Nevi combines titanium with walnut for spectacular Titanio Legno race frame

Exotic frame soon to make production

Italian brand Nevi is known for producing exquisite titanium frames, but its new Titanio Legno adds another exotic material into the mix.

The Titanio Legno (that’s Titanium Wood for those of us whose Italian lessons are now a distant memory) uses identical geometry to Nevi’s Spinas race bike, but its top tube and signature oversized down tube have been replaced with hollow 10mm thick sections of walnut wood.

Nevi's Titanio Legno frame is based on Nevi's existing Spinas race bike
Nevi's Titanio Legno frame is based on Nevi's existing Spinas race bike

At present, the Titanio Legno frame you see here is the only one in existence, though Nevi has announced it will soon become an option for Nevi customers.

The walnut used for the frame was sourced locally to Nevi’s Bergamo HQ and is laminated from solid sections in a process that’s used frequently in the nautical industry. The sections were then machine-cut, treated and bonded to the rest of the titanium chassis.

As well as its striking aesthetic and exclusivity, the wood has been chosen for its damping qualities, which should mean extra compliance over the all-titanium Spinas.

The Titanio Legno in the hands of its builder and Nevi founder Sergio Finazzi
The Titanio Legno in the hands of its builder and Nevi founder Sergio Finazzi

When quizzed on the process, builder Sergio Finazzi noted the hardest part of the build was getting a perfectly flush finish between the wood and titanium. Ever the perfectionist, Finazzi was able to point out one very minor flaw with the fit of the wood at the down tube — something that will, of course, be rectified for production builds.

Each Titanio Legno frame will be made to measure, making use of Nevi’s in-house bike fitting jig offering what the company calls the "Savile Row experience".

Like the Spinas and many other Nevi bikes, the Titanio Legno uses Nevi’s own fork —  a beautifully made component that combines a cast section with 0.6mm sheet metal for a unique look and ride characteristic that you won’t find from other brands.

The large down tube section blends seamlessly across the two materials
The large down tube section blends seamlessly across the two materials

The build photographed here with its Campagnolo Super Record group and Shamal Mille wheels tips the scales at 8.5kg.

The price for this bike? For now, at least, it remains a POA affair.

Oli Woodman

Section Editor, UK
With more than 10 years of experience riding mountain bikes, Oli knows the good from the bad when it comes to gear. He's a total bike nerd and loves few things more than fettling with spangly riding bits. Also, he seems to have a talent for crashing hard but emerging unscathed.
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