The best of NAHBS 2013

by Dave Anderson 10

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…)


Comments (10)

  1. Is that Go Rider about 3.5″ tall?

    Loving the thin twin top tubes on the English.

    Chris King disc road hubs… hmm…

  2. That’s exactly what I thought Kelvin. Some sort of fat bike model kit…

  3. I’m left feeling ‘Bikes are great, aren’t they.’ after seeing that lot.

    I wouldn’t want to own some of them but I can appreciate why other people might.

  4. “Independent Fabrications” Grrr 🙂

  5. Wow, just wow! I would particularly like the Black Sheep girvin-esque fork. I always liked mine, but the weakness seemed to be the shock itself…

  6. Cunningly welded Ti and steel formed into things of beauty? Yep. But when will the hand made backlash begin and see welders working in aluminium?

  7. Re the Go Rider. It was way bigger than it looks. At least 2 or 3 times as big.

  8. Some stunning stuff there – nice round up Cass. Was the Fat Chance the only 26″ bike there?

  9. Cheers Sam. Thinking about it, there were few rugged touring bikes with 26in, the older Potts, and 80s/early 90s Yeti, Fat Chance and Klein at the Spectrum Powderworks stand. I think all the new dedicated mountain bikes were indeed 650b or 29.

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