The 2017 North American Handmade Bicycle Show was hosted in Salt Lake City over the weekend with companies from across the continent gathering in Utah to put their craftsmanship on display. With so many carefully considered builds on the showroom floor here are five that caught our eye.
Allied Cycle Works Alfa
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The newly launched Arkansas-based company is hand-making carbon machines in Little Rock after buying assets from the defunct Canadian bike company Guru. The Alpha is the companies first frame model and is a monocoque composite frame with this build featuring Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 R9150. Allied announced the Alfa in January. The company was founded by Tony Karklins, who ran Orbea U.S. and former Specialized engineer Sam Perkins.
The newly announced Alchemy Kratos is a front suspension adventure bike. The bike’s main feature is the new Fox AX suspension fork which has 40 mm of travel but has yet to be officially announced. It’s Fox’s first foray into suspension optimized for use on the road. The Denever-based company has billed the titanium Kratos as an adventure bike ready for any surface be it gravel, dirt, singletrack or pavement. As an adventure frame, it is decked out with rack mounts making it a choice frame for bike packers. The frame also has plenty of clearance able to fit 45 mm rubber.
Breadwinner Cycles Lolo
This eye-catching paint job on Portland-based Breadwinner Cycles steel road machine was certainly a stand-out entry at the show. The mostly white frame is outfitted with a SRAM Red 22 hydraulic disc brake groupset.
This Mosaic gravel machine brought home a prize from the weekend for the best gravel bike. The adventure bike segment was certainly on full display at NAHBS and there is no arguing with this build which features full fenders, Dura-Ace Di2, hydraulic disc brakes, Enve wheels and a trusty frame pump. The Boulder, Colorado-based company knows how to assemble a top-notch gravel bike.
WH Bradford Yeti Ultimate Tribute Bike
The teal frame with purple accents certainly stood out in front of the WH Bradford space themed set up at NAHBS. John Parker, the former owner of Yeti, posed with the tribute bike which took it’s cues from the 1988 Yeti Ultimate frame that was originally built for a design challenge. By 1990 the Ultimate was Yeti’s top-selling frame and the modern rendition of the bike my Sacremento, California-based WH Bradford featured an updated geometry, Boost spacing and plus tires.