These Are the 18 Best Handmade Bikes of 2019

The North American Handmade Bicycle Show was cancelled this year, so we're reminiscing about last year's award winners.

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Since the 2020 North American Handmade Bicycle Show was cancelled, we're taking a look back at the bikes that stole the show in 2019.

In March 2019, hundreds of handbuilt bicycle fans descended on Sacramento, California. The North American Handbuilt Bicycle Show (NAHBS) celebrated its 15th year by bringing more than 210 international and American independent bicycle exhibitors (bikes, frames, parts, paint, accessories and more) to the west coast. You won’t see bikes from the big brand names that are easily recognized at your local bike shop — these are the works of individual and small groups of makers who view bicycles as functional art. Their work was on full display, and NAHBS’s panel of judges took on the difficult job of determining the show’s best in a series of categories. Here are the 18 that rose to the top.

Best in Show: No. 22 Bicycle Company

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Best New Builder: Porter Cycles

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President’s Choice: Hartley Cycles

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President’s Choice: Panasonic Cycle Technology

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People’s Choice: Mars Cycles

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Best Artisan Bike: Black Sheep Bikes

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Best City/Utility Bike: Rex Cycles

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Best Cyclocross Bike: McGovern Cycles

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Best Gravel Bike: Seven Cycles

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Best Mountain Bike: Mosaic Cycles

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Best Road Bike: Seven Cycles

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Best Tandem Bike: Bingham Built

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Best Track Bike: T°RED Bikes

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Best TIG Welded Frame: Bingham Built

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Best Layup: Pursuit Cycles

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Best Finish: Ioklin Frameworks

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Best Fillet: Black Cat Bicycle Designs

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Best Lugged Frame: DiNucci Cycles

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