NAHBS 2017: Métier Vélo teams up with Tim Crossman composites for deepest custom

Fun fact: one of the really cool things that happens each year that doesn’t really get talked about is the friendships that develop and the networking that happens between builders at the show. This is especially prevalent on New Builder’s row where show attendance can sometimes be very slow. People chat, relationships develop, and sometimes really cool collaborations come out of it.

Last year, Jamie White from Métier Vélo and Tim Crossman were a few tables away from one another. They talked, had dinner at the show, and ended up riding together after the show. If you remember from our coverage last year, Tim was the Ukrainian carbon builder who had just constructed his second CNC filament winding machine so he could make his own tubing with which to build bicycles. Jamie’s frames at the time featured 3d printed titanium joints conceived and designed custom to each consumer.

What has occurred is pretty neat- the pair are now collaborating in such a way that if you want a bike with tubing tailored to you, Tim and Jamie will work together to bring you that next level of customization. The result is a frame that is tailored to the consumer to the physical core of its being- that’s really something. I don’t know how you can get deeper custom than that…

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Fun fact: one of the really cool things that happens each year that doesn’t really get talked about is the friendships that develop and the networking that happens between builders at the show. This is especially prevalent on New Builder’s row where show attendance can sometimes be very slow. People chat, relationships develop, and sometimes […]

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Review: Litespeed T2 Disc road bike proves incremental improvements make awesome rides

Litespeed T2 titanium disc brake road bike review and actual weights

Litespeed T2 titanium disc brake road bike review and actual weights

Last year, Zach reviewed the T3. And then the Litespeed T2 debuted as its replacement, offering a lighter frame with important updates like a rear thru axle, bridge-free seatstays, and additional tube shaping and butting.

The result is a bike that rides immaculately, whether I was cruising for hours or sweating out a sprint interval workout in the hills. I mentioned these positive impressions to their national sales manager, to which he replied that, yeah, a lot of people are surprised at how they’ve managed to make a bike that’s stiff in all the right places, similar to a carbon frame, yet still retain that characteristic ti vibe. While it won’t ever be as light as a carbon bike, chances are it’ll outlast two or three of them and keep you smiling for decades…

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Last year, Zach reviewed the T3. And then the Litespeed T2 debuted as its replacement, offering a lighter frame with important updates like a rear thru axle, bridge-free seatstays, and additional tube shaping and butting. The result is a bike that rides immaculately, whether I was cruising for hours or sweating out a sprint interval workout […]

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Vittoria releases trio of gravel tires for Land Run 100

Vittoria chose Stillwater, Oklahoma and the Land Run 100 gravel race, for the USA-only launch of a trio of new gravel tires; the Terreno Dry, Terreno Mix and Terreno Wet. The tires are the first line of gravel tires to use three separate rubber compounds and Vittoria’s Graphene technology. Vittoria claims this technology gives the rider a fast rolling, long wearing and durable tire with outstanding wet weather traction. Click on through for more information… Continue reading “Vittoria releases trio of gravel tires for Land Run 100”



Vittoria chose Stillwater, Oklahoma and the Land Run 100 gravel race, for the USA-only launch of a trio of new gravel tires; the Terreno Dry, Terreno Mix and Terreno Wet. The tires are the first line of gravel tires to use three separate rubber compounds and Vittoria’s Graphene technology. Vittoria claims this technology gives the rider a […]

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NAHBS 2017: Tim O’Donnell’s Shamrock Cycles exhausts show media with details, execution, too tired to think of witty Irish pun for title

Like every year for NAHBS, Tim O’Donnell’s booth was overwhelming. Each bike was a stand-out on its own, beautifully executed with great lines and impeccable, obsessive finish. I’ve watched him struggle to pick bikes for categories because, really, each could be an award winner. This year, Tim walked away, handily, with best city bike for his camo commuter. Designed and built for a repeat customer, this bike was designed for slow rolling around town and is outfitted to help the rider bring the party with them and then to get home safely afterwards.

Also in his booth were several gravel, adventure cross, and road bikes, with the same, meticulous detail. I’ll be honest, Tim exhausted me this year with the shear scale of work he showed. It was wonderful. So let’s start at the beginning…

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Like every year for NAHBS, Tim O’Donnell’s booth was overwhelming. Each bike was a stand-out on its own, beautifully executed with great lines and impeccable, obsessive finish. I’ve watched him struggle to pick bikes for categories because, really, each could be an award winner. This year, Tim walked away, handily, with best city bike for […]

Posted in Commuter, Cyclocross, Feature, Gravel Bikes, Road Bike2 Comments

Review: BBinfinite’s one-piece PressFit30 bottom bracket for SRAM GXP

BBinfinite GXP pressfit one-piece bottom bracket review

BBinfinite GXP pressfit one-piece bottom bracket review

Bottom brackets are one of the things we all tend to abuse, neglect and forget about in the bike world. That is until it starts to make noise (and you can’t ignore it) or you buy another frame only to discover your crank/bb combo is incompatible with your new frame. For this review we will focus on the dreaded creaking noise from the Pressfit30 bottom bracket and all its cousins.

