Scott Sports Buys Syncros

Jan 3, 2012 at 10:44
Jan 3, 2012
by Mike Levy  
 
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GIVISIEZ, Switzerland — January 3rd, 2012

Syncros was founded in 1986 by Peter Hamilton and Pippin Osborne as a small, high-end components company on Vancouver’s North Shore. After a few changes in ownership, Tom Ritchey made the final buy in 2003 and under his guidance, Syncros returned to its roots as a leading manufacturer of high end mountain bike components specialized in the All Mountain, Freeride, and Downhill categories.

SCOTT will give Syncros the necessary support to design outstanding products and enlarge the line by expanding into Cross Country and Road categories. A dedicated design and engineering team has been created and they have already begun working to develop innovative products for future Syncros product lines. The products will be built to reflect SCOTT’s high standards for technology while also keeping top-to-bottom integration mind. This type of product integration will cultivate new levels of innovation, further adding value to its bikes.
bigquotesWe have always believed that the Syncros name has held an excellent image in the industry. Our priority was to find a way to increase our offering of parts and accessories while still maintaining our relationship with Ritchey, our long-term partner. The purchase of Syncros was the perfect solution and we look forward to offering our dealers a full line of new parts and accessories with the same high quality standards as our bikes. - Pascal Ducrot, SCOTT Sports Vice President

Syncros will be distributed through the SCOTT network to dedicated dealers around the globe. Currently SCOTT offers dealers a full range of bikes, clothing, bike shoes, and helmets. The addition of Syncros parts and accessories will further strengthen this package, giving dealers more to offer. SCOTT will present the complete range of new Syncros products to the public during the 2012 Eurobike show.


ABOUT SCOTT SPORTS: SCOTT SPORTS WAS FOUNDED IN 1958, IN SUN VALLEY, IDAHO. TODAY IT IS A LEADER IN THE DEVELOPMENT, MANUFACTURING, SALES AND MARKETING OF HIGH END PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS INTENDED FOR BIKING, WINTER SPORT, MOTORSPORT AND RUNNING. INNOVATION, TECHNOLOGY AND DESIGN ARE THE ESSENCE OF THE SCOTT PRODUCTS AND THE VISION OF OUR ENGINEERS AND DESIGNERS.

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74 Comments

  • + 85
 Syncros was never the same after Ritchey bought it. It was a shadow of it's former glory. Now it will go the way of Bontrager. Just another boring house brand of components. More opportunity for the hardcore component brands (Chromag, Straitline, Race Face, Deity, etc) to get more business though. My 2 cents.
  • + 1
 Couldnt have said it better myself
  • + 6
 totally agree. syncros and ritchey used to be great.
  • + 20
 Thank you God RaceFace came back to us!!!! So yeah syncros eh....
  • - 27
flag AlexRose (Jan 3, 2012 at 14:47) (Below Threshold)
 How can you say Bontrager is a boring brand? They have some of the best components out there...
  • + 11
 I beg to differ Alex. They just come as standard on every Trek, hence another boring house brand of components.
  • + 13
 I own a Trek Session 8 and it's all stock (for now). Bontrager has been fine but I'm definitely looking to upgrade. I would never UPGRADE to Bontrager parts. They are as basic as it comes
  • + 2
 Oh I wouldn't say they're bad components, yeah as you said, would never upgrade to them.
  • - 6
flag coregrind Plus (Jan 3, 2012 at 18:54) (Below Threshold)
 You guys that hate on Bontrager, when was the last time you used any of the parts? I bought some basic stuff (Rhythm bar/stem/post and Big Earl wheelset) earlier this year and have been quite pleased. The only thing bad I can say is that the decals on the wheels don't match each other. Anyway, I've been happy so I invested in some of the tires. The GMud and the G4 are great - the price is perfect on each and the guarantee can't be beat. Give them a try again for the first time.
  • + 7
 I used the parts yesterday. and they're no where near top of the line...
  • + 2
 definitely wont be the bontrager of trek, but they wont have their former glory
  • + 2
 Well the bontrager xxx lite stuff is brilliant, I'd upgrade to bounty xxx stuff anytime of the year! I agree that the bottom of the line stuff you get on a trek is pretty bog standard. It's maybe more xc/road orientated.
  • + 6
 I can't stop laughing at the number of people moaning about syncros and talking like they were even there at the time when syncros was great. If you're not in your mid-30s or higher, you were NOT around when Syncros was a top brand.
  • + 2
 I bought my first Syncros component in late 1992 (their awesome aheadset stem with the angled top-cap) and went on to buy their legendary 2-bolt seatpost, titanium bottom bracket, cromoly crankset, flat handlebar and any other bits I could find!!

Syncros is definitely not what it once was, and this could be due to Pippin leaving to found Banshee Bikes??

