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    Steel VS Ti

    Weight aside, for those of you who have ridden or owned both steel and Ti, which do you prefer and why? I have lots of experience on steel bikes. I was looking to consolidate my stable or even sell off most of them and buy one really nice ride. Never been a big fan of Al or CF. So, I'm sticking with steel but could be talked into Ti.
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    I've had/have both and as far as ride, they are pretty much the same in my experience. Durability is better with Ti in respects to corrosion. Weight isn't a factor really since you can get some high dollar steel frames that are comparable in weight to similar priced Ti frames.
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    I have a couple of steel road bikes and a titanium road bike. I take care with my steel bikes but the paint still manages to get dinged from time to time. Even though I live in a very dry area and don't have to worry about rust much with my steel bikes, I enjoy the bare metal look of my titanium bike.

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    If you regularly ride on the beach, you can worry about rust in 10 or 20 years. Otherwise, it's a pretty baseless argument.

    Think about why you have several bikes--can you do everything with one? I often daydream about going down to one, but usually I have a bike set up with fenders and racks, one with a fixed gear, a mountain bike, one undergoing some project, etc etc. Yes, I could do all that with one bike, but it would mean spending a lot of time in the garage shifting it from mode to mode.

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    Weight for Weight, Ti is lighter vs Steel. Comparable steel frames are much more thin walled and MAYBE not as durable. Personally, ride is preferable on Ti. Do have a steel cross bike as well, though it is semiretired ( a classic Ritchey), the canti brake bosses spring adjustment holes on the frame and fork widened (got ovalized) and therefore need to be replaced by a frame builder sometime in the future.

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    I rode the same version of a road bike in Ti and steel and I could not tell the difference between the two. Ti seems like the way to go for longevity and the price of a nice Ti v a nice steel frame is not humongous these days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonestr View Post
    I rode the same version of a road bike in Ti and steel and I could not tell the difference between the two. Ti seems like the way to go for longevity and the price of a nice Ti v a nice steel frame is not humongous these days.
    I was thinking the same thing. I own 2 Waterfords now, both bought used. As far as steel goes they don't get much more expensive new. So, Ti isn't really more price wise. I was just looking for something new. I'm really not too excited about having a CF fork though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cs1 View Post
    I was thinking the same thing. I own 2 Waterfords now, both bought used. As far as steel goes they don't get much more expensive new. So, Ti isn't really more price wise. I was just looking for something new. I'm really not too excited about having a CF fork though.
    American built Ti is still really expensive if you go with something like a seven, but other companies are doing some nice stuff with overseas builders and still getting a lot of quality and value out. you might be interested in Everti. Pretty good prices on nice frames, with only a slight upcharge for custom.

    I am still a little iffy on carbon forks, but i ride them none the less.

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