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Tim O’Donnell shared Shamrock Cycles’ origin story with us before this year’s show (and it’s a doozy of a read!), but didn’t unveil anything he was bringing to the show. So, if you didn’t make the trip to Sac this year, here’s your complete look at his booth. It, along with the coverage of Dinucci and Steve Rex’s award winning handiwork is heavy on the pics and light on the words, but very much worth your perusal…

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Yes, some folks are still ordering cantilever cyclocross bikes, but their numbers are definitely dwindling.

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Same basic bike, different brakes and paint.

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Tim works only in steel and uses lugs and fillet brazing to turn tubes into frames.

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This one’s paint is nice, but if you didn’t see last year’s Paper Airplane bike, it’s worth a look and you’ll know why he won an award for best paint…for another amazing paint job on yet another bike!

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Like many other builders, he wanted to show how clean a frame could be without holes or stops for shift cables/wires. Unlike many of the others, this eTAP bike didn’t have a home yet.

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Check him out at LugOfTheIrish.com.

DINUCCI

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DiNucci also built up an eTAP road bike, completed with a fantastic retro rainbow paint scheme and his usual amazing attention to detail with the lugs. It’s good, but the award winner follows it.

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Look Ma, no holes.

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Paint matched Silca frame and floor pumps complete the package.

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This bare frame shows off his incredible work in customizing, shaping and cutting his lugs, and it rightfully took home the award for Best Lugged Bike of 2016.

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It’s a small thing, but filing the points to a reduced thickness adds so much to the look compared to standard lugs.

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From there, it was the additional shaping and creative placement that brought it all home.

STEVE REX

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Steve Rex also does lugged frames, but it was his fillet brazing that earned him the Best Brazed Bike award of 2016. This one combined steel lugs and tubes with carbon fiber top and seat tubes and chainstays.

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Work of art.

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Tom Ritchey dropouts finish it off.

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He also had a variety of other bikes, like this city commuter with downtube shifters and front rack.

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This fixed gear road bike with polished lugs.

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And a couple of rando/touring/city bikes dressed to the nines.

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Check him out at RexCycles.com.

3 COMMENTS

  1. “It’s designed to be ridden, raced, and tortured.” Kind of a bullsh*t ending to a paragraph that started with the bike getting fully repainted due to some UPS scratches. Some folks really put a premium on being present and responsible for every superficial mark upon their bike…

    • You don’t see the difference between self caused wear and tear in an object designed use, and damage to a new, expensive product, while in shipping to a customer, likely covered via insurance?
      This bike may very well stay on a show rack indoors, but fixing shipment damage when brand new is not indicative of this.

    • Tell me who that customer will be that will put wear and tear on their bike but who also will perfectly fine with their new bike showing up with scratches. You expect dings, scratches, and the like when you’re out pedaling on your bike. You don’t expect them to be on the bike when it’s come straight from the factory.

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