When considering bike frame materials, there is only one that is considered more luxurious than carbon fibre : titanium. Bikes made from titanium have a reputation for lasting a lifetime but what is it that makes titanium such a wonder material?
Titanium bikes are largely regarded as a blend of modern technology and classical design. The often simple and understated finish appeals to a distinguished type of rider who appreciates the craftsmanship that goes into the creation of a titanium bike. Read more: Aston Martin reveals ‘world’s most bespoke, advanced and meticulously engineered’ road bike
Although it’s a sought-after material that comes with an associated price tag, the amount known about titanium is relatively low. In order to shine some light on the topic, Alex Paton spoke to titanium specialist Tom Sturdy about some need-to-know questions, as well as getting a scientific run down on this material that is the reserve of premium bikes. Who is Tom Sturdy?
Tom Sturdy is the founder and owner of Sturdy Cycles . He has been making custom titanium bikes since 2014. The process uses a combination of round tube profiles and 3D-printed sections using a process known as additive layer manufacturing (ALM). Sturdy also has qualifications in both aerospace engineering and sports biomechanics, just in case he needed to bolster his credentials further… 3D printing titanium allows for complex designs to be created that would otherwise not be possible © GCN
Along with the bespoke bikes, Sturdy also machines and 3D prints components […]