Like most things, necessity is the mother of invention and the guys at BBInfinite started their company after having issues with all the adapters necessary to use a Campagnolo crank with the PFBB386 bottom bracket on one of the founder’s bikes. Fast forward from that original project to making bottom brackets for friends by using a hand lathe, then to a successful Kickstarter campaign and finally BBInfinite was born. Their latest is the GXP specific model, reviewed here, which securely fits a SRAM GXP crankset into a PFBB30 frame…

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Bottom brackets are one of the things we all tend to abuse, neglect and forget about in the bike world. That is until it starts to make noise (and you can’t ignore it) or you buy another frame only to discover your crank/bb combo is incompatible with your new frame. For this review we will […]

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Michelin is back in MTB with four new tire ranges to cover XC to AM

When it comes to tires, few brands can compete with Michelin when it comes to size. With over 111,000 employees and a budget of nearly €700 million in R&D alone, it’s still hard to comprehend the staggering 184 million tires they produce annually. Yet, for the past few years, it has been surprisingly quiet on the mountain bike front from Michelin. After the launch of some new Wild treads in 2013, we haven’t heard much other than the fact that Michelin picked up Cam Zink as one of their partners for tire development.

If you’re going by the typical three year development cycle that Michelin cites for a new tire range, you’d expect them to have at least one new tire at this point. Instead, Michelin is launching four complete ranges that they say cover 80% of the mountain bike market. This is not something Michelin has taken lightly. Stating that off-road tire development is now a bigger focus for Michelin, Vice President of Marketing and Sales for their Two Wheel division Ross Shields called it a “Milestone Moment.” Stating that the two wheeled group is a small part of Michelin but an extremely passionate group, and that relaunching into the mountain bike market was one of those important moments for the company.

Taking a page out of the development of their Power road tire line, Michelin set out to completely relaunch their mountain bike ranges – and had to do it fast. Working with other teams within Michelin, and directly with their partners (what Michelin refers to sponsored riders as), the team got to work. Michelin’s chemists were researching new rubber compounds, engineers shared experience from the Moto, Car, and Truck side, prototype tires were run in the Olympics, more than 200 riders were given sets to test in real world conditions, and after two complete seasons of competition, three development cycles, and three years of design, testing, and verification, Michelin was ready. The result is four new tire ranges that cover the spectrum from XC to AM, and seem to be a big step forward for Michelin MTB…

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When it comes to tires, few brands can compete with Michelin when it comes to size. With over 111,000 employees and a budget of nearly €700 million in R&D alone, it’s still hard to comprehend the staggering 184 million tires they produce annually. Yet, for the past few years, it has been surprisingly quiet on the mountain bike […]

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NAHBS 2017: McGovern Cycles debuts proprietary performance chainstay, rad styling

I first met Chris McGovern a year ago at NAHBS where he was displaying as a new builder. By the time I chatted with him, it was probably Sunday and I was all biked-out. He was an interesting builder to talk to even then, as a carbon framebuilder who had recently transitioned from metal frames. In a row of many new builders nervous of how they would be received, or if they would be noticed, Chris was nonchalant and cool.

A year later, Chris is killing it with beautiful and smart frame designs. This show was an opportunity to witness the beginning of his transition into custom tooling for his bikes with a new chainstay assembly…

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I first met Chris McGovern a year ago at NAHBS where he was displaying as a new builder. By the time I chatted with him, it was probably Sunday and I was all biked-out. He was an interesting builder to talk to even then, as a carbon framebuilder who had recently transitioned from metal frames. In […]

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NAHBS 2017 Construction Division Winners: Kirk, Eriksen, and Alchemy

Contrary to many of the other categories, every frame submitted for the Construction division had to be presented as a naked frame. That makes sense considering everything that is being judged would get hidden behind a layer of paint. This category is all about the perfect weld, the perfect fillet, or the perfect layup. Just like every year, the competition was stiff, but three builders walked away with the titles for some incredible work.

Best Fillet Frame ended up going to David Kirk (who also took the award for Best Road Bike), for his unique vertical fillet shaping. With a lot of practice so that the “brass didn’t all end up on his shoes,” David perfected his technique and blew a lot of minds in the process…

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Contrary to many of the other categories, every frame submitted for the Construction division had to be presented as a naked frame. That makes sense considering everything that is being judged would get hidden behind a layer of paint. This category is all about the perfect weld, the perfect fillet, or the perfect layup. Just […]

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NAHBS 2017 Overall Design Division Winners

Every year, it seems like the competition at NAHBS rises to a new level. After all, it is the annual chance to shine for a lot of industrious builders who spend most of their time behind a torch, a welder, or a paint brush. This year was no different as an incredible array of glistening works of art were on display for decent crowds in Salt Lake City. And while much like art, the best bike is a subjective matter, that didn’t stop the NAHBS judges from sweating the details and picking their favorites.

The big winner this year had to be the Prince Tribute bike by Peacock Groove. Not only did it take home the trophy for Best In Show (which was recently updated with a tribute to Jeff Archer on the back), but it also took home the award for Best Theme bike which judge Patrick Brady said this was the last year for the award. Looking at the bike, it’s not hard to see why – the level of detail and custom work is insane…

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Every year, it seems like the competition at NAHBS rises to a new level. After all, it is the annual chance to shine for a lot of industrious builders who spend most of their time behind a torch, a welder, or a paint brush. This year was no different as an incredible array of glistening […]

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