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NAHBS 2014 Gallery: The mountain bikes on show - Part I

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The painted to match fender is a nice touch

The painted to match fender is a nice touch (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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The Festka Root uses minimalist reinforcements around the headtube

The Festka Root uses minimalist reinforcements around the headtube (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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Festka is a custom-frame-building company that had hails from the Czech Republic

Festka is a custom-frame-building company that had hails from the Czech Republic (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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Don't forget the stem, too

Don't forget the stem, too (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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The Festka Pablo is a steel 650B model

The Festka Pablo is a steel 650B model (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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Painted to match X-Fusion fork on the Pablo

Painted to match X-Fusion fork on the Pablo (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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This frame was made for the Dude, apparently

This frame was made for the Dude, apparently (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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This Eriksen full suspension has 90mm of rear suspension travel paired with a 120mm suspension fork

This Eriksen full suspension has 90mm of rear suspension travel paired with a 120mm suspension fork (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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Slack, trail-oriented 650B hardtails were a common sight at this year's show

Slack, trail-oriented 650B hardtails were a common sight at this year's show (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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This Eriksen 650B hardtail is paired with a 120mm DT Swiss fork

This Eriksen 650B hardtail is paired with a 120mm DT Swiss fork (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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Engin Cycles Ti hardtail has clean lines and immaculate welds

Engin Cycles Ti hardtail has clean lines and immaculate welds (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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Engin Cycles Ti hardtail has clean lines and immaculate welds

Engin Cycles Ti hardtail has clean lines and immaculate welds (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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The Festka Root's seatstays

The Festka Root's seatstays (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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Groovy also makes LUV Handle handlebars with an integrated stem option

Groovy also makes LUV Handle handlebars with an integrated stem option (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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This Ti Deluxe was an eye-catcher at the Independent Fabrications booth

This Ti Deluxe was an eye-catcher at the Independent Fabrications booth (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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The paint has large metal flakes that make it stand out

The paint has large metal flakes that make it stand out (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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Independent Fabrications was one of a few builders with the new ENVE rigid fork on a build

Independent Fabrications was one of a few builders with the new ENVE rigid fork on a build (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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The painted to match fender is a nice touch

The painted to match fender is a nice touch (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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The frame is equipped with a Gates Carbon Belt Drive

The frame is equipped with a Gates Carbon Belt Drive (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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Engin Cycles Ti hardtail has clean lines and immaculate welds

Engin Cycles Ti hardtail has clean lines and immaculate welds (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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The tough ceramic coating was originally developed for rifle barrels

The tough ceramic coating was originally developed for rifle barrels (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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If you don't know, we're not telling

If you don't know, we're not telling (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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Groovy builder Rody Walter opted to build himself a 29+ frame while he was creating one for the customer

Groovy builder Rody Walter opted to build himself a 29+ frame while he was creating one for the customer (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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This day-glow 29+ by Groovy Cycleworks was built for a customer with a degenerative eye condition that will leave him legally blind within a few short years

This day-glow 29+ by Groovy Cycleworks was built for a customer with a degenerative eye condition that will leave him legally blind within a few short years (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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The flower power extends to the fork on Groovy's 29+ build

The flower power extends to the fork on Groovy's 29+ build (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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Engin also uses a ceramic coating for the logo and designs on Ti frames

Engin also uses a ceramic coating for the logo and designs on Ti frames (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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Aluminum frames, particularly aluminum 4x/dual slalom frames, are a rare sight at NAHBS

Aluminum frames, particularly aluminum 4x/dual slalom frames, are a rare sight at NAHBS (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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The additional layers of carbon are used to reinforce the water bottle cage bosses

The additional layers of carbon are used to reinforce the water bottle cage bosses (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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The one-piece stem and handlebar also has a Ti logo

The one-piece stem and handlebar also has a Ti logo (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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Intricate geometric patterns on the Six-Eleven

Intricate geometric patterns on the Six-Eleven (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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Maxxis Ardents with skinwalls just look right on custom steel hardtails

Maxxis Ardents with skinwalls just look right on custom steel hardtails (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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Hometown Manufacturing is Dykstra’s new semi-custom program

