Best in Show Award Winners - NAHBS 2019

Mar 19, 2019
by Richard Cunningham  
Best in Show NAHBS 2019
Spoiler alert: Best in Show Award went to No. 22 Bicycle Company for this stunning anodized titanium road bike.

Photos By Brad Quartuccio


NAHBS stages a carefully judged awards competition each year that has grown in importance to the point where bike makers may spend upwards of a year to build a winning contender. Beyond the major awards listed here, a number of industry awards are also bestowed upon worthy exhibitors. There's a good chance a few more bikes and builders will show up on this list later, but we have the show's big winners lined up for you right here:


Bingham Built Best Tandem Bike
Bingham Built: Best Tandem Bike

Bingham Built Best TIG welded frame
Bingham Built: Best TIG welded frame

Black Cat Cycles Best Fillet Brazed Frame
Black Cat Cycles: Best Fillet Brazed Frame

Black Cat Cycles
Black Cat Cycles
Black Cat Cycles

DiNucci Cycles Best Lugged Frame
DiNucci Cycles: Best Lugged Frame

Ioklin Frameworks Best Finish
Ioklin Frameworks: Best Finish

Black Sheep Bikes Best Artisan Bike
Black Sheep Bikes: Best Artisan Bike & Best Experimental Bike

Black Sheep BIkes
Black Sheep BIkes
Black Sheep Bikes

Mars Cycles People s Choice
Mars Cycles: People's Choice

McGovern Cycles Best Cyclocross Bike
McGovern Cycles: Best Cyclocross Bike

Mosaic Cycles Best Mountain BIke
Mosaic Cycles: Best Mountain Bike

Mosaic Cycles
Mosaic Cycles
Mosaic Cycles

Porter Cycles Best New Builder
Porter Cycles: Best New Builder

Porter Cycles
Porter Cycles
Porter Cycles


Pursuit Cycles Best Carbon Layup
Pursuit Cycles: Best Carbon Layup

Rex Cycling Best City Utility Bike
Rex Cycling: Best City/Utility Bike

Seven Cycles Best Gravel BIke
Seven Cycles: Best Gravel BIke

Seven Cycles Best Road Bike
Seven Cycles: Best Road Bike

T-Red Best Track Bike
T-Red: Best Track Bike

No. 22 Bicycle Company Best in Show
No. 22 Bicycle Company: Best in Show

Best in Show NAHBS 2019
Best in Show NAHBS 2019
NO. 22 Bicycle Company


NAHBS Official List of Show Winners

OVERALL DESIGN DIVISION

• Best in Show- No. 22 Bicycle Company
• Best New Builder - Porter Cycles
• President’s Choice - Hartley Cycles and Panasonic Cycle Technology
• People’s Choice - Mars Cycles
RIDING DISCIPLINE DIVISION

Fully complete bikes, paint and component choices will factor into the judging (aesthetic impact and correctness of the discipline)

• Best Artisan Bike - Black Sheep Bikes
• Best City/Utility Bike - Rex Cycles
• Best Cyclocross Bike - McGovern Cycles
• Best Experimental Bike - Black Sheep Bikes
• Best Gravel Bike - Seven Cycles
• Best Mountain Bike - Mosaic Cycles
• Best Road Bike - Seven Cycles
• Best Tandem Bike - Bingham Built
• Best Track Bike - T°RED Bikes
• Judges Discretionary Award - Mosaic Cycles
CONSTRUCTION DIVISION

All bikes presented for the construction categories are presented as bare, non-painted frames to make for easier inspection.

• Best TIG Welded Frame- Bingham Built
• Best Layup- Pursuit Cycles
• Best Finish - Ioklin Frameworks
• Best Fillet - Black Cat Bicycle Designs
• Best Lugged Frame- DiNucci Cycles







