North American Handmade Bike Show 2017 - Randoms

Mar 13, 2017
by Steven Lloyd  
If you are into high quality bikes or are the kind of person that loves the art of building bikes you really should think about attending NAHBS in the future. There are some incredible artists, creators, builders and fabricators that show off some of the most beautifully hand built bikes in North America. Bikes built out of titanium, wood, bamboo and plastic are showcased and displayed with a passion that you don’t see at Interbike.

It's truly amazing to see one-of-a-kind bikes that have their own spin on what a bike should look like and be. The detail that is put into welding or the design that is put into creating extremely strong wood bikes is only something that a true craftsman or artist could do. Not only were the new bikes cool to look at, but having the Pro’s Closet display their bike museum and share the past was an extra treat. Some of the first mountain bikes made were on display, making it readily apparent how far we have come in developing bikes.


Brett Flemming from Efficient Vilo Tools has the hands of a true master craftsman. This guy knows what Hand made means
Brett Flemming from Efficient Vilo Tools has the hands of a true master craftsman. This guy knows what handmade means!

Just in case you get thirsty.
Just in case you get thirsty.

Adventure machine. This bike looked like it can go the distance with all that storage.
Adventure machine. This bike looked like it can go the distance with all that storage.

For the builders out there. Multiple booths had Jigs to build your custom hand made bike.
For all the builders out there. Multiple booths had jigs to build your custom hand made bike.

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The Sweeb is Reeb s 29er that is an all mountain DH shredding machine. 130mm of travel. This bike looks very capable of hitting any kind of trail.
The Sqweeb is Reeb's 130mm 29er that's designed to be an all-mountain shredding machine. This bike looks very capable of hitting any kind of trail.

This was Tim Moore Personal bike for his boy. Reeb Cycles builds some amazing bikes and this kid is one lucky boy with this 20 inch shredder.
This was Tim Moore' Personal bike for his boy. Reeb Cycles builds some amazing bikes and this kid is one lucky boy with this 20-inch shredder.

Proudfoot with its Proudfat. This bike is lighter than most peoples xc setups. This was one of the most fun looking fat bikes at the show.
Proudfoot with its Proudfat. At 29.6 pounds, it's extremely light for a fat bike. This was one of the most fun looking fat bikes at the show.

Eriksen bikes were strait up beautiful. The welds were so clean. I wouldn t mind taking this bike home.
Eriksen bikes are straight up beautiful. The welds were so clean. I wouldn't mind taking this bike home.

Flinstone bike this might have been the oddest bike at the show but Calfee did have some pretty slick Carbon and bamboo bikes that were more normal looking.
Flinstone bike? This might have been the oddest bike at the show, but Calfee did have some pretty slick carbon and bamboo bikes that were more 'normal' looking.

Calfee had a number of bamboo bikes but this DIY kit they offer was kind of interesting. For 600 bucks you can get the parts and jig to build the bike frame. Using casting tape to bond the joints. For 300 you can buy the parts and rent the jig. Might be a fun project for the kiddos to build their own bike.
Calfee had a number of bamboo bikes, but this DIY kit they offer was especially interesting. For $600 bucks you can get the parts and jig to build the bike frame. Using casting tape to bond the joints. For $300 you can buy the parts and rent the jig. Might be a fun project for the kiddos to build their own bike.

Calfee instaled a generator in the hub to power lights on the bike.
Calfee installed a generator in the hub to power lights on the bike.

Calfee bamboo bike

Who wants to ride this bad boy I wanted to try.
Who wants to ride this bad boy? I wanted to try.

Funk Cycles 29 plus titanium bike has a 1.5 inch travel rear end that is made up of a solid chain stay. The lower chain stay acts as a leaf spring and because it s made of titanium it has the ability to flex and not lose its strength over time.
Funk Cycles' 29+ titanium bike has a 1.5" travel rear end that is made up of a solid chainstay. The lower chain stay acts as a leaf spring, and because it's made of titanium it has the ability to flex and not lose its strength over time.

Funk Cycles chain stay is welded directly to the BB but acts as a moving suspension part.
A closer look at the Funk Cycles' chainstay.

