2015 NAHBS – March 6-8 - The Kentucky International Convention Center
2015 NAHBS News
Photos of NAHBS Award Winners:

The following is a gallery of all the 2015 NAHBS Award winners, beginning with category winners and moving on to overall winners. All photos by Nathan Roberson:  


Speed from Down Under Velocity began as a wheel and wheel component builder in Brisbane, Australia back in 1989. Imports to the U.S. began in 1994, and by 2012 all wheels for the North American market were being produced in Velocity’s new rim production facility in Jacksonville, Florida. Despite this state-of-the-art new facility, Velocity still […]

2015 NAHBS Award Winners – Sunday:

The 2015 NAHBS Award winners in the Overall Categories are: People’s Choice: Mars Cycles Best New Builder: Love Baum President’s Choice: Ron Sutphin Best in Show: Groovy Cycleworks Photos of our overall winners may be found at our Facebook page. Congrats to all our overall winners!

Campagnolo Awards:

For the second year, iconic Italian brand Campagnolo sponsored an award for the Best Campagnolo-Equipped bicycle. This year saw 25 entrants. Honorable Mention went to Julie Ann Pedalino of Pedalino Bicycles Third Place – Harvey Cycle Works Second Place – Cherubim First Place – Sarto Photos may be found at our Facebook page.

Mars Cycles:

Out of this World Casey Sussman, builder of Mars Cycles, studied the art of fillet brazing at The Bicycle Academy, in Frome, England. He is the only American to have attended their school. Sussman builds large-tubed steel race bikes using tapered headtubes.  Tubes are mitered by hand with a hacksaw and file.   Only about 25 frames […]

Matter Cycles:

Geometry and Grins Matter Cycles come from cycling mecca Boulder, Colo. and specialize in mountain bikes. Owner Collin Schaafsma says, “I occasionally make a bike with tires narrower then 40mm but it’s pretty rare.” Clean designs and fun geometry characterize Matter’s bikes. Schaafsma says,”Matter bikes are no nonsense machines made for having fun. I’m a […]

Altruiste Bicycle Company:

Unconventional Altruiste Bicycle Company come from the far east of Canada; the village of Notre-Dame in New Brunswick to be exact. Owner/Proprietor Gabriel Lang told us, “We’ve received over 11 feet of snow since the last week of January, so we’re really looking forward to our trip to Louisville. Hopefully we’ll have a break from […]

United Bicycle Institiute:

School of Bikes United Bicycle Institute, based in Oregon, has been teaching frame building for over 25 years. They are a licensed (Oregon Department of Education) private career school teaching bicycle frame building and bicycle mechanics. UBI is also approved by the Veterans Administration to accept US veterans under the Post 911/GI Bill.   You can […]

Rolf Prima:

Handmade Wheels for Handbuilt Bikes Rolf Prima has been building wheels since 2002 in Eugene, Oregon.  They hand-build high-end, performance based bicycle wheels for road, mountain, gravel adventure, cyclocross, track, tandem, town, folding and just about any type of riding you are into. Despite the Germanic or Nordic-sounding name of the wheels’ original inventor, Rolf Prima […]

“The Best Thing I Saw at NAHBS” – Day Two:

Cherubim, the custom builder from Japan, is a long time exhibitor at NAHBS, and in its six year tenure here, it has amassed seven awards, including “Best of Show” in Sacramento 2012 for its beautiful creation, a bike called “Humming Bird”. So why am I a bit surprised I chose a Cherubim as my favorite […]

REPETE Cycles:

Coming to America Race, win, REPETE. Not sure how this translates in Czech, but it just might be a good English tagline for this new NAHBS exhibitor from Prague. Mikolas Voverka represents the modern silver-brazed steel frame specialist, and explains that reports of steel’s death are greatly exaggerated. OK, yes, but we’ve heard that a […]

2015 NAHBS Award Winners – Saturday:

Straight from the notebook of awards jury chair Patrick Brady, here are today’s category winners: Best TIG-welded frame: Eriksen Cycles (Honorable Mention: Holland Cycles) Best Cyclocross bike: No. 22 Best Mountain bike: Retrotec Fat Bike (Honorable Mentions: Mooman and Funk) Best Road bike: Repete Best Tandem: Black Sheep Best City bike: Brodie Best Experimental bike: Sycip […]

Steve Potts Cycles:

Built to Ride Due to the epic snow storm just before NAHBS this year, many bikes were delayed in transit to the show. In the case of Steve Potts, only one of his three booth bikes, a partially painted gravel grinder, had made it to the Kentucky International Convention Center (though he also has bikes […]

