Handmade Bike Show Review Pt. 1; Video, Photo & Recap

Handmade bikes prove beauty is more than skin deep

And so another installment of the North American Handmade Bicycle Show is in the record books. For its 10th annual running the gypsy-like show tipped its hat to the east coast builders and landed in Hartford, CT. However, as it has proven every past year, no matter what city the show lands in, it never fails to impress. The NAHBS is undoubtedly the greatest little bike show in the world. With over 150 vendors, there was still much left to see and fall in love with after three days of traipsing the aisles.

In this first installment of RBA’s coverage we’ll be offering a mix of photos and videos that captured just some of the highlights found inside the convention center.

As seen in the video below, the titanium Mosaic RT1 with its “Alpine” paint scheme was thought by many to be one of the most beautiful bikes at the show.



This buffed-out Enigma took top honors in the Campagnolo Build contest owing to it’s Potenza gruppo that had an insane level of polishing, Every bike in the Enigma Bikes booth was worthy of an award…in fact another one of their bikes won the best finish award.


Here’s just a taste of what that Best Finish award winning Enigma looked like. All of the Campy components were painted to match the frame. It was stunning to see up close.


Straight outta Brooklyn with its severely asymmetrical rear triangle comes this aluminum track bike from Weis Mfctg.

Judges Special Award: No 22 Bicycle Company

With company origins in Canada, but a production facility in New York, No. 22 Bicycles has been producing the most eye-catching titanium bikes for years thanks in part to their tasteful use of anodizing. Better still, following the NAHBS show, this ward winning bike was headed to RBA for a future test…oh boy! Photo: NAHBS
Enigma Bikes once again wow’d the crowd with a collection of beautifully finished steel and titanium bikes. The paint details on the frame and Campagnolo components was incredible. Photo: NAHBS

Best Tandem Bike: Chapman Cycles
Best Track Bike: T°RED Bikes
Best Road Bike: J.P. Weigle
Best City/Utility Bike: SaltAir

Color helped do the trick for the SaltAir which also took the President’s Award honors. Photo: NAHBS

Best in Show Award: Altruiste Bicycle Company
President’s Choice: SaltAir
Best Lay Up Frame: Crumpton Cycles

The carbon meister Nick Crumpton is a repeat winner. His basic black, but meticulously built carbon frames are made at his one-man factory in Austin, Texas. Photo: NAHBS

Additional awards from select sponsors were also given:
Columbus Award: Don Walker Cycles, Sklar, Stinner Frameworks
Silca Award: FiftyOne Bikes

Aidan Dunn  (r) and Arron Marsh are the two guys behind FiftyOne bikes which is based in Dublin, Ireland. Custom built carbon bikes are their game and their local painter produced a booth full of some of the most eye-catching bikes at the show. Both the frame and Silca pump share the same paint job which is meant to mirror the reflection of some tall office buildings. Photo: NAHBS


Following two of the show’s most successful years, for 2019 NAHBS will once again return to  the Sacramento Convention Center March 15-17, 2019 for a third go-round in the NorCal spot. Hope to see you there.


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