The builders at GRD created this bike completely out of sheet metal. All tubing was bent wrapped and welded to create this bike. They finished it off with a copper looking acid wash and clear coat. With it t gear box and belt drive this bike was really cool to look at.
The builders at GRD created this bike completely out of sheet metal. All tubing was bent, wrapped and welded to create this bike. They finished it off with a copper looking acid wash and clear coat. With its gear box and belt drive, this bike was really cool to look at.

Maxwell Cycles was on the new builder row and had this old school moto inspired ebike. This is pure art and function combine. It is governed to top out at 30 mph so it can stay in the ebike class.
Maxwell Cycles was on the new builder row and had this old school moto-inspired e-bike. This is pure art and function combined. It is governed to top out at 30 mph so it can stay in the e-bike class.

This Mantis has one of the first dropper seats made. Made in the mid 80 s it had a cable actuated lever that opened and closed the seat post clamp on the bike. Thanks to the Pros closet and their museum for sharing the history.
This Mantis has one of the first dropper seats made - the Hite Rite. Made in the mid 80's it had a cable actuated lever that opened and closed the seat post clamp on the bike. Thanks to the Pro's Closet and their museum for sharing the history.

Anyone remember these grips I wanted some of these so bad for my BMX when I was a kid. COBRA grips.
Anyone remember these grips? I wanted some of these so bad for my BMX when I was a kid. COBRA grips.

A fresh face in the carbon wheel game. Knight Composites showing off their newest 27.5 all mountain wheels. Looking forward to seeing more of these guys in the future.
A fresh face in the carbon wheel game. Knight Composites showing off their newest 27.5" all-mountain wheels. Looking forward to seeing more of these guys in the future.

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Spent a lot of time just looking at the joints on some of these wood bikes.
I spent a lot of time just looking at the joints on some of these wood bikes.

Love the wood work.
Love the wood work.

For the skier in you that has to fat bike to the slopes. This saddle bag system looks really functional.
For the skier in you that has to fat bike to the slopes. This saddle bag system looks really functional.

This Sinner decked out with Box One carbon wheels bar stem shifter and deraillure.
This Stinner was decked out with Box Components' carbon wheels, bar, stem, shifter and derailleur.

Box Components with their one lever shifter. The shifter has a down and in motion to shift back and forth. Its clean and eliminates more moving parts on the shifter. It might take a ride or two to learn the movement for your thumb but really a slick system.
Box Components' PushPush shifter. The shifter has a down and in motion to shift back and forth. It's clean and eliminates more moving parts on the shifter. It might take a ride or two to learn the movement for your thumb, but it's really a slick system.

Steve Potts bikes with another leaf spring suspension style bike.
Steve Potts bikes with another leaf spring suspension style bike.

Steve Potts rear suspension lower chain stay.
Steve Potts rear suspension lower chain stay.

Renovo bikes starts out with a 4 piece glued together solid wood frame that is cut to shape milled and hollowed out. It makes the bikes extremely light. They have hollowed out ports to run internal cables. These bikes are quite strong and are just beautiful to look at. But what is remarkable is the engineering that goes into the design. These wood frames are stronger than you would imagine.
Renovo bikes starts out with a 4 piece glued together solid wood frame that is cut to shape, milled and hollowed out, which makes the bikes extremely light. They also have hollowed out ports to run internal cables. These bikes are quite strong and are just beautiful to look at, but what is remarkable is the engineering that goes into the design. These wood frames are stronger than you would imagine.

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The wood joints and beauty of these wood bikes was worth taking the time to look up close and pay attention to some of the detail.
The wood joints and beauty of these wood bikes was worth taking the time to look up close and pay attention to some of the detail.

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If you are a shop or just love working on bikes and want some tools that will last till the end of time check out EVT. Some serious quality tools made by a serious craftsman.
If you're a professional mechanic or just love working on bikes and want some tools that will last till the end of time check out EVT. Some serious quality tools made by a serious craftsman.

This dude wanted me to get a picture of him getting his butt kicked in an arm wrestle by this girl. You made the cut bro.
This dude wanted me to get a picture of him getting his butt kicked in an arm wrestling match with this girl. You made the cut, bro.

