NAHBS 2019 Grand Finale Photo Epic

Mar 21, 2019
by Richard Cunningham  

NAHBS 2019 Best crowd best vibe and most exhibitors ever. Happy 15th NAHBS
NAHBS 2019 Grand Finale
Best crowd, best vibe and most exhibitors ever. Happy 15th NAHBS.


Three days of geeking on chrome, carbon, and candy paint jobs has made me wonder if anyone could possibly eclipse the creativity on exhibit this year. Somehow they always manage to. I'm sure that some of the exhibitors will already be sparking their torches to flame in preparation for next year before you finish watching the closing fireworks of the 2019 North American Handmade Bicycle Show. Have a seat, you're going to enjoy this:




NAHBS Oddity Cycles
Oddity Cycles' chromoly coaster-brake trailbike. Only ten will be made.

NAHBS 2019 Oddity Cycles
Rigid for life.
NAHBS 2019 Oddity Cycles
Oddity Cycles makes the bars too.
NAHBS 2019 Oddity Cycles
It's an aluminum heat sink with cooling fins to keep the brake alive.

NAHBS 2019 Oddity Cycles
Oddity also is handy with titanium.
NAHBS 2019 Oddity Cycles
They rarely make bikes the same way twice.

NAHBS 2019 Oddity Cycles Sean Burnsey Burns
Oddity Cycles founder and builder Sean "Burnsey" Burns poses with his favorite ride.



NAHBS 2019 Wies Manufacturing
Weis Manufacturing's steel track bike. That's Morse code, BTW.

NAHBS 2019 Park Tools ultimate workshop
Park Tools' ultimate workshop: Serious garage envy going on here.

NAHBS 2019 Dear Susan Bikes
Dear Susan Bikes



NAHBS 2019 Porter Cycles Best New Builder
Porter Cycles' Townie.

NAHBS 2019 Porter Cycles Best new Builder
Porter Cycles' custom rack, under construction.
NAHBS 2019 Porter Cycles Best new Builder
Lug work is over the top in the best possible way.

NAHBS 2019 Porter Cycles Best new Builder
NAHBS 2019 Porter Cycles: Best new Builder



NAHBS 2019 Tom Ritchey s bobble head was on hand for the debut of his hand made filet-brazed road bikes.
Tom Ritchey's bobble head was on hand for the debut of his hand made filet-brazed road bikes.
NAHBS 2019 Ritchey s hand made frame detail
Tom Ritchey frame detail.



NAHBS 2019 Shamrock Cycles
Shamrock Cycles' multi-tube chromoly road bike, photographed on Saint Patrick's day.

NAHBS 2019 Shamrock Cycles
Chromed seat tube tunnels.
NAHBS 2019 Shamrock Cycles
Trident down tubes.



NAHBS 2019 The BMX top hub only has one sprag clutch the original MTB hub had two. The middle hub is their new MTB model a hybrid with a second smaller clutch and a lighter hub shell.
Onyx's BMX (top) hub only has one sprag clutch, the original MTB hub had two. The middle hub is their new MTB model, a hybrid with a second, smaller clutch and a lighter hub shell.
NAHBS 2019 The bulge reinfiorces the sprag clutch area. Spoke flanges angle inwards.
The bulge reinforces the sprag clutch area. Spoke flanges now angle inwards.
NAHBS 2019 Onyx s new hub uses a spline driver which that can adapt to any style freehub.
Onyx's new hub uses a spline driver which can adapt to any style freehub.



NAHBS 2019 Nice ride
Nice ride.

NAHBS 2019 Titanium Joe
Joe Szigeti has warehouses in Canada and the US, and also sells on line. Titanium Joe has become the one-stop source for builders.
NAHBS 2019 Titanium Joe
Titanium Joe builder practice kits include the same gauges and diameter tubes you'd be using for a full size frame. Welding rod is included.



NAHBS 2019 T red Best track bike
Tred Six Day Madison Racer: Best Track Bike award winner.

NAHBS 2019 T red Best track bike
Welded and hand polished aluminum.
NAHBS 2019 T RED 6 Day Madison bike welded aluminum.
Looks like a chrome plated carbon frame.



NAHBS 2019 University of Iowa s bike builder program was exhibiting student projects. Hyacinlhe Yass Badiane said he entered the class to ground his education in industrial design in reality. His chromoly fat bike was a sweet. ride.
University of Iowa's bike builder program was exhibiting student projects. Hyacinthe "Yass" Badiane said he entered the class to ground his education in industrial design in reality..

