15707 NW McNamee Road
Portland, OR 97231 USA
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Dave Levy has been working as a professional frame builder since 1986. He learned the basics of construction technique, geometry, design, and the science of bicycle fit from the resident frame builders at Seattle's venerable R&E Cycles. During his tenure at the Seattle shop Dave helped hundreds of individuals become more comfortable and efficient on touring, sport, racing, mountain and tandem bicycles.
In 1990, while continuing to craft custom frames in traditional steel, Dave founded Ti Cycles as a means to refine his focus on constructing lighter, higher performance frames in titanium, at the time an exotic metal still in the nascent stages of common use as a bicycle frame material. Over the dozen years that followed Dave built hundreds of frames, forks and components as the Ti Cycles brand diversified into a full line of production bikes including road, cyclocross, and mountain bikes in titanium, steel, and even some aluminum.
Throughout the 1990s as Dave's reputation as one of the foremost experienced frame builders working in titanium grew, Ti Cycles also operated as a retail bike shop in Seattle, first in downtown Pioneer Square and then along the Burke Gilman trail near University Village. The two businesses worked hand in hand, with the retail store providing a steady stream of customers for fittings, custom bikes, and complex frame repairs and modifications. The Ti Cycles retail store's cache grew into a must-do stop for cyclists visiting Seattle, and over the years many of the talented cyclists, mechanics, and salespeople from the shop went on to become successful industry insiders who continue to influence the sport of cycling.
Ti Cycles came of age during an exciting expansion of the bicycle industry, particularly the explosion in mountain biking. The 1990s were rife with innovation, and Dave's workshop was no exception. Some notable achievements from the era included a belt drive system for track bikes; TCBB road/track/TT bikes utilizing a carbon fiber beam for saddle position ("That Crazy Beam Bike" debuted at the 1994 Bicycle Industry Organization (BIO) show in Las Vegas, well ahead of the first Softride Rocket Wing); and the use of compact geometry in road bike frames.
Dave's practical foundation in traditional frame construction is augmented by his formal education in engineering and art. Dave has always worked creatively with metals, from BMX bicycle builds in high school to metal sculpture at university. The pride and sensitivity of an artist and craftsman, coupled with the analytical skills of an engineer, affords Dave a unique ability to create bicycles that are aesthetically engaging and functionally precise. Dave enjoys working with his customers one-on-one, fulfilling their specific needs and matching each bicycle to the rider's individual body and style.
In keeping with Dave's wide-ranging experience, Ti Cycles has catered to all levels and all disciplines of cycling, from the enthusiast weekender to professional racers around the world. In addition to offering completely bespoke custom frames, forks, and components, Ti Cycles has developed production-built bikes and parts in both steel and titanium. Through a quarter century of continuous operation the company has built thousands of frames for a diverse roster of riders in search of the perfect ride.
Dave has himself been an avid cyclist for decades and has some 35 years of cumulative experience in the bicycle industry. A licensed USCF and NORBA racer, experienced tourist, commuter and tandem rider, Dave appreciates the bike's application for sport and in every day life. His passion for cycling in all its forms affords Ti Cycles customers an experienced resource to guide them through the process of building their dream machine.
Over the years Ti Cycles has put an emphasis on forming strong and mutually satisfying relationships with customers, and has been committed to advancing the state of the art while maintaining the traditional high standards of craftsmanship for which the legends of custom frame building have come to be known.
In 2002 Dave relocated his frame building operations to Portland, Oregon, and a few years later the retail bike shop, the existing titanium production bike program, and a license to use the Ti Cycles name were sold to a store manager. The relocation to Oregon and the name licensing agreement led to a corporate name change, and contraction from a retail footprint consolidated the business of the new Ti Cycles Fabrication into custom frame and component manufacturing and repair and retrofit services. The Seattle shop continued operating until 2008 when the space at 2943 NE Blakeley Street was taken over by current occupants Counterbalance Bicycles.
Ti Cycles Fabrication began working with Operations Management contractor Portland Titanium LLC (PDXTI) in the fall of 2010 and commemorated its 20th anniversary with the opening of a new, 2600-square-foot facility later that winter. In subsequent years the addition of PDXTI digital, creative, and management resources has translated Dave’s credentials as a bicycle industry veteran into a heightened public profile for the Ti Cycles brand, including extensive collaboration projects and multiple awards at the North American Handmade Bike Show, development of production titanium frame and component lines, scaling of operations for a wide range of repair and retrofit services, expansion of component and accessory product lines, and the creation of a substantial digital platform and a robust e-commerce operation.
In addition to his role as President and frame builder at Ti Cycles Fabrication Dave Levy operates the automotive design and consulting service Cedar Ridge Fabrication, serves as the president of the Oregon Bicycle Constructors Association, is a partner with PDXTI in the REN Cycles production brand, and regularly leads rides with the Portland Velo cycling club.
