NAHBS 2014 Award Winners

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Retrotec took the Best in Show for Cyclocross bike at NABS 2014. © Iain Banks

Retrotec took the Best in Show for Cyclocross bike at NABS 2014. © Iain Banks

NAHBS is over and the ballots are in. Here are the winners, and stay tuned for much more!

  • Best Finish: Independent Fabrication (Honorable Mention: Ellis Cycles)
  • Best Theme Bike: Sycip Designs (Honorable Mention: Calfee Design)
  • Best New Builder: Harvey Cycle Works
  • President’s Choice: Peacock Groove
  • People’s Choice: Six-Eleven Bicycle Co.
  • Best in Show: Argonaut Cycles
  • Best Track Bike: Six-Eleven Bicycles
  • Best Fillet-Brazed: Ellis Cycles
  • Best TIG-Welded: Kent Eriksen Cycles
  • Best Lay-Up: Argonaut Cycles
  • Best Mountain Bike: Breadwinner Cycles
  • Best Cyclocross Bike: Retrotec (Honorable Mention: Lundbeck Cycles)
  • Best Road Bike: Kent Eriksen Cycles (Honorable Mention: Argonaut Cycles)
  • Best Tandem Bike: Co-Motion Cycles
  • Best City/Utility Bike: Cykelmageren (Honorable Mention: A.N.T.)

Stay tuned for plenty of cyclocross, gravel and general bike eye candy from NAHBS 2014 in the next few days.



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This market is purely for aesthetics. That's the whole point of the [well, THIS] custom market. Each and every one of these builders is also perfectly capable of building a straight laced go fast bike too. These are sometimes $12k and up bikes. They're not let out of the cages all that easily. 


Definitely an interesting top tube to seat stay design with a nice flow. However, this design looks more like a Clunker MTB minus the straight/middle tube than a CX bike.

The interesting thing to me about NAHBS is the bikes don't receive a score, review or breakdown of how well they actually ride. It's sad that judging is purely based on aesthetics. When I consider a new bike purchase I definitely seek out something that looks great. Then I read reviews and try to ride one if possible.

Who knows, maybe the arched top tube provides a sweet ride and feels good when you shoulder your bike. This is what I'd like to hear from NAHBS. It'd be great if the judges got to take their favorite choices on test rides to thoroughly vet their choice. 

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