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2010 Shimano NAHBS Award Winners | NAHBS 2010

2010 Shimano NAHBS Award Winners

Posted on 28. Feb, 2010 by Paul Skilbeck in 2010 News, Featured

Ellis Cycles – Best of Show

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Dave Wages, owner of Ellis Cycles, would like first and foremost to thank his wife for putting up with the hectic schedule completing his Best in Show-winning bike. “I had a similar bike in mind before last year’s show, but couldn’t finish it in time.” This year’s entrant and eventual winner was built for a customer from San Francisco, and the proud owner-to-be flew into Richmond to see his machine take top honors.

Asked for the secret of the bike’s success, Wages said, “It’s shiny but understated. I keep a classic look to my bikes and there’s no one element that draws attention to itself. The beauty is integral.”


Bilenky Cycle Works – Best Road Frame

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Stephen Bilenky of Philadelphia has been building bikes for nearly 30 years, in the first 25 of which he focused on making tandem bicycles. His award winning model is an old French style tandem, using modern geometry and updated components. “It was built for a tandem review in a magazine. The frame is simplistic–a fillet brazed tandem–but it came out so well with the box pin-striping and luggage racks that we saw it as a show bike,” explained Stephen Bilenky.


Richard Sachs – Best Track Frame

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Richard Sachs liked this bike so much that he told the customer he’d like to buy it back if it ever went up for sale. A few years later, the customer sold it back to him. Around the year 1990 Richard Sachs got to a point where some frames he makes get very close to his ideal of how a frame should be. “You never know if you’ll get there again, so I’d like to keep a couple of these frames. This is one of them.” It is a 1970s style frame, with narrow (by modern standards) sized tubes, juxtaposed with 2009 components.”


Crumpton Cycles – Best Carbon Fiber

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Nick Crumpton denies he’s rigid. “I’ve heard from people I’m not flexible,” he said. His custom, scratch-made full carbon fiber frames are built using measuring tape and discussion — and a little intuition. Show him how you sit on a bike and then give him freedom to work, and, he says, he will build the best bike he can build. Having built for about 6 years, he got a call to participate in the first NAHBS show in Houston right after quitting his day job in 2004. Crumpton taught himself how to work with his unusual material. Cracking books, surfing the internet and experimentation led him to a place where he’s comfortable crafting a very different kind of bike.


Kent Eriksen Cycles – Best Titanium

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Kent Ericksen chooses each tube set according to the physique, riding style, and intended use of each customer, and he builds in titanium only. The winning bicycle was chosen as a show model because of its clean, simple, elegant and functional design–which represents Kent Ericksen’s values.


Kirk – Best Fillet Brazing

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Dave Kirk won the fillet-brazing prize with a 55cm frame with Reynolds tubing (725 front triangle and proprietary seat and chainstays)and standard road racing geometry built for a customer. “It’s a stuck-in-the-rack model, similar to many others we do,” Kirk said.

Asked about his experience at this year’s show, Kirk said, “Every year it gets better. It’s the only trade show I go to, and I’m proud to be associated with it.”


YiPsan – Best City Bike

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Renold Yip is all alone in his bike shop, although he credits his wife with making his business possible. Yip came from Hong Kong, a city with no real bike culture, he said, to Fort Collins, Colorado, an extremely bike friendly town. Yip’s bikes are beautiful. His winning bike features a flower patterned wood mosaic on the front carrier, yet he doesn’t claim any visual design skill, however. He trained to be an engineer, not an artist. “I should have had a career in management,” he said. Yip says he’s not as nerdy as one might expect an engineer to be. And building bikes? “It is more fun.”


Aaron Dykstra/Six Eleven – Rookie of the Year

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Six-Eleven Bicycles is named after a famous steam engine built in Roanoke, Virginia, the base of this company. “This bicycle is inspired by the aesthetic of the six-eleven steam engine, which is the pride of Roanoke. It seemed fitting that I should make it a track bike, and I’ve added a small grille to the top of the head tube, and the serial number plate is derived from the train too,” said Dykstra.


Engin – Best Off-Road

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Drew Guldalian of Engin Cycles won the Best Off-Road prize with a 29er bike of the same basic design that won at NAHBS in Portland in 2008. Guldalian makes not only the frame, but also the stem, seatpost and fork. “It allows me to tailor everything to the rider,” he says. The show winner was destined for a lucky customer.

