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Archive for the ‘G-I’ Category

G-I sub categories : GT, Guru, Habanero, Ibis and Independent Fabrication

Guru Praemio

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I have always liked Canada, and Guru Bikes makes me like it even more.  Guru’s name may not seem that understated, but since 1993 the company has gone quietly about the business of making high-end custom bikes in their facility just outside of Montreal. You have to like the conclusion of their short “About Us”  […]

Independent Fabrication Planet Cross frame

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The Independent Fabrication Planet Cross frame is available in both steel and ti versions. The titanium tubes for the Ti Planet Cross comes from U.S. aerospace suppliers and is butted by using centerless grinding. The exterior of the tubing is also shot peened, which, according to the IF website, significantly improves fatigue life. IF describes […]

Guru Tri’Ti titanium road (time time, tri) frame

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The Guru Tri’Ti is a 3/2.5 titanium triathlon/time-trial oriented frame with its steep seat tube angle and aero touches like the cutout seat tube (for tucking in the rear wheel). Specifications: 700c wheel size Braze-on front derailleur 27.2 seat post diameter 1 1/8 head tube diameter English BB, 68mm shell 76 degree seat tube angle […]

Guru Carbonio/Ti road frame with Easton fork

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The Guru Carbonio/Ti was the top of the line Guru frame offering in 2005/2006. Online I found the following succinct description of the Carbonio/Ti: …the guys at GURU said they borrowed aspects of some of the great lugged carbon bikes (Colnago C-50, Calfee, Older LOOKS, etc.) and wanted to perfect it. They decided to build […]

Ibis Mojo titanium hardtail mountain frame

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Ibis Bicycles was founded by Scot Nicol, a northern California mountain biker. Ibis did not start out producing titanium frames, but later became famous for innovative titanium designs such as the BowTi and Silk Ti models. The Mojo was a mainstay model for Ibis, originally produced in 1991 in steel and then in 1994 in […]

IF Ti Crown Jewel frameset, 58cm toptube

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This 2008 IF Crown Jewel road frame is a custom Independent Fabrication frame with a 58cm (top tube) frame, with a stunning full-frameset IF paint scheme.  The quality is exceptional, all the way down to even the small details such as the solid sterling silver headbadge. IF matched this frame with a full carbon Reynolds Ouzo […]

GT Forte’ road frame

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The GT Forte was produced in the late nineties, in parallel with GT’s more expensive Edge Ti road frame. The Forte frame features GT’s Triple Triangle frame design, TIG welded from Sandvik 3AL/2.5V titanium tubing. The GT Forte exhibited very high quality Chinese fabrication, with excellent welds.

Habanero Classic road frame

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At you can order the Classic road 3/2.5-titanium road frame for $895 (June 2010 pricing), in a wide range of sizes. Habanero has been in business selling Ti frames since the mid-nineties, and has a large following of satisfied customers. The price is hard to argue with. I haven’t heard reports of quality issues, […]