I first came across Justin's titanium frames at the Cycle Show in Earl's Court in 2010.
He had a road bike on display with a teardrop down tube and
curved seat stays; a really beautiful bike.
A few months later, I was lucky enough to be able to test ride a custom mountain bike frame that Justin had
built for Clee-Cycles.
I rode it on the Dyfi Winter Warm Up, in sub-zero temperatures.
The ground was frozen solid, but the bike rode great; it was light, agile and really damped out the trail buzz.
That was enough to start me thinking about building a custom titanium hardtail.
I live in Surrey and when I'm not racing, I ride a fully-rigid singlespeed
for fun (an On One Inbred back then).
With the advent of 29ers, I'd spent a lot of time considering the advantages that a titanium 29er might offer over
my steel 26er.
I spent a bit of time reading up on it, checking out 29er geometries and eventually put together a rough design, which I sent to
Justin knows his stuff and understood what I was trying, and quickly turned my ideas into a practical frame design.
After a couple of iterations - I changed my mind a lot - we had a really nice design that I
was very happy with.
A few weeks later the frame arrived and it was exactly what I was hoping for.
I couldn't fault it; the tube profiling worked well, the welds were clean and tidy and the decals complimented the simple brushed
I had Andy from Clee Cycles build the bike up for me, using a mixture of
Chris King and KCNC components.
The result is fantastic.
I've had the bike for a few months now and have ridden it on all my local trails, as well
as some of the Welsh trail centres.
This bike absolutely flies.
I loved my Inbred, but this is something else.
It's hard to say whether it's the titanium frame, the big 29" wheels or the light build - more than likely
it's a combination of all three - but for a rigid singlespeed it's fast and
composed. Singletrack is a blast; it feels really stable, but the big
wheels haven't slowed down the handling much.
Descending on my inbred, I was limited by the bone shaking, which would eventually cause me to loose
But now I'm only reaching for the brakes when I get the fear.
But I'm most impressed with the way this bike climbs, especially on the steep
loose stuff; it rarely looses traction and I'm cleaning technical climbs
that I didn't think possible on a singlespeed before.
For a totally custom, high quality titanium frame, built by someone who
knows what he's talking about, Burls frames are fantastic value for money -