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Lets ride Meow. Handlebar Mustache with some crazy Tee shirts and water bottles.
Let's ride Meow. Handlebar Mustache with some crazy t-shirts and water bottles.

Just had to take a picture of this one. Looks beyond heavy.
I just had to take a picture of this one - it loks beyond heavy.

A few booths had packable bikes. A few different designs that allowed you to break down the bike and put it in a travel bag.
A few booths had packable bikes. A few different designs that allowed you to break down the bike and put it in a travel bag.

This bike might have been the sexiest bike at the show. Alchemy with its Smoky and the Bandit inspired bike was just plain beautiful.
This bike might have been the sexiest bike at the show. Alchemy with its Smoky and the Bandit inspired bike was just plain beautiful.


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143 Comments

  • + 100
 That Stinner looks amazing!
  • + 13
 Best looking bike in this selection of photos, for sure. Understated with a great stance and cool paint.
  • + 1
 @twozerosix: yeah, if I get lucky this year, I'll have one of those & that alchemy too....
  • + 3
 Can I still get a hite rite light that?
  • + 1
 Was about to comment the same.
  • + 28
 North American Hipster Beard Show?
  • + 3
 @bonkywonky: I've never been one to follow trends, and can't understand why one has to look a certain way to take part in a given activity.
  • + 1
 those white industries cranks look amazing--if only I didn't have a pf24 bb..
  • + 11
 @DJ-24: kinda like the fox/troy lee/ 5.10 wearing, toyota pickup driving, 8-10" DH bike riding crowd that frequents this website and the local bike parks?
or were you being sarcastic
  • + 2
 @peugeot: I am to many of those things it makes me uncomfortable that you know me like that.
  • + 57
 man, I'd take these articles over "new 2017 GLOVES, Breaking news, now in a different shade of pink!!!!" shite any day.

