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    Which are the good titanium folders?

    Hi all,

    Great to see so many folder enthusiasts, especially the new guys!

    Can anyone recommend a few good folders that come w/ a titanium alloy rear triangle and front fork? I know the Brompton Superlight ones do. Any other?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doonbiker View Post
    Hi all,

    Great to see so many folder enthusiasts, especially the new guys!

    Can anyone recommend a few good folders that come w/ a titanium alloy rear triangle and front fork? I know the Brompton Superlight ones do. Any other?
    I'm curious, what would be a reason for wanting a titanium bike over aluminum one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bbmike View Post
    I'm curious, what would be a reason for wanting a titanium bike over aluminum one?
    You must obviously be referring to the price.

    Hmm.. I guess you could say I haven't really found a bike that hits the sweet spot weight-wise, bbmike.

    Also, was talking to a mechanic friend who told me that aluminium bikes aren't really lighter than steel ones, because they end up using a lot more material for the frame, to bring it structurally at par with a steel one. (He has the superb aluminium Vitesse folder, by the way. A true stunner in every sense, though the thick butted frame did put me off a bit. I like my top tube nice and narrow.)

    Some of the Airnimal models are pretty light, but look a little flimsy for my 175 lbs.

    So there it is. Help.

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    Since money doesn't seem to be a problem call Bike Friday for a fully custom bike. They will make exactly what you desire. Roger

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    Len Rubin, crunching computers in Portland, and having fathered children
    to take up his disposable income,
    is probably still seeking Investors , like via Kickstarter,
    for getting his UFB, Ultimate Folding Bike project past a Prototype..

    an all Titanium Brompton.

    http://www.ufbusa.com/Ultimate_Foldi...Home_Page.html,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doonbiker View Post

    Some of the Airnimal models are pretty light, but look a little flimsy for my 175 lbs.

    So there it is. Help.
    If you are trying duplicate a road bike that folds, an Airnimal will be hard to beat in ride quality vs weight .. with the rear elastomer, a Chameleon is more comfortable than most folders .. I weigh more than 175lbs and my Chameleon has had no structural problems through the years .. you can also make them very light (20lbs-ish).. a much cheaper option would be the Xootr/Swift.. that bike can be made light and rides very well ... a Pocket Rocket Pro .. and a Pacific Reach Racing (both running on 451's) will also fly and can also be made light..



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    Folding wise, all I know of is the Minimax Ti.
    There's a new batch of carbon folders, but I can't find any reviews on them or the Minimax Ti.
    If I had unlimited funds, I'd get a Seven Cycles minivelo with couplers, but that's more of a travel bike, not a real intermodal folder.

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    Frankly, an aluminium road bike over $1200 is a little overpriced imo.

    Still..

    The Chameleon does come pretty close. My only consternation is that the elastomer might induce flexing later. (BruceMetras, may I ask how long have you had yours, and if you've faced this problem? She's a beauty, by the way.)

    I've actually heard good things about the Minimax, but I'll wait for someone to post a ride-n'-tell.

    Looks like yet another BikeFriday/Airnimal stand-off as of now.

    Man, why isn't there a light(er)weight titanium version of the Dahon Dash P18? I'd have lapped it up by now.

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    Actually, this gives me an idea for a fun new thread: Which bike (make and model) should get a titanium makeover?

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    I've always thought that the swift was begging for Ti bits. I wonder how noodley an all - Ti Swift would be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doonbiker View Post
    Frankly, an aluminium road bike over $1200 is a little overpriced imo.

    Still..

    The Chameleon does come pretty close. My only consternation is that the elastomer might induce flexing later. (BruceMetras, may I ask how long have you had yours, and if you've faced this problem? She's a beauty, by the way.)

    I've actually heard good things about the Minimax, but I'll wait for someone to post a ride-n'-tell.

    Looks like yet another BikeFriday/Airnimal stand-off as of now.

    Man, why isn't there a light(er)weight titanium version of the Dahon Dash P18? I'd have lapped it up by now.
    The Airnimal was a pretty good ride during a handful of test rides. The big issue is tire/tube availability. The Joey can actually fit ERTO 520 and 507 tires which makes things considerably better on that front. But last I checked the Joey only comes in one size whereas the Chameleon came in either two or three.

    FWIW, I believe that titanium frames are roughly the same weight as aluminum frames; but have ride characteristics similar to steel frames.

    There was a limited edition titanium Birdy.

    Bike Friday will replace the steel seat mast with a titanium version which saves some weight. Although getting back to the weight difference between titanium and aluminum, when Bike Friday made a "Super" Pocket Rocket Pro prototype, I believe they made the seat mast out of aluminum because the aluminum piece was lighted than a similar titanium piece.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doonbiker View Post

    The Chameleon does come pretty close. My only consternation is that the elastomer might induce flexing later. (BruceMetras, may I ask how long have you had yours, and if you've faced this problem? She's a beauty, by the way.)
    I got the bike new over 5 years ago.. I'm on my fourth set of tires, so it has a few miles on it .. the rear triangle is pretty beefy .. I wouldn't expect abnormal flexing attributable to the elastomer implementation.. there are also different shore elastomers available to compensate for varying rider weights..

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    Mmm...Seven Cycles Mini... (drooling)
    http://www.thaimtb.com/forum/viewtop...?f=70&t=107480

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    The good titanium folding bikes have not been made yet.

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