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Road to NAHBS 2015: Kish Fabrication

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Kish NAHBS 2015 Road Hog

NAHBS award winner Jim Kish has two debut products for this year’s show to complement several favorite cross and road standards.  The first is a production steel road model called “The Road Hog.”  The second?  A titanium fat bike to be unveiled at the show (Kish swears it will be done by then).

BIKERUMOR: What are your main building materials?

KISH: Titanium, with a little steel here and there.

Kish NAHBS 2015 Cross1

BIKERUMOR: What’s new with your company since NAHBS last year?

KISH: We’ve decided to dedicate our time to building all our custom frames in titanium, and have introduced a line of production road bikes, the Road Hog.

Kish NAHBS 2015 Road

BIKERUMOR: Any killer custom bike builds in that time? 

KISH: Lots of gravel bikes, that’s the rage out here in NC. Plenty of Di2/EPS roadies, too.

BIKERUMOR: What were some of your newer inspirations for recent bikes?

KISH: Mostly the people around me. We have a new machinist/engineer, Rick, who has improved our tooling and bending capabilities. Having a few more tools in the design toolbox is inspiring on its own. We also sponsored a great gravel racer, Kelly Klett, and his feedback has been helpful in tweaking our cross/gravel bikes.

Kish NAHBS 2015 Ti Gravel

BIKERUMOR: What are you building this year that’ll draw a crowd?

KISH: A fat bike that we built for another of our racers that I’m really happy with. No pictures yet, but I swear it’ll be done. And some Kentucky-compatible drinkware.

BIKERUMOR: If you had to build a bike for a Kentucky Derby style race (think short, all out effort on deep, loose dirt), what would you build and why?

KISH: Fatbike with hidden motor.

BIKERUMOR: Bourbon or beer?

KISH: Bourbon, thanks.


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9 years ago

Cool, that’s my bike at the top of the page! It got me to work during desperate times this week, when my car couldn’t cut it in the snow: http://i.imgur.com/XM9NZQY.jpg

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