Tough job, trying to give out three awards for the bikes that most appealed to us at grit.cx at the Bespoked Show. But after several laps of the show, we found some bikes that appealed to us. Actually, we found a whole load of bikes that appealed to us. Just some of which are below…
The awards ceremony took place at the end of the first day and a big crowd gathered to see 40-odd awards given out to a huge range of bikes and builders. There were awards for technical excellence, innovation and just nice bikes.
Let’s look at Ted James’ 953 bike. There was a lot of hidden work involved once you got past the smart, but plain paint.
The Bicycle Academy had a stand with many of its alumni present. It has done much to educate and promote framebuilding as a viable job for people who thought ‘What if…?’
Andrew from the Bicycle Academy and a panel of fellow builders and advocates got to put over their view in the small, but packed auditorium for talks like ‘So you want to be a framebuilder’.
Evanson Cycles also showed a monster cross/off road touring bike. Also dirty and also a bike that won our hearts. With the skinniest seatstays ever, but with front and rear thru-axles to re-add stiffness, it looked ready to take on some serious miles. A clever rack mount attached the front panniers to the thru-axle so that the carbon fork was untouched. The rack then attached up top by the stem. Neat.
There was another bike on the Evanson stand too – this Klein paint-inspired rough road machine.
And that’s just a sampler. Really, you had to be there, but we hope that it’ll give you a taste of what was on offer…
More details on the many winners and exhibitors can be found here.