NAHBS 2019
NAHBS 2019 Yass learned every step from the computer through TIG welding lessons. Students also had to stay on budget.
Yass learned every step: computer design, constructing parts and TIG-welding lessons. Students also had to stay on budget.
NAHBS 2019 Curved bridges were a nice touch.
2019 Curved seat and chain stay bridges were a nice touch.



NAHBS 2019 W.H. Bradford Designs builder Brad Hodges poses with his Island Hopper - a hardtail trailer combination inspired and painted like the Helicopter by the same name in the TV series Magnum PI.
W.H. Bradford Designs builder Brad Hodges poses with his "Island Hopper" - a hardtail/trailer combination inspired and painted like the helicopter by the same name in the '70's TV series, Magnum PI.

NAHBS 2019 TC Calvin would have had custom upholstery in his chopper. Paul levers and brakes carry the theme.
TC Calvin would have had custom upholstery in his chopper.
NAHBS 2019 Dropped chainstay ensures a silent running drivetrain.
Dropped chainstay ensures a silent running drivetrain.
NAHBS 2019 WM Bradford Designs Island Hopper has the tail number of Magnum Pi Pilot TC Calvin s HC 500 helicopter.
Same tail number of Magnum PI pilot TC Calvin's HC 500 helicopter.
NAHBS 2019 Brad made it to take his Jack Russel Terrier along for the ride.
Brad made it to take his Jack Russel Terrier along for the ride.



NAHBS 2019 Gaulzetti Moma Duck track bike.
Gaulzetti "Moma Duck" track bike.

NAHBS 2019
Super bling chainring.



NAHBS 2019 Cycip Party bike
Sycip Designs' party bike.

NAHBS 2019 Cycip party bike
The barbecue breaks down and stows up front.
NAHBS 2019 Cycip Party bike
Adjustable steering geometry for high-speed corners.



NAHBS 2019 University of Kansas School of Architecture and Design Cooper Barrel Stave Bicycle
University of Kansas School of Architecture and Design Cooper Barrel-Stave Bicycle

NAHBS 2019 Cooper Barrel Stave Bicycle
The steel seat tube is screwed to milled, seasoned-oak barrel staves.
NAHBS 2019 Cooper Barrel Stave Bicycle
Similarly, the wooden strips are bolted to a central rib, welded to the head tube.

NAHBS 2019 OCooper Barrel Stave Bicycle
Construction is simple and well engineered. Two aluminum crowns clamp the naturally curved oak staves to form both the fork and handlebar.



NAHBS 2019 Chris Chance s workshop is in full swing and these tubes will be used to produce the first titanium hardtail to be built there.
Chris Chance's workshop is in full swing and these tubes will be used to produce the first titanium Fat Chance hardtail to be built there.

NAHBS 2019 Allied Cycle Works is manufacturing its carbon framed bicycles in the USA.
Allied Cycle Works is manufacturing its carbon framed bicycles in the USA.



NAHBS 2019 Abbey Tools latest addition is this SRAM AXS chain breaker.
Abbey Tools' latest addition is this SRAM AXS chain breaker.
NAHBS 2019 The beauty of this tool is that the tooth plate nest to the end of the pin is interchangeable so it s future proof. Abby can supply you with one that fits any chain profile.
The beauty of this tool is that the tooth plate (next to the end of the pin) is interchangeable, so it's future proof. Abby can supply you with one that fits any chain profile.

NAHBS 2019 Abbey Tools wheel dish checking tool is magnificent.
Abbey Tools' wheel dish checking tool is magnificent.
NAHBS 2019 Abbey Tools wheel dish checking tool. The brass button lowers the gauge shaft to the end-cap face..
The brass button lowers the gauge shaft to the hub's end-cap face.



NAHBS 2019 Corvid Hardtail Long low lightweight and slack. Refreshing addition.
Corvid Cycles adds "lightweight" to the phrase: "long, low and slack," with this titanium hardtail.

NAHBS 2019 Corvid Hardtail
Low stand-over - and no rust or paint to fret about.
NAHBS 2019 Corvid titanium hardtail adds lightweight to long low and slack.
Durable and rugged construction - beautiful too.



NAHBS 2019 Dekerf Gulf Porsche 917 inspired hardtail
Dekerf's Gulf Porsche 917 inspired titanium hardtail.

NAHBS 2019 Dekerf 917 hardtail
NAHBS 2019 Dekerf 917 hardtail

NAHBS 2019 Dekerf 917 hardtail



NAHBS 2019 Five Points time trial bike
Five Points' ultra-minimalist fillet brazed chromoly time trial bike.

