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Kish Titanium SL road frameset

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A special congratulations to Jim Kish for taking home the “Best of show” award at the February 2011 NAHBS in Austin.  The ultimate honor for a bike fabricator… congratulations Jim!

Jim Kish is one of an elite group of frame builders whose reputation is renowned. Ask a titanium-bike afficianado about the …

Morati HC 1.3 mountain bike frame

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Morati launched in the Czech Republic in 1995, formed from Mora Aerospace (a division of Mora Moravia, which has a long 49 year history). Morati sold titanium frames (road and MBT) and other titanium components as well, such as forks and cranksets.

The HC 1.3 is one of Morati’s 26″ …

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 …

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 Breezer style …

Moots Vamoots titanium road frame

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The Vamoots is classic in all kinds of ways.  It may be the most classic of all road frames, in my opinion.  While I’m sure that opinion is not well justified, I’ll throw out a few related thoughts.

First of all, it’s a Moots.  And (for reasons that I am now …

Seven Alaris Race titanium road frame

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Seven Cycles’ Alaris Race 3/2.5 titanium road frame was offered between 2004 (?) and 2009. 

Seven has three grades of 3/2.5 titanium tubesets:

Integrity – no butting of tubes Argen – some butting (double butted) Cirrus – “ultra” butting

The Alaris Race uses the Integrity tubeset, which implies a frame that will be a …

Salsa Cycles titanium El Mariachi MTB frame

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The Salsa El Mariachi hardtail 29er was introduced in 2007. The standard El Mariachi was produced from Salsa’s “Kung Fu” CroMoly tubing. To produce the El Mariachi in titanium, Salsa turned to the titanium-fabrication expertise of Lynskey. So, the titanium version of the El Mariachi is manufactured …

Litespeed Tanasi 2005 26″ hardtail MTB frame

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Litespeed’s Tanasi was Litespeed’s lightest hardtail MTB frame from 2000-2006. The Tanasi was special due its main frame being entirely fashioned from 6/4 titanium. Because 6/4 titanium is stronger than 3/2.5 titanium, Litespeed can achieve the required frame strength using less material. The result? A …

Quintana Roo TiPhoon 2003 time trial frame

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American Bicycle Group became the parent firm for several well-known brands, most notably Litespeed, but also Quintana Roo and Merlin. Some cross-branding of products occurred, and the TiPhoon is one such example. The TiPhoon is simply a Litespeed Blade with different decals.

The Litespeed Blade (read, Quintana Roo TiPhoon) …

Model history – Litespeed Nachez road frame

Litespeed’s Nachez road frame was positioned below the Tuscany in Litespeed’s model line-up in the late 1990’s.  First offered in 1996, the Nachez was Litespeed’s “affordable” road frame, intended to attract customers who could not afford Litespeed’s pricier models.  In 1998, Litespeed offered another road frame at an attractive price …

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