NAHBS 2014: Ti Cycles’ Full Suspension Fat Bike, 26″ Gravel Grinder & More!
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…
The Cannondale Lefty fork works thanks to offset spoke holes on the rim and his custom offset steerer adapter.
The design keeps the Lefty built in stock trim so all warranties should be kept intact.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.