Portland-based REN Cycles have released three new stock frame models, growing out from the original Waypoint offering. We first saw them through their custom, US-made builds under the Ti Cycles brand. With the REN brand, they add the option of moving production to Asia and sticking to stock geometry to keep cost dow, while still delivering great titanium options to the masses. Their new Appia is a rim brake road race frame, the Omen a new QR cyclocross/adventure bike, and the Ivan is their thru-axle-capable cross/adventure, even singlespeed option. Plus, all three come with a 5-year warranty. Hop past the break for more details on three new whips…
The Appia is a classic road race bike featuring double-butted main tubes and S-bend stays. Borrowing most of the geometry from their popular Ti Cycles Hyak, the Appia has a slightly sloping top tube and angles that are steep enough for racing but comfortable enough for long days in the saddle. Like all the REN frames, the new roady has a replaceable full titanium derailleur hanger and comes Di2 compatible. Plus, most will be happy to hear that it sticks with a regular BSA threaded bottom bracket. The Appia is available in seven stock sizes from 50cm-62cm. 50cm frames are designed around 650c wheels and a 44mm headtube, while 52cm+ use 700c wheels and tapered headtubes. Pricing starts at $2195/€1955 for frame, fork, and headset.
The Omen is REN’s new cyclocross & adventure bike hybrid. With fender mounts and threaded bosses on the stays and top-routed bottom-pull front derailleur compatibility, not to mention quick release dropouts front and back, REN clearly intend the Omen to be built as a more traditional touring or cyclocross bike, but with modern trimmings like disc brakes and a 44mm head tube. Available in five sizes ranging from 49 to 61cm and all using 700c wheels, pricing starts at $1895/€1690 for frame only, with frameset options from $2095/€1870.
Perhaps the most versatile of the new frames is the Ivan, with disc brakes, rack mounts, sliding dropouts, and even belt drive compatibility. Along with the same 44mm headtube, BSA bottom bracket and 3al-2.5v oversize butted titanium found throughout the line, the Ivan aims to be a one-bike stable, from cyclocross racing to gravel touring. Di2 ready, and compatible with front derailleurs, it can be built in nearly any combo you can dream up. Like the Omen, the Ivan also starts at $1895/€1690 for a frame.