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Old 06-29-11, 12:02 PM   #1
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Titanium Frames

What bicycle manufacturers make Ti frames in SS/fix?
Also, I've been out of the loop for a while recovering from surgery. What happened to Merlin? Their site seems to be down.
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Old 06-29-11, 12:09 PM   #2
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The only semi-off the shelf ti ss I know of is a pride cross frame with a single speed option. http://www.pridecyclesusa.com/cyclocross.html

But your best option is going custom, and in that area Indy Fab could quite possibly be your most wallet friendly option.
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Lynskey, $1100. Are you sure you want a Titanium SS? Nothing will be cheap.

http://www.lynskeyperformance.com/st...eed/fixie.html

I'm sure there's more but that's all I could think of off the top of my head.
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With no drillings for bakes the Lynskey would not work as a SS.
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Ti SS.....mmm mmm good!
Lynskey
Black Sheep
Dean Colonel
Kent Eriksen
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Moots
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Independent Fabrications
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What bicycle manufacturers make Ti frames in SS/fix?
Also, I've been out of the loop for a while recovering from surgery. What happened to Merlin? Their site seems to be down.
Thanks y'all.
If you don't mind my asking, but why Ti, guy?
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...probably because Ti looks cool, is lighter than a comparable steel bike, and rides smooth. It also lasts forever (not saying that the other materials don't, however).
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^ But most importantly, BLING!
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...probably because Ti looks cool, is lighter than a comparable steel bike, and rides smooth. It also lasts forever (not saying that the other materials don't, however).
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^ But most importantly, BLING!
Then why is it not popular outside of boutique bikes?
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Thanks for all the replies. Yeah, it would need to be drilled for brakes.
Why Ti? Actually, I am a steel afficionado but, down here in south Louisiana, the humidity would rust the cardboard box the frame came in. And aluminum / carbon fiber are out of the question.
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And aluminum / carbon fiber are out of the question.
Since they would explode in the heat, obviously.
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Thanks for all the replies. Yeah, it would need to be drilled for brakes.
Why Ti? Actually, I am a steel afficionado but, down here in south Louisiana, the humidity would rust the cardboard box the frame came in. And aluminum / carbon fiber are out of the question.
Why are aluminum and carbon out of the question? Both are effective, inexpensive, and ubiquitous.
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Why are aluminum and carbon out of the question?
For the same reason the bike has to be titanium.
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I'm still pondering the whole "it would rust the cardboard box the frame came in."

You don't need Ti dude.
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Then why is it not popular outside of boutique bikes?
Too expensive (raw materials and labor) to mass produce.
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You don't need Ti dude.
My aluminum and carbon road bikes are faster than my Ti. My carbon roadie is more comfortable than the Ti. They all weigh about the same. The Ti is just more classy and sexy.
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I don't need another bike, either. But that's the beauty of being me. I can buy anything I want. Carbon and aluminum are out because I want a different ride for my next project. I have 2 Cervelo's for my other riding. I had a beautiful chrome moly frame, I won't mention the name, that rusted despite the internal treatment for just that situation. I never owned a Ti bike before, nor a SS/fix, and decided that will be my next project.
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You don't need Ti dude.
he wants Ti.

get you a 953 stainless frame.
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I don't need another bike, either. But that's the beauty of being me. I can buy anything I want. Carbon and aluminum are out because I want a different ride for my next project. I have 2 Cervelo's for my other riding. I had a beautiful chrome moly frame, I won't mention the name, that rusted despite the internal treatment for just that situation. I never owned a Ti bike before, nor a SS/fix, and decided that will be my next project.
That's what I was wondering. If you want it just because you want it, that's cool, too.

If money is no object, the Litespeed is one way to go: http://www.litespeed.com/2006/custom.aspx
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I can buy anything I want.
Hmm in that case what would it take for me to convince you that you want to buy me a bike as well...
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haters will hate...you just keep your eyes on the ti prize mr. rick. i can't speak to ti SS road frames available today but i can speak to the material, and i think you're right to want it.

i started with a ti mtb (kona) because the material is so tough (no rust, no dents, scratches disappear w/steel wool)...perfect for the application. still have it, built as a 22lb SS hardtail.

but i was so impressed with the ride that i got a roadie (moots) soon after. this bike became my go-to for pretty much everything for the last 5ish years...tens of thousands of miles. what you read is (in general) true...lighter than steel with a similar 'lively' feel, a bit heavier than carbon and less stiff. pricey.

i have first-rate rides in both steel (scapin) and carbon (time) as well, and the moots remains the everyday. plenty fast, and all-day comfortable (w/reynolds fork). the best formula today seems to be oversize tubes.

a bunch of top ti builders, who may or may not make an SS road frame, which you may or may not be able to afford:

moots
seven
independent fabrications
lynskey
eriksen
black sheep
kellogg/spectrum
serotta
strong
potts
kish

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