Ti Cycles Gets Wise, Launches Production Titanium Bike Brand Sage Cycles
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.
Frame weight is about 3.25 lbs and has ports for electronic drivetrains, too, and replaceable dropouts.
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.
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!