I got to meet Pip at Banshee HQ in Vancouver in 1995, and was stoked to talk to him about the Syncros days, although I understand a Canadian rider was seriously injured after the failure of a Syncros component and Pip took this personally, which is one reason Banshee frames were always crazy overbuilt

in more recent times, I spent a couple of seasons on Syncros Mental Alloy and Magnesium pedals and thoroughly enjoyed using those pedals, but they have been superceded by more modern designs which are thinner, lighter and less lethal to your shins!!

would be great to see Syncros come back from the overbuilt era (their recent headsets were stupidly overbuilt) and join the modern revolution in high end bike parts
  • + 1
 Well you're old enough. But to read some of these 17 year olds commenting like they KNOW syncros... ROTFLMSWAO. I also started buying Syncros in 1992 after I got my first Rocky Mountain. I still have multiple seatposts (titanium, and 7075T6 aluminium versions... i never liked the cheaper 6061 shaft ones they did under the GT ownership) from the 90s era as well as newer (post-ritchey) era ones. I also have three or four titanium bottom brackets, a set of their crank-o-matic ti crank bolts, lots of cattleprod stems, one nos cattlehead hinge stem I'm unlikely to ever actually use (except for a late 90s restoration job maybe), and a titanium flat bar. I did however suffer the classic syncros post failure on a ride a year ago though (fatigue crack of shaft followed by head yanking out).
  • + 0
 I may not be a veteran in the MTB world but I've built a couple nice snycros wheels in my time and I've got their bar and ten on my DJ. They make great stuff and if they were bought out by anybody else i would probably be ok with it. However Scott Bikes gives me a bad feeling about the future of syncros. I have never been impressed by the quality of Scott bicycles. And working in a bike shop as a mechanic and salesman I've had plenty of time to get up close and personal with their frames, both low end and high end. They boast high quality craftsmanship but i haven't seen it. Ive seen Top end carbon XC frames crack in half several times. And these riders were not heavy people riding light bikes. And the quality of the suspension systems is low. Their rear-suspension linkages have flashing marks on them from the poor quality castings. Even a low end norco bike has nice machined linkages and big name suspension parts. In the end I just think that this acquisition is going to be the end of a classic reliable brand. Goodbye Syncros, you will be missed.
  • + 1
 i'm 18 and still had one of those syncross stems with the angled top cap, but then i over tightened the compression bolt years later and didn't bother trying to find another one
  • + 1
 I remember when Syncros was on 1st & Main in the red barn with the big sliding door, near the present day Olympic village. I bough a post from the now gone bike shop behind the old MacDonalds in West Van; and after a few months of riding, the cradle (aluminum) really deformed downward, so that the saddle rail couldn't be gripped anymore. I went over to Syncros (as a teenager) and they opened the big door, and let me into their "assembly plant". There were guys pushing steerer tubes and legs into their rigid forks. It was pretty cool. The guy looked at the cradle (these were the original crescent ones), and gave me a new one.

In the early/mid-90's, when Pip lived in Dundarave, he showed me one of their proto aluminum hard-tales with ti-dye anodizing. They were never put into production. (I almost bought one at the old bike swap at the outdoor show, when it was at the Plaza of Nations).

I saw Pip a few years ago with the Syncros truck in Eagle Harbour/Fisherman's Cove (used to see the truck all the time in the 90's at Bean ATW at 15th & Marine): I was riding to race rocks where my cousin worked, on his Morphine, and there was the truck. I stopped and talked to Pip about biking and bikes a while: It was great.
  • + 1
 My uncle Earl from Whistler (way back, he's now on Bowen Is...him and Rabbit are the grand-masters of Tapleys) told me that Syncros started (with bar ends) because people were getting sore wrists/hands from riding in the same position. But that's just an urban legend, right? Also there was a Syncros cane/clamp.

One more thing I forgot. When they moved to the Venables and Commercial area, I went there with a defective stem, and they gave me one (raw) out of a huge box full of stems. I'm not even sure if it was heat treated.

I'll finish and say, they made my favourite (alum. and ti) seat-posts (along with the IRD quadzilla). I loved the machining on the post, and it also helped in keeping the saddle height right. And there cattle-prod and head stems were also my fave.
  • + 25
 Let’s be honest, there is not much differences between cockpit parts (saddle excluding) these days. It’s really more about personalizing your bike and/or supporting certain brands.

