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.
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
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 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.