Here at Bicycle Roots, we’re always chasing the dream of the perfect bike. In pursuit of that dream we’re happy to announce that Dean Titanium Bicycles are officially available at our shop. We are the only Dean dealer this side of the Appalachians! The Colorado-based company began building titanium bike frames 25 years ago, and they were one of the first to do so.
So, why Ti? Titanium is a unique bicycle frame building material with devoted, even cultish adherents. To understand why titanium has a reputation as the performance frame material of choice for discriminating cyclists, we’ll need a very quick lesson in metallurgy: As a material, titanium has exceptionally high elongation values and fatigue strength. Elongation refers to how far a material can bend before it breaks, and titanium can bend very, very far. Fatigue strength refers to how much force a material can absorb before it fails, and titanium can absorb quite a large amount of force. Titanium has a relatively low density, only half that of steel, which means that titanium frames are as lightweight as aluminum, while maintaining all of steel’s durability and comfort!
From day one, Dean has been known for their hand-built frames. Each frame is designed and built with custom geometry and custom tube sets to suit each individual rider’s needs. Models such as the El Diente road bike, the Colonel LT mountain bike, and the Torrey’s Cross/Gravel bike are benchmarks in artisanal titanium framebuilding. However, with custom bikes come custom wait times — it’s not abnormal to wait for the better part of a year while your custom USA-made frame is being constructed. In order to get bikes into riders hands, and out on the road faster, Dean recently teamed up with a manufacturing partner in Asia to deliver three new titanium frames that are designed in Colorado, and hand-built overseas.
Dean’s new production frames — the El Vado road bike, the Antero cyclocross/commuter bike, and the Scout hardtail mountain bike — are available in four to six sizes per model. Antero and El Vado frames are in stock here at Bicycle Roots. Each model retails for $1,250 (frame only), making them the most budget-conscious titanium frames on the market, and roughly half the price of most other titanium frames. Nothing beats the personalization of a hand built bicycle, and these high quality production frames allow consumers to build a complete titanium bike for the same price as a custom steel bike!
Dean’s new offerings have been generating quite a bit of buzz lately. Ohio Outside and Bike Rumor both wrote in-depth reviews of the Dean Antero Cross bike. Their consensus? The Antero is aggressive enough to race, versatile enough to commute, and an all-around fun bike for gravel and back country roads, too. The weld quality is on par with USA made frames, and its use of the standard English threaded BSA bottom bracket shell assures quiet, creak-free rides.
Have we piqued your interested yet? If so, you might like to test ride a sick Antero trail crusher that we built up as a demo bike. It’s a size Medium, suitable for most riders 5’7″ to 5’11”. We built it with simplicity and lightness in mind, as well as wide gearing for maximum on and off-road fun. It features a Whisky 7 disc cyclocross fork, SRAM Force 1×11 drivetrain, TRP Spyre mechanical disc brakes, and a Chris King InSet 7 headset. The wheels are Velocity Aileron tubeless compatible rims, laced to DT 350 Centerlock Disc Hubs.
You can buy our Antero Cross demo as a complete bike, excluding saddle and pedals, for a cool $4,350, but what we really have in mind is that you’ll ride it and then use your impressions to help us put together a parts kit that works for you. Every custom build deserves to be as unique as you are!
Bicycle Roots is the only Dean Titanium dealer in New York City, as well as the Tri-State area. Heck, we’re the only Dean dealer in the Eastern United States! If you’re in the market for a frame that will last a lifetime, built with components thoughtfully selected by experienced bicycle mechanics and fitters, look no further. We are available for consultations by phone, email, and in person. Contact us to learn more, or stop by and test ride our demo bike!