The inaugural Rocky Mountain Bicycle Show opened its doors at the weekend on the University of
Black Sheep Cycles – curvy titanium
Truss forks also graced a pair of slightly more conventional 29ers, one of which bore clever telescoping chainstays to adjust chain tension. According to Bleakley, the truss design (which we first saw on Jeff Jones’s stunning rigs) is lighter than conventional forks, provides a smoother ride and can be custom-tuned by altering tubing diameters.
Also on hand was a slick ‘scorcher’ fixie with a bowed cruiser-type frame, faux lugs, a custom titanium fork and beautiful three-piece titanium handlebars.
Steel rigs from Argonaut Cycles
Argonaut Cycles made the trip all the way from
Argonaut went stainless-crazy for the Best in Show winner, though: a matte black drop-bar fixed-gear with polished head tube lugs, seat cluster, dropouts, fork crown and top tube protector. The rims were powdercoated to match, and as everyday clear-anodized aluminium just wouldn’t do here, the bars, stem, Thomson seatpost, Phil Wood hubs and White Industries crankset were all polished and/or chrome-plated to a gleaming finish.
Courage brings all-white and the colors of the Belgian flag
Courage Bicycle Mfg Co also made the long trip from Portland and although they didn’t quite garner the accolades of last year’s North American Handmade Bicycle Show Best New Builder prize, they did earn an Honorable Mention for a stark white single-speed winter training rig aptly dubbed 'Princess'.
The all-white lugged steel frame bore a matching custom-built and finished steel fork and stem, impeccably cleanly mounted white mudguards and, of course, white bar tape whose use in wintertime climes should be respected if for no other reason than its practical absurdity. As has fast become Courage’s trademark, the horizontal slotted dropouts were finished with brazed-on stainless steel faces laser-etched with the company logo and adjustment markers.
‘Cross racing is huge in Courage’s base locale so builder (and trained industrial designer) Aaron Hayes naturally also brought a steel CX stunner complete with vertical brazed-face dropouts, slender seatstays and custom-colored FMB tubulars emblazoned with the Belgian national colors.
conjures up Het Beest
Temple Cycles’ Het Beest steel cyclo-cross frame was arguably the most eye-catching of the show with its bold white, black and red motif complete with a phalanx of Belgian lions and co-ordinating Deda Newton stem, Thomson seatpost and Alpha Q CX20 carbon ‘cross fork. Oversized, thin-walled steel pipes ensure the beauty isn’t just skin-deep, though we would undoubtedly grimace if we scuffed this finish on a botched barrier.
Showcasing that skill was a wood-veneered jaw dropper that combines modern-day construction and materials with classic appearances – even the seatpost was custom-finished with wood veneer and the effect was undeniably impressive.
Moots heads to the grocery store with the Comooter
Steamboat Springs-based Moots Cycles is perhaps best known for its high-performance road, ‘cross and mountain machines but its Comooter showpiece proved it can do utility bikes as well.
The upright townie-style geometry was fitted with a Rohloff interally-geared rear hub and matching sliding dropouts for the ultimate in all-weather durability. Up front, a special Moots titanium stem was capped with a custom aluminium faceplate complete with an integrated light mount, all powered (of course) by a Schmidt dynamo front hub.
Finishing off the decidedly high-end build was a Campagnolo Ultra-Torque carbon crankset and new Wound-Up carbon light touring/commuter fork complete with built-in mudguard mounts.
Other show highlights:
Dean says its new Superlite titanium road frame weighs just 1090g (2.4lb)
This Dean full-suspension bike uses a titanium front triangle mated to a Ventana aluminium rear end
Local builder Chris Kopp built this 'cross bike up for himself with Columbus Altec2 aluminium tubing. The complete weight is just 7.3kg (16.0lb)
Kopp also does prototype work for other companies and this townie is apparently headed for the production line