NAHBS 2019 Five Points time trial bike
Flexible? No doubt, but I'll bet it's comfortable over rough pavement.



NAHBS 2019 Sweet fillet-brazed chromoly hardtail from Chico California.
Start-up framebuilder Tyler Reiswig's fillet-brazed chromoly hardtail.

NAHBS 2019 Btchn BIkes
Because it is....
NAHBS 2019 Btchn Bikes detail.
Clamp-type dropouts are clean looking.

NAHBS 2019 Btchn BIkes
Old school meets new-school: Sweet, 45mm-reach triangulated handlebar.



NAHBS 2019 Black Sheep suspension bike.
My favorite titanium bike at the show, by Black Sheep Bikes in Colorado

NAHBS 2019 My favorite titanium bike at the show by Black Sheep BIkes in Colorado
Big wheels with 2.6" tires don't need much suspension travel.
NAHBS 2019 Black Sheep flex stays The sleeve on the right is a telescoping chain adjustment feature in case you want to convert it to a single speed.
Flex stays eliminate the swingarm pivot. The telescoping chainstay is a chain adjustment for single-speed use.

NAHBS 2019 Black Sheep detail Graphics are a combination of anodizing and sand blasting.
Graphics are a combination of anodizing and abrasive blasting.
NAHBS 2019 Black Sheep detail
Curves everywhere, and yes, they're expensive.







102 Comments

  • + 36
 I'd like to get a video of pushing the brakes on the Pubemobile please
  • + 30
 Where is the Pubesmobile?!
  • + 24
 Good on that University builder. An Industrial Designer with knowledge of engineering. Rare combo.
  • - 2
 I’d say if you don’t have both in your head in at least 30/70% and you plan working in a bigger organization, you will have a hard time... then have some room left for check and balances. You have to be able to communicate with other people, that involves understanding their needs and motivations.
  • - 2
 "...Badiane said he entered the class to ground his education in industrial design in reality..."

Reality in a fat bike? That's funny.