There's so many amazing bikes and neat innovations that deserve more coverage. Thanks for posting this!
  • + 42
 Is that a real water bottle decal? You have cat to be kitten me!
  • + 8
 Ya the place was littered with them. Hot sellers, they were feline outta there!
  • + 5
 I'd be lion if I said I wanted one. Catncha see I'm a dog person?
  • + 2
 I believe that cat is wearing a lazer o2 road helmet
  • + 39
 My coconut shell helmet will go well with those wooden bikes.
  • + 7
 Why wood you wear that?
  • + 1
 Whats with the wood bikes? Aren't we cutting down too many trees already?
  • + 7
 @DaFam4mDena: Trees grow back
  • + 3
 @ibishreddin: So does metal, it just takes a billion times longer Big Grin
  • + 1
 ever heard of sustainable forestry?
  • + 3
 I'm glad to see the Professor found some work after getting off that island. He's a really smart guy.
  • + 20
 Renovo. When wood gives you wood.
  • + 0
 Can you actually ride those wood bikes offroad? Are they strong enough for light MTB riding?
  • + 5
 @hamncheez: You can hammer those bikes. These guys make legit MTB's.
  • + 1
 yups .. beauty!
  • + 1
 A beauty for sure. I'm sure it's for structural reasons, but too bad about the finger joints. Takes something gorgeous and adds a framing stud aesthetic.
  • + 18
 Hey Pinkbike, "This dude" isn't just anyone... Erik Noren from Peacock Groove!!! He makes absolutely amazing bikes!
  • + 9
 This dude also won best in show this year.
  • + 5
 Fo' real! K'mon Pinkbike...
  • + 5
 @ryankrueger: And "best theme" too
  • + 3
 and his opponent makes some impressive bikes as well, Moth Attack.
  • + 3
 came here to say the same thing - those 'dudes', Erik Noren and Megan Dean, are two of the raddest frame builders going right now.
  • + 9
 The Oakley Cobra 3 grips are what started Oakley and made the brand cool for years. Now they seem to promote road bike and golf gear, stupid ugly expensive $&i+! Losing core customers daily due to plenty of cool brands that still support us dirt lovers
  • + 2
 I'm still a sucker for the Frogskins sunglasses, but yeah they've come a long way in 40 years.
  • + 1
 I had those grips for my BMX mongoose back in the day when they were still a cool brand!
  • + 3
 Lots more $ in road and golf over dirt any day.
  • + 8
 No photos from Breadwinner? They make a couple really awesome hard tails. Bad Otis and Goodwater. I own an Otis, and that thing rips. Reviews on the Goodwater are pretty damn good. Tony and Ira really know what they're doing.
  • + 4
 I was thinking the same! Tony is my older brother, I saw some interviews on FB but was hoping to see them on PB!! I tried to + prop this but some how it went -
  • + 2
 Breadwinner got robbed!
  • + 3
 @fattyreryder: My Otis is actually Tony's silver bike that matches his motorcycle. Super happy with it. =D
  • + 1
 @MrPink51: I've seen that one! that's a sick Bike!
  • + 9
 man, i remember when my dad put a Cobra grip on the outboard tiller on my john boat. Shit, I had the coolest Johnson outboard motor with that Cobra grip. hehe ahhh the memories.
  • + 11
 That sheet metal bike by GRD looks beautiful. Really nice color too!
  • + 2
 Yeah, like that idea, a lot. So would the head of our sheet metal division!!!
  • + 6
 I just want to point out that the majority of cool stuff shown are from Colorado. Oddity, Meriweather, Anvil, REEB, Alchemy, Handlebar Mustache, Funk, Erikson, and Proudfoot from my quick glance.
  • + 3
 That's only because Colorado was a little bit ahead on when they legalized weed. Give it a bit of time, and I'm sure Washington will be right there. Unless, of course, it's all that altitude induced hypoxia that's contributing to the creativity... Seriously, though - most of this stuff is pretty much irrelevant to most mountain bikers. But the fact that these people are out there creating stuff like this and doing their own thing is awesome. I have no interest in owning or regularly riding most of this stuff, but we're all enriched knowing it's out there.
  • + 2
 Erikson=Seattle. Eriksen=Colorado. Both are MTB frame building legends!
  • + 2
 Question of major importance: what kinda whiskey were Don & crew pouring at the Anvil booth?
  • + 2
 Mosaic's bikes from were on point too.
  • + 5
 Don't forget the Fox 32 slammed to 40MM travel and mounted to a cyclocross bike! That thing was a beauty www.bikerumor.com/2017/03/11/nahbs-2017-alchemy-kratos-gravel-bike-rolls-in-with-prototype-fox-ax-adventure-cross-suspension-fork
  • - 2
 Might as well get a 29er...
  • + 3
 I just threw up in my mouth.
  • + 1
 I like it, but I don't like the price. Cannondale makes a CX bike with a lefty front shock.
  • + 5
 "Renovo bikes starts out with a 4 piece glued together solid wood frame that is cut to shape, milled and hollowed out, which makes the bikes extremely light."

If by extremely light you actually mean "heavier than any other common mountain bike frame material" than you are correct.
  • + 3
 No. He meant so light it floats. Like When your riding In a lake or whatever. That's super light bro.
  • - 1
 My main worry would be the innate inconsistency you'd get from using wood - each bike will have different grain direction, flaws, stiffness, damping characteristics, weight, moisture content...

How can you possibly guarantee a bike is safe and rides well, with so many variables, without such a generous conservative margin for error that the bike becomes overbuilt/ heavy?
  • + 1
 That's Heisenberg making those wooden bikes. You better recognize, or else his buddy Mike will make you.
  • + 5
 Looks like I'll have to start working on my super long hipster beard with crop hair cut now so I can get in next year. I think they are going to end up being this generation's mullet of the 90's. eye_roll
  • + 2
 Alchemy bike... still matchy-matchy.... newbie road bikes colors scheme to a mtb... will it ever work? It kind of looks chees-puff. Better than the color last time! And why it is at the handmade show?
Funk, Potts, eriksen, mantis are top... all the Rest in the pics here are either a regurgitation of the fixie foo lifestyle or just weird but respectable - the wood bikes.
There were tons of historical bikes besides the mantis... the Cunningham, salsa, breezer... it would be cool to see those rather than a fat bike with a flask mounted in ejection place and rf next crankset- I mean it just looks silly....
  • + 3
 The Cunningham was awesome back in the early days - I remember thinking RC's Mantis XCR was cool also. However, it was definitely the BC, Canada builders that were ahead of their time. Brodie, Kirkham (Off Road Toad), Rektek, Dekerf, Rocky Mountain, etc. Most bikes back then had super short top tubes, long chain stays, slack seat tube angles, and crappy cable routing until these guys figured it out. The gnarly terrain and hardcore riders dictated it. Hell, most bikes still had non-sloping top tubes!

