NAHBS 2013: Mosaic Cycles
By James Huang | Sunday, February 24, 2013 10.50pm
This year's NAHBS was somewhat of a coming-out party for Boulder, Colorado builder Aaron Barcheck and his Mosaic Cycles brand. Though in business for several years, his gorgeous titanium and steel bikes really drew serious attention this year James Huang/BikeRadar
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.
Mosaic's trademark blasted graphics
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