SF Bike Expo 2013 – Show Highlights and Photos

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The 6th Annual SF Bike Expo was held at the Cow Palace this past weekend and Mtbr was there strolling the aisles, talking to old friends and making some new ones. And, of course, we took plenty of pictures of the vendors and show goers. The show was pared back from two days to one day and the manufacturer and velo swap halls were combined into one central location now. Admission was free, as was the valet bike parking.

Bargain hunters came early and midday foot traffic was pretty strong. Bob Mack, Publisher of Cycle California Magazine said, “The SF Bike Expo is the longest running Bay Area bike expo in 25 years.” We saw several bicycle fans walking out of the show with their new purchases, tires and wheels seemed especially popular. Philipp Segura, SF Bike Expo Organizer and Main Man, told us that both ATM machines ran out of money by 2:30. Victor Sandrin of the Gravity Cartel said that sales of iXS and Spank products were so strong in the first couple of hours that any sales done in the afternoon were “gravy”.

Here are a few highlights from the SF Bike Expo. Be sure to click through the photo gallery at the bottom to see ALL of our photos.


Soma Fabrications from downtown San Francisco had several bikes on display including this prototype monster cross called the Wolverine. For cyclocross, gravel grinding or touring, the Wolverine is made from Tange Prestige butted cromoly. It isi shown here with a Panaracer Fire Cross 700x45c tire, disc brakes and a front generator hub for the head light. It has various eyelets for racks and fenders.


Soma Smoothie SS Stainless frame – fillet brazed KVA Stainless Steel with premium polished finish — at Cow Palace.


NTS Works from Santa Cruz – Electric Cargo bike www.ntsworks.com


Booshido Bikes Bamboo – https://www.facebook.com/booshidobikes


The all new uGrip Plus 501 heavy duty lock from ABUS. www.abus.com
The ABUS uGrip Plus 501 features a 13 mm square shackle that is double bolted in the lock body. It has an innovative, soft elastomer synthetic coating on the shakle and the lock body with “soft touch” properties to prevent damage to the bicyle’s paintwork. It has the ABUS “power cell technology” that offers highest protection against hitting and pulling attacks. Made of special hardened steel, the uGrip Plus 501 features a cylinder that has high protection against manipulations (like picking). It comes with two keys, one of which is LED-lighted. It has an automatic keyhole cover against dirt and corrosion.


Victor from the Gravity Cartel showing us the all new Trail RS (as in Richie Schley) enduro helmet from IXS. www.ixs-sportsdivision.com
The Trail RS helmet features a “large visor which gives the TrailRS a unique and tough look. Thanks to its form and its tight padding, the helmet sits comfortably low and wraps your head with its low back shell. A great working dial adjuster makes adjustments easy.”
Mtbr.com will be doing an in-depth review of this new helmet soon.


When 29er or even 36er just ain’t enough. Stranger Bikes out of Truckee. https://www.facebook.com/StrangerBikes


Vanmoof commuter bikes equipped with built-in retractable lock, head light, saddle and seat post security. http://us.vanmoof.com/ If you are local to the SF Bay Area, check out Motostrano for bike demos. (http://www.motostrano.com/)

For more info: sfbikeexpo.com

SF Bike Expo 2013 – Show Highlights and Photos Gallery
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Soma Wolverine

prototype frameset. Monster cross, gravel grinder, touring.Tange Prestige butted cromoly. Shown with a Panaracer Fire Cross 700x45c. Rear axle spacing is 135mm.
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Soma Fabrications Wolverine

front hub generator for lights
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Soma Wolverine

Soma Fabrications Wolverine head badge and light powered by front hub generator.
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Soma Wolverine

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Soma Fabrications Wolverine

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Soma with Panaracer Fire Cross

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Soma Smoothie SS Stainless frame

fillet brazed KVA Stainless Steel with premium polished finish
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Soma - fillet brazed

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Soma Smoothie

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Stanley from Soma Fabrications

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Soma San Marco

genuine Rivendell lugs, designed by Grant Petersen
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NTS Works from Santa Cruz - Electric Cargo bike

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NTS Works from Santa Cruz - Electric Cargo bike

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NTS Works from Santa Cruz - Electric Cargo bike

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Booshido Bikes Bamboo

Booshido Bikes hand made custom bamboo frames made in the Philipines.
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Free bike valet was very popular

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SF Bike Expo - free valet parking

Plenty of people rode to the show
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Stranger Bikes

When 29er or even 36er just ain't enough. Stranger Bikes out of Truckee.
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Stranger Bikes

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Stranger Bikes

Huge hub with cables for spokes on the #StrangerBikes Big Bike 2.5
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Stranger Bikes - Motorcycle caliper and rotor

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Stranger Bikes - drivetrain

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Tron Bike

Tron Bike or Big Wheel Bike from Stranger Bikes It actually floats on water.
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Stranger Bikes - single sided swingarm

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this bike walks on water

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SF's own Bicycle Fabrications

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SF's own Bicycle Fabrications

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Bicycle Fabrications booth

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Bicycle Fabrications

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SF's own Bicycle Fabrications

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Vanmoof commuter bike, simple design and function

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Vanmoof commuter bike with disc brakes

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Vanmoof

theft protection for your saddle and post
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Vanmoof

key goes directly into the frame for the lock
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Vanmoof - Dutch commuter bikes

the retractable lock is built in
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SF Bike Expo

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Bike Raffle

Raffle to benefit the SF Bike Park project at McClaren Park. Ground breaking in January 2014. — at Cow Palace.
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Photo Studio

Hand made bike and bike club bike photo studio
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Flecto Spinners

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SF Bike Expo

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velo swap

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dhbetty bicycle jewelry

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cafe racer style

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custom one off

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Girvin/Noleen fork

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Girvin/Noleen fork - closeup

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SF Bike Expo

shot of the midday crowd
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swrve at SF Bike Expo

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swrve shop apron - www.swrve.us

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swrve leather gloves with carbon protection

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Throne Cycles

specializing in track bikes
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Cycle Monkey

Cycle Monkey from Albany specializes in Rohloff bike builds
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Rohloff equipped frame

Frame built by Twenty2 from Colorad
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BlackCat slick Gates/SS dropout

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Rohloff shift cables

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Retrotec equipped with Rohloff

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Internal view of the SpeedHub

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S&S equipped Krampus

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The Hive/e.thirteen LG1+ crankset

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e.thirteen 7075 aluminum 40T guide ring

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Fish bike?

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Light & Motion booth

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Ryan from Light & Motion

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Dan Nelson is NTP Custom Bikes

from San Francisco. Dan builds in only ti and even enjoys the occasional MTB race in his spare time
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NTP - Nelson Titanium Products

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NTP - Nelson Titanium Products

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NTP - Nelson Titanium Products

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Bill Holland is Holland Cycles

out of Spring Valley, CA - this is an exogrid road frame
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The all new uGrip Plus 501 heavy duty lock from ABUS.

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Collin from ABUS always with a smile!

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Victor from the Gravity Cartel

showing us the all new Trail RS (as in Richie Schley) enduro helmet from IXS.
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McLaren Bike Park plans

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McLaren Bike Park plans

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Phil and Gregg

Phil is the mastermind and driving force behind the SF Bike Expo.
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wheels in fixie friendly colors

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Lazer helmets

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EZ-EL bike rope lights

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Custom 26" Klunker BMX?

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SF Bike Expo - panorama

About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato has been the Site Manager of Mtbr.com for over 12 years and enjoys riding local Santa Cruz trails. Besides being an avid mountain biker, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.


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