We can look forward to several very cool custom bikes for kids this year at the show, but the one in Jeremy Sycip’s booth may be the raddest. Inspired by his children’s size and potential for getting rad, Sycip built a boss 20″ real-deal mountain bike for his son. See the envy of every kid in the neighborhood, as well Sycip’s take on an all-terrain e-bike, after the jump.
BIKERUMOR: What are your main building materials?
Jeremy: I use mainly Steel. Heat treated cromoly of some sort. I also work with Aluminum, Stainless and Titanium. But about 99% of the custom frames I make are steel.
BIKERUMOR: What’s new with your company since NAHBS last year?
Jeremy: Lots of new things happening at Sycip Designs. I have moved my shop to a new undisclosed location where the machines are much closer together so production has stepped up a notch. Build time is much faster since I don’t have to walk so far to do different operations.
I have gotten back into metal fabrication. Mainly whatever people want. Office desks, shelves- I did a custom wood rack for firewood and toilet paper holders for a restaurant in SF.
My wife has also come on board this year as the CFO.
BIKERUMOR: Any killer custom bike builds in that time?
Jeremy: I have built quite a few bikes since last NAHBS. I guess the new thing seems to be big tires and small bikes. I built my son a new 20” wheel MTB with gears and disc brakes. Super sweet kids bike.
Also some road disc models and “plus” size wheel bikes. I built a 26” plus at last years show and this year I have built a couple 27.5 plus models. I am calling these bikes “baby fat” tire size bikes.
BIKERUMOR: What were some of your newer inspirations for recent bikes?
Jeremy: I think now that my kids are riding more and I have built them 20” mountain bikes. They are some of my inspiration.
I also like old scooters and motorcycles. So some components of a prototype Shimano e-bike comes from Dual Sport motos.
BIKERUMOR: What are you building this year that’ll draw a crowd?
Jeremy: I think this Shimano Steps e-bike might draw a crowd. Maybe. I hope. It took a long time to build and even longer to figure all the components and making sure it will all function together.
I also tried to make an all around bike that will go on any terrain and not just a typical commuter type e-bike.
BIKERUMOR: If you had to build a bike for a Kentucky Derby style race (think short, all out effort on deep, loose dirt), what would you build and why?
Jeremy: I think a Baby Fat 26”. It has big tires for traction on deep , loose dirt. Acceleration of slightly smaller wheels, than a 29er.
BIKERUMOR: Bourbon or beer?