Ceramic Speed:

Part of the Victory One of the many booths to have weather delayed shipments this year was the CeramicSpeed booth. In this case, the delayed package contained their highly anticipated Titanium pulley wheels, arguably the highest tech pulley wheels that have ever (or perhaps will ever) exist.   Co-developed with the Danish Technological Institute over […]

Sinewave Cycles:

Charging Forward Cambridge, Mass.-based Sinewave Cycles produces USB chargers for cell phones or other electronic devices, as well as dynamo hubs that generate power through the motion of pedaling. Sinewave proprietor David Dean’s love of touring and randonneuring inspired the creation of his products that enable the self-sufficiency required by those pursuits.   Reliability is […]


Slippery Stuff “It’s a total ‘Walter White’ situation at home.” “Is that why you’ve got the hat?”   Josh Simonds, wearing the iconic black, brimmed bowler featured by the “Breaking Bad” character, is the developer and hand-mixer (and hand-bottler, and hand-labeler) of the artisan lubricant brand. His self-proclaimed “star of the (Nixfrixshun) show” is the […]

Samurai Cycles:

Looking at the hundreds of beautiful bikes, it’s difficult to really stand out, but then you see the Samurai. Built to showcase their custom laser engraving and titanium welding, this bike looks like it comes from a modern art museum – from the future. Jointed welds (rather than bends) give this bike an angular aesthetic […]

NAHBS Seminar Report – Campagnolo:

Campagnolo Seminar NAHBS 2015 Presented by Buddy Spafford, Tech Service and Training Rep For 2015, Campagnolo’s revered Chorus, Record and Super Record cable-actuated gruppos are modified to accommodate changing frame designs and to mimic the characteristics of the electronic EPS groups. Starting with the Ergo shift levers, the body shape remains unchanged with a modified […]

Zen Cycles:

Geometry and Materials in Harmony Pair bike enthusiasts and experienced builders with an eye on modern design and functionality and you get Zen Cycles. David Woronets and Jonathon Sieber –  “bike geeks at heart”- have developed Zen Cycles as a project of passion to create the types of bikes they love to ride.   Normally […]

Fat Bikes at NAHBS:

Who We’re Calling “Fat” for 2015 As it has become de rigueur for major makers to offer at least one fat bike model, the 2015 NAHBS presents diverse visions concerning the burgeoning fat standard. Several offerings reflect a maturing of fat tires into a more traditional trail machine, such as the Eriksen Ti with carbon […]

Holland Cycles:

Superb Combinations of Titanium and Carbon Holland Cycles has set out to make an impression on serious road cyclists. With a background in racing from Cody Stevenson (CyclingNews Team, Jittery Joe’s), and with Bill Holland and Charles Wells handling manufacturing and custom wheel sets, each bike is a perfect fit for its rider.   Exogrid […]

Vlad Cycles:

New from New Jersey (not Transylvania) Vlad Cycles is a first-year exhibitor from Boonton, Morris County, Northern New Jersey. They build steel frames and forks designed for a specific rider and riding style using TIG welded construction. They build mountain, fat bikes, road race/touring and cyclocross frames.   Eponymous owner/proprietor Vlad Dolinsky explains his design […]


Exclusively for Everyone You might own a TEXmarket jersey or pair of shorts and not know it. They specialize in European production of cycling, running and triathlon sportswear, and they contract with over 50 different private label brands, and several ProTour teams. Now, your local club, team or coffee-shop run posse can experience custom, pro-level […]

“The Best Thing I Saw at NAHBS” – Day One:

Although my colleague Anna Schwinn beat me to the punch by profiling it first, I’m sticking with my nostalgic choice: the Team “Z” LeMond bike circa 1990, made by Calfee, and with Campagnolo C-Record components, including the beautifully sculpted Delta brakeset. When you look at the bike, if not for the brakes and the downtube […]

Kent Eriksen Cycles:

Stalwart Performer Anyone who has owned a Titanium bicycle will confirm the following statements: they are strong as hell, and when properly crafted they will last a lifetime. The same attributes might be said of Kent Eriksen’s eponymous bicycle company based in Steamboat Springs, Colorado (and also to Eriksen’s ability on a bicycle, from what […]

KC Bike Collective:

Killin’ It KC-Style Bikes, coffee and beer. Pick any two and you have a marriage made in heaven. OK, yeah, maybe not coffee and beer. Vincent Rodriguez of Velo+ and Maps Coffee Roasters in the Kansas City suburb of Lenexa sees the combination not as some illicit menage a trois, but as a family of […]

Selle Anatomica:

