2013 NAHBS: Highlights and Winners from Denver

Event

Konno Cycle Works/Cherubim
The Japanese Cherubim Rambler, which won the award for the Best city bike, was a very stunning bike.

From the shiny dual top tubes and rack, to the unique handlebars, this bike was gorgeous in its simplicity and lines. Top it all off with Sturmey Archor’s S2C Duomatic 2 speed kick shift hub with coaster brake, and Ghisallo wood rims makes for an excellent package.

Shiny to the max! I am not even sure what this handlebar type is called, but the bike looks like it would be fun to ride, drifting along with the coaster brakes.


Sanomagic
This Japanese company makes Mahogany boats, furniture and bikes. Sueshiro Sano of Sanomagic is a ninth-generation shipwright, and his attention to detail really shines on these bikes. The workmanship on the bikes was exquisite, from the wood bars, saddles, seatpost wheels and frames.


Desalvo Custom Cycles
They had a gorgeous 27.5″ titanium bike in their booth, tricked out with SRAM XX1 and ENVE wheels. Desalvo is based out of Ashland Oregon, and makes titanium and steel road, cross, track and mountain bikes.


The tig welding on the bike was impeccable.

About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian has been part of the Mtbr team since 2007, where he has become an integral member of the review and test staff, specializing in technical articles. He likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, extreme skiing, or sport climbing. He takes those same strengths and a good dose of insanity to his reviewing and writing on mountain biking products, creating technical, in-depth and hyperbolic articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on extremely technical singletrack.


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  • John Sokuda says:

    Word from the show is that the awards process has gotten “funky” and “screwy” and therefore some builders are still showing but not participating in the awards competition. This is worth reporting on, don’t you think?

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