Chapman Cycles brought out the big gun and took home the award for Best Tandem Bike at NABS 2018. Check out our pre-show interview with him here, and the studio shots of his winning bike here. Below, we captured some of the best details on this bike and a couple of Rando bicycles he was showing off.

nahbs 2018 chapman cycles tandem and rando bikes

nahbs 2018 chapman cycles tandem and rando bikes

nahbs 2018 chapman cycles tandem and rando bikes

nahbs 2018 chapman cycles tandem and rando bikes

nahbs 2018 chapman cycles tandem and rando bikes

nahbs 2018 chapman cycles tandem and rando bikes

nahbs 2018 chapman cycles tandem and rando bikes

nahbs 2018 chapman cycles tandem and rando bikes

We particularly liked the custom rack with light integration on this randonneur bike.

nahbs 2018 chapman cycles tandem and rando bikes

nahbs 2018 chapman cycles tandem and rando bikes

nahbs 2018 chapman cycles tandem and rando bikes

nahbs 2018 chapman cycles tandem and rando bikesHis other rando bike was practically made with drillium, and you can check out the studio shot of it in this post. It’s a beautiful homage to the days when riders would drill out any material they deemed unnecessary to shave grams. Rarely was the outcome this pretty…

nahbs 2018 chapman cycles tandem and rando bikes

nahbs 2018 chapman cycles tandem and rando bikesAnother cool feature on this bike was the downtube shifter used to engage a rear tire dynamo.

nahbs 2018 chapman cycles tandem and rando bikes

nahbs 2018 chapman cycles tandem and rando bikesShift the lever and it pulled cable all the way down the downtube, around the bottom bracket, up the seat tube, then down the seatstay to the dynamo. Once engaged, it’s turned by placing a roller in contact with the tire or rim to generate electricity.

nahbs 2018 chapman cycles tandem and rando bikes

Check them out at ChapmanCycles.com.

HORSE BRAND CO.

Gravel bikes were the hot ticket at NAHBS this year, and they ranged from simple, speedy options with minimal flare to bikes with mounts and options galore. Falling into the former category are two bikes from Horse Cycles. The blue one is set up with fatter 650B tires, and the pink one (barely shown in foreground) was 700c. Below, you’ll see how those tire sizes compare inside the seatstays.

Surprisingly, modular dropout systems were much rarer this year, with most bikes showing off dedicated thru axle systems that couldn’t be changed. Horse opted for this bolt-in system that lets you change the dropouts between QR, thru axle or single speed. But, being full custom, you can always get what you want.

650B on the left, 700c on the right.

Called Horse Brand Co., not Horse Cycles, should have tipped us off there’s more to their stable. Handcrafted goods like this axe…

…and knives, among other trinkets, were also on display.

Check them out at HorseBrand.co.

CHERUBIM GRAVEL ALL ROAD BIKE

Another surprise? Cherubim had a modern-yet-traditional bike on display. We’re accustomed to seeing wild concepts and over-the-top details from the Japanese brand, but those aren’t their typical sale. Conceived and developed in partnership with Blacksmith Cycles in Toronto, this Cherubim gravel bike still had a few show-worthy touches.

This is the first all-road bike the brand has built, and features 38 mm tires clearance, flat-mount brakes, 12 mm front and rear thru axles, internal hydraulic brake routing, custom-selected Kaisei steel tubing, chrome details and this unique pastel Care Bear Camo paint.

Polished steel fender mounts for matching Honjo fenders (not shown) use cork washers to protect the paint and prevent any rattle or accidental loosening. Plus, they look badass.

NAHBS 2018 Cherubim all-road gravel bike by Blacksmith CyclesThe bike was located inside Rolf Prima’s booth, who did custom purple hubs for them to match the bike’s color scheme. Find the builder at Cherubim.jp.

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Tom in MN
Tom in MN
4 years ago

On the tandem is that a drum brake? It has a Phil Wood logo, I did not know they made a drum brake. And where does the actuation cable go?

rusty miller
4 years ago
Reply to  Tom in MN

If memory serves me, its technically a disc brake, but it serves much like a drum/drag brake. They haven’t made them for a while because the asbestos disc was prone to fracture.

It looks like the non-drive downtube shifter is the lever for the brake (the bar-ends are the shifters)

http://classicrendezvous.com/USA/phil_wood_main.htm
http://velobase.com/velobase.com/ViewComponent.aspx?ID=CFBCC809-D339-457A-86D9-4373D2743CA5&Enum=117&AbsPos=375

Tom in MN
Tom in MN
4 years ago
Reply to  rusty miller

Very interesting, thanks. Looking again I can see an out of focus downtube shifter in the back of the front brake picture, so that must be it.

Gillis
Gillis
4 years ago
Reply to  Tom in MN

It’s actually a disc brake of sorts. The disc was made from asbestos. They weren’t that great as those splines would strip out on the disc. I only ever handled a few in my early shop days, so it’s been awhile. Someone else might better explain the actuation than me. I think the disc got pulled into those aluminum arms or something. I’ve seen them mounted the front of old touring bikes as well.

HKP
HKP
4 years ago
Reply to  Tom in MN

It’s not a drum brake, but rather it’s a somewhat weird disc brake from the 1970s. The visible aluminum splines drive a fiber outer disc that’s squeezed between two metal (steel IIRC) pressure plates. It wasn’t all that strong a brake, but it was probably a bit more effective than the contemporary Araya drum brake. While that tandem is beautiful, and a nostalgic reminder of times past, modern brakes would be far more effective particularly with the additional weight of the (presumably loaded) trailer.

satanas
satanas
4 years ago
Reply to  HKP

A friend had the Phil discs on a tandem, and IIRC at some point the floating disc itself was updated; there may have been a recall(?) but it’s too long ago to remember. It’s more like a clutch than a normal disc, and used UNC or UNF fasteners, a PITA for those of us outside the USA.

JBikes
JBikes
4 years ago

I like that Cherubim.

The tandem is really good looking, but tandem without a diagonal always look really sketchy to me. Granted it seems the norm so apparently there isn’t much shear between top and bottom tubes.

Alexandre Cogger
Alexandre Cogger
4 years ago

Are you sure that’s cork, not leather washers? Seems like cork would crumble almost instantly… Just sayin’

BMX
BMX
4 years ago

Painted axe handle, really why would I need that, maybe a painted umbrella would be more practical for a bike.

Mark M
Mark M
4 years ago

The Horse Brand guys were some of the best to talk to at the show, the love for the bikes and all they make was apparent and being able to switch out wheelsets is awesome.