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Titanium Frame Building

Titanium Frame Building Who Will Benefit:
First Time Frame Builders
Career Oriented Mechanics
Enthusiasts Desiring to Build Their Own Frame

Prerequisites: None - this is an entry level class.

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What You Will Learn

Our TIG Welding Titanium Frame Building class offers all that the TIG Welded Chromoly class encompasses, but uses titanium instead of chromoly for tubing materials. A special emphasis is placed on proper cleaning and purging of titanium tubes, titanium machining problems and solutions, and proper titanium welding techniques. The specially designed practice welding sessions will prepare the student to weld all or part of his or her own titanium frame.

Since welding skill is considered by most people to be more difficult to acquire than brazing skill and since mistakes are more costly with titanium materials, students should have better-than-average mechanical ability and good hand-eye coordination. Good close-up vision is important especially in light conditions that vary to extremes in both intensity and contrast.

Students may build a mountain bike, road bike, hybrid bike, cyclocross bike, track bike, or trials bike. Students who successfully complete this class will leave with a high quality custom titanium bicycle frame.

Some of the titanium welding topics covered include:

  • Frame Geometry
  • Frame Fit
  • Frame Design
  • Welding Technique
  • Tubing Selection
  • Shop Safety
  • Tool Selection & Use
  • Purging Methods
  • TIG Welder Options
  • Equipment Setup
  • Jig Setup & Use
  • Tube Mitering
  • Tube Prep
  • Finish Work


All materials and supplies necessary to build a high-quality custom frame are included in the tuition price. Each frame will be built with a full compliment of braze-ons and dropouts. For additional information about this class, see our Frame Building FAQ page.

Tuition Information

The cost of the two week Titanium Frame Building Course is $3,100 with a $150 registration fee required with your signed class application. It is a good idea to call us before sending in your application to verify availability. Click here for a schedule of classes. For more information, check our Frame Building FAQ page.

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