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Our Favorite Bicycles From NAHBS 2013: Cherubim Rambler

Of the more than 200 small bicycle manufacturers that gathered to show off their designs at the 9th annual North American Handmade Bicycle Show in Denver last week, these seven stood out

Our Favorite Bicycles From NAHBS 2013: Cherubim Rambler

Photo: © Farid A. Abraham

From the Japanese master Shin-Ichi Konno, whose radical take on a road bike garnered best in show and president’s choice at the 2012 NAHBS, comes this beautiful, sculptural city cruiser. The stunning integration of the frame and rear rack immediately set the Rambler apart from everything else out there, while the contrast between the polished steel and the glimmer blue paint yields an elegance that was hard to find anywhere else in the show. Even the integrated stem and handlebars, commonplace throughout NAHBS, get a remarkable rethinking here, with the butterfly-like design providing both an upright comfort position and as well as a deep drop for high-speed riding.

The bike was finished with hardwood tubular Parigi-Roubaix rims from Challenge, a genius Sturmey Archer S2 kick hub, and color-matched Brooks grips and Colt saddle. “I’ve studied almost every bike at this show,” says photographer Farid Abraham, “And no one else is able to combine both the form and function like Cherubim has. Shin-Ichi Konno’s bikes embody what this show is all about.” The judges agreed, awarding the Rambler the award for Best City Bike of NAHBS 2013.

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