Titanium seems to be making a bit of a comeback as a popular choice for hardtail mountain bikes again and 29″ers are not exempt. Twenty Nine Inches is hearing some rumors and soft news regarding the grayish hued wonder metal.
Lynskey Performance Designs, which showed a cruiser bike recently, is going to also show a belt drive titanium 29″er at the upcoming NAHBS in February. (By the way, they will also be using the Belt Drive idea on a city bike to be shown at NAHBS as well.) The belt is made by Gates, a company well known for making belt drives for the likes of Harley-Davidson amongst others. You can read about my test of a Spot Brand single speed set up with the Belt Drive system here.
Lynskey also figures highly in our next tidbit on titanium. On One, the United Kingdom based purveyor of fine steel 29″ers, amongst a slew of other cool cycling bits, is having Lynskey produce a run of titanium single speeds in the near future, including a 29″er. Details are not set in stone as yet, but we are hoping to bring you some images of the bike soon. More on the On One/Lynskey collaboration as we get the info….
Finally, one of the hits of the indoor portion of Interbike this past fall has to be the twin titanium bikes on display at the Niner booth. As promised, we are keeping up with the developments regarding which version will ultimately be produced. We are hearing a rumor that the single speed is going to be the version chosen to be produced and that in a very, very limited quantity. We are hearing less than 200 units. However; it won’t be anytime soon, as Niner is still busy putting the final touches on its upcoming J.E.T. 9 full suspension rig. Design work and production won’t even be looked at until the J.E.T.9 project is fully completed and going out the door to waiting customers. (We’re hearing that pre-order numbers are very high for the J.E.T. 9 too.)
More on any of these stories as we hear about it………