And to the comment above about in-house brands being inferior and not as ‘hard-core’, I disagree. Supporting small brands is a good thing, but bottom line my boring Bontrager and Specialized parts perform just as well as your much costlier ‘hard core’ parts.
  • + 4
 Yup, my bontrager front wheel that came on my 05 session 7 is still the best spinning wheel I have, it may not be light or pretty, but damn does it take a beating.
  • - 6
flag trailstar2danman (Jan 4, 2012 at 7:43) (Below Threshold)
 it's a front what can go bad? -props Bontrager=Shit
  • + 3
 Oh trailstar2danman that's really disheartening, your "props" matter to me.
  • + 13
 i worship syncros, let`s hope we`ll see more stuff from them
  • + 2
 Can't wait to see the bigger range, I'm gonna be all over their XC kit...
  • + 8
 Awesome man , maybe we will start seeing syncros stuff fitted as Scotts in house brand ?
  • + 10
 Lets hope so, will bring the value right up on Scott bikes
  • + 10
 Cause thats what scott need, higher cost!!!
  • + 8
 But that's why I said value, if Syncros is their "in house" brand, it won't cost them anything to put the stuff on their bikes, same price, better parts
  • + 3
 Fair point. Would be an awesome addition to an already incredible brand
  • + 3
 Not really. If you think about it, Scott have bought and now can direct the name "Syncros" as they wish. If tomorrow, Scott changed the own brand labels they currently use on all entry level bike's bars, stems and seatposts (inc road, hybrid and kids....) which I think just says "Scott", and changed it to "Syncros", would the bikes all suddenly be improved? Same actual parts under the sticker though.... Same as if tomorrow Trek decided to ditch the name "Bontrager" on their MTB finishing kit, bought the companies "RaceFace and "SDG" and put their labels on the exact same current products would you suddenly find Trek a better value brand....? No doubt they'll continue to develop high end components (just like Bontrager), but doubtless you'll soon find the name on many mid-level relatively generic parts, fitted to £500-£1500 bikes. Nothing really wrong with that though.
  • + 1
 Good point dude ^^
  • + 1
 Yeah... I have to admit you've got me there Blank Stare
  • + 5
 I rode syncros way back when they first started ...best Stems, beautiful titanium Seat posts and Bottom brackets around ! I still have one of their titanium bottom brackets that honestly must have 50 thousand miles on it..... Loved them !! Hope the company does them justice and remembers where they came from.....rider owned !!
  • + 3
 I still have a 1-1/8" quill Cattleprod stem [135!!] and a 110mm Ti BB that don't fit a single bike I own, but they're sweet parts I just can't bear to get rid of. They're staying in the tickle trunk forever.
  • + 3
 "tickle trunk"???? what do you do to your person when you look in that trunk ayy?!?!
  • + 5
 LOL - it's a [very] Canadian reference to a kids TV show that I watched in the 70s. tickle trunk = box of random bike parts
  • + 2
 bless my naive english self!
  • + 4
 its was called Mr. Dressup's the tickle trunk was in the show for the review, yep did ride syncros alot, cheap and does the job
  • + 1
 my Syncros FR rear hub must be the strongest part on my bike at the moment....rock solid
  • + 1
 Well if you pick and choose the "great parts" and ignore the crap parts they did then yes you can call them a wonderful brand. But the seatpost design that most know them for all (the 2-bolt inline with the head pressed into the seatpost shaft) had an annoying habit of failing the same way with a fatigue crack developing at the top of the shaft and then splitting and pop...out comes the head with the saddle attached... usually discovered during a ride at an awkward moment. And their first hubs they did were boatloads of crap. They flexed more than stock shimano hubs of the period, weren't that much lighter, cost way more than XTR, and stripped out the freehub mechanisms rather easily. And their aheadset stems using an angled and irreplaceable top cap was a dumb idea from the get go. And don't get me started on the forks.