Looks great. Good work!
  • + 2
 Absolutely gorgeous rear end on that bike, too.
  • + 12
 You got that right. Hands on should be mandatory for engineering and design students. Works great in Germany.
  • + 1
 @RichardCunningham: I find it rather weird how this can even be a question... and in many comments from adult people I read that engineer has to come first bladi bla. In design process in construction industry, if you cannot have basic hands on knowledge and at least fundamental understanding of what other specialists do, you are burned... anyone can lock themselves in a room and "optimize" their little world. You won't get anywhere far if you have grandiose ideas about how a product should look and work, and even if you put it together somehow, stretching all others involved to your wish, the chance it will suck is big. Guess what, if you don't have a water bottle in the front triangle of anything else than a FR/DH bike, you are at disadvantage to everyone who has, your checks and balances are going down. So you can stuff your grandiose, perfect optimized suspension system in your anti squat. If you can't design kinematics around it, then sorry...
  • + 1
 They started this program the year after I graduated. I've heard nothing but great things about the instructor and the over all course.
  • + 2
 @WAKIdesigns: Grandiose, perfectly optimized suspension system with your anti squat is kinematics.
  • + 2
 @pinkbike-engineer: in Soviet Russia Yoda speaks perfect English
  • + 1
 @RichardCunningham: I don't even mean hands on but practical. I've seen too many concept bikes with front swing arms and floating handlebars, come on there is no possible way to execute that. or spokeless wheel designs that would never work properly. Don't even get me started on the organic concept stuff that look like someone soft-served a dog turd for a top tube.
  • + 1
 @RichardCunningham: suspect of the engineers that can’t swing a hammer.
  • + 17
 Gulf Racing - the most abused classic livery in the history of color schemes
  • + 0
 Whew! For a second there I suspected I was the only one who thought that. It's not even a pretty color match - orange and baby blue. Great for advertising your oil company on a racing car travelling at 150mph, but a bike? No thanks.
  • + 19
 Gulf Livery is the best Livery. Fight me.
  • + 1
 @atourgates: JPS. Finishing move.
  • + 2
 @JTepic: I take your JPS and raise you Martini livery
  • + 15
 Do any of these bikes come with wax for the fancy mustache that's also required to saddle up?
  • + 1
 I like the humor but I'll have you notice that most women can't grow mustaches. It's 2019 bro.
  • + 3
 @cedrico: They can wax elsewhere.
  • + 9
 Looking at this I have to slap myself to make sure this isn't a time warp of the same bikes I saw at Interbike in the late 80's and early 90's. My god man try and keep up. It shows you the industry aside from some suspension dynamics, drivetrain refinements and CF has not really changed much in 30 years.
  • + 11
 That Corvid is a thing of beauty. I would love to give that hardtail a good pedaling.
  • + 4
 I have one of their 29er hardtails. It’s rad! I haven’t been reaching for my FS since I got it...
  • + 4
 Me too. Luckily it's mine and that frame is currently in my garage being built up.
  • + 2
 Corvid party coming to a trail near you!
  • + 2
 Such a clean line. I hope RSD notices.
  • + 1
 @n1ck: #twinning
  • + 1
 @jon-boy: and the snow is finally melting. Perfect timing!
  • + 7
 @twozerosix: @pandafoo: Just to follow up with our previous conversation, I count 4 or 5 bikes in this post alone that would have been a better choice for "Best Mountain Bike".
  • + 8
 Wait... Brad Hodges as in Nemesis Project Brad Hodges??? I thought that scammer was finally banned from the industry... who the heck gave him floor space?
  • + 3
 The same address is listed for WH Bamford and nemesis project so it seems likely.
  • + 2
 Weak!!!
  • + 7
 Dear Susan.. That's the ugliest fucking bike I have ever seen Warm Wishes, Uncle Robby
  • + 1
 Dear Susan, Stop.
  • + 5
 Sometimes, just because you can build something, doesn’t mean that you should.
  • + 0
 Exactly! My eyes are bleeding...
  • + 2
 Sad not to see any modern full suspension bikes (other than the CalPoly DH sled) in any of the coverage. Rick Hunter build a new XC fully that was at the show and few shots of it. Would think that the PB coverage would have sought out the more relevant bikes to it's reader base.
  • + 4
 Please spell people's names right, especially when their names are the names of their business(and painted onto the bikes)
harrumph, Sycip, Weis.
  • + 5
 OH MAN!! that Oddity Klunker !!!
  • + 1
 The creativity evident in all of these builds is staggering. I wish colour-matched suspension forms like the one on the Dekerf were a more common thing and can’t wait to see what Allied has to offer the mountain bike market.
  • + 2
 The Dekerf looks like a Production Privée Shan 917: www.production-privee.com/fr/produit/917-gt1
  • + 1
 @zoobab2: definite similarities. Dekerf took it a step further with the custom painted fork. Both companies took inspiration from the famous Gulf livery known to motorsports fans everywhere. I’d love to see forks matched to more bikes.
  • + 4
 Is facial hair mandatory to get in?
  • + 4
 That Black Sheep titanium soft tail monster is such a piece of porn
  • + 2
 James is a wizard. Has taught a lot of people what is possible with Titanium
  • + 2
 How does the flex stay on the black sheep full sus work? Seems like there'd be way too much force being put through that weld.
  • + 1
 You think that is a lot more stress on a flex stay than one with a bearings or bushes?
Flex stay flexes, that is a clue?
  • + 2
 It's why it has a long yoke. That thin piece of titanium has a lot of flex. The Spot Mayhem has a pivot on its flex link but its interesting how different materials are used in different ways to accomplish the same goal.
  • + 1
 @aljoburr: flexing a piece of titanium introduces a lot more stress to the metal than ball bearings rolling as the swingarm pivots.
  • + 3
 @CullenHerring: Depends on the elastic limit of the material, Titanium can deform quite a bit without stressing it to where it is likely to fail
  • + 1
 Just have to design for those added loads. Bearings allow the elimination of moments(torque) in one direction. Flex stays reduce that moment to a degree and you just have to design the joint to take it. More weld area is one way. This type of joint is very common in f1 suspension a arms. :https://goo.gl/images/sHzsTE
  • + 3
 Seeing all these wonderful Creations gives me Faith in humanity that there are still plenty of quality Craftsman alive.
  • + 2
 Those guys build amazing bikes but whoever prepared the track bikes single speeds for the show don't know hoe to tension the chain properly. So much sagging
  • + 2
 It’s a boy! Let’s name him Hyacinthe so the bullies at school won’t target him... it worked so well for his older siblings, Begonia and Daffodil now didn’t it?
  • + 1
 so much coverage, yet only one picture posted of the pubesmobile in all the coverage combined? Thats like covering a WC DH round without mentioning Gwin, Minnaar, or Bruni.
  • + 3
 Dear Susan Bikes look like a Dr. Seuss bike
  • + 3
 Tyler Reiswig's hardtail looked mean!
  • + 2
 That was one of my favourites too
  • + 1
 Weird to see many builds with chinese made cc wings cranks rather than noam made white industries, raceface. Lightening etc....
  • + 1
 I don't think they're made in China. Someone posted it on the review page yesterday.
  • + 1
 @DarrellW: they are made in taiwan
  • + 4
 BTCHN'
  • + 1
 That bike is seeeexxxyyyy! 3
  • + 3
 That island hopper is beautiful. Great looking all around bike.
  • + 7
 Unless the builder is the same Brad Hodges formerly of Nemesis Project. Dude scammed multiple people in the industry out of alot of money.
  • + 2
 @zdubyadubya: That's a bummer. His bike is one of the few practical, rideable looking bikes.
  • + 2
 Spell check on the Sycip yo. NAHBS was amazing this year.
  • + 2
 Typo. Known the brothers almost since they founded the brand.
  • + 1
 @RichardCunningham: heck yeah! Obviously I'm a proud owner of one of their creations. pennies on the chainstays etc.
  • + 1
 That "Dear Susans" bike looks very familiar. Looks a lot like the CST mtb from the early 90s. Love it. All really beautiful!
  • + 2
 Wheel dish tool with feeler guage is...exessive.
  • + 1
 Maybe for some people, but It’s adds an quantifiable measurement to a subjective one. A wheel could be dished “close” or it could be dished within .5 mm. It’s No different than using dial gauges on a truing stand instead of just eyeballing it.
  • + 1
 @Verg: actually it is different to a trueing stand as a dishtool has magnifier effect with doubling the offset with rimdiameter then doubling it again by switching sides and tipping the tool. Dish tools are cool like that even the most basic one will get you 4x the smallest eyeball tolerance with relative measurements rather than absolute.
  • + 1
 4 times smaller than eyeball tolerance that is..
  • + 1
 the only way to more hipsterfy this would be to host it in Portland next year.
  • + 1
 Already done in 2008 @preach
  • + 1
 @chezotron: but they've up'ed their hipsteryness to 1000% since then

