NAHBS 2014: Ti Cycles’ Full Suspension Fat Bike, 26″ Gravel Grinder & More!

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First off, I’d like to thank Dave Levy of Ti Cycles for bringing the kind of off-the-wall builds that simultaneously evoke a WTF reaction along with a Wow, that’s pretty cool. This is what we want to see more of at NAHBS.

For starters, there’s a titanium full suspension fat bike called Gunther. As if full suspension and fat bike put together isn’t enough, he did it with pivotless flex stays to get 2.5″ of rear wheel travel. The 29er Lefty fork works thanks to 17mm offset adapters that splits the difference between the standard 100mm front axle width and a 135mm fat bike hub.

Detail pics of all that awesomeness below, plus a 26″ gravel grinder with a truss fork and a sweet pit bike…

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The Cannondale Lefty fork works thanks to offset spoke holes on the rim and his custom offset steerer adapter.

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The design keeps the Lefty built in stock trim so all warranties should be kept intact.

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This isn’t a one-off suspension design for him. Dave offers this platform in normal mountain bike frame styles, too, as well as VPP titanium front ends mated to Santa Cruz carbon rear triangles.

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His titanium gravel grinder with 26″ mountain bike wheels steers using a truss fork built with ti seatstays to form the structure. It doesn’t provide suspension per se, rather it allows Dave to use the feel of titanium and have enough tire clearance withou going to a too-tall carbon fork.

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Ride height stays low, but handlebar height adjustment has a full range. The design also lets him hide the wires and cables in the stem for a cleaner look.

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Dave calls the Neutrino a mini Velo with a rigid Lefty-like fork. We think it’d be the perfect thing for whipping around Laguna Seca’s infield, whether for Sea Otter or a proper motorsports event. Or just whipping around town.

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He’s expanded his range of titanium stems, handlebars and seatposts now, as well as his growing list of frame building parts. Which includes custom titanium forks.

TiCycles.com

Comments

fluxus - 04/02/14 - 3:24pm

In my Opinion – absolutely no invention from these article makes sense. But – ist sense what we are looking for?

Mike - 04/02/14 - 6:00pm

“It’s $15,000 but we can’t machine new, longer fork crowns. You get a cheap haphazard block thing with screw heads sticking out of it.”

Moby - 04/02/14 - 7:14pm

My TiCycles custom Ultralight road disc bike, recently upgraded from Ultegra Di2 10 speed and bb7s to DA Di2 11 speed and BR-R785 Hydro, is sitting in my office ready for my 20 mile commute home. It’s my second bike from Dave. When we spec’d it 2 years ago most thought I was crazy to want road discs. Not Dave, and his design and execution was in all ways exceptional. I expect to take delivery of my 3rd TiCycles, a stock geometry ti gravel bike, this month. Can’t go wrong with TiCycles.

Greg - 04/02/14 - 8:28pm

I’d like to have that Gravel Grinder.

WTF? - 04/02/14 - 10:28pm

What kind of gravel do you people ride? Suspension? 26″ wheels? None of these things make any sense where I’m at. These innovations would just make a bike slow. Maybe gravel roads are actually single track in some places though…

tinsloth - 04/03/14 - 1:07am

Mike,

Even if you machined new, longer fork crowns for that lefty, you wouldn’t be able to attach them and maintain the warranty on said lefty, because the original crowns are bonded to the carbon fork leg. The solution above, while not the most aesthetically pleasing, is still a good solution…if that’s what you’re into… Having the weirdest fat bike around.

Benjamin - 04/03/14 - 1:55am

A gravel grinder with 26″ wheels? I have experienced plenty of ruts and holes on the gravel roads that I ride and race on, and 26″ wheels are just going to get swallowed up in them. I think he is missing the boat on this and maybe needs to ride an event first to know what people actually use. Of course, this is the same guy who thinks 69′er bikes (29er wheel up front and 26″ on the back) are still relevant…. Check out this old BikeRumor post: http://www.bikerumor.com/2012/10/28/oregon-handmade-bicycle-show-2012-ti-cycles-69ers/

Pass/ Fail/ Next….

Chip Batson - 04/03/14 - 9:15am

His Ti mountain bike bars are nicely made and wide. He told me he’d even make them wider on request, and they’re available at a nice price point.

Boyer - 04/03/14 - 1:45pm

Beautiful and great riding bikes. @Benjamin — have you ridden any 69′ers? Those are great riding bikes — aggressive climbers, nimble cornering, smooth over choppy terrain. For many of the XC races around Southern Oregon — more known for their tough, often muddy, climbs than their descents — the 69′er makes great sense. Ride something before you dish on it. It was only five years ago that people were still referring to 29′er FS bikes as “clown bikes.”

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