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NAHBS 2015: An interesting spread from Hero Bike, Steve Potts & Scappa

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Steve Potts has been building bikes for a long time, helping shape some of the early days of mountain biking. Nowawadays, it’s all about titanium for him, and the bikes vary a bit but mainly fall into road/cyclocross or mountain bike categories.

The one above is in the former, but takes a modern approach with 650 wheels and tires, his Type II fork and disc brakes. A modern-retro parts build gives it a bit of character, but not at the expense of performance in most areas.

Check it out, plus a very cool bamboo-and-carbon commuter bike concept from Alabama’s Hero Bike and some Italian flair from Scappa, below…

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The paint’s lines follow across the frame and pump, and the saddle and bar tape are color matched.

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Dubbed his “Go Anywhere You Want” road bike”, the fatter tires certainly help handle more adventurous rides.

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His hardtail mountain bike had all the right modern touches: tight chainstays, 1×11 drivetrain and dropper seatpost.

Steve Potts Bicycles

HERO BIKE

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When we visited Hero Bike’s Alabama workshop, we saw some pretty creative uses of bamboo and carbon fiber to create functional bikes and build-your-own-bike kits. They’ve been plenty busy since then, coming up with new ways to laminate and use the natural material, shown here on a commuter bike concept and a skateboard deck!

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The frame integrates a leather shoulder bag.

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The body of the bike is woven bamboo laminated over ingrained and notched balsam wood to create compound shapes, which are then reinforced in sections with carbon fiber fabric and trusses.

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Check them out at HeroBike.org.

SCAPPA

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Scappa is an Italian brand with a surprisingly diverse line of road, track and mountain bike offerings, which is completely not obvious from their meager booth.

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This titanium pista bike was elegant enough, but it became even more interesting when he said they make the bars, stems and saddles, too.

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They also make these hubs, which allow the spoke flange to unbolt from the hub shell just in case you need to switch those out. It’s a clever design if not entirely practical.

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The Il Corriero is their new carbon aero road frame for 2015 that they say weighs in at an astoundingly light 630g for a medium, unpainted frame! Since it’s custom, you can spec which pressfit bottom bracket standard you want along with the usual geometry tweaks.

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Naturally, a bike this light needs a lightweight carbon saddle, also made in house.

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As are the rims.

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And the bottle cage.

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craigsj
craigsj
7 years ago

“…ingrained and notched balsam wood…”? Are you sure you don’t mean migrained?

anonymous
anonymous
7 years ago

The MTB crank and the straight untapered fork legs make the first one look like it came from Walmart.

And I find it amazing they couldn’t even find a set of cranks and a chain for the fixie.

reverend dick
7 years ago

It’s disappointing that Steve Potts wasn’t given a feature on his own. He certainly warrants it. That pump looks to be custom titanium, not just paint-matched.

And anonymous, you don’t know.

pdxfixed
pdxfixed
7 years ago

“Made in house” is not the same as “made in Taiwan with our logo”

Devin
7 years ago

The great thing about people casting aspersions on Steve Potts’ component choices and aesthetic is that you can basically disregard their opinion. He does amazing work, and there’s no frippery involved- they’re what they need to be, no more, no less.

Also, it seems like the theme of nonplussed Italians has carried over from last year- there were a whole bunch of loudly dressed/unimpressed guys showing across from me. Maybe it’s jet-lag?

Adam2
7 years ago

Love the Type II fork! A beaut’!

Veganpotter
Veganpotter
7 years ago

Visually, I love the pump. I wouldn’t want to give up a bottle cage position though. I’d like a matching top tube pump instead but maybe it wouldn’t look as cool for photo purposes.

The fork is pretty snazzy too

mudrock
mudrock
7 years ago

Hard to imagine the woven bamboo-over-balsam used by the Hero has much structural utility. with the honeycomb underneath it must ride like a brick.

Psi Squared
Psi Squared
7 years ago

I’m trying to think of what characteristic of any Steve Potts bike would make it look like it came from Walmart, and I’m coming up with nothing. That first bike is beautiful.

anonymous
anonymous
7 years ago

It’s like you guys only know how to drool over custom maker’s bikes and have never seen a GMC Denali before.

I’m not saying it isn’t a nice bike, but it does bear a striking resemblance from a distance to the cheapest hi-ten steel forks found on bike shaped objects, and the same goes for the MTB crank on road bike. Like a GMC Denali.

Antipodean_G
7 years ago

@anonymous urrrrrrrrr, what, you mean like any bike that uses a double triangle design looks the same from a distance?

Really………

Pmurf
Pmurf
7 years ago

The middleburn cranks (whose arms can be adapted to road/mtb/whatever btw) are indeed setup with MTB gearing, but then again, this is a “go anywhere” build, thus warranting the crankset style. Plenty of tourers have MTB gearing. same logic goes for the straight-blade fork – while tapered forks can be plenty strong for off road, the straight gauge style seen here offers bulletproof durability and a better platform for disc brake forces. In both cases, it was likely customer needs and/or preference that determined these choices. And comparing this bike to a GMC Denali because of these features is like comparing a Geo Tracker to a Range Rover because both have windshield wipers.

Anonymous
Anonymous
7 years ago

It was hard to tell from the pics on the Steve Potts bike…is he running 650B or 650C? What tires? Super cool bike.

Chris
Chris
6 years ago

The tires are 700 X 38 from Compass. I had Joe Bell paint me up a pump for under the top tube. He also added a Steve Potts logo patch to the front of the seat tube pump just to carry it through.

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