Six Eleven Bicycle Co.'s bike tied with Moots for the Best Cyclocross Bike at NAHBS 2012. ©Cyclocross Magazine

Six Eleven Bicycle Co.'s bike tied with Moots for the Best Cyclocross Bike at NAHBS 2012. ©Cyclocross Magazine

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA – The North American Handmade Bicycle Show continued its increasingly successful run with what many exhibitors at the Sacramento Convention Center for the annual show, March 2-4, regarded as the most vibrant and well attended in the event’s 8-year history. The world’s leading handmade custom bicycle show, the North American Handmade Bicycle Show moves from city to city each year. In 2013 it is scheduled for February 22-24, in Sacramento, California. NAHBS showcases the talents of bicycle frame builders around the world whose functional art form is the bicycle. It aims to be a meeting point–both online and in person–for frame builders and consumers looking for custom-made bikes, for the sharing of ideas, and the promotion of a special industry with a rich history dating back to 1819.

More than 8,100 people attended NAHBS this year, easily surpassing the 2011 record of 7,300. Several of the 171 exhibitors expressed relief that the throngs of attendees, who exhibitors said displayed a good knowledge of bicycles and a positive attitude toward the products on display, were not quite so great on Sunday’s final day as they had been on Saturday.

NAHBS founder and president, Don Walker, said, “This has been an uplifting and an emotionally significant show for me. I left Sacramento under a cloud many years ago, but now not only do I feel at peace with my hometown but also I am very grateful for the tremendous welcome the handmade bicycling community has received here. The three days of NAHBS have included such an intense flurry of associated cycling activities and events, and media attention, it is clear to anybody paying attention that Sacramento is a major and significant cycling center, and it has been an outstanding host city for NAHBS.”

The 2013 NAHBS is scheduled for 22-24 February in Denver, Colorado.

Visit our homepage and check out all of the great galleries and goodies for cyclocross that were on display at the show!

This year the NAHBS Awards took a different format that resulted in more builders receiving recognition for great work. Up to three builders per category received an award. The following is the list of award winners:

BEST CYCLOCROSS BIKE 611 Bicycle Co.
BEST CARBON FRAME Alchemy Bicycle Company
BEST STEEL FRAME Bishop Bikes
BEST LUGGED CONSTRUCTION Bishop Bikes
BEST FILLET CONSTRUCTION Bishop Bikes
BEST EXPERIMENTAL BIKE Black Sheep Fab.
BEST TIG CONSTRUCTION Black Sheep Fab.
BEST OF SHOW Cherubim by Shin-Ichi Konno
PRESIDENT’S CHOICE Cherubim by Shin-Ichi Konno
BEST ROAD BIKE Demon Frameworks
BEST STEEL FRAME Ellis Cycles Inc.
BEST CITY BIKE Ira Ryan Cycles
BEST TANDEM BIKE Kent Eriksen Cycles
BEST TITANIUM FRAME Kent Eriksen Cycles
BEST CYCLOCROSS BIKE Moots
BEST CITY BIKE Muse Cycles
BEST MOUNTAIN BIKE Naked Bicycles
BEST ALTERNATIVE MATERIALS FRAME Paketa Magnesium Bikes
BEST MOUNTAIN BIKE Pereira Cycles
BEST TRACK BIKE Rebolledo Cycles
BEST MOUNTAIN BIKE Retrotec-Inglis Cycles
BEST ROAD BIKE Rex Cycles
BEST CITY BIKE Shamrock Cycles
BEST TITANIUM FRAME Steve Potts Bicycles
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR Stinner Frameworks
BEST EXPERIMENTAL BIKE Ti Cycles Fabrication
PEOPLES’ CHOICE University of the Fraser Valley
BEST FINISH Vendetta Cycles