With so many mass-produced carbon frames on the market, it makes a nice change to see hand-made artisan built titanium frames. Darren Baum has been producing frames, first in steel and now in titanium, for 24 years. Ed Hood heard all about it.
The sensible is often undervalued in bike reviews because very few dream of buying reasonable, we want spectacular. We want to be admired for our insightful consumerism and matching kit. Yet more often than not, a practical racing bike is a great racing bike. For over 20 years, Werner Pichler aka Rewel has been making un-fabulous custom made titanium bikes in a tiny studio near Bolzano, Italy. PEZ discovers a refreshingly different bike builder.