Customizable titanium race bikes without the eye-watering price tag: Blackheart's Road Ti bike reviewed

The Road Ti offers that calm and refined feel for a fraction of the cost of other titanium racing bikes.

Blackheart Bike Co's Road Ti reviewed
(Image credit: Greg Kaplan)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Blackheart Road Ti is a firm, responsive and lively ride, offering a calm and refined feel for a fraction of the cost of other titanium racing bikes.

Reasons to buy
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    Semi-custom ti frame that won’t smash your savings

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    Wide range of build options

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    Lively ride quality

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    Head-turning appearance

Reasons to avoid
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    No frame color options

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    Internal brake hose routing not mechanic friendly

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Titanium bicycle frames were introduced in the late 1950s and at the time, the exotic material was used by just a few framebuilders. By the late 1960s and early 1970s, titanium was more frequently used for bikes, but not until the 1980s did the metal start to gain appeal among boutique bicycle framebuilders.

While there are a few bike brands producing large production runs of titanium bikes, there are many framebuilders creating functional and fast works of art and speed from titanium. Compared to steel or aluminum, titanium bikes cost more because the raw material is more expensive, is more challenging to weld—requiring the welding area to be bathed in argon gas—and needs different cleaning and finishing processes than steel or aluminum, which requires different machining tools and techniques.

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Greg has been on and around bikes since his early teens. He got his start when tubulars and freewheels were still a thing, while working at local bike shops, and dabbling in the Philadelphia racing scene. Greg still geeks-out on bikes, cycling gear, apparel, and accessories as much now, as when he first discovered the sport. Greg has been on staff at VeloNews and Bicycling, and also was a contributor at