San Remo Super: Our Neo-Retro Build with Heart-Shaped Lugs and Reynolds 853 Tubing

Here at Ellis Briggs, we’ve always been passionate about the art of bicycle frame building. Recently, we’ve had the opportunity to take on a few special orders from customers who were left in the lurch when Mercian Cycles ceased trading. Today, we’re excited to share one of these unique projects—a neo-retro build that perfectly blends traditional craftsmanship with modern technology.

A Tribute to Tradition

This particular frame is a labour of love, featuring heart-shaped cutouts in the lugs and crafted from premium Reynolds 853 tubing. For those unfamiliar, Reynolds 853 is renowned for its strength-to-weight ratio and its ability to deliver a responsive, comfortable ride. It’s a material that honours the traditions of steel frame building while offering the performance that today’s cyclists demand.

The Build

The frame is destined for a passionate cyclist in the USA who plans to outfit it with a Shimano Ultegra Di2 groupset. Combining the classic aesthetics of heart-shaped lugs with the cutting-edge technology of Di2 electronic shifting, this bike will be a true neo retro.

Follow Our Build Diary

Starting in a couple of weeks, we’ll be documenting the entire build process in a detailed diary. From the initial design stages to the final assembly, you’ll get an inside look at the craftsmanship and attention to detail that goes into every Ellis Briggs bike. We’re excited to share this journey with you and hope it inspires you to consider a custom build of your own.

Inspiring New Orders

We still have some space left in our order book and would love to help you bring your dream bike to life. Whether you’re looking for a traditional steel frame, a modern masterpiece, or a blend of both, we’re here to make it happen. Our goal is to keep the spirit of hand-crafted bicycles alive and thriving.

Get in Touch

If you’re interested in a custom build or have any questions, please feel free to drop a comment below, send us a message, or visit our website. Let’s keep the tradition of hand-crafted bicycles alive together.

Thank you for your continued support, and stay tuned for our upcoming build diary!