All Ti Cycles custom titanium & steel RACKS are built by hand in our Portland shop and made to order.
The ideal way to build racks is with a completely rigid frame of contiguous bent tubing with welded or brazed joints. With no movable parts, this construction method yields the most stability with the highest strength to weight ratio. Rigid construction sacrifices adjustability and requires accurate measurements to land the rack mounting points in line with the bicycle frame mounting points.
Each rack is as unique as an individual bike frame's serial number. Any bicycle frame, even when the same make/model/size, can be unique, if only by a few millimeters, from all the others. With so many variables, the most effective way to make sure a rack fits a bicycle precisely is to have the frame and fork to build directly off of.
Racks built without the bicycle frame and fork on site cannot be verified for accuracy when mounted. It is recommended that racks built without the frame and fork on site use adjustable clamps and solid struts to connect with the upper mounting points. The adjustable construction will be less rigid and more weight, but allows for a wide range of adaptability.
If all else fails it is possible to build an approximately fit rack from customer provided template data.