A Look at Industry and Ti Cycle’s Solid Bike Design Project Concept Jul 31, 2014


With the Oregon Manifest’s Bike Design Project going on this week, Industry and Ti Cycle‘s entry is probably the most high-tech in terms of construction technique. All other bikes were brazed by traditional frame building techniques, yet had a design language that spoke of a far more modern assemblage process.

While I was really stoked on the Teague x Sizemore bike, the Ti Cycle’s construction process is truly innovative, boasting a connected, 3-d printed titanium manufacturing method. The parts for the frame that are titanium are printed and then welded together, a process that piqued my interest when I first saw it… Especially with all the integration built right into the frame and cockpit.

The team at Industry sent over their studio shots, as well as other information, but I really just want to focus on the bike itself, because to me, it is the most unique frame in the competition.

There’s still time to vote on your favorite design at the Bike Design Project and see more photos of the process and the bike below.

















  • The integrated Di2 button, all black Cambium, and Cobra buckles are all super slick details. Anyone know what pedals those are?

    • Ace Metric Cycles

      they look like the VP Blade Flat City pedals in Ti! $$

  • Such a rad bike but I wish they didn’t something else with the brake levers.

    • The levers I can live with, but I’d be taping over the bare Ti grips. Strong look for a concept though.

  • Felix

    Awww yeahh $$$$$!
    No seriously, i like how they tackle new production methods but this is totally the wrong contest for that.

  • naisemaj

    I really love the tube shapes, but that stem would have looked way better if it had followed the same rise as the top tube. the stem/fork clamp scares me too.

    • Patrick Murphy

      Agree with you on the stem angle. Rob English has been doing inverted steerers/fork clamps for a while now. Supposedly there’s little difference between it and a traditional stem clamp – weird, but totally safe!

  • h salinas

    very cool whip, especially around the production methods. I would be interested to know more about the benefits vis-a-vis a more traditional approach and what the rational was for applying this technology to this type of challenge. Integrated Di2 buttons are sick. Wondering about adjusting fit for different riders..

  • Chris Dolan

    It looks nice, don’t get me wrong about that, but I’m not sure if I get the point of a commuter bike that would cost as much as a car. It seems to me like it defeats the purpose. A commuter bike should be cheap, practical, reliable, and easy to maintain. Think Model T versus a Duesneberg. In 2014, this just looks like a gawdy status symbol for rich San Franciscans who want to out-snob their Prius-driving neighbors. I can’t imagine this concept ever rendering a practical and affordable commuter bike for the masses of an eco-friendly future.

    And this is coming from someone who spends way WAY too much money on bikes. Just my 2 cents.

  • Jake Kruse

    “How many designers does it take to ruin the bicycle?…”

  • Carter

    interesting article

  • FireUrEngine

    Gorgeous bike. I read the Wired Magazine article. Just blown away. I want one!

  • Thanks for the coverage of the Industry x Ti Cycles SOLID bike!!!
    We are thrilled that so many people love the bike that Portland put together for the 2014 Manifest Constructor’s Design Challenge.

    The estimated cost of reproducing the bike reflects the realities of small scale early adopters. The Oregon Manifest is not a consumer trade show. The Oregon Manifest is a design competition in the form of a bike show, and the Solid PDX bike was built in the spirit of a concept project, to make something that doesn’t already exist a reality.

    Clearly the cost of building this bike would be prohibitive for most commuters. The challenge of the competition was to build the ultimate commuter bike as a concept, a conversation through design on the future of bicycling. What Industry came up with incorporates many Ti Cycles signature elements using a new medium, and is a great dialogue between the accepted form of the safety bicycle and the manufacturing advancements of the digital revolution.

    There already exist many many many perfect commuter bikes in the world that are quite affordable — built by the other builders in the competition as well as by Ti Cycles and scores more. There are a dozen builders in Portland alone who can build whatever customers can dream up using traditional building techniques. The Solid bike is based on the Ti Cycles SuperCommuter platform, one that we build regularly for our customers at standard prices.

    You want an affordable handbuilt titanium, belt driven, electronically integrated, fendered and lit, low-maintenance commuter rocketship with a lifetime warranty? That already exists; we build that bike for the same price as a Dura-Ace road bike.
    You want to imagine what the pace of technological advancement could mean for bicycle framebuilding in our lifetimes if we dream big enough and push the envelope? Cool! That’s what Solid PDX is. We built that bike too!

    Everything is possible.
    Thanks for the support!!

  • davidhunternyc

    Have any of these bicycles from the Oregon Manifest competition made it into production yet? I like several of them and need the ultimate city/errand bicycle. As far as this bike is concerned, I’m not sure I like the top tube. I would have preferred a step-through for convenience.