The best of NAHBS 2013

February 28, 2013

Roving reporter Cass Gilbert reports from that festival of bling; the North American Handmade Bicycle Show 


This year’s North American Handmade Bicycle Show was its usual heady mix of the beautiful, the outlandish, and the decidedly obtuse. If at first glance it seemed a touch smaller than previous years, further exploration revealed no shortage of gems. Time trial machines, road bikes, fixies. Tandems, randonneurs, cargo bikes. Titanium, steel, carbon, wood and bamboo, all crafted with unmistakeable obsession and bike love.

Amongst the mountain biking bling, the 650b contingent was out in full force, with a generous handful of Sram XXI drivetrains sprinkled around too. Elbowing in on the ever-growing fatbike movement, Surly’s brand new 29+ platform wasted no time in establishing a presence, with many of the fat bikes built to squeeze in Surly’s taller 29x3in Knard tyre too. And the bikepacking clan seems to be burgeoning, with an assortment of framebags, belt drives and internal hubs gracing bikes built for hardened riders of the Tour Divide.

With two hundred exhibitors in Denver for 2013, here’s just a few handfuls of the more knobbly tyred machines that caught my eye…

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Here’s last year’s report so that you can see how things have progressed (or regressed…)


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