From what I have seen the NAHMBS has some really special bikes on display.
But what caught my attention was the colllabration between the DeSalvo and Vanilla bikes. Vanilla bikes work with DeSalvo bikes to create a series of bikes underthe Vanilla banner called SpeedVagen. In the Velonews coverage of the show it was highlighted that the owner of Vanilla bikes was planing on having more "guest builders" in on the SpeedVagen project.
The SpeedVagen projecct was designed to get race bikes in the hands of racers who otherwise may not be able to wait the 5 year waiting list to get one...they are also a little more machine than the typical piece of art that Vanilla kicks out.
I just thought it was cool that two companies, two individual builders at the top of their game, came together and worked on something together. It was cool for Vanilla to bring somebody in and so cool for DeSalvo to work with somebody with out having to slap his name on the project.
It was about the project/bike. (Mad props rap style: "Yo, it is about the kids, yo...")
Places with good pictures and coverage;
Bicycling (yes, it makes me cringe to post that a Rodale Press rag has something valid to print...It died the day that Zap left the house.) had a nice little summary: http://thisjustin.bicycling.com/2008/02/built-by-hand.html
This guy has a nice set of flickr pictures: http://www.flickr.com/photos/track_daddy/sets/72157603879691246/
Random girl with a cool t...
This is not steel...Carbon cut lugs.