Interbike Meets NAHMBS – Handmade Cyclocross Bikes at Interbike
You didn’t think we were done with our Interbike 2009 tech coverage, did you? In fact, despite our six previous galleries of cyclcoross gear, we’ve probably published only 20% of our cyclocross-related finds from the big show. After a little desperately-needed rest, we’re digging out the photos and notes, and will be showcasing the content over the next week.
One trend we noticed at Interbike 2009 was the influence of the ever-popular NAHBS show and the growing interest in handmade bikes. Handmade cyclocross bikes were found throughout the show. In addition to the carpenter-built BOO bamboo cyclocross bike we featured last week, here are a few that caught our eye:
Geekhouse had without a doubt the most eye-catching cyclocross bike on display at the SDG booth. Built in Boston, Mass., the Mudville bike was decked out in colors reminiscent of Fat City Cycles – not that far of a reach as the early mountain bike brand from Chris Chance got its start just across the Charles River in Somerville.
The Geekhouse team cyclocross bike will be seen throughout the New England cyclocross scene this fall. The Mudville frame features taller headtubes for plenty of shouldering room, and starts at $1200 for stock geometry, with custom options available.
Italian builder Torelli showcased its new Columbus Zona cyclocross frames. Available in both lugged and TIG-welded models, the $1300 frame offers big clearance for wide 40c tires or 35c road tires with fenders.
At the Torelli booth was Adrenaline Bikes’ manager Jesse Brunell’s blinged-out orange and gold build, complete with gold components and Ritchey wheels.
Edge Composites showcased a Courage Cycles cyclocross bike, naturally outfitted with an Edge fork, wheels, stem, bar, and seatpost. Edge is confident its components are built to withstand the rigors of cyclocross, with the exception of their 190 gram carbon tubular rims. (Being closet weight-weenies, we had to ask.)
Planet Bike’s Jonathan Page is also sponsored by Edge, and has been riding the company’s bar, stem and wheels on his Blue Norcross and the parts have withstood his abuse.
Moots had a red-trimmed Psychlo-X on display, and Moot’s Jon Cariveau said building one of the company’s titanium cyclocross frames into a 15 pound bike is very realistic.
His own bike tips the scales just under 16 pounds, and helped him beat several former national champions in the Wheelers and Dealers race at CrossVegas.
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