NAHBS 2013: Mosaic Cycles

Builder Aaron Barcheck makes a splash in Denver

Frame builder Aaron Barcheck had been somewhat of a local secret. Many in his hometown of Boulder, Colorado knew of his skills, but he wasn't quite a household name. But Barcheck put on a big show at this year's NAHBS, with nearly a dozen gorgeous machines in both titanium and steel. Come Monday, we don't anticipate Mosaic Cycles will be much of a secret anymore.

The Mosaic badge

Barcheck is well versed in both TIG-welded and lugged construction and he works in steel and titanium. After seven years at Dean under the tutelage of John Siegrist, though, it's perhaps no surprise that most of Mosaic's display bikes were titanium this year, including road, mountain and even dirt jumper variants.

Mosaic is fast developing some trademark features, too, including integrated seatmasts, ultra-trick masked and selectively media blasted frame finishes, and a characteristic paint layout that could be identified even with the name on the down tube.

With a rare mix of technical skill and artistic creativity, we expect big things from Barcheck moving forward. We've covered Mosaic at previous NAHBS events and recently offered an inside look at the company's Boulder workshop. If you haven't taken a good look at Barcheck's work before, better late than never.

More blasted graphics: more blasted graphics
Mosaic's trademark blasted graphics

James Huang

Technical Editor, US
James started as a roadie in 1990 with his high school team but switched to dirt in 1994 and has enjoyed both ever since. Anything that comes through his hands is bound to be taken apart, and those hands still sometimes smell like fork oil even though he retired from shop life in 2007. He prefers manual over automatic, fizzy over still, and the right way over the easy way.
  • Discipline: Mountain, road, cyclocross
  • Preferred Terrain: Up in the Colorado high-country where the singletrack is still single, the dirt is still brown, and the aspens are in full bloom. Also, those perfect stretches of pavement where the road snakes across the mountainside like an artist's paintbrush.
  • Beer of Choice: Mexican Coke
  • Location: Boulder, Colorado, USA

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