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Young, Russian Syre Releases the Punkcake Gravel Bike

Syre Punkcake full side shotPhoto c. Syre Bicycles
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According to the Urban Dictionary, the word Syre means “blunt, straightforward, and independent” or “when boys act silly on Facebook Chat”. Either way, I get the sense from their website that Syre, a new bike company hailing from Saint Petersburg, Russia, fits both definitions. Introducing the Syre Punkcake Gravel Bike.

This gravel bike is a custom, high-performance carbon offering. Syre says it’s “designed to keep the rider at one with the bike and have fun with every ride”.

The Syre crew says that the Punkcake got its name from the mixture of the words “punkbecause we are young rebels, and pancake because well, everyone loves pancakes“.

Hmmm…ok, fair enough.

Syre Punkcake wilderness
Photo c. Syre Bicycles

The Syre Punkcake looks like an all-purpose gravel bike that can be used on or off-road. It has classic, clean and simple lines that lend to its classic aesthetic.

3-Syre Punkcake frameset

There are a few geometry highlights, like the double dropped chainstay allowing for the Syre Puncake to run either 700×50 or 650bx2.5 with room for a double crankset (up to 53t) upfront if you desired.

The one-piece front triangle of the Syre Punkcake includes the bottom bracket unit as well as the YOke. The chainstays for the Syre Punkcake are only 420mm long. To fit 700×50 or 650bx2.5 tires and a double crankset with up to a 53t front ring, took some engineering in that area.

Anton, the Chief Design Engineer said that he “had to narrow the chainstay very much (to the state of a monolithic plate), but at the same time keep the internal routing.” He continues, “This unit is made of a single product as part of the front triangle, which also complicates the laying up. To be able to form the cable channel, I had to learn how to make a separate bladder.”

These details around the bottom bracket/chainstay junction and the 7mm forward shift of the seat tube, allow the Syre Punkcake frame to be used for many different types of builds, allowing for fat or skinny tires, 1x or 2x drivetrains all with the 420mm chainstay length, and internal cable routing staying intact.

Entering at the top of the headtube, cables are routed with the help of internal routing channels that are built into the Syre Punkcake frame. This allows you to keep the classically clean lines that were built into the Punkcake’s design. Combined with the integrated seat clamp detail and it’s a nice touch.

Syre Punkcake Geo Chart

Syre Punkcake Geo Chart

The designers at Syre Bicycles chose the geometry of the Punkcake so the bike can “feel like an extension of the rider, no matter what the terrain”.

Color Options, Tech Specs, and Retail

Syre Punkcake color pallet

They don’t offer custom colors at this point in the game but have an extensive and fun color list to choose from.

Retail: $3990 USD (frame, fork, thru-axles, headset, integrated seatpost clamp, rear derailleur hanger, front derailleur bracket, and all of the necessary elements for internal routing of all cables)

Frame Specifications

  • Frame: Three different types of carbon fiber, full internal cable routing, 960g (without paint, headset, and seatpost clamp)
  • Fork: Three different types of carbon fiber, full internal cable routing, tapered steerer (1-1/8″ to 1-1/4″) 480g (including headset compressor, without paint)
  • Tire Clearance: Up to 700cx50mm, 650bx2.5″ (always check to make sure you have 5mm clearance between frame and tire).
  • Front chainring sizes: 1x: max 46t, min 38t, 2x: max 53t (outer ring) min 38t (inner ring) (install crankset with a minimum clearance of 3.5mm between ring and frame).
  • Bottle bosses: 3, one under the down tube, one on the down tube, and one on the seat tube
  • Included thru axles: Rear: X-12 142×12 7075-T6 aluminum, Frontr: X-12 100×12 7075-T6 aluminum
  • Disc Brake mounts: Rear rotor size: 140mm or 160mm, Front rotor size: 140mm or 160mm
  • Bottom Bracket: T47 86mm width.

Order your own here.

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Mark
Mark
28 days ago

Lemme send over some cash to russia while their dictator bombs a country. This is awful…

JEREMY MOORE
JEREMY MOORE
28 days ago
Reply to  Mark

While the bombing is terrible, did you advocate against US goods when they lied to get world support to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan?

Roger Pedacter
Roger Pedacter
28 days ago
Reply to  JEREMY MOORE

Nice case of whataboutism you got there.

His point is terrible, but let it be terrible on its own merits.

Mark
Mark
27 days ago
Reply to  JEREMY MOORE

I did in fact.Which wasn’t very hard since just about every single US made goods is made in China, so you can waste more at a lower cost, except of course, war machines. Those are still proudly murican… Hope Dimitri takes the street when its time.

myke
myke
25 days ago
Reply to  Mark

There are tons of products made in the USA! let me repeat, TONS!!! However, most people don’t take the time to look beyond amazon. I personally make it a point to search out brands that produce products in the US.

