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A little (titanium) secret(7 posts)

A little (titanium) secretbuck
Aug 13, 2001 6:14 PM
Here's where most of your non-Litespeed "made in the USA" TI bikes come from. Great bikes. Don't buy the decals.
re: A little (titanium) secretSamDC
Aug 13, 2001 6:59 PM
I'm curious how one of those titaniumsports bikes would compare with a litespeed.
Good TipEN
Aug 13, 2001 7:02 PM
If I was in the market for a new frame, I would seriously consider thoes guys. They have made frames for lots of the OEM's over the years. The welds are not quite as nice as a Seven or Merlin, but they are just as functional. If memory serves me, they are a Sandvik (sp?) spin off or an affilated company. Anyone know the connection?
Part of the Sandvik group.Atombomber
Aug 13, 2001 8:02 PM
My Kona Hei Hei mountian bike is a Tisports made frame. I've used and abused it since '96, and it is just as perfect as the day I got it. And the welds are just as nice as any other ti builder.
I agree great frames for the money...tirider
Aug 13, 2001 9:05 PM
...I talked to someone at Titanium Sports a while back and some of the models are made in house there and some I believe are made in Mexico. I'd have no problem buying the U.S. ones... take at a look at Mongoose Ti frames which are nicely done. This is who makes them. I believe Ti Sports used to be called Sandvig (sp?) and have supplied tubesets for years. I tried to talk a buddy into buying one of these but he chose a Giant TCR (they're prettier I guess with decals and all).
I agree great frames for the money...bike_junkie
Aug 13, 2001 9:23 PM
TST has been around for years. Did Ti frames for Bontrager, Kona and DEAN before DEAN went to in-house building and Bonty dropped the Santa Cruz shop and sold out to Trek. They built for other reputable brands I can't think of right now.

Mongoose pulled out of TST's facility and went to cheaper Mexican production, and TST was left holding the bag on a bunch of Mongoose Ti frames. These are the bare Ti frames that TST has been selling for about a year now for bargain prices. TST also does golf clubs and other things out of Ti and they have years of experience and all the right equipment. Bang for the buck they are hard to beat, but you can get some really nice steel for a bit more.
I have a Diablo just like a DeanChrisV
Aug 14, 2001 7:31 AM
I have a Diablo Ti mtb frame (also does road) that looks virtually identical to the Dean a buddy of mine rides, same "Breezer" style ti dropouts and everything, only I paid a LOT less and got great service and some custom options. You might check them out, This pic is of one of the road frams that he brings in.