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    Default Wittson Custom Ti Cycles

    I believe I will be the first one to post a Wittson custom frame here, so I'll create this new thread. These guys, father and son, come from Lithuania and build frames from titanium only. The elder Zukauskas has been doing this since 1994 so knows a few things about the craft. I approached them with a request to build a classic road frame me in May 2016. Here's what it turned out to be. If you care to know more about the builder, here's the website Wittson | Custom Titanium Cycles

    Frame:
    Wittson Custom (grade 9 ti)

    Fork/Headset:
    EASTON EC90 SL 1 1/8" (full carbon) / CANE CREEK 40.IS42

    Crankset/Bottom Bracket:
    CAMPAGNOLO Chorus

    Pedals:
    CRANK BROTHERS EggBeater2

    Drivetrain/Cog/Chainring/Chain:
    CAMPAGNOLO Chorus

    Derailleurs/Shifters:
    CAMPAGNOLO Chorus

    Handlebars/Stem:
    DEDA RHM01 440mm / DEDA Zero2 120mm

    Saddle/Seatpost:
    FIZIK Arione 00 / DEDA RSX02 27.2mm

    Brakes:
    CAMPAGNOLO Chorus

    Front Wheel/Hub/Tire:
    FULCRUM Racing Quattro LG / VITTORIA Rubino G+ 25

    Rear Wheel/Hub/Tire:
    FULCRUM Racing Quattro LG / VITTORIA Rubino G+ 25

    Accessories:
    Carbon spacers / ELITE Paron Race bottle cage / Ti bottlecage bolts

    More Info:
    Finish: hand brushed titanium / classic sandblasted decals

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    Default Re: Wittson Custom Ti Cycles

    Very nice indeed. Enjoy in the best of health & welcome.
     

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    Default Re: Wittson Custom Ti Cycles

    Nice looking bike rockenrolla. Those chain stays look very short and racy!
     

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    Cheers guys! Yeah the chainstays are pretty short - 410, just enough clearance for 25C.

    Here's another shot

    IMG_2302.jpg
     

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    Default Re: Wittson Custom Ti Cycles

     

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    Yeah I saw they got some pretty sick deals on ebay, I needed an extra large frame though so I ordered one in custom geometry.
     

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    Default Re: Wittson Custom Ti Cycles

    Hi to everyone and thanks to rockenrolla for starting this thread. I thought this would be a good place to share some of our latest creations so here you go, my first post and definitely not the last one ;)

    A custom road race machine that was built for Adam Whitehead in UK.

    custom_titanium_road_bicycle_and_fork_with_campagnolo_record_groupset_zipp_wheelset_thomson_elit.jpg
    Framebuilder at Wittson Custom Ti Cycles
    www.wittson.com

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    Default Re: Wittson Custom Ti Cycles

    Intrigued to see more of that fork.

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    Default Re: Wittson Custom Ti Cycles

    Here's the fork on ebay with more pics

    Look at this on eBay New WITTSON Ele Titanium Cyclocross Disc Fork dt swiss enve | eBay
     

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    Default Re: Wittson Custom Ti Cycles

    The one one depicted on Bay is cyclocross so comes with disc brake mount and got a larger axle to crown measure. I've got some pictures of the custom road fork before it got sandblasted. Here you go:

    Road 01.jpg

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    Framebuilder at Wittson Custom Ti Cycles
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    Probably one of the most interesting projects we had a chance to work on in the 20+ years of experience. Building a trike for Jay LaPointe was challenging, but definitely fun.

    Jay's story by Laura Laker on road.cc "3 per cent is still a chance..." says recovering quadriplegic aiming at Paralympics | road.cc

    Jay LaPointe Titanium Wittson Tricycle with TryKit Conversion Disc Brake Axle 01.jpg
    Framebuilder at Wittson Custom Ti Cycles
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    Default Re: Wittson Custom Ti Cycles

    Quote Originally Posted by eligold View Post
    Some friendly advice - don't put Lynskey or Moots or any other brand name in your eBay listing titles. Makes it look like you're posing as one of those more well known brands.
    Dustin Gaddis
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    Why do people feel the need to list all of their bikes in their signature?

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    Default Re: Wittson Custom Ti Cycles

    Thanks for the advice. Let's talk custom builds, such as the one below ;) You can also view it in flesh in Edinburgh at Gamma Transport Division workshop.

    WITTSON Custom Road Race 107 by Wittson Cycles
    Framebuilder at Wittson Custom Ti Cycles
    www.wittson.com

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    Default Re: Wittson Custom Ti Cycles

    I am not impressed with your welding. It does not compare to American made frame such as Moots or firefly.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by eligold View Post
    I am not impressed with your welding. It does not compare to American made frame such as Moots or firefly.
    You say this as your SECOND post on VS?
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    Yes, this is my opinion.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Tollefson View Post
    You say this as your SECOND post on VS?
    Good point, David, this is somehow exactly what I thought, but you know what, let him be. I really do not understand why some people want to spread hatred. The fact is there is nothing but love and respect me and my father feel for other artisan framebuilders around the world. I do not think any of us are competitors. We are all in the same place of trying to compete and concur huge corporations and their mass produced products. Also, I think anyone with a pair of eyes will be able to make a fair judgement on our welds and the quality of our products.

    Having said that here's another custom built frame for one of our UK customers. This time with smooth hand finished welds and mirror hand polished finish.

    Mirror Hand Polishing 03.jpg
    Framebuilder at Wittson Custom Ti Cycles
    www.wittson.com

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    Default Re: Wittson Custom Ti Cycles

    Hi Mindaugas,
    Great to see you here representing another titanium frame shop ! can i ask, were do you source your tubbing and also do you do your own shaping and butting ? i would like to build a frame in titanium aiming to build lighter than what i have build so far in steel.
    thanks, mick
    Thank, mick van aar

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    Quote Originally Posted by michäel2 View Post
    Hi Mindaugas,
    Great to see you here representing another titanium frame shop ! can i ask, were do you source your tubbing and also do you do your own shaping and butting ? i would like to build a frame in titanium aiming to build lighter than what i have build so far in steel.
    thanks, mick
    Hi Michael,

    We source our 3/2.5 titanium from a Swedish company called VSMPO Titan Scandinavia, which is one of the main titanium suppliers worldwide. All the tubes that we use are seamless cold-worked and stress-relieved. The wall thickness of the tubes is 0.9mm and it is custom-butted in house.

    What is the weight you are aiming for?

    Below a picture from our workshop of a curved 3/2.5 titanium tube. Not the easiest thing to achieve ;)

    Curved titanium seattube with wavy seatstays by Wittson Cycles, on Flickr
    Framebuilder at Wittson Custom Ti Cycles
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    Default Re: Wittson Custom Ti Cycles

    that looks great.
    its not so much im aiming for a certain weight, but more wondering how much lighter one would be able to build in ti.
    i think there is a big advantage with steel tubbing in the sence that there are manny different butted tubes availible where there isnt som much for titanium.
    the road frame i build was made out of columbus and true temper tubes38-31.8-28.6 (dt-tt-st) 62 c/t seat tube and 58 ct top tube with a 20 cm headtube and that came in at 1600 gram, i was really happy with that, bike ride likes a dream but it only comes natural to wonder if it could be improved ?
    thanks, mick
    Thank, mick van aar

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