Three stunning road bikes from NAHBS 2018

Rideable art from Cherubim, FiftyOne and Mosaic Cycles

Many of the frame builders at this year’s North American Handmade Bicycle Show were displaying their latest gravel bikes, but among the rows of drop-bar bikes with fat tires were some sleek and elegant road bikes. Here’s a look at three that caught my eye.

Cherubim

This is the first modern disc all-road bike from Cherubim
This is the first modern disc all-road bike from Cherubim

Cherubim takes a very traditional approach to frame design and construction. This disc all-road bike is the first of its kind produced by the legendary Japanese builder.

The frame is constructed from lightweight Kaisei steel tubing. It features chrome detailing and fender mounts for matching Honjo fenders. The color is dubbed “Care Bear Camo.”

This particular bike belongs to Mike Yakubowicz, owner of the ultra-boutique bike shop Blacksmith Cycle

Cherubim creates its own headtubes
Cherubim creates its own headtubes

The Care Bear Camo paint job certainly stands out
The Care Bear Camo paint job certainly stands out

Polished stainless steel touches are included throughout the build
Polished stainless steel touches are included throughout the build

No detail was overlooked, including this personalized Ceramic Speed pulley
No detail was overlooked, including this personalized Ceramic Speed pulley

Rolf hubs round out the color-coordinated kit
Rolf hubs round out the color-coordinated kit

Visit Cherubim for more information.

FiftyOne Bikes

One of many stunning road bikes FiftyOne brough to the show
One of many stunning road bikes FiftyOne brough to the show

We highlighted this Irish builder a few weeks ago for the custom carbon bike the company built for MMA fighter and cycling enthusiast Conor McGregor.

Architectural aficionados will appreciate the paint job on this carbon road bike. It was inspired by the reflection light off Toronto’s Toronto-Dominion Centre, designed by Mies van der Rohe.

There's plenty of tire clearance on this frame
There's plenty of tire clearance on this frame

The theme carries over to the cockpit
The theme carries over to the cockpit

As if the frame wasn't enough, check out the painted-to-match Silca Impero Ultimate frame pump
As if the frame wasn't enough, check out the painted-to-match Silca Impero Ultimate frame pump

Clover and Maple leaves: the Irish builder built this frame for Canadian bike shop Blacksmith Cycle
Clover and Maple leaves: the Irish builder built this frame for Canadian bike shop Blacksmith Cycle

Visit FiftyOne Bikes for more information.

Mosaic Cycles

This Mosaic Cycles road bike was painted in Shimano's colors
This Mosaic Cycles road bike was painted in Shimano's colors

This Boulder, Colorado, builder always brings a bevy of beautiful steel and titanium bikes to the show. Many titanium frames can be somewhat plain, but bland is a word that could never be used to describe this Ti road bike.

The paint scheme uses Shimano’s company colors in a splatter paint job that extends to the seatpost, stem and handlebar.

Mosaic doesn't like boring Ti frames
Mosaic doesn't like boring Ti frames

Who knew splatter could look so clean?
Who knew splatter could look so clean?

As one might expect, the cockpit was painted to match
As one might expect, the cockpit was painted to match

We expect to see a lot more color coordination making its way to production bikes, but maybe not on this level
We expect to see a lot more color coordination making its way to production bikes, but maybe not on this level

Visit Mosaic Cycles for more information.

Josh has been riding and racing mountain bikes since 1998. Being stubborn, endurance racing was a natural fit. Josh bankrolled his two-wheeled addiction by wrenching at various bike shops across the US for 10 years and even tried his hand at frame building. These days Josh spends most of his time riding the trails around his home in Fort Collins, Colorado.
  • Discipline: Mountain, cyclocross, road
  • Preferred Terrain: Anywhere with rock- and root-infested technical singletrack. He also enjoys unnecessarily long gravel races.
  • Current Bikes: Trek Remedy 29 9.9, Yeti ASRc, Specialized CruX, Spot singlespeed, Trek District 9
  • Dream Bike: Evil The Following, a custom Moots 27.5+ for bikepacking adventures
  • Beer of Choice: PBR
  • Location: Fort Collins, CO, USA

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