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Chrome Folsom Pants

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Ti Cycles Truss Fork Gravel Di2 NAHBS Bike

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This mash up of genres is a gravel bike from Ti Cycles, built around carbon 26″ wheels, an electronic Shimano Di2 Ultegra group, and that titanium truss fork. Neither mountain nor cyclocross, this is a one of a kind adventure bike. Built in Portland OR, this one is destined for some all day epics exploring endless gravel and dirt roads. www.ticycles.com

Engin Force CX1 Cyclocross at NAHBS

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The one goes to eleven. Engin’s latest titanium cyclocross bike is outfitted with the hot of the presses SRAM Force CX1 1×11 group and built for race day. Perhaps the only nod to riding besides racing is the single bottle mount for training rides where you just might get thirsty. www.engincycles.com

Cherubim NJS Track Bike at NAHBS

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Straight from the track to the show, this bike from Cherubim is beyond full NJS, it is heading back into active keirin duty. Years after the NJS ship sailed I still love the aesthetic and classic simplicity of steel NJS bikes. Cherubim makes some of the finest bikes around, and it was great to get a chance to see a raced-used rather than show bike up close. This very bike has gone very, very fast with piles of money on the line. www.cherubim.jp

Don Walker Throwback Stayer Bike at NAHBS

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This throwback stayer bike by Don Walker was making a repeat appearance at the show and I had to give it another shot. Stayer racing is a type of racing where people ride purpose built bikes like this within the draft of a motorcycle on a banked track, reaching pretty incredible speeds in the process. The “backwards” fork and braced saddle and bars are all meant for stability at speed. Newly built to resemble bikes from the 1950′s, this bike has custom Curtis Odom hubs and chainring and genuine wooden rims for that period look. www.donwalkercycles.com

Independent Fabrications Belt Drive Ti Travel Road Bike at NAHBS

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Independent Fabrication is well versed in belt drives and S+S couplings, and created this travel road single speed for this year’s show. No oversized luggage fees, no grease when you reassemble in some far off hotel room. www.ifbikes.com

ANT Bike Truss Fixed Gear at NAHBS

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ANT proprietor Mike Flanigan loves the old Iver Johnson truss bikes, and has made a number of modern models with the truss toptube design. Originally in place to strengthen weak tubes, today it’s mainly a matter of style and continues to build a durable frame. This fixed gear is meant for meandering road rides, and looks the place of turn of the century scorcher with today’s parts and handling. I could see many years of rides on a bike like this. antbikemike.wordpress.com

SyCip Titanium Kids Mountain Bike at NAHBS

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SyCip has been at it building steel bikes since 1992, but this is the first complete titanium bike Jeremy Sycip has built. It pays to be the daughter of a bike builder, as this tiny bike is as nice as a life long adult rider could ever truly need. I just love the segmented fork and throwback bullmoose bars, and can’t help but gawk at the custom Phil Wood headset and seatclamp. www.sycip.com

Airtight Cycles Möbius Aero Crit NAHBS

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Airtight Cycles out of Brooklyn, NY built this single speed crit racer. Dubbed the Möbius Aero Crit after the way that the staggered hellenic seat stays seemingly wrap around the top tube, the bike is an understated eye catcher. Check out those seatstay and chainstay end caps and the built up joint behind the headtube. www.airtightcycles.com

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