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Sunday night here, so time to scour the web for NAHBS photos.

Not masses of surprises so far, but definitely a surprise to see Ritchey frames back and the resurrection of the P-Series (In this case, the P-29er), and some good stuff from Chris King including a 44mm Tapered headset, as well as stainless and Titanium top caps so they can be integrated into custom stems. As well as some weird headset I don't fully understand.







Photo Links:

Cyclingnews.com Part.1
Cyclingnews Part.2

Urban Velo 1
Urban Velo 2
Urban Velo 3

Don Meredith's Flickr

Urban Jeff's Flickr

Bike Portland's Flickr

Props to Mikey for just throwing his frames in a shopping trolley.

 

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Yeah, the King stuff looks good.

Is that Engin bonded Ti or blasted stainless?

Bronto looks promising.. love the ANT and Victorias... expensive nostalgia trip but I can't help it.

Nothing Earth shattering that I've seen yet.. colour ways aye yay yay.

Props to Ritchey for leveraging NAHBS with a few one-off handmades to promote his new made in Taiwan frames. GO TOM!

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Retro paintjob P-21 = cool.

The fact that the downtube is bent and the HS in integrated = meh.

Carbon fork = blasphemous! It should be steel and there should be a Softride stem.




Okay, maybe just the steel fork.
 

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After reading the CN article and staring at the CK headset picture a bit, I *think* the new King HS is an external cup that brazes onto the outside of the HT and overall allows for a slightly small OD HT in substitute for a "standard" 44mm setup. I think.

BTW, thanks Warwick & Joel for the links
 

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As much as in some ways Naked makes ridiculous bikes, I think sometimes they're maybe taking the retro theme and actually taking it somewhere aside from 1923 like everyone else is. Dunno how functional this bike is, but it does have some great ideas as well as being nicely resolved conceptually



 

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Not sure who made this, but it has 'Best in Show' written all over it.

Shiney? Check.
Leather? Check.
Genreless? Check.
Over the Top? Check.



Props to Sean for busting out something innovative in Ti. Really sweet frame that ticks all the modern Ti hardtail boxes.

 

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Thylacine said:
As much as in some ways Naked makes ridiculous bikes, I think sometimes they're maybe taking the retro theme and actually taking it somewhere aside from 1923 like everyone else is. Dunno how functional this bike is, but it does have some great ideas as well as being nicely resolved conceptually
Whoa, how the heck does that front hub work? If both sides of the fork are the same, I can't figure out how it went in there or how it would be removed for service. That is one seriously slick touch.
 

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Speaking of amazed and bewildered, Best in Show announcements.

I was wondering, can someone please explain to me how a copy of a Van Gogh can win 'best paint'?
 

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Whoa, how the heck does that front hub work? If both sides of the fork are the same, I can't figure out how it went in there or how it would be removed for service. That is one seriously slick touch.
Just got back from the show and I had the same question when I saw that. There is a little window under the fork on one side and its held in by a very small screw.

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I look at those pedals and I see my insurance premiums going up

At least there was no ridiculous metal-tube seat on any of the bikes that won an award this year.
 

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I concure with Bishop and Rosene...

Naked got the official 'your so much better than everyone else at making show stoppers your out of the competition' award.

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I didn't come back with a lot that really amazed me. Had a nice talk with Sean from Vertigo, good conversation with the guys from Nova about bent 29er downtubes and double oversize lugs, drank a little whiskey with Don Ferris.

The rest of my time in Austin was spent riding my bike, drinking IPAs and Shiner, sampling BBQ (sorry Austin, you got nothin' on KC) and having a general good time with weird ass bike people.
 

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Thylacine said:
Not sure who made this, but it has 'Best in Show' written all over it.

Shiney? Check.
Leather? Check.
Genreless? Check.
Over the Top? Check.
Warick,

Not only did it have hand done custom leather, it also was complimented by aligator brake hoods and the center section down the saddle. I'll have to post the pictures I took but I left the camera at home today.

It also has custom master cylinders that route both the front and rear hoses completely through the bar and to the dropout on the fork w/ a fitting on the fork (and if that's not enough, the carbon fork is also chrome plated). The rear goes all the way down to the rear dropout and all the Rohloff cables are internal as well. I thought it was a little garish with all the gold leaf and chrome, but it was excellently executed and down right impressive and certainly deserved an award. Seems he said something about $30k US to build....

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Schmitty said:
I concure with Bishop and Rosene...
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The Rosene was "best in show" if you ask me. I went straight to it on Saturday after the doors opened so I could take some pictures without anyone else around--even beat Rosene there. The detail on it was perfect and the curved KVA was elegant and but not overdone. He was a nice guy too, mentored under DaveB so it's no surprise that I liked his work. I should have just guessed I suppose. FWIW, I believe it's his 7th frame.
 
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