[2013 NAHBS] Shamrock Cycles – Full Suspension 650B Mountain Bike

Home MTB News [2013 NAHBS] Shamrock Cycles – Full Suspension 650B Mountain Bike

photos by: Jake Moore

Tim O’Donnell hails from Indianapolis, Indiana. Building bikes in a racing focused city definitely seems to show in his creations, as they all look build for speed. A particular stand out at the 2013 North American Handmade Bicycle Show was his war plane themed 650B full suspension mountain bike.

2013 NAHBS - Shamrock Cycles - 650B full suspension mountain bike

2013 NAHBS – Shamrock Cycles – 650B full suspension mountain bike

The paint on this frame was highly detailed and extremely well done. The war plane theme was carried throughout the frame with little rivet details and even a pin up girl.

rear view

rear view

The custom lugs that Tim did for this bike were amazing. It really showed well on the bike and made it look incredibly custom.

custom lug detail

custom lug detail

The rear end is made by Ventana that Tim then incorporates into his custom built front triangle.

seattube cluster detail

seattube cluster detail

Interview with Tim O’Donnell

Do you have any standard models is everything custom?

“Everything is purely custom. The customer comes to me and we start the process. I don’t even really have bike build packages.”

killer paintwork on this pin up girl

killer paintwork on this pin up girl

Do you use powdercoat or paint?

“Typically use wet paint instead of powdercoat.”

custom cockpit detail

custom cockpit detail

If you weren’t building bikes what would you be doing?

“Everything or nothing. I don’t know? I’m glad I don’t have to answer that.”

Shamrock Cycles pewter headbadge

Shamrock Cycles pewter headbadge

How did you get started building bikes?

“Start restoring some old motorcycles and got into brazing and welding. I thought I’d give it try on bikes. That was 2002 and never looked back.”

lower shock mount detail

lower shock mount detail

How many bikes do you build a year?

“Typically build 30-35 bikes a year.”

brake mount detail

brake mount detail

What was you first sweet childhood bike?

“I had a Redline BMX. First bike I really fell in bike love with was at 17  when my neighbor bought a Specialized Dirt Jumper. I thought it was the bomb.”

rear end detail

rear end detail

SRAM or Shimano?

“Primarily SRAM”

How many years have you been riding?

“I started racing at 17 and now I’m 41. So 24 years.”

Burrito or taco?

“Burrito.”

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