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Recent Titanium :: Tube Selections

“Remember that feeling when you were a kid and you got a new pair of sneakers and you could run faster than ever… it’s like that.” -M.M. (Firefly customer)

This is our goal. To give our customers that connection on their first ride. We see a bicycle built at this level as an intimately personal machine. A machine made by hand to suit you, your body, your strengths, your weaknesses and your personal aspirations… essentially a bio-mechanical extension of your being.

One of the ways we make the frames personal to the individual (beyond the fit, geometry and finish) is by selecting a tubeset that is the most suitable to the individual. The differences are the most obvious on our titanium frames, so let’s take a look at some of our recent builds with a special focus on the differences in some of the diameters and shapes of the titanium tubes we use…

Specimen #1:

Specimen #1 features a bi-axially ovalized (opposing ovals shaped on each end) top tube, an oversized 1.75″ bi-axially ovalized down tube, a 44mm ID headtube (featuring a 3T fork with a 1.125″ to 1.5″ tapered steerer), a 31.8mm diameter seat tube, an English threaded 68mm bottom bracket shell, and a pair of single bend 22mm chain stays and 16mm seat stays.

Tubeset translation: Comfort while seated, stiff while standing when climbing or sprinting. A balanced race tubeset with a stiff front-end for precision handling at high speeds.

Additional features include: bead blasted finish, white/orange deals, painted headbadge, black seat collar, Chris King 44mm tapered Inset 7 headset, pump peg and blasted-to-match titanium King water bottle cages.

Specimen #2:

Specimen #2 features an oversized 1.5″ round top tube, an oversized 1.75″ round down tube, a 44mm ID headtube, a press-fit 30 (PF-30) bottom bracket shell, a 35mm diameter seat tube, and a pair of single bend 22mm chain stays and 16mm seat stays.

Tubeset translation: Stiff and light with lots of road feel and responsiveness. An all-out race/sprint tube set.

Additional features include: bead blasted finish with polished “outline” logo, black seat collar, and polished headbadge.

Specimen #3:

Specimen #3 features a 35mm round top tube, a 1.5″ round down tube, a standard 1.125″ head tube (featuring a Wound Up 1.125″ fork), a 35mm diameter seat tube, an English threaded 68mm bottom bracket shell, and a pair of tapered chain stays and tapered seat stays.

Tubeset translation: A balanced lightweight tubeset with appropriate wall thicknesses and butt profiles designed to stiffen up the elegantly slim tubes (for the frame’s size). Smooth and solid whether on the road or the track.

Additional features include: bead blasted finish, black/green deals, polished name on top tube, black seat collar, polished headbadge, horizontal track dropouts.

Specimen #4:

Specimen #4 features a 35mm round top tube, an oversized 1.75″ bi-axially ovalized down tube, a standard 1.125″ headtube (featuring an ENVE 2.0 1.125″ fork), a 35mm diameter seat tube, a press-fit 30 (PF-30) bottom bracket shell, and a pair of single bend 22mm chain stays and 16mm seat stays.

Tubeset translation: Stiff drivetrain and comfortable front-end. A lightweight, quick tubeset that you wouldn’t hesitate to ride a century on.

Additional features include: bead blasted finish, white/orange deals, polished headbadge, silver seat collar and polished name on top tube.

Specimen #5:

Specimen #5 features a 31.8mm round top tube, a 35mm round down tube, a standard 1.125″ headtube (featuring an ENVE 2.0 1.125″ fork), a 31.8mm diameter seat tube, an English threaded 68mm bottom bracket shell, and a pair of single bend 22mm chain stays and 16mm seat stays.

Tubeset translation: For its size, this is an extremely versatile tubeset. A great all around and time tested setup. Light, comfortable, lively and snappy. The epitome of the “classic titanium ride”.

Additional features include: bead blasted finish, white deals, vinyl name on top tube, black seat collar, polished headbadge, and a Chris King Sotto Voce 1.125″ headset.

This is some of what custom means to us: every tube, every angle, every bike, every part tailored for an individual person.

From the moment you contact us to thousands of miles later, you’ll see it’s more than just a bike, it’s an experience.

We wouldn’t have it any other way. Nor should you.

Note: The tubes used in the above frames were selected based on many factors not mentioned. Tubing butt profiles, wall thicknesses, size of frame, geometry and weight and strength of the rider all have an affect on the bike’s ride characteristics that go beyond just the basic ingredients mentioned in this post (diameter and shape). We’ll be touching base on more of the nuances of how we build frames and why we do things the way we do in future postings. This is one of many ongoing stories. Stay tuned as they unfold and intertwine.

2 Responses to Recent Titanium :: Tube Selections

  1. Eric Landes

    very nice work and very good of you to explain something of the magic that goes into producing perfect riding machines. I have an IF crown jewel from a couple of years ago and am looking forward to a firefly in my future. best of luck and keep up the great work.

  2. Glenn

    Great post Tyler. Really an amazing look at the customization available to making the perfect bike.

    Specimen #1 looks familiar….

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