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Nevi combines titanium with walnut for spectacular Titanio Legno race frame

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Walnut grain and polished titanium make for a unique aesthetic

Walnut grain and polished titanium make for a unique aesthetic
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The walnut wood of the frame is laminated from solid sections before being machine cut, treated and bonded to the titanium tubes

The walnut wood of the frame is laminated from solid sections before being machine cut, treated and bonded to the titanium tubes
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The Titanio Legno in the hands of its builder and Nevi founder Sergio Finazzi

The Titanio Legno in the hands of its builder and Nevi founder Sergio Finazzi
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The large down-tube section blends seamlessly across the two materials

The large down-tube section blends seamlessly across the two materials
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The Titanio Legno is the latest introduction to Nevi's current six-bike range

The Titanio Legno is the latest introduction to Nevi's current six-bike range
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Like the frame, Nevi's unique titanium fork is produced in-house at the company's Bergamo base

Like the frame, Nevi's unique titanium fork is produced in-house at the company's Bergamo base
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This particular bike — the only one currently in existence — tips the scales at 8.5kg

This particular bike — the only one currently in existence — tips the scales at 8.5kg
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Nevi's Titanio Legno frame is based on Nevi's existing Spinas race bike

Nevi's Titanio Legno frame is based on Nevi's existing Spinas race bike
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This article first appeared on BikeRadar.

Italian brand Nevi is known for producing exquisite titanium frames, but its new Titanio Legno adds another exotic material into the mix.

The Titanio Legno (that’s Titanium Wood for those of us whose Italian lessons are now a distant memory) uses identical geometry to Nevi’s Spinas race bike, but its top tube and signature oversized down tube have been replaced with hollow 10mm thick sections of walnut wood.

At present, the Titanio Legno frame you see here is the only one in existence, though Nevi has announced it will soon become an option for Nevi customers.

The walnut used for the frame was sourced locally to Nevi’s Bergamo HQ and is laminated from solid sections in a process that’s used frequently in the nautical industry. The sections were then machine-cut, treated and bonded to the rest of the titanium chassis.

As well as its striking aesthetic and exclusivity, the wood has been chosen for its damping qualities, which should mean extra compliance over the all-titanium Spinas.

When quizzed on the process, builder Sergio Finazzi noted the hardest part of the build was getting a perfectly flush finish between the wood and titanium. Ever the perfectionist, Finazzi was able to point out one very minor flaw with the fit of the wood at the down tube — something that will, of course, be rectified for production builds.

Each Titanio Legno frame will be made to measure, making use of Nevi’s in-house bike fitting jig offering what the company calls the "Savile Row experience".

Like the Spinas and many other Nevi bikes, the Titanio Legno uses Nevi’s own fork —  a beautifully made component that combines a cast section with 0.6mm sheet metal for a unique look and ride characteristic that you won’t find from other brands.

The build photographed here with its Campagnolo Super Record group and Shamal Mille wheels tips the scales at 8.5kg.

The price for this bike? For now, at least, it remains a POA affair.