I am considering buying my next frame as titanium, rather than another steel hardtail. I have been told by one local bike shop that Dean Titanium was one of the few remaining independantly owned fab shops, which also had a good reputation. Another local shop basically said that Dean frames are garbage, and that he seriously doubts that they are made "in-house", but rather the frames are farmed out to some other welder. He suggested that I go with Seven Cycles. Hmm, the Seven is more expensive AND he just happens to be a Seven dealer. Any thoughts/opinions out there?