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Old 05-04-10, 09:29 PM   #1
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Who makes a good affordable Titanium Frame?

Looking to get a Titanium Frame instead of the Carbon I've been riding.

Who makes a good affordable frame out of titanium. Looking for something besides Moots, Litespeed, Lynskey, etc......

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Old 05-04-10, 09:31 PM   #2
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A friend of mine rides Guru, very nice bikes, not sure if they would be considered affordable...
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Keep an eye on the Lynskey Loft:
http://www.lynskeyperformance.com/a/...nskey-loft.php

Here's a nice build, but a little pricey:
http://www.lynskeyperformance.com/a/...onal-event.php

There may be some great deals on Merlin; contact Bay Ridge Bikes (Anthony); they ship (u can mention my name)
http://www.bayridgebikes.com/
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No personal experience, but Habanero Cycles might be worth a look. habcycles.com?

The owner Mark was quite regular on rec.bicycles.tech when I was a regular reader.

Lots of doubters about a Ti frame at that cost, form China, etc., but the worst review I ever read from an actual purchaser of the bike was that the dropouts and oversized tubes in the rear triangle looked clunky and inelegant.
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Pride Cycles In Soddy Daisy, Tennessee.

They'll do a US made custom Ti frame for about $1200.
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Try this ...

Frameset 3AL/2.5V Butted Titanium 2010 Champion Team Titanium $999
3/2.5 Butted Titanium, High Modulus Carbon Fiber fork with Carbon Steerer
http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...0_frameset.htm

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Zinn Cycles build exquisite custom Titanium as well as Magnesium and Steel frames. If you're hard to fit (and at 6'6 and 275lbs - I qualify) - these guys are the specialists.


http://www.zinncycles.com

Built me a unbelivably good custom Titanium frame and I still pinch myself everytime I get on it.
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I got my Dean "El Diente" frame on CL, an '05. Had it built up with all new components; Ultegra 6600, Alpha Q carbon fork, Easton carbon stem, seatpost and bars - ended up at about $2000. I would watch ebay and CL for a good condition frame, Titanium is pretty solid. I am awaiting shipment of my Habanero MTB frame - we'll see, great price though. Not sure if all Titanium bikes are like this but they don't clear coat so all decals can be replaced, my Dean had a faded decal on it and will look as good as new soon.
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try Nevi: http://www.nevi.it/ great frames, rode one once (not mine) it was nice.
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There are so many great frame builders who work with ti. But it is an expensive material and few new frames are what I consider affordable.

I've bought two used ti frames on eBay - a Seven and a Carl Strong. The Seven was almost new with top end components that I got for about 1/3 the price of the equivalent new bike. The Strong was older and had been ridden hard. I've upgraded a lot of components (new ti seatpost, cassette, brifters, seat, S&S couplers). Even with all those upgrades I've spent about the price of a new Strong frame. Both bikes are fantastic.

I believe that my success buying used bikes is that I have been professionally fitted and know what geometry works for me. If it doesn't fit, it isn't affordable even if it is free!
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Those Pride frames look pretty nice and they can paint the frame any color imaginable from what I saw. What I can't seem to figure out is if their frames include a fork or not for the price.
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Those Pride frames look pretty nice and they can paint the frame any color imaginable from what I saw. What I can't seem to figure out is if their frames include a fork or not for the price.
I'd be willing to bet that they don't. Even so, a very good price, and good geometry in the bigger sizes (which many, if not most, mfrs STILL can't figure out...)

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Those Pride frames look pretty nice .....I can't seem to figure out is if their frames include a fork or not for the price.
The price is for a frame, not a frame and fork. I agree with Bobbycorno, it's a very good price and the stock geometries are pretty good, I only had to tweak a couple of dimensions to get a perfect fit (customisation cost me $0 BTW)

Plenty of cheap forks out there. Since I consider anything made of carbon to be disposable, I bought a Cinelli fork on closeout from the UK for $150 and am very happy with the combination.
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