Shin-ichi Konno of Cherubim
For two years in a row, the NAHBS President’s Award has been won by Shin-ichi Konno, chief builder at Cherubim. Shin-ichi comes from a prestigious family of bicycle framebuilders. His father, Hitoshi Konno, started Cherubim in 1965 and built bikes for the 1968 Olympics. Shin-ichi’s brothers built frames under the brands 3Rensho and Miyuki.
Not only is Cherubim the only NJS certified builder at the show, Shin-ichi’s concept bikes display an unrivaled level of creativity, craftsmanship and ingenuity. Show attendees could not stop talking about his Speedmaster concept bike last year, and this year people were left speechless when they saw his retro-themed road bike.
Interestingly, Cherubim’s frames are not all that expensive—at least not in the world of custom bikes. An NJS keirin frame will set you back about $1400.
Visit www.cherubim.jp for more information.