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    My Sycip Needs TLC

    During my last lap at the 24 Hours of Allamuchy last weekend, the water bottle cage ripped right out of the down tube of my Unleaded.
    The holes were big and there was a bit of rust on the perimeter.
    This was its 3rd season.
    So it's getting a trip back to California so that Jeremy Sycip can make it all right again.
    Plus, while I'm at it, might as well have a new drive side drop-out/der hanger welded on. It's been bent quite a few times and looks like hell. Plus, the B-Tension Screw stop is almost gone.
    I'm also considering having it painted a different color from Orange.
    Any Sycip owners wanna weigh in on what colors look good? I'm considering "Curry".
    I assume Jeremy will have to "unweld" the down tube and completely replace it.
    Any guesses as to how much this and the new drop-out will cost?
    I know bead-blasting and re-painting will run $200.
    Guess I just wanted to share my painful story with you all.
    Thanks for listening.
    Lenny

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    we need some pics!
    Quite possibly the slowest single speeder on earth.
    Now skating 'cause its cheaper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SMOKEY
    we need some pics!
    Here you go Smokey.


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    I don´t think it´ll be cheap. You´ll probably be best off ordering a new frame. Rust is one of the advantages of Titanium over Steel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 20_bandh
    I don´t think it´ll be cheap. You´ll probably be best off ordering a new frame. Rust is one of the advantages of Titanium over Steel.
    Are you kidding?
    A new custom Sycip frame is now like $1400.
    This job is like $400 max, incl the paint job.
    There is no way I'd take a chance on a different frame now.
    This Sycip handles like it's a part of my body.
    It's uncanny how good it is.

    The frame is boxed up and I'll drop it off at the local friendly UPS store on my way home today.
    I spoke to Jay Sycip today and he promised me a decent turn around time.
    Should have it for the best part of fall riding in the woods of NJ.
    I'll keep you all posted.
    Lenny

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    Let us know how much this work will set you back. I am guessing including powdercoating around $700 - but hope for your sake that it will be alot less.

    What colour will you be opting for?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 20_bandh
    Let us know how much this work will set you back. I am guessing including powdercoating around $700 - but hope for your sake that it will be alot less.

    What colour will you be opting for?
    I'm thinking of going with Curry, which is a brown mustard type color with a metal flake top coat.
    However, talking to Jay yesterday, he told me that they have tons more colors that they don't show on the web site.

    Any other Sycip owners out there with different colors?
    Tell me what looks good.

    The frame should arrive at Sycip on Fri.
    So I'll probably hear from either Jay or Jeremy on Mon or Tues next week.
    I'll keep you all posted.
    Lenny

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    I have four SyCip's...

    #1 Diesel in Guacaloco (A light minty green with metallic clearcoat)
    #2 Double Dribble in Oh Jay ( Dark Orange with metallic clearcoat)
    #3 Javaboy in Rootbeer (Metallic dark brown)
    #4 Pave in "new" color, The PC'd the frame a color called almost chrome and the topcoat is translucent blue. It makes the frame look anodized. Really beautiful in person.

    The Diesel's color, although I love it, is starting to show it's age (5 years old). Light colored MTB's show scratches and dirt too well. I will probably have them paint it again a little darker. They have a sage green that I saw at Interbike last year, that may be the new color.

    Do you have a favorite color? they recently bought their powdercoater so there colors are endless. You could also give them the color range and let them paint it whatever they want. They are artists after all. That's what I let them do with my Pave.


    Good Luck!

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    I agree with you about the lighter colors showing their age.
    But I really like them.
    Too many bikes lately are going with basic black or similar dark colors.
    I night ride so I'd like the bike to stand out and be easy to spot on the trails at night.
    I might stick with the Curry, but I also love purple.
    However, the purple that's shown on the web site, "Barney" seems a bit too light to me.
    Maybe a darker metal flake purple, but not so dark as to appear black in low light.
    Maybe even a "taupe" color combining Purple, Brown, and Grey.
    It's amazing how difficult it is to pick a color for a bike.
    There's too damn many choices!
    Lenny

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    I have two sycips - one is a light greenish blue and the other is a sage color. Both look great.

