NAHBS 2013: Dean Titanium Updates Frames, Adds Superlight Road Bike & Rohloff’d Suspension MTB

Dean Titanium Bicycles has been busy updating their range of bikes and adding steel as an option. Fortunately, that didn’t stop them from putting together a one-off commuter show bike.

Even more fortunately, they’ll be offering it for sale. Called the Townie, it uses a split down- and top tube with internal routing for the brakes and rear internally geared hub.

Click on through for closeups and more…

Dean’s Colonel hardtail mountain bike gets updated frame with curvier top tube, BB30 and 44mm headtube.

It’s also now available with Di2 set up from K-Edge.

The Ace gets 3″ of rear wheel travel with a belt drive and Rohloff hub.

The lower pivot is concentric with the BB so there’s no chain growth, which allows the use of the Gates Belt Drive.

The El Diente Super-Lite is a new version of their road frame that comes in around 2.38 (1,070g) pounds. They saved weight by increasing the tubing diameters throughout the frame but reduced wall thickness.

Internally, the vent holes between tubes are cut larger, and they drilled out the dropouts. Retail is about $3,200 with full custom sizing.

Long a titanium builder only, Dean is now offering steel bikes, too. The road bike will retail for $1,200 with custom sizing and paint.

Comments

Doug B - 02/28/13 - 1:33pm

Had a steel Dean Jester for years, bought it back in ~1998, so they are moving back to Steel.

Joey Brown - 02/28/13 - 5:39pm

Dean makes great frames. I have owned a couple Ti road frames and a soft tail mtb frame. Quality craftsmanship at reasonable prices.

Unsatisfied - 03/02/13 - 4:15pm

Though the quality of their show bikes is superb, the quality of their customer bikes is sub par. I won’t get a dean again I fear after my last experience with their customer service.

Mark S - 03/02/13 - 7:55pm

The Ace they showed at NAHBS is unique (full suspension, Rohloff hub, Gate belt drive). Kudos to the guys at Dean who envisioned and then implemented that design.

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