Take a Seat Selle Anatomica, of San Diego, works to improve on traditional saddle technology through the use of alternative technologies and approaches. Both their X-Series saddle (developed with their iconic comfort slot) and their NSX-Series saddle depart from traditional saddles of this type through the application of chrome tanned, rather than vegetable tanned, leather […]

Connor Wood Bicycles:

Beautiful Design, Uncompromising Functionality Six-Day track racers of the 1910s and 20s used to race on wooden rims, the same material that lined the short tracks they raced on. So is the use of wood in bicycle manufacture resigned to the same dustbin of history where American Six-Day racing now resides? Not so, says Chris […]


The Technology of Craftmanship It’s tempting to think of the handmade bike industry as a realm of intuition and instinct: one look at a rider by an experienced frame builder, and he can design the perfect bike for her, from the frame angles to the number of braze-ons desired. The reality is that the handmade […]

Funk Cycles:

Funky Paint and Pretty Welds Funk Cycles brought a substantial selection of beautifully welded Titanium framesets and bicycles to this year’s show. Front and center is owner Dave Muscianisi’s personal fully anodized cyclocross machine.  According to Dan Harvey, Funk Cycles’ resident finishing expert, it took 10 hours of processing by hand to complete the violet […]


Italian Favorite Along side the shiny new 11-Speed offerings, Campagnolo has brought back their “Best Campagnolo Build” competition. The Campagnolo booth is literally stuffed with show-stoppers, adorned with Campy components. My personal favorite is the carbon LeMond Team “Z” frame built and submitted by Calfee.  Featuring reinforcing carbon webs at the joints and appearing with […]

Throwing a Curveball:

In the home of the Louisville Slugger, baseball analogies work well. Although this title might be used to describe the March snowstorm that hit us the day before this year’s show started, it instead refers to a certain question asked of all the exhibitors profiled by the NAHBS News staff this year. The question is […]

2015 Show Ready to Launch!:

  Reports of our cancellation – or delay – have been greatly exaggerated. You might have heard a thing or two about this snow event that hit Louisville yesterday. While we don’t wish to minimize the plight of the good people of Kentucky who got walloped with close to two feet of snow to the […]

North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS) 2015 Kicks Off Tomorrow in Louisville, KY:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact Scott Kaier SMAK Strategies scott@smakstrategies.com 802-238-7577 North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS) 2015 Kicks Off Tomorrow in Louisville, KY Scheduled for March 6-8, NAHBS readies to showcase the best of the handmade bicycle world BOULDER, COLO. (For Immediate Release) – The North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS), the premier venue […]

News from NAHBS: Show Party, Ride Schedule, and more Newsworthy Exhibitors!:

In just three short days, NAHBS 2015 kicks off! Hard to believe it’s here already, but we’re really glad to see all of our hard work finally ready to pay off. We’re looking forward to connecting with everyone, catching up, and seeing all the great new bikes and gear. This will probably be the final […]

North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS) Proudly Announces Partnership with Bespoked:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact Scott Kaier SMAK Strategies scott@smakstrategies.com 802-238-7577 North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS) Proudly Announces Partnership with Bespoked US-Based NAHBS and UK-Based Bespoked to Co-Champion Artisan Framebuilders Worldwide BOULDER, COLO. (For Immediate Release) – The North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS), premier showcase for artisan framebuilders, is proud to announce a […]

North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS) Ramps Up for 2015 Show:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact Scott Kaier SMAK Strategies scott@smakstrategies.com 802-238-7577 North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS) Ramps Up for 2015 Show Scheduled for March 6-8 in Louisville, KY, NAHBS Reaches New and Diverse Audience BOULDER, COLO. (For Immediate Release) – The North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS), the premier venue and showcase for the […]

Chris Chance relaunches Fat Chance Bicycles at 2015 North American Handmade Bicycle Show:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact Scott Kaier SMAK Strategies scott@smakstrategies.com 802-238-7577 Chris Chance relaunches Fat Chance Bicycles at 2015 North American Handmade Bicycle Show Fat Chance to introduce newest Yo Eddy frames to the cycling public March 6-8 at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, KY MARIN, CALIF. (For Immediate Release) – Chris Chance, […]

Shimano Signs on as Show Sponsor for 2015 North American Handmade Bicycle Show:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact Scott Kaier SMAK Strategies scott@smakstrategies.com 802-238-7577 Shimano Signs on as Show Sponsor for 2015 North American Handmade Bicycle Show Bicycle component manufacturer Shimano to help support and grow artisanal framebuilding industry Louisville, KY. (Draft- not for Release) – The North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS) is proud to announce Shimano […]

