NAHBS 2014 - Meet the new builders

New bike from budding frame builders

Each year, the North American Handmade Bicycle Show showcases new bikes from well-known builders and serves as a launch pad for new builders looking to make a name for themselves. Some of these builders are not new to the craft, merely first time exhibitors at the show, while others have but a few frames under their belts.

Read on below for an overview of the newcomers, and then click through the gallery at right for a detailed look at their creations.

Previous 2014 NAHBS coverage on BikeRadar

Harvey Cycle Works

Kevin Harvey knows a thing or two about precision manufacturing and the importance of attention to detail, after all, he’s the head machinist at Andretti Racing.

Harvey has been building frames off and on for two decades. The bike he displayed at NAHBS was a fillet-brazed gravel racer with a custom lighting system.

Airtight Cycles

Mathew Amonson is based in Brooklyn, New York. His fourth frame is this track-inspired singlespeed with geometry tailored to navigating busy city streets.

The frame uses bi-laminate construction and features staggered seatstays, the idea being that the drivetrain forces apply more torque to the drive-side of the frame.  

Backwoods Engineering

Josh Clark of Backwoods Engineering has been building bicycle frames for about 12 years. His frame features a gusset with a flock of birds carved into the stainless steel.

Concinnity Cycleworks

Luke Devine is an engineer turned frame builder. His TIG-welded city bike is ready for jaunts to the liquor store thanks to the wooden six-pack basket, made from reclaimed walnut and cherry.

Connor Wood Bicycles

This particular bike started life as a tree standing on Sixth Avenue in Denver, Colorado. After it was cut down, Chris Connor, of Connor Wood Bicycles, gave it a second life as a bicycle. This frame, like the tree it was, still resides in Colorado and has even withstood being raced at Leadville. Connor uses monocoque construction for the front triangle and laminate construction, with layers of Kevlar for the chainstays.

He also builds wooden handlebars using a similar method of layering wood plies with Kevlar fabric.

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Jeff Gerhardt built this mixte frame to be a low-maintenance, belt–driven commuter. The lines of the mixte frame make it well-suited to internal routing. The wiring for the front and rear generator lights, as well as the cable for the internally geared rear hub all run inside the frame tubes.

L’Ecu Bicycles

Portland, Oregon-based frame builder Devin Zoller has been building custom carbon road bikes for 1.5 years. Zoller uses tube-to-tube construction supplied by a local defense contractor that builds parts for the MQ-1 Predator drone.

Mills Brothers Bicycle Co.

David Mills had this orange track racer on display.

Sarif Cycleworx 

David Johnson is a former aviation welder who has turned to frame building. He gets his inspiration from the lines found on classics cars and vintage aircraft.

Sojourner Cyclery

Jay Kinsinger’s day job is teaching mechanical and biomedical engineering at Cedarville University. In Kinsinger’s spare time he crafts wooden bikes such as this tandem.

Syndrome Cycles

Syndrome Cycles had this speedy CX-commuter on display. It features rack and fender mounts and a Gates Carbon belt-drive to keep maintenance to a minimum.

Zukas Cycles

Nate Zukas got involved in frame building out of personal need. The 5ft, 7in Zukas has long legs and arms that required a custom fit. Zukas opted to take matters into his own hands and build his own frames.

This singlespeed road bike features a number of custom touches, including the ‘Z’ shaped drain hole with stainless steel mesh in the bottom bracket.

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