Jeremy’s 25th Anniversary Sycip Di2 Disc Road

The 2017 NAHBS coincided with the 25th anniversary of Sycip Designs. Jeremy knew he had to do something special for the showcase, so in the spirit of Sycip number one, which we saw in detail yesterday, he pinged his brother Jay Sycip, who works at Chris King, to come down to Santa Rosa and do something special…

In many ways, Sycip number one embodied frame building construction when it was built and painted. With wrapped seat stay caps, beautiful lugged construction, a 1″ steerer, QR ends, lightweight steel tubing, and a threaded bottom bracket, you couldn’t ask for more at the time. It even had a matching fillet stem.

For this bike, Jeremy wanted to evoke a sense of throwback design, with a modern twist. In the past 25 years, he’d learned a lot, including the art of welding titanium. Technology had come a long way too, with flat mount disc brakes and electronic shifting gruppos. A lot had changed since those days in Paul Sadoff’s shop making a fillet stem.

Jeremy made this disc road bike with all the accouterment of a modern race machine and all that was left was Jay’s steady hand to finish the job. Personally, knowing the history of this machine just adds the icing on the cake.

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  • Nicholas Haig-Arack

    Gorgeous bike built by the nicest, most laid-back guy in the world. I’ve witnessed Jeremy absolutely rip Quincy singletrack on this thing like it was no big deal.

  • Any bike painted with flowers certainly looks even better when covered with dirt!

  • Matt Meko

    I’m curious about this choice of seatstay design. I see it a lot and it looks good, but I’d like to know the reasoning behind it beyond aesthetics.

    • Segmented stays? It’s a common theme in the Fat Chance/IF/Igleheart school of building – Firefly continues it in the northeast and a few on the west coast do it too. Not really sure if it offers anything unique in terms of ride quality but it sure looks great!

      • It’s interesting for sure. I know similar designs can be seen as far back as the 1890s. I remember seeing photos of one that had a spring suspension, similar to the style on the Pinarello Dogma k8-s I would have to guess it’s aesthetics, but who knows! Well some crusty old historian somewhere probably does. Seeing designs forgotten and then found or outright re-invented/designed is always fascinating. Like there was an American bike company that built frames with eccentric fork ends, in 1897. I’d like to see someone build a frame with that!

    • Bil Thorne

      I think it’s because frame builders got tired of people saying “front fork” so they threw a spare fork on the back.

  • The bike is fantastic, and a beautiful homage. The second- and third-to-last photos of Jeremy bring such joy — that smile!

  • Jon B.

    I wish he was doing a run of these, semi-production style.

    • He could build ya one. It might not save you money like production would, but the added benefit of a fully-custom fit is worth some extra $$$.

  • boomforeal

    love the profile of this thing, it’s like the platonic ideal of a bicycle