PNW/BC designs still rule to this day! Evil, Transition, Banshee, Chromag, Rocky Mtn....etc. All killer.
  • + 2
 ok i'll admit the flask placement isn't the best choice but it is easy access Smile It's a placeholder, i was waiting to meet Andrew from Bedrock Bags who brought me a new bolt-on Dakota tank bag that fits there.

Overall, the comments are opinions and that's fine but most don't seem to realize that you can't see the *purpose* of the build in just one picture. Most of these bikes at NAHBS are for customers, built for someone that wanted it to ride and fit a certain way. That fatbike was ridden on ungroomed snow the tuesday after the show, taking the rider over an area no bike had been before in winter. That's damn cool in my opinion, whether you like fatbikes or not they have a unique purpose. Take the time to not just look and heckle, but listen to PVD's interviews to see what went into these custom purpose-built bikes.

At least for the 2XL fatbike i brought to the show, it had a ton of design going into it with little consideration of it looks, how much it weighed, or how much travel it had (which is how most people buy stock bikes it seems). The customer wanted certain features and I delivered. It fits a 26x5.2" (135mm) wide tire or a 27.5 x 4.7" with 440mm chainstays. The elevated stays make this possible with the narrowest Q-factor and chainline possible. Sure it's a dated design but with a new take on it to solve a new problem. Most of the bikes at the show aren't just pretty paint jobs but designed and fabricated with more care than one photo can indicate.
  • + 5
 Could use about 100 more photos
  • + 1
 That Calfee DIY kit is a direct ripoff of the Bamboobee DIY kit. But, whoever has better marketing wins!

Love the NAHBS. I volunteered when it was in Portland and ended up with the guy who ran it. Got to meet Tom Ritchey, Gary Fisher and that a$$hole Lance. So many sweet bikes. I was in heaven. Black Sheep not there anymore? They usually bust out some wacky bikes for the show.
  • + 1
 Black sheep was there with some pretty crazy stuff.
  • + 4
 Just put some bristles on that first Calfee bike and it would be suitable for my ex wife to ride.
  • + 1
 +1 X10000000000!!!!
  • + 1
 Regardless of what Funk bikes thinks, says or says they have tested those of us around during the ti frame heydays know pivot less suspension systems get cold worked until they fail. Many small companies went under during that era because of the cold working caused by the flex in Ti frames. Composites are the only materials that will endure such use as long as the deflection is within the material's elastic parameters. Good luck with that design using Ti Funk you will need it assuming you sell any.
  • + 1
 Might be a question I should never ever ask, but I'm curious why only big wheeled bikes are represented?

Fbm, standard, s&m, profile, TERRIBLE ONE (!!!!!) etc, have been grinding out "Handmade" for years... Plus, Crandall would be a personality shows like this would kill for.

