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Enve may be a brand built around carbon fiber composites, but when you invite a whole bunch of custom bike builders to your headquarters for an annual gathering, there’s bound to be a giant pile of titanium coming through the door.
Of the 20 builders that came to Ogden, Utah, almost half came with titanium bikes. There were a wide range of bike types – road, gravel, and mountain – and plenty of different finishes – brushed, polished, anodized, and painted – and while not every one will appeal to everyone, it’s hard to deny they’re each beautiful and amazing in their own way.
Enjoy this second round of coverage from the 2022 Enve Builder Round-Up, and stay tuned for the third and final round soon. If you haven’t already, follow the link to
check out part one. Moots Cycles
The Vamoots RCS is Moots‘ flagship all-road machine, optimized around 32 mm-wide tires. Photo: Ethan Bradshaw.
Moots uses its own 3D-printed dropouts on its flagship titanium frames. Photo: Ethan Bradshaw.
It’s increasingly rare to see external-cup headsets on bikes these days, but they’re no less pretty than they were before. Photo: Ethan Bradshaw.
Moots has gotten progressively fancier with its anodized finishes. Photo: Ethan Bradshaw.
Titanium headset spacers anodized to match. Photo: Ethan Bradshaw.
Forty years of awesome. Photo: Ethan Bradshaw. Mosaic Cycles
Whether or not you think flat-bar gravel bikes are silly, this Mosaic still looks like a heck of a lot of fun. Photo: Ethan Bradshaw.
Painted-to-match stems and seatposts always make for a much more cohesive total package. Photo: Ethan Bradshaw.
The raw titanium lower section means there’s no paint to chip or scratch down there. Photo: Ethan Bradshaw.
Clearances are tight on this one! Photo: Ethan Bradshaw.
The massive 29×2.2″ Donnelly tires are mounted to Enve AG25 carbon wheels. Photo: Ethan Bradshaw.
This is the finest bell I’ve ever seen. I must have one. Photo: Ethan Bradshaw. DeSalvo Custom Bicycles
Mike DeSalvo has been in the custom titanium game for a long time, and he never fails to impress. Photo: Ian Matteson.
This is a stock Enve gravel fork, but the ultra-glossy paint does a great job of integrating it into the rest of the bike instead of having it look like an add-on. Photo: Ian Matteson.
Clearly the best thing to add to a titanium frame is … more titanium! Photo: Ian Matteson.
The painted Enve stem offers a nice visual contrast to the bare titanium frame. Photo: Ian Matteson.
It’s not too much color, or not enough. It’s just the right amount. Photo: Ian Matteson.
Still in Ashland, still handmade. Photo: Ian Matteson. Ritte Cycles
Ritte brought to Ogden this wild titanium hardtail. Photo: Ethan Bradshaw.
Is that a 3D-printed titanium head tube you’re seeing here? Why yes, yes it is. Check out the custom machined upper headset cover, integrated titanium spacer, and top cap from Ogle Component Design, too. Photo: Ethan Bradshaw.
Trust Performance was one nascent brand that unfortunately got hit hard in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. There are rumblings the brand (or at least its designs) might still come back, though. Photo: Ethan Bradshaw.
The gold SRAM Eagle chain really stands out here. Photo: Ethan Bradshaw.
Tidy. Photo: Ethan Bradshaw.
Ritte has done an excellent job on this frame with various surface finishes. Photo: Ethan Bradshaw. Weis Manufacturing
Weis Manufacturing brought this unusual titanium gravel machine to Ogden. Photo: Ian Matteson.
There’s asymmetrical, and then there’s this. Photo: Ian Matteson.
The stays are absolutely massive on this Weis titanium gravel bike. Photo: Ian Matteson.
Think rear-end flex will be an issue on this bike? Think again. Photo: Ian Matteson.
The exposed cabling and traditional separate bar and stem are a mechanic’s dream come true. Photo: Ian Matteson.
The anodized head tube badge partially hides the weld on the two-piece tapered head tube. Photo: Ian Matteson. Sage Titanium Bicycles
A titanium dirt jumper? Sure, why not, said the folks at Sage Titanium. Photo: Ethan Bradshaw.
One gear is all you need, at least for this application. Photo: Ethan Bradshaw.
The matching blue color hits really pop against the raw titanium frame. Photo: Ethan Bradshaw.
The rear-entry horizontal dropouts aren’t as fancy as rocker-type ones, but they’re smaller, lighter, and still get the job done. Photo: Ethan Bradshaw.
This Sage dirt jumper looks super fun, but how are you supposed to do bar spins with the rear brake hose this short? Oh right … I can’t do bar spins. Photo: Ethan Bradshaw.
Look closely at this head tube badge. Part of the design is actually on the head tube itself. Very slick. Photo: Ethan Bradshaw.