Titanium is where we started back in 1991 and to this day all Titus titanium frames are still built in our Tempe facility. Through the years our cutting edge design and tube fabrications as well as our meticulous attention to detail is what has positioned Titus as the one of the leading titanium frame companies in the world.
We use only U.S. aerospace-grade; 3al/2.5v titanium tubing that is both butted and shaped in our own facility. Our state-of-the-art weld fixtures insure perfect frame alignment after welding and eliminate un-needed cold-working used by our competitors.
Developing advanced carbon fiber composite bicycle frames isn’t a matter of having the most exotic formula or the fanciest terminology. It’s more a matter of quality engineering, appropriate material application and proper execution of the fabrication process. Before the first layer of composite is ever placed in a mold, our engineers meticulously optimize each sheet of carbon fiber as well as the ratio of fiber to resin for the perfect balance of stiffness and strength. The direction specific nature of advanced composites allows our designers to create frames that are stiffer in one or more axes, while remaining compliant in others.
At Titus we use both 6061 and 6069 heat-treated aluminum alloys that have been hydroformed, thermo-formed or mechanically formed into sophisticated tube shapes with optimized butting profiles for maximum strength and minimum weight.
Hydroforming is an effective method of shaping malleable metals such as aluminum into lightweight, structurally stiff and strong members. Using high pressure fluids with trap molding technology our aluminum tubes are custom butted and shaped to optimize performance and durability while saving weight.
Advanced Thermal Forming or “ATF” is a revolutionary and patented technology that allows our designers to create more elaborate tube shapes and more sophisticated butting profiles. This unique process forms tubes at extremely high temperatures when the material is in a plastic, moldable state. It is then stretched and trap molded under extreme pressure into the desired shape and butting definitions – the result – lightweight yet durable frames such as the all-new El Guapo.
Mechanical Forming is another means to an end and is very well-suited to the 6069 alloys that we use. Custom butted tubes are press formed under heat into a form tool to maximize stiffness and achieve the desired shapes.