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Road Test/Bike Review (1976) SPEEDWELL Titanium Track Frame

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Thank you for posting this fascinating review. I have a 1978 Speedwell track bike in polished titanium. The original owner had it custom built their last year of production. I didn't know if Speedwell ever added a track bike as part of their catalogue but it was amazing to learn how they built the one featured in the article to order. I love the way mine rides, it is truly the most resilient and responsive bike I have ever ridden. It's also super light and extremely fast.

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Originally Posted by Biketiger View Post
Thank you for posting this fascinating review. I have a 1978 Speedwell track bike in polished titanium. The original owner had it custom built their last year of production. I didn't know if Speedwell ever added a track bike as part of their catalogue but it was amazing to learn how they built the one featured in the article to order. I love the way mine rides, it is truly the most resilient and responsive bike I have ever ridden. It's also super light and extremely fast.
Very cool, even more that it's polished.
Can you post a photo of it?
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Here a few photos of my 1978 Speedwell. It weighs 17.6 lbs as a complete bike including a brooks steel-rail saddle! I had never heard of Speedwell until I saw this one on consignment from a LBS. Not knowing anything about welding ti, I first thought it was fillet-braze because of the smooth welds. It's tig welded but they smoothed the welds and polished the frame. I wouldn't paint titanium.




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I was expecting a whippy review - but built to his specs it turned out stiff to his liking.
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THANK YOU! I really enjoy seeing these old articles come to life in color photos of the same bikes today.
It would be so cool to learn how many SPEEDWELL Titanium track frames were made.

Check the Classic Rendevous site for more Speedwell information.
It includes a 1978 brochure and a suggested serial number decoding:
"Speedwell serial numbers read month/year/Nth bike produced that month,
i.e., PR1273008
would be December 1973, 8th bike produced that month."


Maybe some British members of Bike Forums have access to more info.
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The English Speedwells were only made for about 6 years. Apparently the ones made in the first few years were pretty whippy. They figured out how to stiffen them up a bit but still nothing compared to modern titanium construction.
It's strange to see a titanium bike with traditional sized tubing yet these bikes are so fast and comfortable.

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