I got ask: are you invited only if you're frame built into a complete bike sells for over $3000.00
  • + 6
 Dat Renovo..
  • + 3
 Yup, I want one of those!!
  • + 1
 There's people around town here who commute on those. That's like an $8000 commuter bike!
  • + 1
 @Draggon: Check out B3 Wood Bicycles! Much more affordable and customizable!
www.b3woodbicycles.com
  • + 1
 Im sorry, if it wasn't for the Alchemy I would have thought this was a article from 1983. The march back in time at these events continue. Now Calfee's hot thing is bamboo? Really?
Flex stays? 1.5" travel. Unbelievable.
  • + 1
 I feel the same way when I look at those photos. I like companies who dare to be different. But not different just for the sake of being different, the design should always have a purpose. Yeah, it looks cool in the pictures, but am I willing to spend more money to buy something that performs worse? No.
  • + 1
 There was some cool bikes in here, but I agree that the flex stays are retro. Cannondale tried this with their first scalpel design (friend of mine had 2, broke them both). I don't remember if they were titanium, but they abandoned the flex stays for good reason.
  • + 0
 Sorry, that Alchemy bike is horrible, reminds me of the john player special formula 1 car. Bad, bad taste. Sure if you like your pornos to feature women in full lingerie, 8 inch platform heels and a massive perm....but c'mon ffs it's nearly 2020. But the reeb, stinner, errikson, proudfoot and the grd bike all look fantastic. Can't imagine ever riding a wooden or bamboo bike so just novelty value really - once you've seen it you've seen it. I appreciate the craftmanship in the same way as a nice chair or chest of drawers perhaps - not that exited. As for innovation, we assume small scale producers can turn ideas into reallity faster than big producers but we shouldn't expect too much - most stuff has been done before, somewhere. So, revisiting old designs can be productive, a fresh approach, different styles of bikes for different purposes, it might work out. I'm pleased these people are doing these things, it benefits us all.
  • + 1
 That "Beyond heavy" bike looks to be the works of Risse Racing. All custom computer coded, CNC machined frame, custom built suspension. Truly a cool bike. They don't care about weight!
  • + 1
 I believe that is an ACTUAL ebike. Tops 35mph on flat ground unassisted. For some reason I was getting emails from the company like 10 years ago, but can't remember the name. The rear hub is an electric motor and it has a throttle. That is probably the ebike you don't want on trails. I saw a video with someone doing smoky doughnuts (stunting) and throwing roost off road. It's an electric motorcycle, but has cranks, likely to bypass laws and stuff. That said, it looks fun, like a BBR CRF 50 kinda bike. Not fast enough to kill you, but fun enough to do something you probably shouldn't.
  • + 3
 The Stinner is spelled wrong in the photo's caption.
  • + 2
 I love the idea of steel, but the idea never seems to make its way to my wallet.
  • + 3
 hite-rite omg. good old times
  • + 2
 One of my friends (who absolutely shreds) still uses one of those. Big Grin
  • + 1
 @PacificNorthWes: Does he need a shim yet?
  • + 1
 That was a pickle if I've ever seen one. Strange bikes left, and more strange bikes right. Best get a bike now before they morph into stuffed dogs with wheels.
  • + 3
 The dentistry is strong with these ones...
  • + 1
 Sweet bikes, but where the hell can I get that zebra pattern saddle??? The only thing better would absolutely have to be a unicorn saddle Wink
  • + 1
 SDG Belair used to come in zebra... It was a felt-type material though, so not really practical.
  • + 1
 J&B Has a cheap zebra saddle that's pretty rad
  • + 3
 Yeah, but that unicorn horn - could never get used to it.
  • + 0
 I saw that too, might be a bit too loud for my bike though imgur.com/a/T6cyy
  • + 1
 so many nice bikes; and its good to see Race Face in many of this bikes, support the companies that support LBS.
  • + 1
 Anyone out there be able to give a brother some info on Xprezo? One sad canuck if they folded.
  • + 1
 They posted a farewell on their facebook page last September. SAD.
  • + 2
 No carbon? They are more hand made than most of these bikes.
  • + 1
 +1 for knowing what you're talking about.
  • + 1
 The Alchemy is.
  • + 3
 Cobra grips for the win
  • + 1
 Maxwell E bikes.. i cant complain. I feel even Rossi would have a blast on that beauty.
  • + 1
 The fat bike with that flask mounting, talk about tearing the old bag if you bailed......
  • + 1
 If not already done, I wonder if '3D printing' will be utilised in MTB manufacturing....
  • + 2
 It is done already - Robot Bikes from the UK. They print titanium lugs, which can be customised to your individual fit riders via measurements you submit on their website, then use the lugs and carbon tubes to build the bike.

I don't think we'll see fully 3D printed frames any time soon though, since it doesn't make any sense from an engineering standpoint - tubes work really well in the load conditions a bike experiences and are can be relatively easily adapted/ assembled with varying cross-sections, wall thickness and anything else bike designers want.