Hometown Manufacturing is Dykstra’s new semi-custom program (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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Maxxis Ardents with skinwalls just look right on custom steel hardtails

Maxxis Ardents with skinwalls just look right on custom steel hardtails (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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A railroad spike and feather make up Six-Eleven's headbadge

A railroad spike and feather make up Six-Eleven's headbadge (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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This Six-Eleven 29er is fillet-brazed and is decked out in a stunning paint job

This Six-Eleven 29er is fillet-brazed and is decked out in a stunning paint job (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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The bike has short chainstays and a long front center

The bike has short chainstays and a long front center (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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The stealthy 44 Bikes steel frame has an understated look

The stealthy 44 Bikes steel frame has an understated look (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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This Appleman carbon 29er sports ENVE's new rigid fork and weighs 19lb (8.6kg)

This Appleman carbon 29er sports ENVE's new rigid fork and weighs 19lb (8.6kg) (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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The Appleman logo on this carbon frame is constructed from titanium

The Appleman logo on this carbon frame is constructed from titanium (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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A dropper post is a good option is you need to actually pedal to the pumptrack or bike park

A dropper post is a good option is you need to actually pedal to the pumptrack or bike park (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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The bad Otis is quite slack for a hardtail, with a 66-degree head tube angle

The bad Otis is quite slack for a hardtail, with a 66-degree head tube angle (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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The Bad Otis has internal routing for the dropper seatpost and rear shifter through ports on the downtube

The Bad Otis has internal routing for the dropper seatpost and rear shifter through ports on the downtube (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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A funny name for a bike

A funny name for a bike (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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The Breadwinner Cycles' headbadge is quite intricate

The Breadwinner Cycles' headbadge is quite intricate (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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Breadwinner Cycles specializes in semi-custom frames. The latest edition to the line-up is the Bad Otis, an ultra-slack 650B (27.5in) hardtail

Breadwinner Cycles specializes in semi-custom frames. The latest edition to the line-up is the Bad Otis, an ultra-slack 650B (27.5in) hardtail (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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The Bad Otis uses Paragon's new PolyDrop dropouts, which use a modular design to allow buidlers to bolt of attatchments for different axle and deraileur mount standards, as well as different direct mount disc diameters

The Bad Otis uses Paragon's new PolyDrop dropouts, which use a modular design to allow buidlers to bolt of attatchments for different axle and deraileur mount standards, as well as different direct mount disc diameters (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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The Bad Otis is designed around a 160mm travel suspension fork

The Bad Otis is designed around a 160mm travel suspension fork (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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The Michaud features a 69.5-degree head tube angle, a 73-degree seat tube angle and 430mm chainstays with the Paragon rocker dropouts in the forward most position

The Michaud features a 69.5-degree head tube angle, a 73-degree seat tube angle and 430mm chainstays with the Paragon rocker dropouts in the forward most position (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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The Michaud is a very traditional looking 29er, especially for Black Sheep

The Michaud is a very traditional looking 29er, especially for Black Sheep (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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The Michaud features a 69.5-degree head tube angle, a 73-degree seat tube angle and 430mm chainstays with the Paragon rocker dropouts in the forward most position

The Michaud features a 69.5-degree head tube angle, a 73-degree seat tube angle and 430mm chainstays with the Paragon rocker dropouts in the forward most position (Image credit: BikeRadar)
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Kristofer Henry of 44 Bikes designed this 29er singlespeed for the trail he most frequently rides

Kristofer Henry of 44 Bikes designed this 29er singlespeed for the trail he most frequently rides (Image credit: BikeRadar)

This article first appeared on Bikeradar

Fat bikes and gravel grinders made up a sizable portion of the eye candy at this year’s North American Handmade Bicycle Show, though mountain bikes were a common sight as well.

Mountain bike’s built around 650B (27.5in) wheels made up the lion’s share of the off-road machines. Many builders opted to gravitate away from traditional cross-country geometry and more progressive, trail-oriented builds with slacker geometry designed around longer travel suspension forks; terms such as “trail” and “enduro hardtails” were frequently employed by builders to describe their creations.

Click through the gallery at right for a detailed look some of the mountain bikes from this year’s show.