Sklar Bikes Introduce Titanium Frames: Adam’s Own 29er MTB is Shreddy!

Sklar Doggy has made some damn beautiful bicycles over the few years he’s been building in Bozeman, Montana. Yet, in recent months, he’s been jonesin’ to work with a new material. Steel is indeed, real, but Adam really wanted to work with titanium. A lot of builders have been making this transition as of late. In short, it offers their clients with a superior frame material and perhaps another draw is more profit for the builders. Or at least that’s what people think is the motivation.

After talking and shredding with Adam in the Angeles National Forest, where he got #ANFAF, Adam wax poetic’d all afternoon about how difficult titanium is to work with, stating it took him almost four times as long per frame. Right now, he’s got two frames under his belt, one for himself, and one for Colin, which is replacing Colin’s steel hardtail – consequently, he’s selling that frameset now. I was surprised to hear titanium was that much more difficult to work with, because I always assumed that the draw of the material was profit margins. Turns out, the experience of working with the material takes time and yeah, time is money…

For Adam, once he made a frame, he needed parts. Unfortunately, that meant scavenging parts from his NAHBS bike this year. You might notice the tight squeeze on the fork – all he had was a 27.5+ fork, not a 29+ fork. Run what you brung, indeed! For what it’s worth, these frames are designed to run a 27.5+ tire, or a 29 x 2.6″ – so it’s not exactly a “+” 29er.

While he’s already taken a few more orders on titanium frames, Adam is eager to master this material, resulting in a faster process and ultimately, making the best frame he can. I can’t wait to see where this new material takes Sklar Bikes and hopefully, I’ll get to ride one at some point. Thanks for hangin’, Adam! If you’d like a ti Sklar, holler at Adam!

  • Locke Hassett

    One day when I have a real job I’ll own a Sklar made out of space mëtâl.

  • barry mcwilliams

    Reaches for phone…looks up Colin’s contact info…takes a breath & slowly puts it down again.

    I DO NOT NEED HIS OLD FRAME. I DO NOT NEED HIS OLD FRAME…

    • Colin Frazer

      Good news Barry, it’s already sold! ;)

      • barry mcwilliams

        Whew!

      • But what about the fat bike?

        • Colin Frazer

          hmmmmmmmm…still available….

  • donnie

    I sure hope no frame builders are doing it solely for larger profit margins. Titanium is far more expensive than steel, much harder to get quality tubing, more time in finish work as it is not often painted, and the time to make a frame is longer ( as you mentioned ) All that being said, can’t be much of a profit margin.
    I hope frame builders who are making bikes out of their material of choice, do it to make the best possible bike they can for the customer and not solely for profit margins. We all know that exists, but easy to spot who’s doing it for the right reasons.

    All that being said, seems like Adam is doing it for all the right reasons. Beautiful, timely work. Seems he’s looking to make the best bike’s he can. Keep it up

    • White Mike

      The right reasons don’t mean much if they can’t keep the doors open or don’t make enough money to motivate them to continue. Look at some of the great builders of the past now. Jericho is making high-end watch internals. Another one (can’t remember) is selling high-end (persian?) rugs. I understand what you’re saying, but there is a balance between BLING BLANG mainstream rapper money and Underground forever rapper money. #whenkeepingitrealgoeswrong

    • I will start by saying that Ti has been my goal since the beginning. I think it is a great material for certain applications and I only build bikes that I am excited about putting into the world. So thanks!

      That said, I don’t think you will find anyone making their own frames by hand who is doing it for much besides passion. As Mike pointed out, framebuilding is no way to get rich. Framebuilders who run a tight business and make higher margins are looking out for their customers by being able to provide a far better customer experience (which is what you are really buying when you purchase a custom frame) and provide customer service for years to come by keeping themselves in business. Sometimes it feels conflicting to have products that are not approachable for everyone, but such is the cost of building the best things we can.

      • donnie

        Oh I know frame building isn’t a get rich quick gig. I’m in it. I was more pointing this out as I didn’t want people to take John’s comment’s about titanium being just a way to get higher margins out of customers. As I saw it come off that way. I want people to know, from the right builder and for the right person, it is a superior product

      • Ben Reed

        Socks that say “fuck” on one side is where the real $ is.

  • Michael

    I’m not generally a swoopy curvy frame luvin kinda guy but Sklar’s got those swoops and curves in ALL the right places… Drool. Bonus point for the Hunter Smooth Moves, isn’t that the most comfortable bar ever created?!!! I dream one day someone will take the EXACT shape and make a carbon or ti version at a wider width to allow cutting to size.

  • Doug Sullivan

    Titanium is an amazing frame material but the beauty of this frame is the amazing design and attention to detail. I’d love to own a high end steel version!

  • This may be The Ultimate Sklar. Until the next. Nice work Adam!

  • multisportscott

    I don’t understand the comments about bigger profit margins with Ti? The material is more expensive to buy raw, and it is reportedly harder to work with, how do those things equate to bigger margins? I work in the mountain bike apparel manufacturing industry, just because an finished garment is more expensive for the customer doesn’t mean that we achieve a larger profit margin, in fact more often than not it is just the opposite, notably smaller profit margins.
    I find it very hard to believe Adam is making a bigger profit margin when using a premium material.

    • I’m going off what builders have told me over the years. Not trying to mislead anyone.

  • terriblemcnaughton

    If you made one of your klunkers in titanium with the bullnose bars, my brain would explode. Just saying. As always, amazing craftsmanship and detail.

  • Harry

    I may be one of the odd few that prefer the steel Sklar frames. This looks nice but those just look somehow nicer to me.

    • Maybe the paint helps? I personally don’t like raw titanium.

      • Harry

        Thats likely the case. Adam’s bikes are always presented in wonderful hues

  • Peter Chesworth

    There’s a style and purpose to these, and to the frame he built for the Paul gathering. Young Mr Sklar one to watch methinks.

  • boomforeal

    hubba hubba. i’m generally a straight-tubing chauvinist, but for these lovelies I’d make an exception

  • AdamBike99

    In English say “Yes.”
    In Spanish and Italian, say “Sí.”
    If French say “Oui”
    In German, Dutch, Afrikaans, Swedish and Norwegian it is “Ja.”
    In Portuguese and Cape-Verdean Creole it is “Sim”
    In Hebrew(Yiddish) it is “Ken.”
    In Japanese it is “Hai.”

    It doesn’t matter the language, these bikes are YES!!!

  • Erik_A

    Why the Teravail Kennebec 29 x 2.6” tire up front and Maxxis Minion DHF 29 x 2.5” rear? Is this a better combo than Minion DHFs for both front and rear?

    http://teravail.com/tires/kennebec / http://www.maxxis.com/catalog/tire-468-minion-dhf

    • I was curious about the Teravail tires, they seem cool. I had originally planned on running the Cumberland in the rear, turns out they measure 2.8″ and not 2.6″ though and clearance was a little tight for my liking. The DHF was what I had on hand as I rushed to get my bike down to LA. Hard to go wrong with the DHF though! The Kennebec is kind of like a beefed up DHF. Definitely slower but also definitely grippier…

      • Erik_A

        Thanks Adam! I might have to give the Teravail a try.