Rock n Road tires, and the Grasshopper (below) rando bike meant for a little road, a little cross, and a lot of fun.