Dekerf titanium bladed road bike wins NAHBS 2016 Artisan Award

Dekerf had but one bike on display, a rare occurrence in the halls of NAHBS once you’ve moved beyond the first timers’ tables. And Dekerf’s long since moved past that, building bikes for more than 20 years. Based in Vancouver, this year’s entry proved one was all he needed to take home an award. In this case, the well deserved Artisan Award.

But it’s not just a show bike, it’s headed for a new owner now that the show is over. Chris wouldn’t say how much it cost, at the buyer’s request, nor would he speculate as to what it would cost if you wanted something similar. Assume it ain’t cheap – the entire bike is all titanium, and as you’ll soon see, there’s a LOT of custom cutting, bending and shaping that went into it. Click on thru for the gallery, this one’s pure eye candy…

Dekerf titanium bladed road bike wins NAHBS 2016 Artisan Award

Note the position of the headset at the front of the head tube up top…

Dekerf titanium bladed road bike wins NAHBS 2016 Artisan Award

Dekerf titanium bladed road bike wins NAHBS 2016 Artisan Award

Dekerf titanium bladed road bike wins NAHBS 2016 Artisan Award

…and at the rear of the headtube at the bottom. It’s a trick of the eye thanks to multiple tube sections being used, but it puts the offset fork crown flush with the front of the head tube for a clean look.

Dekerf titanium bladed road bike wins NAHBS 2016 Artisan Award

The brake cable goes directly through the handlebar and into the steerer tube up top, popping out at the bottom for an almost invisible look.

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There’s no front derailleur, so only the rear shift and brake cables need exit the handlebar. Rear shifting is managed by a Campagnolo TT shifter on the back of the handlebar. This one was also gunning for some Campy love at the show.

Dekerf titanium bladed road bike wins NAHBS 2016 Artisan Award

Dekerf titanium bladed road bike wins NAHBS 2016 Artisan Award

Dekerf titanium bladed road bike wins NAHBS 2016 Artisan Award

Dekerf titanium bladed road bike wins NAHBS 2016 Artisan Award

Dekerf titanium bladed road bike wins NAHBS 2016 Artisan Award

Dekerf titanium bladed road bike wins NAHBS 2016 Artisan Award

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15 comments

  1. J N H on

    A guy down the road from me has a steel Dekerf MTB,always been jealous of it. Who ever does the paintwork on his bikes (assuming it’s not Chris himself) is a genius.

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  2. Tupac on

    I think the artisan award should’ve gone to English, for the Obree bike. The more I look at this bike, the more I hate it… the interrupted seat tube/mast, the backwards-curving fork… Not my cup of tea. But hey! I’m not one of the judges.

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    • StinkyBob on

      No. Just no. I’ve never seen pics or video of either of his one sided bikes actually being ridden. Knowig how light he likes to build things, I’m guessing that’s for a reason. As much as I’m not a fan of this weirdness, at least it appears to be rideable.

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  3. Grateful on

    Yes – it’s “different”. So what! It IS a work of art – absolutely.

    And you’re right Tupac, you’re NOT one of the judges – and the reason for that is blindingly obvious.

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  4. jeb on

    Fabrication aside, the lines on this thing are a travesty. Every industrial designer (or person with a good eye for aesthetics) should be cringing at this thing. Even Chris Bangle is wondering “WTF”

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  5. KL on

    Is this supposed to be a commuter or racing bike?

    If a commuter: why top-end Bora wheels? Why top-end Campagnolo components? Why extremely aero brakes? And finally why internal routing?

    But if this is a racing bike……..

    In my humble opinion this is only a head-turner, it has nothing to do with “bicycle innovation”, commuting and racing.

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  6. CowtownCyclist on

    While this bike does nothing for me, I’m assuming it is what the customer asked for Chris pulled out all the stops to oblige him. I can respect that. It is silly in a lot of ways, but it is a good showcase for what DeKerf is capable of and it shows how he is willing to take a customers idea. It’s good advertising which is really what a bike show is all about.

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