Dockboy
Dockboy
28 days ago

FINALLY a brand lists the offset of the seat tube and its angle instead of some dumb “theoretical” angle to a random seat height.
This is the next piece of geometry understanding after Stack/Reach simplified that relationship.

JEREMY MOORE
JEREMY MOORE
28 days ago
Reply to  Dockboy

If your seat tube has any kind of curve or it’s offset from a straight line to the BB, that’s really the only way to get an accurate angle

boosh
boosh
28 days ago

Slava Ukraini!

PuckFutin
PuckFutin
28 days ago

When the rest of the world is cutting Russia off it means cutting Russia off. Bikes or not.

Slava Ukraini!

Arth
Arth
28 days ago

Sorry Syre guys.. but you think I’d be buying from any Russian company right now? Fair dues to BR for highlighting that bit. If it wasn’t for the legal entity part of the Contact Us section of the Syre site you might miss that bit.

Someone will reply saying I’m a virtue signaller because America was in the Gulf.

Ben Schu
Ben Schu
23 days ago
Reply to  Arth

You are just the victim of heavy one-sided war propaganda and asymmetrical information. Your government does business with Russia, so stop this nonsense and show a bit more respect to people that are just trying to make the bike world more diverse and who have no single share in this stupid horrible war!

Dmitry Prokopenko
23 days ago
Reply to  Ben Schu

Thank you Ben

David
David
28 days ago

Why are you promoting a Russian bike company? They don’t deserve any press.

Dinger
Dinger
28 days ago
Reply to  David

Fair but we should also remember that just like the US and China, the Russian people are not always necessarily reflected by their government.

Klaster_1
Klaster_1
28 days ago
Reply to  David

What did the company do? Not everyone in Russia supports the war. I am honestly appalled by the attitude in sibling comments.

Arth
Arth
28 days ago
Reply to  Klaster_1

Of course they don’t. But a total stop on business with Russia helps to build public pressure against the regime. It’s all or nothing on that. Sorry if that impacts what looks like a cool bike business but Ukranians come first.

Alex
Alex
28 days ago
Reply to  Arth

So, everyone should stop buying from small businesses, but purchasing oil and gas for billions euro is ok? What a hypocrisy.

Dmitry Prokopenko
28 days ago
Reply to  Arth

I’m afraid you know nothing about regimes my friend. Iran has been under heavy sanctions for 45 years. Did the regime die? No. It doesn’t work like that, unfortunately.

David
David
27 days ago

There were plenty of regime changes after the Berlin wall fell, not the same but shows the possibilities when the people rise up. I am Czech, we had the Soviet Union occupy my country in a “friendly visit” for 20 years. Nothing against Russian people, just the current regime. At the same time complete international pressure on Russia will hopefully help accelerate the fall of the current regime and free the Russian people.

Dmitry
27 days ago
Reply to  David

Ahoj David! “Osudy dobrého vojáka Švejka za světové války” is one of my top 10 books ever and I’m going to read it again now. Not only it shows the absurd and disgusting nature of any war but also it reflects the character of Chech people which I love and respect. I grew up in the Soviet Union and I found out about the invazion only when the SU split up. It was a top secret back then.
Anyway, regarding our today’s reality if you want to know my opinion tell me your email and I will write to you in private.

Arth
Arth
27 days ago

I don’t think an embargo alone will change things. But it adds up, hopefully, maybe. If it should be more nuanced I don’t know how. Maybe it turns Russians against the rest of the world. The media plays a big part and this is a new situation for people on both sides who can’t understand it all.
I get that governments are buying oil and gas. I don’t make those decisions like you didn’t decide to invade Ukraine. I can only consider all this when voting and where I spend my money is a vote of sorts.
Would I boycott a magazine that reviewed your bike, or criticize someone for buying it? No. That would be going too far. Would I enjoy riding with you guys somewhere sometime and would I learn something talking about this over a beer after? I’m sure I would.

JEREMY MOORE
JEREMY MOORE
28 days ago
Reply to  Klaster_1

That’s not the point. Of course, it’s intellectually inconsistent for the world to not boycott US goods and many others too

JEREMY MOORE
JEREMY MOORE
28 days ago
Reply to  David

Did you advocate boycotting US goods with the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan?

David
David
27 days ago
Reply to  JEREMY MOORE

what is going on in Ukraine is very different than Afghanistan and Russia. By the way I am Czech, we were occupied by the Russians for 20 years, I have seen what it looks like to be under Russian influence first hand.

