Sacramento was a great host city, and the crowds were big and enthusiastic throughout the three day weekend. For those of you who could not make it to the show, here are some shots of each of the bikes that we presented.
First up is the SSR MAX Special Edition. This is a limited version of our race proven Stainless Steel Road (SSR) frame set, built with a Columbus XCR tube set drawn on their legendary MAX tooling.
The main difference is the bi-ovalized top and down tubes which increase the frames overall stiffness.
The shapes of the tubes are subtle, but if you look carefully, you can see it at the tube junctions.
In a nod to the frames Italian tubing and racing purpose, we modified the paint scheme from the new Fiat 500 Abarth series.here. He rightfully points out that with all of the ornate bikes on display it was easy to walk by pure race bikes like this one. That's OK by us.
Special thanks to Matt at Pass and Stow for the awesome rack. We got this one naked and painted it to match. You can't hide your quality when you ship something unfinished, and Matt's work is stellar.
Blinder series and they come in a range of anodized colors. They are rechargeable through a pop out USB stick and use ultra bright LED's.
He said that he was a master gilder and did lots of work restoring old picture frames along with architectural gilding. I think I surprised him when my eyes lit up and I asked him if he would take a walk out back to our bike factory and look at something.
We showed him the test piece that we had done with the home hobby kit, and he offered to come back the next day with the proper materials and tools to give us a seminar. Talk about serendipity.
Ron Tuveson is a true master craftsman in the old school manner, and he was incredibly generous with his time and knowledge.
Next up is another pure race machine, a disc brake equipped Ti Factory Lightweight cyclocross bike. This was the only bike that we brought that wasn't built for a customer, so if you are a medium sized rider, give us a shout...
interview about this bike from the show floor.
This steel 29'r defies categorization. All throughout the weekend folks kept asking what it was, so I just simply call it an adventure bike.
Last but not least is a ti Deluxe 29'r built for a special lady friend. The inspiration for this paint scheme came from a freshly cut cantaloup. I just love the way the bright green of the rind gives way to orange yellows and then that sort of pink color that is really hard to describe.
I can remember when mountain bikes were bright and bold colors. I still have a late 80's Marin with a purple to hot lime fade. It's so much fun just looking at them...you have to smile. It was a blast to watch people's faces when they saw this bike on the floor. Everyone just smiled, and that's what it should be about.
So if you're on the trail and this pinkish/orangish blur passes you, don't be bummed, just smile!
A big shout out to Ron for taking so much of his weekend to help us out and speak to so many show goers.
We will be displaying a number of these bikes in our showroom, The Bike Factory NH, so swing by 55 Main Street in Newmarket for our own little mini NAHBS.