Same goes with basically every component brand... there is no one "they did everything perfect" brand with more than a couple component offerings. Paul's Components had lemming/lame duck components, as did RaceFace, as did Interloc Racing Design, as did Hope, as did Chris King, and the list could go on and on.
  • + 1
 To be true, they had some flaws. but they were pretty sweet parts for the time. The only post issues that I saw at my shop were the black alloy ones, never saw a single ti post crack...but they were costly. The stems were the first ones I had ever seen with an alloy steerer tube bolt...obviously not DH stuff, but pretty KA for trimming grams, which was the rage back then....And that angled top, as you most likely know, was there to help keep your knees less cut up than a 90 degree cut...There are many flaws to every company and their product lines, but syncros was a really good, cutting edge, rider owned, Canadian built parts company. And i was pretty proud to support them, ride their stuff for years and sell quite a lot of it at my shop in the early 1990's.
  • + 2
 I would argue against the claim that bontrager stuff is bottom of the line, take a look at their rythym stem, it has one of the widest bolt pattern of any stem on the market, and their high end seats and wheels are legit
  • + 1
 I'll keep this short because there's so many fanboys on here of the other brands. Bontrager stuff IS JUST AS GOOD as the boutique stuff. An example are their carbon rims. The Aeolus rims are the real deal. There are a lot of things Trek doesn't publish about the validation testing the rims go through before they are approved for production. They publish all the jazz regarding wind tunnel data but that's just the tip of the iceberg on how well these rims are designed and built. All of you people type opinions without ever riding any of the stuff you're voicing about. In turn, it makes your posts useless and actually hurts the community with baseless rants. I'm not a Trek or Bontrager fan either, but it's from an opinion of riding their stuff, not baseless online speculation.
  • + 1
 I persinally think scott is trash and I think that there bikes are way over priced here in nyc. They are sold in smaller boutique shops that sell trash components and other brands like fuji and jamis. I would never buy a scott branded anyrhing. I wouldn't purchase bontrager stuff either for that matter. I couldn't be happier with my components from syncros, they seem to be built great. I have had some bars stems and pedals feom them and coupdnt be happier. With other hardcore component manufacturers building really high quality cimponents I'm not sure that selling out to scott will head the brand in the right direction. A conpany such as scott will surely be able to mass distribute the synceos name if tuey decide to supply these conponents on scott bikes but I'm sure they will do what they can to keep costs low. Which in turn makes the quality if such products drop. But now and days its hard to buy any stock bike with top end components, seeung that giant bijes now have all giant brand components and trek uses all bontrager components. I hope syncros will continue to pump out great components such as the mental pedals but my heart tells me they wont.
  • + 1
 "I persinally think scott is trash"
From actual experience of their product or just because you're confused between quality and bargain basement?
  • + 1
 i have ridden a bunch of their bikes. i was not thrilled.. i have ridden bikes 3/4 the price of certain scott bikes with higher quality. just a personal opinion... i would expect a man that owns every scott bike to not like my comment.
  • + 2
 If i'm not mistaken Scott is a little overpriced, but it might be worth it now.
  • + 3
 scott makes sick bikes. i just bought a voltage and i love it
  • + 1
 nice one, one of the few scott bikes that dont break easily Smile
  • + 1
 another bike that dont break easily is the high octane... maybe this year ill get one ... i had riden in a voltage of a friend of mine... and now i want to own one Razz
  • + 1
 the high octane wont snap easily, put is prone to cracking. from a shops point of view scott bikes are one of the most common we have to weld cracks or replace parts
  • + 0
 Just found a crack on my Scott Scale headtube this morning Frown
  • - 1
 point proved ^^^ but unlucky bud Frown giant or trek make genuinly really strong frames, but most of treks bikes are made by giant (not the dh bikes before i get abused) which is why, its only treks designs .
  • + 1
 the voltage is so nice, i put 888s on it and new foxdhx 5.0... it ride really nice, it came great stock. i rode it stock for about a week and i needed to upgrade for the racing season that starts this weekend. Hionestly one of the best bikes I've ridden. and its a great price
  • + 3
 the whole cracking thing. trek has bike that crack too. i work at a shop too. i saw the bottom bracket broke off a Gary fisher hard tail and the swing arm broke on a gary fisher. people just like to hate on brand. my friend beats the crap out of his voltage hard tail. no cracks.. its not that there weak its that when it was welded it was done wrong. all bike will break sooner or later. but people like to keep hush hush. thats what i think.
  • + 1
 i have seen broken bikes from almost every brand, i was just saying i see more scotts than most specifically for cracks, i wasnt hating on them.
  • + 1
 i like my demo.
  • + 1
 i like riding sam hills old demo Big Grin
  • + 1
 I think its good for Syncros and Scott to join together. They'll make a great team and looking forward to seeing the combo's they produce in the future.
  • + 1
 Technically Scott Sports has owned them before... in the mid/late 90s Scott Sports group bought Yeti, Schwinn and GT Bicycles, and GT had by that stage bought Syncros (and was using them as THEIR house brand component group). Yeti would be sold off to Volant Skis, Schwinn and GT would be merged and then sold off to Pacific Bicycles Group and GT still owned syncros so they went along also).
  • + 1
 hmm frame looks if'y. looks like your gunna be replacing them seals quite abit
  • + 1
 looks that way, but my Genius has been solid so far
  • + 2
 1958!? Wow that's a very long time! Scott is good sh$t. Love there product
  • + 1
 It's not like they've been making bike parts the whole time.
  • + 1
 It kind of already was their house brand. I bought the pictured frame and it came with a Syncros headset.
  • + 1
 yeah but thats like saying giant and a whole host of others have fsa as there in house brand since they all there models come with fsa headsets maybe you got the wrong end of house brand??
  • + 1
 ya dude scott is amazing i got their voltage yz0.2 for xmas and i love it
  • + 1
 did u get a pair of PJ's with that. Smile
  • + 1
 haha yur funny
  • + 1
 Ya Scott USA??? I think there a few more companies that need your help.
  • + 1
 what shock is that?
  • + 1
 Equalizer 3, propitiatory PULL shock for the frame built by DT swiss.
  • - 2
 hmmm 2 shite companys coming together to make 1 hugely shite company.

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