Sage Cycles Introduction – Brewed in Oregon
Sage Cycles is a small brand based out of Portland, Oregon building handcrafted, made in the U.S. titanium road and cross bikes. Although they were founded only two years ago in 2013, their reputation and popularity has been growing by leaps and bounds. They just unveiled the Sage/Lucky Envelope Brewing cyclocross team for the 2015/16 season. Their four rider squad will contest races in the Pacific Northwest, National Championships and Cyclocross Single Speed World Championships. But their knowledge and expertise isn’t confined to the cross world, as we had a chance to ride and test the Sage Cycles Skyline titanium road bike.
All Sage bicycles are available as a frameset or with an array of custom build options. David Rosen is the founder of Sage Cycles and he explains his brands philosophy, “Stronger and lighter, our titanium frames gives your ride a level of comfort and responsiveness unlike any other, and it’s being offered to our customers at attractive price points. From drivetrain and wheels to handlebar, stem and saddles, Sage Cycles will create the machine for your ultimate ride.”
As soon as we received our test bike, we could tell that the welds and frame work were top notch. The frames are 3/2.5 aerospace grade titanium built by Lynskey, thus the “Aged in Tennessee” on the inside of the right chainstay. We noticed an interesting weld on the seat tube just above the cool little owl logo. We asked about this and we were told it is a gusset to strengthen the junction of the top tube and the seat tube. The tube above this weld has a thicker wall diameter and the tube below the weld are thinner to allow the use of lighter tubes and to provide more comfort. Even the head badge is quality with a nice blend of Ti and two shades of carbon.
The other thing we noticed even before riding this bike was the weight. Or rather, the lack of it. Granted our size 50 is smaller than average, but on our shop scale it came in at a very svelte 16.46 lbs! We couldn’t wait to get her out on the climbs.
When it comes to spec’ing your bike, Sage Cycles works very closely with the customer to be sure a sensible, quality build is created within the rider’s budget. For our testing purposes, we wanted something not too high-end and not too inexpensive either. Equipped with a Shimano Ultegra drivetrain and smart wheels, our bike as shown would retail for $5900. The Skyline is also available as a frameset only (sizes: 50cm, 52cm, 54cm, 56cm, 58cm, 60cm, 62cm) for $2500. Spec highlights include:
- Enve 2.0 carbon fork – Enve ride quality is well known and this fork compliments the bike very well and will last while the owner upgrades other parts. Matches well with the Enve carbon seatpost.
- Chris King headset – Simple, solid, classic. Durability and build quality are well known.
- Full Shimano Ultegra 6800 groupset – for this price point, Ultegra is key. 11 speed drivetrain is bullit-proof. Ultegra brakesets give great feedback and the Ultegra cranks and rings shift reliably and confidently.
- FSA SLK stem and Energy Wing Pro handlebar
- Mavic Ksyrium SLS clincher wheels – Not the cheapest wheelset, but wheels are not the place to try and save money. Light, responsive and fast. These wheels will last you many, many miles.