Dmitry Prokopenko
27 days ago
Reply to  David

Excuse me David but you are not 100% correct: your country was occupied by the Sovien Union, not by “Russians” or “Russia”.
By the way, I grew up in the Soviet Union but I found out about the invasion to your country only after the SU split up. It was top secret when I was a schoolboy and nobody knew about it…

Scott
Scott
28 days ago

Guys, you don’t have to post EVERY press release you get, especially one from a country that’s the subject of sweeping international sanctions. You should take this down.

Speshy
Speshy
28 days ago
Reply to  Scott

I disagree. The comment section on this article is a good indicator to the company in question and the rest of the ruskis to western / European sentiment towards their dictatorship and the skewed reality that they live in. Slava Ukraini.

Dmitry Prokopenko
28 days ago
Reply to  Speshy

We hate dictatorship too but what are we supposed to do? Your proposal?

Dug
Dug
28 days ago

Really well thought through frameset that has all the modern features, including invisible cable routing and threaded bb.
I don’t see how not buying frames from this small company from Russia trying to push the bike industry forward and not supporting the current regime will help take Putin down? You should first question your governments who are buying gas from Russia and spending billions of €/£ that go straight into Russian government’s pockets.

JEREMY MOORE
JEREMY MOORE
28 days ago

With 55mm of clearance on my Grizl, I’d never buy a dropped chainstay bike unless it had excessively better tire clearance

Jay
Jay
24 days ago
Reply to  JEREMY MOORE

50mm….

Larry Falk
Larry Falk
28 days ago

Bike Rumor: Yes, the bike world is one big cultural family, but this goes too far – the Russians are committing genocide!!!! They have destroyed whole cities. They have “filtrated” THOUSANDS of children to Russia separating them from their parents. I could go on and on. I ask, What the heck are you thinking printing an article like this???

Dmitry Prokopenko
28 days ago

Hi everybody! Peace, love and prosperity to all. It is so sad to read these comments…

We are just a young private company making bikes and trying to survive. The sad truth is that this world is ruled by transnational capitals. While simple people are dying some European countries keep buyng Russian gas, France inceased imports of Russian uranium for its nuclear industry and USA cancelled sanctions on Russian fertilizers and increazed its import. So who is really financing this war?

Please think about it and let’s focus on bikes, let’s enjoy them or criticize them, lets discuss their geometry etc. but please stop spreading hatred and accusing people who are not guilty. Let’s talk bikes, not politics here. Again, peace and love to each and everyone. Dixi.

Robin
Robin
28 days ago

Tell that to the Ukrainians that are dying because your country invaded, Dmitry. I’ve got empathy for them, not your business.

Dmitry Prokopenko
28 days ago
Reply to  Robin

Robin, believe me: I’ve got empathy for them too.

Ben
Ben
28 days ago

Ok, can you please explain why you clearly ripped off the design of the Open WI.DE?

Dmitry Prokopenko
27 days ago
Reply to  Ben

I have replied to this one before but I don’t see my answer so here I go again.
Ben, building bikes these days is about evolution rather than revolution. Yes, Open were pioneers, they made a breakthrough and we respect them deeply as pioneers. So our bikes are not “ripped off” as you say but inspired by Open, and not only: they are also inspired by old, simple bikes. This being said, we’ve made some internal and external improvements and we’ve created our own progressive geometry. If you put together an Open and a Syre you will see the difference clearly. If you ride an Open and a Syre, you will feel the difference.

Ben
Ben
27 days ago

Comparing the specs on Bikeinsights I respectfully disagree.

Dringus
Dringus
22 days ago
Reply to  Ben

What are you comparing to form a disagreement? You use the phrase clearly, but your comparison is anything but clear. A rip off is a copy/paste and this is not that… In almost every size there are clear differences. CS Length, ST Angle, and BB Drop are the only consistencies I can find… you’ll find dozens of copies if that’s all you compare. Also…

Arth
Arth
27 days ago

Fair dues. ‘Everything is political’ to an extent. But I hear you and I don’t disagree. I think it’s sh*t that you’re caught up in this.

Dmitry
27 days ago
Reply to  Arth

Definitely

Dmitry Prokopenko
27 days ago
Reply to  Arth

Definitely…

Robbo
Robbo
28 days ago

Agree with most other comments. Bad taste to promote anything Russian. Poor judgement @BikeRumor

Chris Maltby
Chris Maltby
28 days ago

Nice bike, but 38T for a small ring is kinda big.

