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NAHBS 2016 – Mmmmmm! Bikes from Map, Mars & Majaco

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Last year Mars Cycles’ Casey Sussman showed up as a first time builder and took home a People’s Choice award. This year, he brought a fleet built out with some clever features. The Trailside Companion sat front and center with the most obvious “upgrade” being, well, obvious. It’s the glittery paint, of course!

Wanna partake of the good stuff, then puff, puff, and give yourself a click past the break…

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The TC is a flat bar gravel bike with special top tube vents.

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It gives a whole new meaning to “bike packing”, and they said the frame had been tested. Perhaps not for safety, but tested. Don’t overlook the other features like a stealth seatpost clamp bolt and shaped chainstays.

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This drop bar gravel bike showed off some fantastic paint along with an overall very clean design. The tapered headtube looked perfectly in place on the steel tubes…

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…and the minimal, curved seatstay bridge was nicely incorporated into the paint scheme. Lots of masking details gave depth to the rest of the color.

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Compared to the TC, this one’s inset rear disc brake mount kept it all a little tighter.

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The paint across all their bikes was a real variety show.

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This track bike was a mix of stainless steel and carbon fiber tubes.

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And a fixie, just for fun.

MAP BICYCLES

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MAP Bicycles sticks to a classic rando aesthetic, using fenders, racks and other touring accessories to give his bikes an upscale/old school look. New for the show was this mixte city bike with partial chain guard.

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This touring bike mixed an urban camo paint scheme with solid sections for a rather unique look. Sticking with the hiding in plain sight theme, it used stealth wiring for the front dynamo hub.

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See any wires? The hub shell and fork are the contact patches, then a wire hidden inside the fork leg runs up to the light on the front rack:

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MAJACO

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Majaco’s steel bikes ranged from a classic canti brake ‘crosser with lugged fork to a more modern disc brake version with tapered head tube and Easton’s massive carbon disc brake fork.

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After working with his father in the aerospace industry where tolerances are super tight, builder Mark Combs decided to follow his passion and switch to building bikes, He moved to Austin, TX, and has been making them from True Temper OX Platinum tubing and other U.S. made parts since 2011.

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Ryan S
Ryan S
6 years ago

Does the Trailside Companion come in a right-handed version?

Ben G
6 years ago

Something tells me the judges must have been a little high, on life, with the People’s Choice Award. Also I think the “Cobblestoner” would have been a great gravel bike name.

Jake
Jake
6 years ago

I have a couple of bongs and a few pipes but turning a bike into a weed pipe is just plain silly.

Steve
Steve
6 years ago
Reply to  Jake

That’s what those things are for?! That’s got to be one of the dumbest ideas I’ve seen in a long while.

Jake
Jake
6 years ago

After looking more closely this wouldn’t work for me, no carb hole.

Bill
Bill
6 years ago
Reply to  Jake

You just lift the seatpost out, duh.

satisFACTORYrider
satisFACTORYrider
6 years ago

does Mars have a burning man fattie model fattie

Ryan
Ryan
6 years ago

And when your frame has a couple of pounds of weed residue baked into it, how do you get rid of that? Or do you just settle for your bike getting heavier and heavier? I love bikes, and I love weed, but this is a stupid way to combine those loves. I’ll just keep carrying a joint in my pack, thank you. What’s next, an “E/vape-bike” for people too weak to pedal on their own and too dumb to roll joints?

Sam
Sam
6 years ago
Reply to  Ryan

A couple of pounds? Holy sh*t, how much do you smoke?

bart
bart
6 years ago

Then call me dumb cause an vape accessory for your e-bike sounds like a great accessory! Ryan as soon as I have a prototype i will get a hold of you so you can test it!

alamb
alamb
6 years ago

You know, Billy, we blew it.

Sam
Sam
6 years ago

Calm down yall. The bike pipe is obviously just for laughs and is not meant to be serious.

Everyone knows that the handlebar pipe is the best concealed smoking system.

TheXL
TheXL
6 years ago

Dude, let’s pull a tube.

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