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Originally Posted by Homeyba
I'd like to see that record. Personally, I've seen and owned more TI bikes that have outright failed than carbon. TI requires a skilled welder and any oxygen contamination will ruin the weld resulting in a failure of the frame at a later date. That’s what happened to my last TI bike. TI bikes are great and that is the only reason I wouldn’t buy a low to mid range TI bike. A high end TI bike from Seven, Lightspeed or Merlyn I'd buy in a minute.
Ha ha, I was going to say the same thing but based on riders I know. I know of maybe 5 riders on ti and one broke. OCCRick of the SoCal forum (150 lbs?). I know a ton of riders on carbon with maybe two broken frames. So from the Beanz data base, that's one out of 5 ti bikes vs 2 out of hundreds for the CF. (not that it matters but that is my experience)
I know of a guy Mike riding a new Merlin, (high end model). Dude has some bucks, 2 steel Pegoretti's and a nice steel Bianchi. He says he's disappointed with the ride of the Merlin.
Then I saw this today in another forum. I don't know this guy but he is supposed to be a big strong rider.
I ride CF now more than any other material. While I do like my steel Colnago, it doesn't get the same ride time as the others. Aluminum for my rain and cross bikes. Only bike that didn't really work for me was Ti, it was too flexy in the BB.
Last edited by Mr. Beanz; 08-26-11 at 05:13 PM.