Ren Cycles Waypoint

Ren is Ti Cycles production line. While Ti Cycles makes their frames by hand in Portland, they wanted a more affordable option for those looking to save a substantial amount of money so they started Ren Cycles. Ren embodies the same design and engineering principles as Ti Cycles, just made overseas and at less of a shock to your wallet.

The Ren Cycles Waypoint is their self-described “gravel / commuter” bike. Made with a 44mm head tube, low mount disc brakes, threaded bottom bracket and Di2-ready (check out that head tube port), this bike can be built up for back-country excursions or daily commuting.

With pricing starting at $1,895 for a titanium frame, with a 5-year warranty, Ren’s Waypoint suddenly becomes an option for many wanting to own a ti frame.

I got to check out the Waypoint at the Handmade Bike and Beer Fest in Portland last month and was impressed not only with the frame’s construction, but this unique finishing work. See more for yourself at Ren Cycles.

  • Liam Griffin

    “designed, engineered, and tested in Portland, Oregon.” but made… where?

    • “Ren embodies the same design and engineering principles as Ti Cycles, just made overseas and at less of a shock to your wallet. “

      • Liam Griffin

        Yes, I jumped right to their site (which is where I pulled that quote from). I couldn’t find anything in their “about” or “FAQ” sections that specified manufacturing sources. I know Taiwan has some very good Ti shops, but Chinese Ti is often more suspect, as are some of the products that come out of Russia. Personally “overseas” is a bit too broad for me and it is weird they don’t state that on their site. I’m guessing they’re not trying to hide anything, but sharing a bit more info on where you’re sourcing frames from might help potential customers make a more educated decision.

        • I totally agree with you 100%

          • Steve McIntosh

            Let me say right off that I am biased because I have a bike from TiCycles, but few websites actually state where the factory is. At the end of the comments for the Santa Cruz Stigmata the “Made in China” sticker is mentioned, but the Santa Cruz website only mentions their “manufacturing partner”. Check other websites and few say anything about the factory location.

            That “TiCycles guys trained the welders” is what the guy in the shop said. If they went to the factory in Asia for due diligence it’s a good thing, and if you can help them to work with titanium better/cleaner/faster because you have twenty-five plus years of experience working with the material, even better.

        • George

          I popped into River City Bicycles in Portland a while ago to check out a Waypoint. I forget which country they said the frames are produced in, but I remember them saying that the Ti-Cycles guys trained the overseas welders themselves. I obviously can’t verify that, but if true it might give them some more credibility.

          I can say that in-person, the frame looks well-made and the welds look solid. The welds are definitely not up to par with the big names, but for the price I think they represent a really good value for people wanting a Ti frame. I ended up going with a more road-oriented frame from a different manufacturer, but the Waypoint would be a solid all-rounder in my opinion.

          • Liam Griffin

            If indeed “the Ti-Cycles guys trained the overseas welders themselves” that would actually scare me off a bit. There are some very skilled Ti builders/welders working at facilities in Taiwan, and if you sourced your manufacturing well you wouldn’t need to do any training. It is definitely normal to work with your manufacturer on the details of each frame, but “training welders” doesn’t make a lot of sense.

          • George

            Totally agree. That’s just what I remember being told in the shop (and who knows if the shop employee had all the details). I think for people who scrutinize and care about where their bike is made and who makes it (probably the majority of readers here), the Ren website is lacking in this area. You said it best with your comment about sharing more info. Let’s hope they do!

    • IN CHINA.在中国

  • John Snow

    The zip-tie placement at the rear made me flinch. #ocd

  • Moby

    I’ve had 3 of Dave’s frames. A stock Ti Hyak (made in Russia) unfortunately stolen after ~10 years of service, a full custom Ti Ultralight road racer with custom Ti unicrown fork, DA Di2 and hydro disc brakes (100% fitted and fabricated in his Portland shop), and a semi custom version of this frame (fabricated overseas, custom finished to match my Ultralight in Portland) with Ultegra Di2 and hydro disc brakes. This is an awesome bike. I use it for gravel races and training, and it is brilliant for this. Stable, confident, fast.

  • Andy Moore

    Looks like this was a quick, down and dirty shoot. Would have liked to see detail on the rear low mount disc brake fitting, and this seems a clear case where a detail shot including the bike’s “Made in _______” sticker might have been worth including, @johnprolly:disqus . ;]

    Bike looks cool, though!

    • Yeah, I shot like 20 bikes that weekend. It’s hard to spend an hour combing over each bike at a festival like that, ya know? And I didn’t see a “made in ______” sticker.

  • AdamBike99

    Great looking bike (minus the ziptie ;-/ ). Personally, I wouldn’t buy a Ti frame on a “limited” budget. I’d rather have an incredible, custom made in the US, steel frame for around $2k. I’d rather have top shelf steel than budget Ti…

  • Hecklin’ ain’t easy

    sweet ride but it’s no WARBIRD!! best bike ever