Boston, Massachusetts, is presently alight with the production of some of the finest titanium and stainless steel frames in the US. Jamie, Kevin and Tyler form the Firefly Bicycles team, and after nearly a year-and-a-half, they’ve hit their stride. Their portfolio now includes innovative commuters, svelte cyclocrossers, high-pedigree road racers and burly mountain bikes, such as this single-speed titanium beauty.
It’s not hard to see why a Firefly is considered a Holy Grail of handmade bicycles when presented with an example such as this. It’s not just the spec sheet — Thomson stem and post, King headset, Fox Float 29 forks, White Industries and Cannondale SL drive train, Hope Tech Evo X2 brakes and an ENVE wheelset — the frame is a jewel in itself. Picture-perfect weld beads belie the difficulty involved in assembling a frame from this exclusive material. As a whole, all elements combine to form a cohesive, seemingly indestructible machine that gleams with rapid purpose.
Firefly Bicycles have a wonderfully understated quality to them, but they offer an anodizing process to apply their branding to their frames. By comparison, this frame is quite subdued, but also reveals some interesting details, such as the BOSTON MASS reference on the seat stays. Head over the the Firefly blog and gallery for the more colorful specimens.