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Road to NAHBS: Shamrock Cycles Gets Dramatic on Detail

Shamrock Cycles NAHBS 2015 shamrock paint

You won’t see full bike photos in this post because Tim O’Donnell of Shamrock Cycles doesn’t believe in giving up anything but sneak peaks until his customer can see the complete bike in person.

Dramatic, sure, but that’s Tim’s style. Every one of his bikes is a dramatic endeavor. Shamrock waterbottle boss reinforcements/internal routing ports/dropouts/headbadge/decals? Check. Obsessive finish work? Check. Ridiculous paint? Check. A matchy-match parts kit? Check. Despite all the drama, each of his complete bikes underscores Tim’s sense of humor and love of his work.

BIKERUMOR: What are your main building materials?

Tim: Steel. Always steel.

Opinion: Why NAHBS Matters

Shamrock NAHBS

What Tim O’Donnell Happened To Have Cooking Before NAHBS 2012

Recently, as I was having coffee in a favorite local bike shop, I overheard a mechanic saying, “I’m not going to NAHBS. It’s all just show bikes. There aren’t any ‘real’ bikes.” I rudely inserted myself in their conversation from across the room to disagree, saying that there are quite a few builders that only bring bikes that just happen to be done at the time, he replied, “yeah, well, those aren’t the bikes that show up in, like, VeloNews.”

It saddens me that this perception exists. Firstly because it’s blatantly untrue if for no other reason that Richard Sachs has been covered by VeloNews at least once.

But seriously, there are many builders that bring to NAHBS just what they’ve got coming out of paint. Some go so far as to call back an especially interesting or beautiful bike from the year before. It’s a point of pride for these builders that this is the fantastic functional art they produce every day- that they don’t need to build special bikes just for a show. This is the tradition of their craft.

Sometimes, they might even splurge and build themselves a bike for once because, among small bike builders, the cobbler rarely has new, shiny shoes.



Road to NAHBS: Ted Wojcik

Ted Wojcik NAHBS 2015

As punctuated by the brevity of his response to our questions, Ted Wojcik likes to let his product speak for itself. This year he’s been working with Fifield to produce a selection of thoughtfully-designed, show-stealing E-Bikes.  See them after the jump. READ MORE ->

Road to NAHBS 2015: Cherubim to Stop Show

Cheribum NAHBS 2015 Triple Crown Kamiyama

If there is anything that Japanese builder, Cherubim, can be relied upon to do, it’s to stop NAHBS in its tracks with a real stunner of a frameset.  This year, we can look forward to having our minds blown by the obsessive detailing and polish on a race-winning frameset built for Keirin champion, Yuichiro Kamiyama.  More of this winning track machine after the jump. READ MORE ->

Road to NAHBS 2015: Retrotec Returns To Fat

Retrotec NAHBS 2015 head tube fillet di2 port

Due to a last minute change in plans, the ever-charming Curtis Inglis of Retrotec is suddenly making an appearance at NAHBS this year.  Having taken a few years off of showing fat bikes, we can look forward to Curtis making a triumphant return to the category with a Twin Fat featuring state-of-the-art specifications.  Also, be sure to look out for a deeply custom Sierra Leone-themed 29+ non-suspension corrected build.  Curtis and his legendary sense of humor after the jump. READ MORE ->

Road to NAHBS 2015: Calfee Design

Calfee NAHBS 2015 Carbon Road 1

As the thirtieth anniversary of his first carbon prototype frame approaches, Craig Calfee continues to push the design and process envelope.  Having debuted a tandem-to-solo conversion bike last year, and a new 3D printing process for custom, one-off carbon lugs on their Manta endurance road frames, it will be interesting to see what surprises Calfee has in store for this NAHBS.

BIKERUMOR: What are your main building materials?

Craig: Carbon fiber, bamboo and hemp. And to a lesser extent, titanium and Douglas Fir tree branches. READ MORE ->

Road to NAHBS 2015: Savvy Cycles’ hits the trail with a big stick

Saavy Cycles NAHBS 2015 29er trailhead

Celebrating their debut year at NAHBS, Savvy Cycles will be making their argument that wood is good.  Following the lead of other outdoor industry product in returning to wood as a viable and environmentally friendly composite base material and inspired by modern heavy timber technology, Savvy’s handmade hickory and ash designs utilize advanced joining methods and adhesives for tough and weight-competitive results.

BIKERUMOR: What are your main building materials?

Mike: We use wood! Hickory, Ash and Sepele.

BIKERUMOR: What’s new with your company since NAHBS last year?

Mike: First time at NAHBS this year. We will be showing wood frame mountain bikes and a fat bike. READ MORE ->

Road to NAHBS 2015: Boo Bicycles’ Bamboo Bombers


Boo has had a gangbusters year.  Through impressive competitive showings in fields internationally for both their original and Aluboo models, Boo has established the high performance capability of their product while reinforcing its proven durability and ride quality across genres.  The crowd at NAHBS has a diverse selection of naturally grown tubed bikes this year…

BIKERUMOR: What are your main building materials?

Boo: Bamboo and carbon composite (for Boo models) and bamboo and aluminum (Aluboo / Alubooyah models). READ MORE ->

Road to NAHBS 2015: Kish Fabrication

Kish NAHBS 2015 Road Hog

NAHBS award winner Jim Kish has two debut products for this year’s show to complement several favorite cross and road standards.  The first is a production steel road model called “The Road Hog.”  The second?  A titanium fat bike to be unveiled at the show (Kish swears it will be done by then).

BIKERUMOR: What are your main building materials?

KISH: Titanium, with a little steel here and there. READ MORE ->