We caught sight of Skyde’s titanium bikes at Roc d’Azur last October, it was hard not to with the, erm, flamboyant paintjob of the bike featured below. Now we’ve had a bit more information from the brand that is increasingly popular in France and Belgium.
The Dordogne based company currently offers five frame models ranging from 27.5 and 29er mountain bikes to a cyclocross/gravel bike, a road bike and the inevitable fat bike too. All models are available as frame only, frame + head Set + fork kits and/ or full bikes.
The frames are designed with 44mm headtube, 73mm traditional bottom bracket, and the option of either 9x135mm or 12x142mm back ends. The option of direct mount for the front derailleur means much cleaner lines if you want to run a one by gear set up. A five year guarantee is offered on the 3Al2.5V Titanium frames
Geometries look to be very traditional cross country, and both the 27.5 and 29er frames are designed around short travel forks, which probably reflects the popularity of XC and Marathon racing across the channel.
According to Thierry Crepin, Managing Director of Skyde:
“Our titanium frames are all hand-built in Europe with european titanium. Each frame design and geometry is the fruit of our uncompromising passion for comfortable, performance and high quality bikes. Our motto is direct and describes perfectly the experience of riding any one of our bikes: SKYDE simply authentic!
From the ride to the owner experience, we pride ourselves in producing high quality, exquisite and reliable titanium frames and components such as titanium forks, seat posts, stems and handlebars.”
Full bikes from are priced from €2499, frames from €1899.
More information at http://www.skydecomp.fr