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Old 04-07-11, 07:40 AM   #1
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Sick looking cross bikes at the NAHBS - plenty of pics

Amazing stuff at the Handmade Bike Show. Going there really fired me up for buying another made in USA frame...


Richard Sachs CFR ATMO


Speedvagen


Cielo by Chris King


Vanilla by Sacha White


Tom Ritchey


Chris DeSalvo


Vertigo Cycles
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Here are some more pictures from the above framebuilders, and others that were there too:

Richard Sachs has such a rabid following that you should be prepared for a seven year wait for one of his frames.


Vertigo.
He had a 29er, a 26er, an around town grocery getter (with handmade titanium racks) and a belt drive SS cross bike.
I spoke with him for 15 or 20 minutes and came away even more impressed than when I saw his internal ti hydrolic
brake tube routing on his 29er. (sick)

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Headtube detail - machined to his specs. It's hard to see the horizontal lines on the headtube
from the machining, but when you touched it with a fingernail, it was like the 'ridges' on an
old vinyl record, only at a much more precise scale. I thought it was very cool.

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the chainstays...

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and the seatstays were beautiful

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seatstay detail: the thin line about an inch up from the dropout was the 'cut' in the seastay
to install the gates belt. You can see for yourself how precise his tolerances are.

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Speedvagen/Vanilla had a huge booth. Very eye catching paint jobs but the true beauty was in the frame details.

Here is Vanilla (only custom frames, no production runs, limited #'s)
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"V" dropout

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pauls, enve, tubulars

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arcs and curves

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front brake cable routed through custom stem

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dugast tubulars

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tuned record levers


brake cable housing enters underneath stem, exits under stem (so clean)
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Olive Green Speedvagen



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handpainted Chris King hubs

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dropout faceplate detail

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handpainted pauls

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rear brake routing, 'seatpost' detail

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custom painted enve fork and stem

Golden Speedvagen

carbon saddle provides another canvas

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Rainbow Speedvagen
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Completely wet painted.
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and chris king hubs too
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Ritchey


I love Ritchey gear - it would be awesome to have one of his frames.




Cielo
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the "Cielo" is polished chrome (it just looks black in the picture)


The top cap of the headset and the moots stem are one piece - beautiful tiny welds!

DeSalvo

DeSalvo's name etched/engraved on one side of the frame

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Bilenky
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Black Sheep from Colorado. I don't know if you'd call it cross but I think it's cool.

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Peacock Groove had a lot of details to take in on their bikes

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Sylvan wooden bike with Ti lugs. Unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to talk with him about his bike.


All the cross bikes were sick, but I love that Vertigo...

In the coming days I might post some more photos of the road/track bikes, the mountain bikes and the other bikes that defy categories. If you want to see those other pics, please tell me. Thanks for reading. It took me a while to prepared this post.
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Year after year, nothing beats the Sachs bikes for beauty, class, and functionality.
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Old 04-10-11, 05:58 PM   #9
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I don't think you can beat Tom Ritchey bikes, the craftsmanship is amazing and that color is perfect. What is the deal with the side allen bolt on that Moots stem?

I think the best lugged bike I have seen is by Merlin, they had a lugged Ti/Carbon bike, the shop I go to has one waiting to be worked on and everytime I go I just look at.
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The speedvagen paint jobs are growing on me but I still think those first gen matte army green ones with a lot less lettering/decals were boss.
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