NAHBS 2018 – 6 Bizarre Bicycles You Cannot Pigeonhole

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We’ve already brought you a love-in of handmade mountain bikes – or flat barred knobbly tyred bikes anyway. For our second instalment of bikes from the North American Handmade Bike Show (NAHBS), we’re bringing you bikes of confusion. There are dropper posts, there are knobbly tyres, there are suspension forks…and there are drop bars.

Defying definition and tearing up the rule book, we bring you the We’re Not Sure Whats.

1. Appleman

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The not so excitingly named FR-213 is a carbon fibre bikepacking fat bike with a Lauf fork, Rohloff hub and belt drive. Only a pro climber could squeeze any tighter into a niche.

2. Calfee Bikes

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This well-known Californian company specialises in carbon fibre and bamboo construction. This carbon fibre number has a dropper and suspension fork. We’d be a bit scared going over anything bumpy enough to use them with those skinny seat stays.

3. Dean Bikes

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With S and S coupling and suspension front and rear, we’re divided in the office. Some of us have sore eyes. Who knew that titanium isn’t always beautiful?

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4. DeSalvo Cycles

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This titanium bike is the result of a competition to design a bike. Conor Urian submitted his John Tomac inspired bike called the Tomacular Spectacular.

5. Moots

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This is a prototype gravel softail. This bike will fit (shown) 27.5 x 2.25in and can switch to a set of 700 x 45mm.

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6. Ascari Bikes

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This has absolutely no business being on the pages of this site, except that it’s so bonkers that surely only Chipps could pull off the outfit needed to ride this thing. No suspension, no knobbly tyres, but lots of leather string.

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The rubies are an optional extra. Hell, why not.

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Copper and brass brazed detailing is everywhere.

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Wooden rims!

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We recommend you save this bike for dry and dusty conditions.

Comments (4)

  1. >skinny seat stays.

    Quite a day for seat stays.
    I imagine they are flattened and only appear thin in the section you can see. Sadly, they’re flattened in the wrong direction for it to have any significant effect on the rear triangle. Stays tend to flare outwards, but that’s not what people believe, so the emperors new seat stays will probably work fine.
    Rear triangles are very stiff. They are triangles. This has historically been a rigid structure, though clearly this may change under Brexit.

  2. I could never bring myself to buy a bike with a Lauf fork. Just. Too. Ugly. But there are some beauties here.

  3. I think they could all be reasonably pigeonholed as minging. HTH.

  4. The Appleman ‘fat-packer’ also has S&S couplers just to add another niche tag. n+1 to the power of niche

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