84 Comments

  • + 67
 Now, I may not be a certified bicycle frame structural support spotter professional, but that frame that won 'Best Lugged Frame' does seem to be missing a tube or 4 and possibly some dropouts, or it should have actually won the award for 'Best Frame to Endo On'.
  • + 16
 It's Nano Technology. It's there but just reaaaally reaaaally tiny
  • + 4
 That's why it won. Tiny seat stays are THE THING on the bicycle fashion runway right now. You can't even see them.
  • + 44
 Not pictured: best psychedelic bike / industry commentary - Bicycle Pubs & Dear Susan Bicycles.
  • + 23
 BP got robbed!
  • + 14
 Pubesmobile for life
  • + 9
 @pandafoo: All of these Pubesmobile comments led me down a cautious google search. Found a bikerumor interview with Petor Georgallou of Dear Susan where he stated that he named his band "Permanent Vagina." So thank you for that.
  • + 13
 @Olimac: If you're not following Bicycle Pubes on Insta, how do you expect to stay up to date on all the important ti-dangles and Poopie information. He's a taste maker in the bike world. Very ahead of his time.
  • + 32
 Please separate best mountain bike into hard tail and full suspension categories. Best Mountain bike winner is gorgeous but I can’t imagine how gutted some builders are to put in so much work on a full suspension design then lose to a flat bar gravel bike.
  • + 19
 The mountain bike category should only be allowed for bike that are capable of landing a huck to flat without breaking. Id say 80-90% chance the gravel bike is a gonner after a good huck.
  • + 6
 Agreed. To everyone defending that bike because it is in fact still a mountain bike and the category isn't about the "raddest" thing built, it would be great to know what exactly about that rigid bike won the category. To my relatively untrained eye, the Cal Poly bike is far more impressive and beautiful in every way.
  • + 32
 Pursuit cycles won not only Best Carbon Layup, but are surely in the running for Best Mullet.
  • + 1
 Definitely the top contender for best haircut! I'm calling for an end to the media blackout on this prestigious award!
  • + 21
 I like how "Best Mountain Bike" went to an adventure bike that represents like 0.01% of the mountain bike riders out there - even though "correctness of the discipline" is cited as one of the primary judging factors.
  • + 9
 I mean yeah it's set up with bags, but take them off and it looks like it would rip the hell out of rad single track. Ya know, like a mountain bike would.
  • + 9
 @pandafoo: agree. flat bars, knobby tires, hydraulic discs, dropper post = mountain bike.
  • + 5
 @pandafoo: I guess... I just find it hard to believe there weren't any better mountain bikes at the show than a camo-themed full-rigid bike with mid-level componentry that honestly looks like it was transported here from the year 2004. Remove the bags and there's literally nothing special about the bike, so I can't understand how it would win the category.
  • + 3
 @srjacobs: the beauty is in the eye of the beholder....you might be missing out on some details by just looking at the picture. But I know what you mean, imo I think the Caly student DH bike should've won.
  • + 6
 I guess y'all failed to notice that the bags matched the guy's tie? If that doesn't define the category, well then...
  • + 2
 @pandafoo: Until the rims break. ;-)
  • + 3
 @metaam: You got me there hahaha


@srjacobs: I totally get where you're coming from. NAHBS is for sure more of a boutique thing than "what's the raddest most rowdy most advanced bike". I 100% see why this bike wouldnt be for everyone or top their list as a top mtb. This is by far more of a Radavist reader type expo than a PinkBike reader bike show. Different strokes for sure.
  • + 1
 @srjacobs: I guess we'd need to also see the other contenders in the category to make an informed judgement.
For instance, the Houston Texans made the NFL playoffs this past season, despite being bad at offense, defense, and playing football. The teams they competed against to get into the playoffs were worse.

The bike has a subtle appeal, its not shouting for attention (minus the bags obv) but it all hangs together well as an art piece.
  • + 14
 Best Mullet - Clog combo: Pursuit Cycles
  • + 12
 No love for the Pubesmobile?! Bicyclepubes has been robbed of the best in show title.
  • + 6
 45 road bike categories for each of the 45 road bike discipline but 1 mountain bike. RIP. The bike that won is a beautiful bike but I'd love to see the stuff that ISN'T bikepacking as well. .... They picked a bike as close to a road/touring bike as they could, guess it's what they're comfortable with.
  • + 9
 Best Experimental Bike.... The fork seems very, very... Experimental !
????
  • + 7
 Experimentation? Ain't got nothing on the PubesMobile
  • + 7
 Standard bykes STA with Pizza wheels and dropbars as peoples choice, many old BMX:ers among the visitors obviously...
  • + 4
 NAHBS is one of my favorite things to watch each year. The artistry and craftsmanship on display is amazing. Thanks for covering this PB and even showing the road bikes winners (there's a lot of us MTBers who also ride road).
  • + 5
 Best mountain bike.....with no suspension what so ever. Must be those mountains in florida.
  • + 5
 Seriously some of those bikes are incredible. I wish I could make something half a nice as any of those. Amazing work!
  • + 2
 The Black Cat fillet brazed bike was just amazing. The details on the bike are stunning. I hope they do a set of detail photos of it. It was the best looking MTB at the show with the Retrotec Sierra Nevada bike a close second. The Porter Cycles city bike had amazing hand made everything polished to the 9's. It was kind of hard to see at the show because of the crowd around it.
  • + 5
 Fantastic craftmanship. There's something to be said when you can ride a work of art.
  • + 14
 I once skim-boarded on a Monet. Does that count?
  • + 2
 If you like packs like on the Mosaic cycles one. Check out luke_sergent on insta. He hand makes them. I've seen them up close and they are awesome. He made his first set to ride around India, then Scotland. Now guys are ordering from him directly. So cool.
  • + 1
 Alpkit do something similar, you send them a cardboard template with zips drawn on where you want them

