Our bikes are made with 3AL-2.5V, which helps us keep the cost low and because we believe that the stiffest ride isn’t always the best. We considered every option, making choices that set our designs apart in terms of functionality and aesthetics – and importantly, affordability. For the cable routing, we offer customers the choice between internal electronic routing or external mechanical routing before the frame has been built. Lots of manufacturers either don’t offer the option, or they plug the holes designed for internal routing after the frame has been built. We chose 44mm head tubes, which fits both tapered and straight forks for versatility. Our frames are fitted with carbon forks because titanium forks are very tricky to make, and thus expensive. For the hanger, we integrated this into the frame – on carbon bikes, these are usually removable because they’re likely to get damaged or broken, but using titanium, the likelihood of this is very low and integrated hangers offer much improved shifting performance.
We were also guided by the aesthetics of the finished product. We knew we wanted to provide something different to anything out there: a frame that’d turn heads with its refined, classic lines. A certain look seems to dominate the titanium market, with titanium frames being clunky and aggressive – this wasn’t for us and doesn’t suit the versatility of titanium as a material. Although the past few years have seen more titanium hit the market and prices have started to fall, there is still a lack of variety, particularly in the UK. With IRIS Bikes, we combined off-the-shelf components and well-informed design decisions to drive down the price point, bringing titanium to a new group of ambitious cyclists.
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