In the broadest sense, the materials used in bicycle frame construction are selected for their relative combination of properties in three basic categories: Strength, Weight, and Stiffness.
Strength: Perhaps the most basic and universal of the three terms, this refers to the ratio of absolute weight a material can support before it fails or becomes permanently deformed. Strength is important, but in context: It is possible to have an extremely strong frame that handles terribly, or a frame that handles great but will buckle under the loads applied by an aggressive rider.
Weight: Somewhat of a no-brainer, this refers to how "heavy" or "light" a specific quantity of material is. Identical tubes--same diameter, same thickness, same dimensions--of different materials will have different weights. Weight is important, but in context: gains toward lightness are foolish if at the expense of strength.
Stiffness: The most frequently cited and equally oft-misunderstood aspect of frame material properties, this term is often used interchangeably with a material's flexibility. That is to say the degree to which a material can be distorted by a load without being permanently deformed. Stiffness is important, but in context: It is possible to have a very stiff material with little to no strength, and conversely to have a very flexible material that is extremely difficult to break.
Taking those three variables into account--both in absolute terms as well as in relation to the characteristics for a specific application--one can arrive at the ideal material for each individual bike. Depending on the intended use(s) of the bike, the ideal materials could be metals, synthetic composites, natural fibers or, as has increasingly been the case, a combination of several materials.
Even when simplified to the most basic terminology, the application of frame materials for bicycles can be terribly complex. Strength is a component of safety and durability moreso than of handling; stiffness has a more immediate impact on handling but also factors into durability. Both the relative strength of a material and its stiffness directly influence technical details such as tube thickness and diameter, and weight is an obvious practical consideration as well. Any way you slice it, the three are intrinsically complimentary when determining the ride characteristics of a frame.
Here at Ti Cycles, we hand-build frames from two primary materials: Titanium and Steel.
To be eligible for warranty coverage your Ti Cycles product must be entered into our REGISTRY SYSTEM within 90 days of purchase.
Everything we make & sell is guaranteed to be free of manufacturer’s defects for the original owner under the time period specified herein, from the original date of purchase. This warranty applies only to frames, components, and parts built by or sold under the Ti Cycles name that have been subjected to ordinary use for the type purchased (i.e. mountain, road, cyclocross, track, touring, BMX) & does not apply to frames or components re-sold, given to, or used regularly by persons other than the person for whom the frame or component was built or sold. This warranty does not cover alteration or failure due to accident, or abuse.
Ti Cycles liability for breach of warranty is limited to repair or replacement of the frame or component at the sole discretion of Ti Cycles. Ti Cycles disclaims all other express or implied warranties except as provided in this section, including warranties of fitness for a particular purpose.
This warranty is extended to the original owner of the frame or component & is non-transferable. In all cases, proof of original purpose is required for consideration of coverage. Warranty claims for products purchased directly from Ti Cycles Fabrication should be submitted directly to Ti Cycles. Warranty claims for products purchased from an authorized reseller should be returned to the point of sale and not directly to Ti Cycles Fabrication. We work closely with our network of authorized distributors and resellers to provide accurate and effective warranty service.
Custom Frames -- Lifetime
Production Titanium and Steel Frames -- 10 Years
Full Suspension Frames -- 2 Years
Production Components -- 1 Year
Custom Components -- 2 Years.
All information subject to change without notice.
Ti Cycles Fabrication accepts credit card, check, money order, bank transfer, PayPal, and cash payments. Additional charges may apply for international payment methods and/or digital payments that require processing fees, generally 3%-7% when applicable.
All deposits or partial payments are part of a final transaction and are non-refundable.
Responsibility for ordering the correct size, material, and format are the sole responsibility of the customer.
All requests for refunds, returns, or exchanges must be made within 30 days of the date of purchase or, in the case of back-ordered or otherwise delayed items, 30 days of delivery.
Ti Cycles Fabrication accepts returns only on new, unused, unblemished production frames, components, and small parts purchased directly from Ti Cycles. Any products purchased from an approved third party vendor must be returned to the place of purchase.
Returns on production frames, components, and small parts items with a sale price of $150 or more may be subject to a 10% restocking fee. Items requiring refinishing or other cosmetic repair may be subject to additional charges.
Exchanges are accepted on production frames, components, and small parts only. Items requiring refinishing or other cosmetic repair may be subject to additional charges.
Buyers are responsible for any and all costs associated with shipping to and from Ti Cycles for returns or exchanges.
All custom frames and component orders, including but not limited to bespoke and semi-custom frames, forks, stems, handlebars, adapters, and small parts are covered under our warranty with repair or replacement at the sole discretion of Ti Cycles Fabrication. Excluding issues covered under our warranty policy, Ti Cycles does not accept returns or issue refunds on custom or semi-custom orders. Please order carefully and accordingly.
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BUILT IN THE WOODS
BUILT IN THE WOODS
Custom and Production frames, forks, and components.
Built right here in the woods, atop the NW hills overlooking Portland, Oregon.