There is quite a lot of choice in the titanium custom frame market and the latest brand to enter the fray are Superavi Cycles, with their UK designed £1,765 Eximio frame. They're aiming to provide custom titanium at a much more affordable price than is generally available.
Superavi Cycles specialise in offering custom titanium frames at affordable prices. To do this, they have developed what they call Frame Fit and Integration Template (FFIT), a bike fit process designed to make measuring for a frame easy, with the aim to reduce the costs involved with bike fitting, passing this saving on to the customer. Typcially you might head to the establishment of a bespoke frame builder to be measured up on special jigs, but removing this step helps Superavi keep the costs down.
Instead, their FFIT system relies on you the customer taking the key measurements, and a technical drawing is then produced with a rendering of the frame. They take a total of eight measurements; shoulder width, height, arm length, inseam, thigh length, torso, shoe size and weight. Understandably they request customers to take measurements three times, to rule out the potential for inaccuracies and mistakes. You could also submit a Retul or similar bike fit drawing and have a frame based on those measurements.
The customer can then choose a style of frame from Race, Sportive or Commute. The key differences between the three frame styles are top tube length, wheelbase, head tube length, bottom bracket drop and head angles. Both the Eximio-S and Eximio-C get necessary clearance and eyelets for mudguards as well, the Eximio-R is stripped of mudguard mounts as it's designed for racing and to be lighter.
Once the measurements and drawings are all finalised, a frame is constructed from Ti-3Al-2.5V titanium at a manufacturing facility with over 20 years experience out in the Far East (that's where almost all titanium frames are produced anyway). Further options include, on the sportive and commute frames only, disc brake mounts and the choice of one or two bottle mounts.
The frames feature some standout details, most notably the integrated titanium seatmast, with a saddle cradle offering a range of 15mm adjustment. A conventional 27.2mm seatpost can be specified on each frame so don’t worry if you’re not a fan of the seatmast. All head tubes feature integrated headset bearings and are adorned with their own hand cast aluminium head badge.
The Eximio frame costs £1,765. That’s a competitive price for a custom titanium frame. To put it in perspective, other custom titanium frames we’ve tested this year include the £2,550 Mosaic RT-1, £2950 Baldwin Titanium and the £2,900 Pretorius Outeniqua. So the Eximio does look like good value if you want a bespoke titanium frame.
More at http://superavicycles.co.uk
David worked on the road.cc tech team from 2012-2020. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds, and you can now find him over on his own YouTube channel David Arthur - Just Ride Bikes.