Chris Bishop’s style is one of painstaking detail and workmanship applied to lugged, fillet brazed frames. Mostly road and track bikes, even he’s been bit by the gravel bug as evidenced by this gorgeous candy apple red metallic bike.
Besides taking home the award below, Runner Up ribbons were thrown about his booth on several bikes.
Not shown in its entirety, Bishop also won for best Fillet Brazed Frame. As required, this road bike was left otherwise unfinished so judges could see every detail without paint to hide anything. If classic steel bikes are your thing, head over to BishopBikes.com for more.
Taking home the award for Best Cyclocross Bike, Triton’s single-speed racer was hard to track down. I grabbed it while builder Dmitry Nechaev was trying to talk SRAM into setting up a wholesale account for them in Russia (apparently there’s some issues with selling parts into that area).
The beautiful welds are present even on the smallest details. Where many bikes are content to simply shape a hole into a tube and provide a rubber grommet, the artisan bikes at NAHBS take it a step further. Here, a tiny tube is welded into place as a hose port.
Their Russian military winter cap was one of the more unique pieces of schwag any brand was selling.
Titanium step-thru commuter bike, anyone?
Mostly, titanium bikes are left unpainted so show off that warm gray metal we all love. But they they do get paint, it better be special, and Triton didn’t disappoint with this digital red camo theme on their road bike.
The gravel bike was left bare, and its thin tubing and all black components lent it a very sparse, minimalist aesthetic. We interviewed Dmitry in our 2016 and 2017 Road to NAHBS series, giving you an inside look at their build process and story. Check them out at TritonBikes.com.