NAHBS 2013: Predator Custom Carbon, Shamrock Cycles & One-Off FSA Singlespeed Disc Carbon Tubular Wheels
Predator Cycling is known for being one of a very few carbon fiber repair shops in the country (Ruckus being another). But they do so much more. At NAHBS they were happily showing off both bikes and components.
The first thing I noticed at the Predator booth was not their full carbon road bike, and it wasn’t their custom carbon belt drive cyclocross racer. It was, in fact, The Major, their barstem combo that retails at a starting price of $600. This barstem combo is unique in its construction. It utilizes an inner joint made of ballistics kevlar that really helps kill road vibration. The outer joint is then made of high modulus carbon fiber, and can even include an outer kevlar weave for added color like the red pictured above. Any composite stem and bar can be used, but the stock option starts with an ENVE stem and FSA SL-K bar.
Hit the jump for Predator’s bikes and their pressfit seat mast / saddle combo, plus the bikes from Shamrock Cycles…
For the ultimate weigh weenies out there, here is your saddle. This thin, yet flexible, carbon shell of a seat is permanently mated to a seat mast cap. That setup is then press fit onto a Predator road frame seat mast. Average weight of the saddle is a whopping 58g.
Predator can turn out full frames when requested. Some tubes are sourced from the likes of ENVE, others are wrapped in house, depending on the needs of the rider.
The boys at Predator has a good relationship with the folks at FSA, and because of that, they were able to obtain a single speed, disc, deep carbon tubular wheelset. The FSA rim was custom laced to DT Swiss disc hubs.
Shamrock Cycles was proudly displaying this lugged, full suspention MTB, and rightfully so. The lugs are all hand carved and the amazing paintwork was laid on by Corby Concepts. The main frame is a bi-laminate construction, the hand cut lugs are made from 4130 chromoly, and the rear triangle is from Ventana.
This bike checks off all the right boxes, as it is stainless stell, it has disc brakes, internal cable routing, and top end components from ENVE, SRAM and Thompson. It’s race ready.
The trick internal fork disc brake cable routing is a nice touch.