NAHBS 2015: Eclectic mountain bikes highlight show

Return of legendary steel builder, new carbon layups, and much more

29er Event

The small but mighty group of mountain bikes at NAHBS was an eclectic mix of old and new. The show included the return of a legendary steel builder, new carbon mountain bike layups, and everything in between. While the number of mountain bikes may have been low, the level of quality was sky high.

Alchemy 29er

Alchemy Bicycle Company

Alchemy’s handmade carbon frames certainly stuck out in the sea of titanium and steel bikes at NAHBS. Alchemy’s carbon hard tail 29er was especially revered due to the innovative new molding processes developed specifically for this bike. Using trapped rubber molding, Alchemy builders created a durable and great riding frame that weighs in at only 1,100 grams.

Alchemy 29er

Sleek internal routing options make for a clean build.

More info: www.alchemybicycles.com
Price: $3950 frame, fork, headset
Availability: Four stock sizes available starting in May

Black Cat Bicycles

Black Cat Bicycles

Based out of Santa Cruz, California, Black Cat Bicycles embodies the laid back attitude of this small surf town. The curved seat tube wraps around the rear wheel creating a laid back feel to the bike. However, with Santa Cruz’s world-renowned mountain bike trails just out the door from Black Cat’s shop, this mountain bike is sure to rip.

Black Cat Bicycles

Small but interesting additions like this dual tubed stem make Black Cat’s bike stand out. With a two-year waiting list, Black Cat bikes were some of the most sought-after at the show.

More info: www.blackcatbicycles.com
Price: $2700 frame
Availability: 2 years

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About the author: Kristen Legan

Kristen Legan is a former professional triathlete and current elite-level cyclist who lives for two-wheeled adventures the world over. In 2012, Legan was one of six women to ride the entire Tour de France route as part of the women’s Rêve Tour team. Besides riding and writing about bikes, Legan is a coach with Boulder, Colorado’s APEX Coaching.


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