Dinucci cycles NAHBS best lug lugs 2015 (4)

Depending on who you are talking to, the concept of NAHBS can be a bit difficult to explain. As bike people, most of us get it, but to the average Joe the idea of a multi thousand dollar bike that to the uninitiated looks similar to the old road bike hanging in their garage can be a head scratcher. However, after seeing the work of DiNucci Cycles I’m not sure there is anything that more perfectly summarizes the NAHBS show. When you are talking about hand built bikes there are few examples that can match the perfect lugs crafted with clinical precision thanks to countless hours with a torch and a number of hand tools. I’d wager that even non bike people would look at this frame and think, wow….

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Owing to his 40 years of experience designing and building bikes for himself, customers, and other companies, Mark DiNucci builds some incredible bikes. Among many other awards, Mark took home the Best of Show at NAHBS 2011.

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In 2015 that honor went  to Groovy Cycleworks, but DiNucci took home the award for Best Lugs. The frames above illustrate that point. Just look at them!

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Even when finished, the lug work is still impressive.

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While we’re on the topic of lugs, Cherubim was back with some less wild options this year. Compared to some of the imaginative builds of previous years, the Cherubim Triple Crown Keirin, R-2 frames stick to traditional silhouettes but still have that Cherubim magic.

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As the longest running Cherubim model, the R-2 is a lugged chromoly frame modeled after the horizontal top tubed road frames of the past.

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Getting a bit more fancy, this lugged Triple Crown track racer was built with a selection of vintage track components that had everyone staring.

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8 comments

  1. Veganpotter on

    That goodness that last bike has Kronos brakes. It would keep me from ever riding the thing so the bike would look pristine for eternity!!!

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  2. Chris on

    I’m a mountain biking reformed dirt bag and really care less about road bikes, but I can appreciate the artistry in a lot of these bike. Thanks for bringing a little bit of class in my uncouth-like existence.

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  3. Seraph on

    New groups on old-style frames look incredibly awkward. The tubes just aren’t big enough to support the new look of most groups.

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