2013 NAHBS: Highlights and Winners from Denver

Event

Kent Eriksen
Kent had been busy before the show creating a slew of new titanium bikes. Brad Bingham, formerly a designer, welder and developer over at Moots, joined the Eriksen squad in the fall, and is now adding his expertise with new designs and rear suspension systems, and of course his perfect welds. The very trick 650B was conceived and executed by Brad, and has exquisite welds, and about every top of the line component possible. It will end up being Katie Lindquist’s (Kent’s wife) bike.

It includes a new Bingham rear end design, which looks interesting, and if it follows Brad’s other systems that I have used it should be very promising. It uses 90mm of rear travel coupled with a 120mm Magura TS8 in front, and all linkages employ high-quality bearings and a unique linkage arm, and the rear triangle features Kent’s “matched arc” alignment.

I liked the simple lines of their hardtail 650B, and the unique bronco riding head badge.


Moots
The first 650B from Moots is their softail YBB, which was equipped with the brand-new Mavic Crossmax SLR 650B. The YBB was initially created in steel back in 1988, and then switched to titanium in 1991

They had a very sweet mountain touring bike named the Farrhoots on display, which was created from a partnership of Moots and Alpha Bicycle Company. The bike fits into a niche market of adventure touring and racing, and bike packing. This baby was stacked up with a plethora of features and components, including Rohloff rear hub and Revelate Designs frame bag. The front cages are actually meant to carry stuff sacks for additional space. The bike features a titanium frame, stem, seatpost, and aerobars, and carbon ENVE rims.

The Brooks saddle had some incredible and meticulous leatherwork done on it, and even had three short colored spokes holding it together in the middle. The front uses a Supernova Infinity dynamo hub, which powers their E3 LED front and rear taillight. The head cap contains the Supernova “The Plug” USB power supply, which can charge mobile device, such as Garmin, iPhone, iPod, etc. Pretty darn cool!

One of the highlights of the shows was the Moots/Imba Trail Maintenance Bike, which was loaded up with a chainsaw, fuel, six-pack of beer, titanium tool and frame bag with work-related paraphernalia. The fat tire bike was all titanium, including the front and rear baskets, frame, stem, seatpost and bars. They partnered with IMBA, Routt County Riders (RCR), Steamboat Springs bike club and advocacy group, to create a self-contained, all-in-one trail maintenance bike. I think they completed that task in great fashion.

The safety and protection guard on the chainsaw was even made of titanium. I was really intrigued by the titanium tool that was attached in the front, since it seemed to be a Mcleod that could be broken down.

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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