Isotruss & Hotspur at the Handmade Bike Show

I found an interesting contrast between old-school builder Davidson and the new Arantix Isotruss at the Handmade Bike Show …

Hotspur and Bikehugger

hotspur%2010.jpg Though Davidson Bicycles’ new Hotspur frame precipitated from Bill Davidson’s ideas on what a high performance bicycle should be, Bike Hugger provided the impetus to bring the idea to reality. Bike Hugger had previously worked with Bill on the Modal concept bike, based on some of my ideas about travel bikes. Setting aside the Modal’s unique features, Bill used Byron’s off-the-shelf race bike as starting point for the Modal’s geometry and then tweaked the geometry to improve the fit. Then a funny thing happened when Byron actually got to ride the bike. The Modal turned out to fit and perform better than Byron’s regular race bike.

Which begged the question: what would happen if Bill built Byron a bike designed for performance? This gave Bill the perfect opportunity to pull out some tricks that he’d been waiting to use … some subtle refinements on the titanium materials.

@ the NAHBS

[UPDATE - from Andrew: PHOTOS!]

I just missed Lance at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show on the first day, but got some photos, video for our Huggacast, and checked the Hotspur.

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Andrew is covering the show today and more posts are coming.

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Bilenky Cargo Bike

Cycle Monkey’s Bilenky Cargo Bike at the Handmade Bike Show … from the Bike Hugger Photostream.

Davidson Hotspur Debut

hotspur%2009.jpg Today in Portland, Davidson Handbuilt Bicycles debuts the Hotspur frameset. In an age of single-season-use carbon frames built built for some Pro Tour rider and amongst the surge in intricately crafted, lugged steel, Bill Davidson makes his own statement: a bike is a rider’s tool that should acknowledge age-old lessons while not ignoring new technology.

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