3D printing's random grain structure and the high cost of the machines, combine with a long process time to make the whole idea sub-optimal in performance, weight and cost/time, compared to more traditional methods. 3D printing's strength is in how it allows you to change designs without retooling, which means you can prototype, or manufacture on a small-scale, but that isn't too useful for the model of standard sizes and large-volume production that's common in the bike industry.
  • + 1
 Someone has to invent a flex frame. As a suspension leaf spring. Zero maintenance.
  • + 1
 A DH flex frame...
  • + 1
 They have, they're shit.
  • + 1
 Nothing about the schools there? I know Iowa State and Cal Poly had pretty sweet bikes there both this year and last year.
  • + 1
 That was a thumbs up. I went in Denver all those years ago. Amazing to see what some people can do!
  • + 1
 Alll super cool stuff great craftmanship i wish to ride many of these beauty's ahhh maybe one day
  • + 2
 I had totally forgotten about the Mantis! Takes me back...
  • + 0
 a few sick bikes in there, but instantly see hipster BS bikes when the wood or trail cruiser jones inspired bikes hit the spotlight....
  • + 1
 You'd need that hip flask for a drink, after you otb and rip your bollocks off
  • + 1
 That REEB is actually called the Sqweeb, just FYI. And that Alchemy bike is bad ass!
  • + 1
 Oh my GRD, That's a RAD rig!
  • + 1
 Do you have to treat the wooden bicycles for termites
  • + 1
 @henryelich could show a bike at something like this...
  • + 1
 Are those wooden frame bikes boost?
  • + 7
 Only when it rains.
  • + 1
 Love the Calfee bike with the Sirrus Cycles Body float Bellingham!
  • + 2
 I got wood
  • + 1
 I dislike E bikes but that Maxwell sure does get me charged up.
  • - 3
 I'm fairly certain that all of the people focusing on the beards and lack of 17" travel endurbro bikes are either really young and don't know any better OR they just have ZERO mechanical ability to do any machining, welding or general design outside of a coloring book.


Maybe I'm the oddball?
  • + 1
 Speaking as a professional designer...who does know how to machine, and weld.

Most of the stuff at NAHBS doesn't have any innovation and is just welding/craft porn. That Stinner could come out of the huge brands or anyone else and perform exactly the same. If you are into that sort of thing, cool, but it's more art (because looks are place WAY ABOVE performance) than design.

-The Renovo two piece "monocoque"ish wood thing is cool working around the constraints of wood.
-The DIY bamboo kits out there is actually really rad with the PVC jig
-Flexbars are dumb, you are leaving the frailest part of suspension still in.
  • + 1
 Cue the old jaded 'merica'n making wild generalisations cause he thinks , just because he may have some mechanical ability and hands on skills, his opinion is 100% relevant and all 'endurbros' are fads.

I took the liberty of making my own generalisation too! Smile
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 @NorCalNomad: Agreed, 100%. NAHBS may be in a slump at this point. I've been to a couple of them and while impressive most of it is as you say "welding/craft porn" and less about functionality. That said, many of the big companies have cribbed designs and elements from small builders out of these shows. The one that sticks out to me was Black Cat's swing dropouts for adjusting tension/chainstay length from '09/10 that is a relatively common feature now.
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 @NorCalNomad:

It's a Handmade bike show.... What is the problem with welding/craft porn? I never realized that the small makers at this show were supposed to be the sole innovators and brainchildren of the bicycle industry. I thought they were supposed to hand-make bikes and show their skills for those that appreciate that kind of thing.
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 @NorCalNomad: Welding Porn begins and ends with Steve Potts. No reason to go any further.
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 Always so much bikeporn!!!!! Great pics, the green bike in the start is perfect!!!!!
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 Reeb!!!!!
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 What forks are on the 'heavy blue thing'?
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 Its all works of art, especially the wooden frames !
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 You really should know better, KTMrider. Wood fames? What next bamboo spokes, leather chains.
My dog considers those a chew toy.
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 Thanks! I built the wood bicycle with the detail shots of the joinery. Feel free to check my instagram or website out!
www.b3woodbicycles.com
www.instagram.com/b3woodbicycles/?hl=en
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 dear Lord make the fat bikes go away please.
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 That Alchemy tho!!
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 So much New Bike Wood!
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 I actually built one of the wood bicycles in this thread! Check out my website for more pictures!
www.b3woodbicycles.com
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 COBRA grips!!
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