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The 2017 NAHBS show winners: Beautiful handmade bicycles from Donhou, Alchemy, No.22, Breadwinner, Enigma Bicycles and more

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


Best Road bike - David Kirk


Best Mountain Bike - Skylar


Best Cyclocross Bike - Donhou


Best Gravel Bike - Mosaic Cycles


Best Track Bike - LOW


Best Tandem Bike - Santana

Best Experimental Bike - Rock West Composites


Best Artisan Bike - Black Sheep


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


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.


Best New Builder - SaltAir


Best Columbus Build - Breadwinner


Campy Award - No. 22

Best Theme - Peacock Groove

Best Finish - Black Magic Paint


People’s Choice- Tallerico


President’s Choice - Enigma Bicycles


Best In Show - Peacock Groove

Which is your pick from the show?

David worked on the tech team from 2012-2020. Previously he was editor of 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, and you can now find him over on his own YouTube channel David Arthur - Just Ride Bikes

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