    I love my bikes so much that I convinced my brother to get one too, and right now jeremy is welding a 29er for him. He's goign for the sage color too

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    Curry

    I just bought a 29er off ebay that is curry. It looked bright yellow in the pic, but turns out to be a butt ugly mustard yellow/green (curry) color. I think it is great. It is "organic" but in the sun has a metal flake pop. Not an everyday color. Picture isn't great but color is about right.
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    Thanks for the pic.
    It really looks nice.
    I'll probably go with it.
    I wonder if anyone has the purple color "Barney"
    I've had a couple purple bikes, but never one as light as that.
    Wonder how it looks in person.
    Lenny

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lenny
    I'm thinking of going with Curry, which is a brown mustard type color with a metal flake top coat.
    However, talking to Jay yesterday, he told me that they have tons more colors that they don't show on the web site.

    Any other Sycip owners out there with different colors?
    Tell me what looks good.

    The frame should arrive at Sycip on Fri.
    So I'll probably hear from either Jay or Jeremy on Mon or Tues next week.
    I'll keep you all posted.
    Lenny
    My SS is Orange with a gold flake powder coat. I don't remember what they call this color, but OMG!!! It's almost too pretty to ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lenny
    Thanks for the pic.
    It really looks nice.
    I'll probably go with it.
    I wonder if anyone has the purple color "Barney"
    I've had a couple purple bikes, but never one as light as that.
    Wonder how it looks in person.
    Lenny
    I've seen the curry in person. I like it. It's understated, but unusual.

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    i try to keep my sycip dd's nice and white. it take a lot of cleaning and a lot of TLC. to keep it that way... ;p. and also some touches of bling bling.
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    Quote Originally Posted by [email protected]
    I've seen the curry in person. I like it. It's understated, but unusual.
    Talked to Jay yesterday on the phone.
    My bike is done.
    $200 for the powdercoat (curry) and $145 for replacing the down tube and welding on another derailleur hanger.
    Not as bad as I expected.
    Now, I can't wait to get it back, build it up, and ride it again.
    I'll let you all know when it comes.
    Lenny

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lordie
    i try to keep my sycip dd's nice and white. it take a lot of cleaning and a lot of TLC. to keep it that way... ;p. and also some touches of bling bling.
    Dude! It looks like you don't even ride that thing. It's almost too clean ; )

    That is a sweet bike. How much rear end travel? Is that a Ventana rear end?

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    Quote Originally Posted by [email protected]
    Dude! It looks like you don't even ride that thing. It's almost too clean ; )

    That is a sweet bike. How much rear end travel? Is that a Ventana rear end?
    it was a pain to clean the bike..woth brushes and toothbrush.. that is a 5" travel on Ventana. theres this local brand they sold locally call Mama Lemon, use mainly for dishwashing and scrubbing pots and pans, great for removing greese stains and mud from the bike.. sadly.... the mud of the tires are a pain to get rid off... steel does need a bit more tlc incase they rusted, etc....

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    Yes the Sycip DD uses a ventana rear end

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    Here she is.
    The whole job cost $345.
    That included new down tube, reinforced bottle cage inserts, new derailleur hanger, bead blast, and powder coat.
    Too bad my camera didn't pick up the metal flake.
    It looks awesome in the sun.
    Lenny

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    very nice........ the color looks good

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    Frame saver

    Buyit, use it. Your frame looks dry as a popcorn fart inside, but the surface is evenly rusted. A sure sign of condensation rust. Buy a can of frame saver, use it liberally everywhere, then every time you have the BB or the headset out, use a little more....

    My 1994 Bontrager has a sticky layer of frame saver inside, but not a speck of rust to be found.....

    I have a new can waiting for the inside of my DeSalvo which should arrive in the next couple of weeks.
    I will treat it for two days before I build it up and it will last forever.
    It will be the best bike in the world, and I will conquer all mountains.
    No trails will straighten themselves in submission to my riding prowess...


    Excuse me, I got carried away.
    "Welcome to my underground lair...."

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    sycip is badass

    I have got to say Sycip is one company that stands by their product. I bought a Sycip from a team rider with a small ding on the downtube-I mean small. Even though I wasn't the original buyer they fill, sanded and powder coated the entire thing for a reasonable price.
    Kudos to Sycip!!

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