Dringus
Dringus
22 days ago
Reply to  Chris Maltby

A 38T/10-44 has the almost the same range as a 46-30/12-32
Considering the wheels are optimized around big tires, I’d say the focus of this bike is rougher terrain where clutch style wide range derailleurs are more common. Of course some might miss the opportunity to run newer 2x like 43-30/10-36 but it’s a small sacrifice for an otherwise versatile bike.. Source: Gear Ratio Comparison

Jason
Jason
28 days ago

the frame geometry is more like a cx bike than anything to do with grvl.
And look at the front-centre value, you will have a lot of problems with foot/heel contact.

Dmitry Prokopenko
27 days ago
Reply to  Jason

Strange, I have already replied to this one but I don’t see my answer, so here I go again. People who have tried our bike litterally fall in love with it because of the joy of riding that it brings. It is fast, handy and stable. People enjoy it. No problem so far.

Jason
Jason
27 days ago

but with this Front-Center you will have toe overlap, sorry folks!

Dringus
Dringus
22 days ago
Reply to  Jason

If you look at the competition and correct for a 50mm tire you’ll notice they all come out within 2-3mm of the Syre. Lot’s of options out there with this tire clearance and a less progressive geometry… similarly there aren’t many CX-ish grav bikes with this tire clearance…you can’t have your punk cake and eat it too.

Greg
Greg
28 days ago

No, just no. First let Russia finish the war, then you can promote its companies. And decent Russians, if they want to make bikes so badly, can always emigrate – or protest locally if they want to make a difference.

MDP
MDP
28 days ago

Peace Guys!
This is a post about a bike!
Bikes are over nations, bikes are fun, bikes are supposed to connect us to put smiles in our faces and hope in our hearth.
Bikes are fun!
It looks like the guys on Syre are making nice bikes, not war.
Peace!

Exodux
27 days ago

The timing for a Russian made bicycle is probably not that great, but I’m pretty sure Dmitry is just a hard working person just trying to make a living, which I’m sure is pretty hard for the majority or Russian citizens. Being that the very limited trade that Russia is experiencing due to Putin’s unpopular invasion of Ukraine, I would think that Dmitry is just trying to put food on his table. As we’ve seen, anyone that speaks out against Putin or the war are silenced, possibly never to be heard from again. I give Dmitry credit for at least of trying to promote his brand.
After/ if, this war gets over and the world goes back to somewhat normal, I’d have no problem supporting this brand

Dmitry Prokopenko
26 days ago
Reply to  Exodux

You see it right. We started this whole thing a couple of years ago and on February 24 we were as shocked and terrified as the rest of the world was. So now we are just sweating it out trying to survive because we can’t stop feeding our children. I am not complaining because I realize that people in Ukrain are living much harder times than we do but I don’t like being accused of things I’ve never done or supported. Thank you for you comprehension!

Jeff Vader
Jeff Vader
24 days ago

It’s a shame to see the jingoistic comments Dimitry. I have an OPEN and my main peeve is that you can’t replace a derailer cable without removing the BB, AND the BB is press-fit. Does the internal routing of your new design fix this? Another feature the OPEN misses, which I suspect yours does too, is the rear derailleur cable exit port? If the cable can exit somewhere OTHER than from just above the rear thru-axle it opens up the usage of MTB derailers as well as road-based derailleurs. Keep up the good work. I nearly brought a Triton from the other Dimitry, at one stage! Let’s hope the conflict stops sometime soon for everyone’s sake.

Mecanico do paladar
Mecanico do paladar
22 days ago
Reply to  Jeff Vader

On the Syre:
Insert the housing from the rear, you can have the Bottom bracket installed.
Push the housing until it appears in the headtube, pull it inside the top headset bearing and it’s done.

Adequate
Adequate
4 days ago

In fact, gentlemen citizens of the United States, you are such victims of propaganda, as is most of the world. If you look realistically at what is happening in Ukraine, you will understand that historically Ukraine and Russia were a single state. Moreover, Russia started from Ukraine and expanded to the east. The struggle between the centers of influence, the same as between your north and South, has been going on for hundreds of years, and it is foolish to think that the division of the unified Slavic tribes into two camps, that is, two countries, can end in something other than war. This has been clear since the collapse of the Soviet Union. This is a long-standing, ancient dispute for power between the western and eastern parts of the former Russian Empire. Just as the artificial division of any country eventually leads to wars. If the United States were divided into two countries, they would be fighting for power. Look at all the countries that your government has had a hand in dividing – there will be war everywhere sooner or later. And it’s terrible, but that’s how the psychology of the masses works.

Adequate
Adequate
4 days ago

So let’s talk about bicycles and not about the war! While we are all riding, we are kinder.

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