Titanium is gaining in popularity, with many new titanium ‘manufacturers’ offering a wide variety of frames.
In reality, it is actually quite simple to become a titanium frame manufacturer. If a prospective manufacturer were to approach one of the many titanium frame building companies in Asia with basic frame geometry, they could expect a shipment of frames within a couple of months.
The problem with purchasing titanium frames from these manufacturers is that you are gambling with your money (and possibly, safety). You do not know who built your frame, the quality controls that your frame was subjected to, and the amount of research and development that went into the development of your frame.
Over the years, many titanium frame manufacturers have come and gone. David Lynskey started Litespeed in the mid 1980s and quickly became the world leader in titanium bike technology. He built the frame ( OEM Eddy Merckx ) that a clean Lance Armstrong used to win the 1993 World Championship, the frame Bobby Julich used for his 3rd place finish in the 1998 Tour de France, and the frames that Greg Lemond used in the early 1990s. In 1999 David sold Litespeed and, in early 2006, began Lynskey Performance Designs (Lynskey).
There are many so called ‘high end’ titanium frames on the market today, but 99.99% of them are run of the mill production from Asia. However, Lynskey titanium frames are still diligently made in USA with 100% US military Spec. aerospace grade titanium. Lynskey frames are hand crafted with an attention to detail that is second to none. With over 30 years of experience building titanium frames, Lynskey has acquired the knowledge required to build titanium frames that are far superior to, and will outperform, all OEM titanium frames.