www.youtube.com/watch?v=DpHIkX2NxCQ
  • + 1
 that Oddity tho. Bored with your trails? Add that to your stable. Even if only in dreams....
  • + 2
 I know I'll get downvoted for this, but I just don't get it.
  • + 2
 They're MAKERS. Duh. Half the visitors will be at the pallet-wood furniture expo tomorrow.
  • + 2
 I will not downvote you but honestly work with a bike builder and get something custom at some point in your life. It is a fun experience. We have a few of them in our house and we aren't hipsters just like to support small business and get a tailored product.
  • + 2
 @Sycip69er: I have a custom made titanium hardtail, where I worked with the welder to get my geometry dialed. Its fun, and the bike rides fantastic. However, its a practical mountain bike. Most of the bikes here aren't practical for anything, and beauty is in the eye of the beholder, or so they say.
  • + 1
 @hamncheez: yeah. At NAHBS the builders generally have two types of bikes. Practical builds to attract buyers and over the top builds to attract the press and the judges. People here judging on over the top builds are missing the standard builds. Some folks like English and Oddity just do cool weird stuff. Mosaic and Desalvo builds a lot of standard stuff.
  • + 3
 Hipsters rejoice!
  • + 1
 good to see the most important park tool was incorporated into the display...the pizza cutter
  • + 1
 Nice bike show....but who is the woman in the NAHBS videos?
  • + 1
 I would like a Black Sheep made by Oddity.
  • + 1
 The only bike with the matching pump has a flat tire. Anyone else notice?
  • + 1
 weis manufacturing track bike, Chain upside down loose af-
  • + 1
 All the track bikes have saggy chains, Maybe it's a thing?
  • + 1
 best NAHBS show so far! excellent turnout
  • + 1
 Titanium Joe has a high opinion of himself, eh!
  • + 1
 That Dekerf is almost perfect...
  • + 1
 Although it's a waste to do that to titanium.
  • + 0
 @DarrellW: Painting titanium isn't blasphemy. Maybe so if you are a die hard Moots owner.
  • + 1
 PB stealing The Radavists bread and butter!
  • + 2
 I LOVE ROAD BIKES
  • + 1
 FUCKING EPIC!
  • - 3
 So much GAY shit!
  • + 1
 huh?
  • + 1
 lucky for you im a massive homosexual!!!

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