www.alpkit.com/products/stingray
  • + 2
 Rogue Panda built me a frame bag from a picture and it fits perfect on my Mukluk. They even used the bottle mounts on the seat tube and down tube so it looks supper clean. I can load a six pack in it with room to spare.
  • + 3
 If you like packs like on the Mosaic Cycles one, you should check out the company that designed and sewed them at JPaks (www.jpaks.com). Their bags have been raced and ridden all over the world. They also made that dapper tie. It's not a competition between makers and I'm sure you didn't intend any offense, but the actual maker of the bags deserves credit in addition to pointing folks somewhere else.
  • + 1
 Same with Alpine Threadworks for those of you in the proximity to Calgary.
  • + 1
 @sjk303: you are 100% correct. Those are great looking bags and they deserve the spotlight here. I get way to stoked on frame bags mainly because I can carry a lot of beer without a backpack.
  • + 3
 Just my opinion, but the bike that won best in show looks like a bunch of parts from different bikes. I don't see a design aesthetic that carries through the bike.
  • + 1
 Agreed. Plus that rear fender does not follow the contour of the tire at all... OCD... MUST... FIX!
  • + 2
 I can't get excited by any of them other than the Porter Cycles. That shows some really original design. The rest are just well finished bikes, with fancy paintjobs and parts!
  • + 1
 same, amazing bike that is that Winged victory
  • + 1
 This is like being front-row to the catwalk at the Prada fashion show in Paris. Really nice feature and photographs. The PB peanut gallery loves telling itself the same jokes about dirt-worthiness, but there's absolutely no question that bikes like these make the style guides for all the established bike company's future goals.
  • + 5
 Best Custom Tie: Mosaic Cycles
  • + 1
 What is going on with that fork on the second of the two bikes from “Black Sheep Bikes”?? Not the one with the titanium flex fork, but the one that appears to have a set of scale-calibration weights inside the fork leg.
  • + 1
 man, I love custom built stuff but so much but why are custom bike builders always such wierdo hipsters? half these bikes are super sweet and the other half are just bad acid trips
  • + 4
 where's the rest of the best lugged frame!?
  • + 4
 I like the Black Cat invisible front rotor.
  • + 3
 This one time at bike camp... Seriously though, the craftsmanship and creativity is impressive.
  • + 4
 Best 'We met while cycle courier-ing' couple: T-Red
  • + 2
 In Portland.
  • + 2
 Good thing they put the orange in the camo for the best mtb...so when the Enve catastrophically fails in the middle of nowhere, they can find you.
  • + 3
 The outfit really ties the "best mountain bike" photo together. Still missing a rug though.
  • + 2
 are rugged worker boots a thing for custom bike makers? that mullet is god!
  • + 3
 Is it one of those competitions where everyone who enters wins a prize?
  • + 0
 no, it's where a bunch of friends give each other prizes and the groups that actually put in a lot of work don't get recognized.
  • + 1
 It looks like the tandem has a new alu Easton crankset.... which probably means the RF alu cranks will get updated very soon.
  • + 1
 If Pole showed up they'd blow them all away. Way too much time getting tats for some these folks. Need to spend more time crafting.
  • + 2
 The craft is great, the innovation is non existent for anything other than being ironic and matching a vegan latte and cookie cutter unique rider.
  • + 2
 Damn, the handmade bike industry needs some diversity!
  • + 1
 Somebody explain to me what's going on with that driveside chainstay on the SEVEN gravel bike???
  • + 1
 The down tube extends past the bb, and the drive side chain stay connects to that. Its for tire clearance.
  • + 2
 Looks like a take on the 90's elevated chain stay. Dropped chain stay, gives more tire clearance, while still keeping the chainstays short and Q-factor low, getting the chainstay away from the big chain ring needed on a gravel bike, whilst still being able to cram in a big volume tire.

Modern MTB HTs designed for 1x drivetrains, can't go above a certain size chainring without it rubbing on the chainstay.

(Just my guess, but it seems plausible)
  • + 1
 @megatryn: Yup, first popularized by OPEN Cycles (I think) and widely copied since: opencycle.com/showcase
  • + 2
 Those JPaks bags on the Mosaic are sick!
  • + 2
 Kenny Powers lost some weight.
  • + 3
 Dorks. Bunch of Dorks.
  • + 1
 I think the real winner here was Titanium manufacturers! Damn fine looking bikes. Need a drool emoji...lol.
  • + 2
 Are there any exhibitors that didn't win an award?
  • + 1
 Prediction: Drastically fewer ENVE wheels at next year's event
  • + 0
 Amazing craftsmanship on bikes that all look pretty miserable to be on. Best low tech for lots of time spent-everyone wins!
  • + 1
 Holy black pants and tees
  • + 1
 And not one of those bikes am I interested in riding
  • + 1
 Really diverse this year.
  • + 1
 Great smile lmao
  • + 1
 What products!
  • + 1
 No turner sultan?
  • - 1
 Too many road bikes.
  • + 1
 It hates you too.
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