Ti Cycles Gets Wise, Launches Production Titanium Bike Brand Sage Cycles

Sage Cycles Skyline titanium road bike

Sage Cycles is a new project from Dave Levy of Ti Cycles and David Rosen to build production titanium frames with design and finishing by Levy.

The result is Sage Cycles, a three bike line (road, cyclocross and commuter) that starts at $1,700 for the frame, about $1,300 less than the starting custom Ti Cycles bike. The bikes are 3/2.5 ti with double butted top and down tubes (plus seatstays on the road bike).

While they’ll be made overseas by a factory that only builds with ti, each one benefits from Levy’s 27 years of framebuilding expertise during development, using his full custom Ti Cycles brand as the proving ground for new ideas. Before delivery, each frame is finished at Ti Cycle’s workshop, including head badge and decal placement, reaming and facing. Rosen says everything passes through QC before it goes out the door. Warranty work and repairs will be done in house by Levy.

The Skyline road bike (above) has a shapely head tube and will get a fully oval top tube.

Sage Cycles Skyline titanium road bike

Frame weight is about 3.25 lbs and has ports for electronic drivetrains, too, and replaceable dropouts.

Sage Cycles Logan and Burnside titanium commuter bicycle

The commuter bike will come as two complete bikes. As the Logan, it’ll have drop bars and taller gearing. As the Burnside, it’ll get a Ti Cycles mustache flat bar and easier gearing for tooling around town.

Sage Cycles Logan and Burnside titanium commuter bicycle

The frame has plenty of rack and fender mounts, and the headtube is a 44mm so it can run tapered forks.

Not shown, the PDXCX ‘cross bike will be available with different specs all the way up to Dura-Ace. Frame has fender mounts so it can be used as a winter training bike, too.

We’ll be getting one in this spring for a long term review, stay tuned. In the meantime, check out Ti Cycles’ NAHBS coverage, which includes a full suspension fat bike!

Comments

Adin Maynard - 03/04/13 - 1:48pm

Great model to do QC and repairs domestically.

Mindless - 03/04/13 - 4:00pm

Needs disk brakes.

MB - 03/04/13 - 5:48pm

Curious where they will be made. I’ve had US custom Ti builders tell me they stay away from Russian and Chinese titanium due to QC issues. Nice price if they are built to last.

Champs - 03/05/13 - 12:41am

Logan or Logie? I ride out by Ti Cycles enough that the other names make sense, but not that one. Logie Trail Road is just a bit further down Skyline than the shop.

Nick Burklow - 03/05/13 - 11:46am

It’s Logan. The name is honoring a dog Dave Levy had who recently passed.

Shane G. - 03/05/13 - 12:32pm

The Sage Cycles PDXCX bike does have disc brakes – so if you’re looking for a Sage bike with disc – the PDXCX is it. I’ve been riding my PDXCX for a few months now (delivered to me in December 2012). So far I’ve put about 500 miles on the bike.

I’m absolutely in love with everything about it. The craftsmanship on the frame is excellent, the welds are nearly perfect, the shape and design of it speaks to a strong, stiff, stable ride. It has been intelligently designed and aesthetically is very pleasing.

On the road, it’s a much better road bike than my Trek Pilot carbon fiber road bike. On the CX course, it’s stable, steers quickly yet predictably without any twitchy tendencies. Being Titanium – the ride quality is “buttery smooth”, if you’ve never ridden a Titanium bike, you won’t truly appreciate or understand that comment, until you do!

Clearly having disc brakes for CX racing, and for wet weather duty makes for excellent and predictable stopping power. The PDXCX is also equipped with fender tabs and can easily be set up with fenders (or racks) and used for winter road or commuting duty.

The cost point for the bike is very appealing when compared to other Titanium options on the market. All in all, I’d consider the Sage PDXCX to be one of my favorite bikes.

BTW – I run the 61cm frame (the largest they make), and fully built, race ready, my bike only weighs in at a smidge over 18 pounds. With carbon fiber tubular race wheelset the weight will come down another pound.

Brian E - 03/05/13 - 2:10pm

I recently saw the PDXCX. I’m in hunt for a new CCX bike and this is on the top of my list. There are a lot of little details that appeal to me. For instance, the full length cable housing.

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