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…
Yes, some folks are still ordering cantilever cyclocross bikes, but their numbers are definitely dwindling.
Same basic bike, different brakes and paint.
Tim works only in steel and uses lugs and fillet brazing to turn tubes into frames.
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!
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.
Check him out at LugOfTheIrish.com.
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.
Look Ma, no holes.
Paint matched Silca frame and floor pumps complete the package.
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.
It’s a small thing, but filing the points to a reduced thickness adds so much to the look compared to standard lugs.
From there, it was the additional shaping and creative placement that brought it all home.
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.
Work of art.
Tom Ritchey dropouts finish it off.
He also had a variety of other bikes, like this city commuter with downtube shifters and front rack.
This fixed gear road bike with polished lugs.
And a couple of rando/touring/city bikes dressed to the nines.
Check him out at RexCycles.com.