The small but mighty group of mountain bikes at NAHBS was an eclectic mix of old and new. The show included the return of a legendary steel builder, new carbon mountain bike layups, and everything in between. While the number of mountain bikes may have been low, the level of quality was sky high.

Alchemy 29er

Alchemy Bicycle Company

Alchemy's handmade carbon frames certainly stuck out in the sea of titanium and steel bikes at NAHBS. Alchemy's carbon hard tail 29er was especially revered due to the innovative new molding processes developed specifically for this bike. Using trapped rubber molding, Alchemy builders created a durable and great riding frame that weighs in at only 1,100 grams.

Alchemy 29er

Sleek internal routing options make for a clean build.

More info: www.alchemybicycles.com
Price: $3950 frame, fork, headset
Availability: Four stock sizes available starting in May

Black Cat Bicycles

Black Cat Bicycles

Based out of Santa Cruz, California, Black Cat Bicycles embodies the laid back attitude of this small surf town. The curved seat tube wraps around the rear wheel creating a laid back feel to the bike. However, with Santa Cruz's world-renowned mountain bike trails just out the door from Black Cat's shop, this mountain bike is sure to rip.

Black Cat Bicycles

Small but interesting additions like this dual tubed stem make Black Cat's bike stand out. With a two-year waiting list, Black Cat bikes were some of the most sought-after at the show.

More info: www.blackcatbicycles.com
Price: $2700 frame
Availability: 2 years

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Eriksen Titanium Mountain Bike

Eriksen

Eriksen's titanium mountain bike was a beautiful mix of craftsmanship and innovative technology. This particular bike was one of only a few full suspension mountain bikes at NAHBS.

Eriksen's Brad Bingham developed the rear shock system. The young innovator has helped push Eriksen bikes to another level with technological advances and inventive bike components.

Eriksen Titanium Mountain Bike

A custom wheel yolk was developed and built in-house specifically for Eriksen titanium mountain bikes.

More info: www.kenteriksen.com
Price: $5500 frame
Availability: 8 weeks

Fat Chance Yo Eddy

Fat Chance Bicycles

Legendary mountain bike builder Chris Chance was welcomed back into the frame building business at NAHBS. After announcing his intent to return at Interbike last September, Chance received a ton of social media support and encouragement. With the mountain bike community backing his return, Chance started a Kickstarter crowd sourcing campaign and raised $130,000 to get production up and running.

Fat Chance Yo Eddy

For the right price, Kickstarter backers will receive an updated edition of Fat Chance Bicycles' signature Yo Eddy mountain bike.

Fat Chance Yo Eddy

Chance showcased an assortment of old and new Yo Eddy bikes at NAHBS. The black, purple, and dark red bikes were built in 1987, 1991, and 1998 respectively.

More info: www.fatchancebicycles.com
Price: N/A
Availability: Sold out through Kickstarter - Future availability is TBD

Matter Cycles SlayRide

Matter Cycles

Matter Cycle's SlayRide mountain bike holds extra significance for builder Collin Schaafsma. The SlayRide launched Schaafsma's company into existence and it earned Matter its first wave of reviews and press.

More info: www.mattercycles.com
Price: $1850 custom or $1450 stock sizes
Availability: 2-3 months