News from NAHBS: Get Ready for the Media:

The team at NAHBS would like to see you get the most out of your experience at this year’s show and we consider our media attendees as one of the keys to your success. To that end, we’re sending some tips and information to help you engage with writers, editors, and journalists to get your […]

News from NAHBS: NAHBS Sponsors, Q&A, and Exhibitor News:

With just over three weeks until showtime, NAHBS is excited to share the most recent and noteworthy show news with you! First of all, we are proud to announce Shimano has signed on as a show sponsor. We are very happy to have such a heavy-hitter joining the show. Second, we have a Q&A with […]

News from NAHBS: NAHBS Partners with Bespoked:

This week, NAHBS is proud to announce a new partnership with Bespoked, the UK-based handmade bicycle show counterpart to NAHBS. This partnership will allow both shows to reach a broader audience and further promote the handmade bicycle industry around the world. A press release follows to bring you up to speed on the details, but […]

Connor Wood Bicycles Partners with Louisville Slugger, Creates Bike Made From Ash Wood Baseball Bat Billets:

Louisville, KY. (For Immediate Release) – This year’s North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS) will feature a bike built for one of Louisville’s signature brands, Louisville Slugger. Connor Wood Bicycles is working with Louisville Slugger to produce a wood bike made from Slugger’s ash wood baseball bat billets. Connor’s bikes are renowned for their beauty, […]

News from NAHBS: Fat Chance Bicycles Relaunches:

As a small, independent frame builder or speciality component manufacturer, NAHBS is a must-attend event. The opportunity to get your frames, parts, and accessories out in front of the bike enthusiast market is crucial to help grow your business and the high-end, handmade industry as a whole. For those of you who have registered, we’ll […]

News from NAHBS: Exhibitor Voices:

With a little more than two months to go before the official kickoff of the 2015 North American Handmade Bicycle Show (March 6-8 in Louisville, KY), we are busy making sure this year’s show will be one of the best so far. As of today, over 80 exhibitors have signed up to help themselves build […]

News from NAHBS: Have you registered for NAHBS 2015?:

To a select few, it’s more than just a bike. It is the culmination of a passion for cycling and a desire to create something truly unique and special. Frame building is elevated to an artform… perfect welds, premium tubing, and hand-carved lugs are the medium and every bike built is a tangible expression of […]

News from NAHBS: 3 Months Away + Ramping Up!:

In just 3 months, the best in the bike industry will be gathering in Louisville, KY for the 2015 NAHBS show. We hope you will be a part of this year’s show, March 6th-8th, which will include builders, exhibitors, buyers, and media (more on that below!) from around the world. For builders and exhibitors, NAHBS […]

Letter from Don Walker – NAHBS 2015 and Beyond:

Hello fellow builders, While over the past few months I’ve called and spoken with many of you, I want to take this opportunity to reach out to all of you who have exhibited at NAHBS in the past but who are on the fence or who have decided to forgo this year. My goal is […]

Sign up for NAHBS Now – Prices go up starting 11/16:

** REGULAR REGISTRATION ENDS NOVEMBER 15TH ** The deadline to register for the 2015 NAHBS show without any late fees is fast approaching. Exhibitors must register by Saturday November 15th to secure regular pricing! The 2015 show is being held March 6th – 8th, 2015 in Louisville, KY.   Just click on the appropriate link below […]

NAHBS Welcomes Campagnolo as Event Sponsor for the 2015 Show:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact Maria Hennessey SMAK Strategies maria@smakstategies.com 303.859.3317 NAHBS Welcomes Campagnolo as Event Sponsor for the 2015 Show Company to Sponsor “Best Campagnolo-Equipped Bike” Award (October 30th, 2014) – The North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS) is pleased to welcome Campagnolo as an event sponsor for the 2015 show. They will once again host the Best Campagnolo-Equipped Bike category in […]

News From NAHBS: 2015 Show Updates & Exhibitor Info:

THE COUNTDOWN IS ON! We are less than 20 weeks away from the 2015 NAHBS show & the wheels are turning. We are ramping up registration, finalizing new awards and show events (did someone say bike race?), and getting stoked on all that is to come for exhibitors and attendees this March 6th-8th. Read below […]

North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS) Selects SMAK Strategies as Public Relations Agency of Record:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact Maria Hennessey SMAK Strategies maria@smakstategies.com 303.859.3317  North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS) Selects SMAK Strategies as Public Relations Agency of Record (October 10th, 2014, Boulder, CO) – Effective immediately, The North American Handmade Bicycle Show, the world’s largest show for custom-built bicycles, has named SMAK Strategies as its PR agency […]