Sycip had a little something for everyone, including the fringes, with his collection of show bikes. Starting with the biggest one, the Barbecue Bike is really just a STEPS driven adventure e-mountain bike, but the accessories show a fun way of using it. Like most of his bikes, it’s a steel frame, and the racks and support stand are all made in house, too.

Click through for the details, plus his Road Light Special, a unique fixie and more, plus Carl Strong’s new bikes…


A cutting board and handlebar roll bag keep your accessories where you’ll need them for prep.


In the back, a small charcoal grill helps feed the party.


Assuming you’ll have a cooler strapped to the front en route, the Shimano STEPS e-bike system helps carry the load. Sycip’s enclosed mount protects it from trail debris.


The kickstand swings down from the fork and locks into place with wing nuts, keeping the bike stable while cooking.


Sycip’s trademark coins are present on the seatstays and fork legs. Retail for this bike would be about $5,000.


Worried about blowing out your tires (or knees) skidding to a stop all the time?


Why not give ’em a brake?


This adventure gravel bike has all the rack and fender mounts you’d want for some light touring.



It fits these 700×43 The Homage tires from Sim Works, an importer bringing boutique Asian brands into the U.S. More on them later.


Sycip’s Road Light Special was built for an employee and uses Columbus HSS shaped tubing for an ultralight steel road bike. The frame is 1,658g, which is no where near carbon fiber light, but decent for steel. However, the complete build comes in at just 14.2lb without going crazy on the parts.


Up front is a Columbus carbon fork and Chris King headset. Fizik cockpit keeps it sane, but the eeBrakes help with the weight weenie status.


As so the lightweight Hermes Sport carbon wheels. A Campagnolo Super Record group rounds things out.


Altogether this one’s about $8,000.



Carl Strong took a few years off the NAHBS circuit, which is common for small builders that have a waiting list and when the show is far from home. But, being Sacramento and expecting good crowds -and having new stuff to show off- he was back in action. Above, the Road+ bike gets the ENVE GRD fork and clearance for 700×28.


So, it’s not a pure gravel grinder, just something with a bit more clearance. This one’s made specifically for SRAM eTAP with no shift cable/wire ports, guides or stops.


His Gravel Bike has up to 35mm tire clearance and retails for $6,250 as shown (complete bike). This, with Di2 or mechanical, makes up about 80% of what he builds these days.


Carl says he requently does internal brake routing through TT, but doesn’t like doing internal shift routing for mechanical because it can compromise performance. Will likely switch to flat mount calipers, which will let him keep the traditional look of a bike on all but the smallest of sizes. Through axles will be coming around on more, too.


Karl’s new Fat Bike uses a flattened top tube and shaped, bent downtube. The former was for another project, but worked out well here to provide a tiny bit more stand over clearance than a traditional round tube. Yes, a tiny bit. The latter is to clear the tire when a suspension fork is fully compressed, and the geometry is suspension corrected.


It’s got a Borealis carbon rigid fork decorated (along with the frame) by Black Magic Paint.



Spacing measurements include a 120mm BB and 197mm rear axle, letting it easily swallow 5″ tires.


Price starts at $3,500 for full custom.


  1. Gunnstein on

    The crank brake is interesting, but looks unnecessarily convoluted for something that could be done more safely and simply with an ordinary front disk brake.

      • Glass on

        Or you could run it as a single speed with a brake and NOT have that problem to begin with. Will someone please explain why FIXIES exist outside the velodrome? Worst bikes EVER!!!

        • onion on

          This bike with the BB disc brake was actually shown at NAHBS way back in 2008. It’s just quirky and unique; it doesn’t have to be perfectly practical.

          I still enjoy riding fixed gear around the city. It’s a great application for a belt drive, and I do use a front brake. My commute is mostly flat, with a number traffic stops, so it’s fun to have the extra level of speed control with my legs. I liken it to driving manual vs. automatic.

    • Jared on

      The disc brake was made as a joke when Portland, Or. passed the law that all Fixies had to have a brake. When NAHBS was in Portland. The bars are made by Sim Works for Sycip. They should be on the website.


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