With all the buzz currently surrounding the all-road, gravel bike category, itâ€™s worth remembering that the racing or endurance road bike is how many custom builders got started in the industry, and it remains a mainstay of their businesses.
The NAHBS Awards are considered by many to have the most rigorous and methodical judging standards of any cycling event except possibly the Concours de Machines. This is a full presentation of the 2018 NAHBS Awards winners.
Having built more than 1500 frames, Jon Tallerico knows a thing or two about smart frame design and brazing. We met him at NAHBS, where he gave us some background on his award-winning high-wheel as well as the low-cost, high-performance models he's now selling.
Around 500 hours of work went into making this titanium bike according to Chris Dekerf, which is likely some kind of record. The 27-year veteran frame builder from Vancouver, Canada, says his horizons are still expanding.
DiNucci creates his lugs with investment casts, and they are proprietary to him. But anyone who looks at his bikes closely will see that his investment in framebuilding is total. Nothing escapes the eye of this master.