Stein&Fenton Launch Their Stunning New Prestige Road Bike With 3D Printed Titanium Lugs!

The Philly Bike Expo saw the launch of the new Prestige road bike from Stein&Fenton. After a year of design and development, the new Prestige was on display in all of its glory. Stein&Fenton is a new boutique bike builder that says it is ready to embrace future growth with the launch of this new bike.

Stein&Fenton Prestige black and gold

Photo c. R. Frazelle. Lookin’ good at the Philly Bike Expo.

Every Stein&Fenton frame is built by hand in the small town of Pawnee, Illinois. Stein&Fenton are not claiming that they’re making the lightest, fastest, or most aerodynamic bikes in the world, they do however design and build bikes that they say they are very proud of.

Stein&Fenton black and gold on the wall side front

Photo c. Stein&Fenton

The new Prestige is said to offer all of the amenities of a modern road bike while also being suitable for an all-road setup.

The Prestige is equipped with a T47 threaded bottom bracket, the rear is spaced at 12×142, and can fit up to 32c tires. It also comes equipped with fully integrated internal cable routing, and an integrated seat wedge clamp.

Stein&Fenton say that the bike will be delivered to the end user “ready to ride”… what they mean by “ready to ride” is that every Prestige will come with a Silca Mattone saddle bag, Silca or Alpitude bottle cages, pedals (customer’s choice), and computer mount.

After 16 hours of print time and 8 hours of cure time, the 3D-printed titanium lugs become more than 99.5% of the density of billet 6al-4v Titanium. At this point, these lugs aren’t quite ready to build a frame yet. It takes another 10 hours of post-CNC machining/finish time before they can be used for a frame build.

Stein&Fenton say that they hand lay, under controlled guidelines, carbon fiber tubes that are then bonded to prepped surfaces that can withstand over 4,000psi shear strength. The combination of the 3D titanium lugs and the hand-laid carbon tubing leads to a nice blending of modern technology and individual craftsmanship.

Stein&Fenton black side front on the wall

Photo c. Stein&Fenton

Stein&Fenton will only be building complete bikes. So, that means no framesets will be available for purchase. They are offering “base level builds” of either SRAM Red AXS or Shimano Dura Ace 9200 groups. These builds will come with ENVE SES wheels with Chris King hubs, Darimo seat post, and one-piece bar/stem combo, and “other preferred supplier parts”.

Upgrades are said to be available for nearly every component, a la carte style. You can also pick from lug and tube finish options.

Stein&Fenton will be offering “stock” sizes from 49cm to 61cm in 1cm increments. For an added fee and a longer lead time, custom-size geometry is available.

Complete build pricing will start at $15,500. But as Stein&Fenton point out, “We don’t just build you a bike. We build you YOUR bike.” As they should, for that kind of money.

The Stein&Fenton Prestige will be available to order in early 2023. They will be built in order based on the contact date and deposit received. Please note that delivery times “will depend on the availability of supplier parts”.

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Eggs Benedict
Eggs Benedict
16 days ago

If companies are going to charge ultra premium pricing for their additive manufactured lugged frames they need to at least step up to the plate and improve/polish the surfaces of the lugs. Most printed lugs look like they are cast parts. And cast parts look cheap in quality due to the coarse surface roughness.

Dominik
Dominik
16 days ago
Reply to  Eggs Benedict

You are so right! It takes a lot of elbow grease to polish printed parts, but without this step the parts can’t be considered premium!

Roger Pedacter
Roger Pedacter
16 days ago
Reply to  Eggs Benedict

It’s not just the polish, it’s also the design. These seem to be weird and lumpy for the sake of being weird and lumpy.

Billyshoo
Billyshoo
15 days ago
Reply to  Roger Pedacter

Sure but your “weird and lumpy” is my GORGEOUS. 🙂

Troy Phillips
Troy Phillips
15 days ago
Reply to  Eggs Benedict

Yes most definitely

Dinger
Dinger
14 days ago
Reply to  Eggs Benedict

3d printed metals aren’t very dense. What you’re seeing might be the polished result.

Roger Pedacter
Roger Pedacter
11 days ago
Reply to  Dinger

Nope. DLMS printed and sintered titanium is 100% the density and 90%-ish the strength of forged billet material

J Zez
J Zez
15 days ago

sick. do they come in adult sizes?

myke
myke
13 days ago

Shouldn’t this process drive down the cost of production? We have been making lugged frames for ages and this tech is nothing new. Yes, there are a few extra steps in the print/CNC processing. however, I think you end up close to the same amount of time needed to build a hand-cut laid-up frame.

Jason DW
Jason DW
12 days ago

Whoa! Those are frickn cool looking! It would be neat to see some other colored lugs.

Chris Dobbs
Chris Dobbs
6 days ago

So why go for these guys over say Bastion, who’ve been doing exactly this for far longer, whilst looking better and have the cachet of having their engineering compete at the Olympics with the Australian team.

1 year R&D, no mention of investment, little in terms of meaningful numbers.

Hard pass from me