Teledyne Titan
Model: Titan
Brand: Teledyne
Category: Road Race
Years: 1972 - 1976
Country: United States
Production: Factory Production
Sold As: Bare Frameset
Material: Titanium
Construction: Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) Welded
Drivetrain: Derailleurs
Wheel Size: 27"
Added By: The Alterkakker on 02/14/10
Updated By: The Alterkakker on 02/14/10
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Model General Information
The Teledyne Titan was the first mass-produced titanium frameset. Made of commercially-pure (CP) titanium, it had a softer ride than many present-day frames. 
Less than 2000 were made, and sadly, many did not survive the race-day crashes and early fatigue failures (corrected in higher serial numbered models).
The price point ($250-$300) for the bare frameset would buy a complete Campagnolo NR/Reynolds 531 bike in 1973, so many went unsold.
Teledyne Linair modeled the ride of the Teledyne on what was arguably the gold-standard of the day, a Reynolds 531 frame they hooked up to flex and strain gauges. 
The Titan framesets were reinforced in areas that brought the flex ranges close (but not exactly) in harmony with the 531-tubed frameset.
Many riders used these subtle differences in ride characteristics to their advantage, as you could jump out of a tight corner in a criterium much like having a spring under you.

Primary Example:Teledyne Titan
Years:N/ASold As:Bare Frameset
Bottom Bracket:English/ISO: 1.370 x 24Brake Mounting:Exterior Nutted
Brake Bridge:Derailleur Cable Routing:Clamp-on
Lug Style:Brake Guides:
Fork Style:Seat Stays:
Fork Crown Style:Main Tubing:
Rear Dropouts:Color(s):Gray
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