Guldalian was happy to have the show relatively close to his Philadelphia base and just a few hours’ drive down Interstate 95. “There’s a nice vibe here in the Mid-Atlantic and it’s great to be in an environment where more people are familiar with my bikes,” he said.


Calfee – Best Tandem

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Craig Calfee won with a “Dragonfly” – his 23lb., carbon-framed, belt-driven flyweight tandem that will go to a lucky customer. “It’s built to be light and high performance, yet comfortable,” Calfee said.

Calfee enjoyed the “new territory” of the Mid-Atlantic visited by NAHBS this year, but noted, “I think it’s good that the show moves to new venues. There were so many here in Richmond that had never been to NAHBS before, so we end up getting the show before new faces every year.”


Spectrum Tandem – Best Steel Frame

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Fillet brazed joints with fabricated lugs make this frame an outstanding piece of work. Jeff Duser, who works for Tom Kellog, did most of the work on the frame. “It takes a lot of experience before you’d want to even think of a project like this,” he said. Kellog and Duser wanted to make a lugged tandem frame, but “You can’t buy lugs to make a tandem frame, nobody makes those angles, explained Kellog. Fillet brazing raises the temperature much higher than silver solering, so we wanted to make a frame with silver soldered, lugged joints wherever we could,” said Kellog.


Di Nucci – Best Lugged Frame

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Mark DiNucci won with a rust-orange colored city bike designed for and ridden by a friend. Every tube is unique and tailored to the bike’s function. The lugs are all custom designed and engineered for stiffness. The bottom bracket shell was designed by DiNucci when he worked for Specialized, and it predates a nearly identical design from Cinelli. The chainstay bridge is a prototype: beefy and designed for stiffness. The fork crown came off an old Masi but was retrofitted with Columbus blades by DiNucci. The gradual bend of the fork blades makes the ride comfortable while maintaining stiffness.

DiNucci visited NAHBS in 2008 as a vistor when it was in Portland, close to his Oregon workshop. This year was his first as an exhibitor. “It’s a fantastic group here. It’s great to come and feel the pulse of the handmade community” DiNucci said.


De Salvo- Best TIG welded Frame

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“This is a bike I built for the show. It’s my personal style, rather than what a customer might want,” explained Mike De Salvo about a bike that he believes most accurately represents his approach to frame building. The TIG welded frame has steel tubes and carbon forks. “It’s a good example of how far steel has come. The frame weight has decreased, while its performance has increased.”


Llewellyn – Best Paint

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Darrell McMulloch of Llewellen hails from Brisbane, Australia, but had been to Richmond before – in 1995 as a mechanic with the Australian National Team in the Tour DuPont.

McMulloch’s friend and business partner Joe Cosgrove painted the award-winning frame in candy-apple red over a gold metallic base from House of Kolor. “The gold base really comes through the red if you look at it in direct sunlight,” McMulloch said.

McMulloch said of his first NAHBS: “It’s a love-fest for frame-builders. An absolutely fantastic time.”


Cherubim – President’s Choice

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Shinichi Konno’s classic/modern bicycle is built with old parts and narrow cro-moly diameter tubes from Kaisei, but it manages to assume a modern look thanks to Konno’s careful design. The bicycle is in fact redolent with clever design features, and Konno expects that on return to Japan he will keep it and possibly ride it himself, but he would consider selling it to somebody for a museum collection.


YiPsan – People’s Choice

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Renold Yip is all alone in his bike shop, although he credits his wife with making his business possible. Yip came from Hong Kong, a city with no real bike culture, he said, to Fort Collins, Colorado, an extremely bike friendly town. Yip’s bikes are beautiful. His winning bike features a flower patterned wood mosaic on the front carrier, yet he doesn’t claim any visual design skill, however. He trained to be an engineer, not an artist. “I should have had a career in management,” he said. Yip says he’s not as nerdy as one might expect an engineer to be. And building bikes? “It is more fun.”

17 Responses to “2010 Shimano NAHBS Award Winners”

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  5. [...] throughout the show, it sounds like those in attendance had a great time. The NAHBS website has a new post with all of the “Best of Show” winners. Many of the picks were not huge surprises; Richard Sachs for best track bike, Crumpton for best [...]

  6. Mauibrad says:

    I like that “People’s Choice” winner. That looks cool and useful, esp. with the baskets.

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  11. Sean says:

    My vote for best paint were the frame’s of stilj-cycles. They use a great color combinations in a clean and well designed manner.

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