We verify every tube shipment from our titanium suppliers to ensure we’re starting with tubing that is perfectly straight and circular.
With the assistance of specialized machinery, the tube sets are mitred and simultaneously de-burred based on specifications.
We use an ultrasonic cleansing method that deep-cleans the metal in order to assure the surface purity needed for optimal welding.
Where it all comes together. Welding is the most critical phase in the fabrication of a titanium frame―the one that determines the structural integrity, durability and performance of the bike. We take our time and sweat the details throughout this multi-step process:
Our welder places the tubes in a specialized jig that has been precisely set to accommodate the frame dimensions.
The inside and outside of the titanium tubes are carefully purged—using argon gas and a specialized welding lens, respectively—to promote stronger, longer-lasting welds.
The weld master strategically places tack welds in a very specific sequence for titanium. Precision at this stage is particularly critical, as the smallest error will basically scrap the frame (based on our standards).
D) Final Welding
Moving millimetres at a time, the welder painstakingly applies weld beads to bond the tubes together into one everlasting frame. There’s no mystery to the exceptional quality of our welds—nobody applies more time, focus and expertise than our crew.
E) Final Alignment
One last alignment step is performed to eliminate any remaining distortion in the frame.
Before heading to the paint / finish shop, our frame goes through a fine-tuning session where its key parts are machined to make sure components will fit flawlessly.
As with the rest of our fabrication method, laying on the finish to one of our titanium bikes is a, multi-phased process that requires state-of-the-art facilities and skillful hands. We wouldn’t have it any other way.
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