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The best handmade bicycles from the North American Handmade Bicycle Show

The North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS) is a celebration of hand built bicycles and one of the highlights of the event is when the judges pick the best bikes on show. No easy task when there are 180 exhibitors. This year the award categories are broken down into three categories of Riding Discipline, Construction, and Overall Design. 

British frame builders have done well this year, with Donhou Bicycles landing the Best Cyclocross Bike award with the DSS3, while Enigma Bicycles picked up the coveted President’s Award with the Exemplar. 

Riding Discipline

Fully complete bikes, paint and component choices factor into the judging (aesthetic impact and correctness of the discipline)

Best City Bike/ Utility Bike - Shamrock Cycles

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Best Road bike - David Kirk

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Best Mountain Bike - Skylar

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Best Cyclocross Bike - Donhou

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Best Gravel Bike - Mosaic Cycles

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Best Track Bike - LOW

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Best Tandem Bike - Santana

Best Experimental Bike - Rock West Composites

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Best Artisan Bike - Black Sheep

Construction

Construction categories: All bikes presented for the construction categories (lugged, fillet brazed, TIG-welded and carbon layup) are presented as naked frames. To make the frames easier to inspect, they are presented with a fork, headset and stem. Painted bikes are deemed ineligible. 

Best Fillet Frame - David Kirk

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Best TIG Frame - Eriksen

Best Carbon Layup - Alchemy

Overall Design

Theme: These are complete bicycles with a description of the theme, concept or heritage the frame builder is portraying. These bicycles will be judged with an eye toward the overall execution of the theme.

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Best New Builder - SaltAir

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Best Columbus Build - Breadwinner

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Campy Award - No. 22

Best Theme - Peacock Groove

Best Finish - Black Magic Paint

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People’s Choice- Tallerico

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President’s Choice - Enigma Bicycles

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Best In Show - Peacock Groove

Which is your pick from the show?

David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.

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pedalpowerDC [375 posts] 1 year ago
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I've got Santana, Eriksen, and a couple others on my list for a racing tandem!

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captain_slog [449 posts] 1 year ago
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Some beauties here.

+1 to Peacock Groove for trying to play his award.

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Freddy56 [320 posts] 1 year ago
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stunning, shows we are all sheep.

first bike should be halfords.

ricing bikes should be from the ind bike shop as you will smash em.

10 years in we should all get made to measure with soul

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trohos [52 posts] 1 year ago
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State of art.