While many may first think of road bikes when considering a custom bike show, the number of stunning mountain bikes on display at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show will help dispel that thought.
The recent widespread adoption of the 27.5+ platform has made hardtail mountain bikes relevant again. This is especially good news for small builders who often lack the resources to engineer and manufacture full suspension mountain bikes. From Moots to Retrotec and many in between, mountain bike builders at NAHBS have taken to the mid-fat wheel and tire combo like hipsters to plaid and craft beer.
Notice anything missing from this English Righty?
Bikepacking rigs also made a strong showing at NAHBS in California, as did slacked-out, dropper-post-equipped play bikes. That isn’t to say that there aren’t full-suspension bikes on offer. Eriksen, Matter, Foes and others all showed impressive work for those wanting a custom dualie.
Click through the gallery above for a close look at the best handbuilt mountain bikes at NAHBS.