Looking at off-road touring alternatives I came across this interesting frame.
Wondering what if any are the advantages of a titanium frame in off road tourers? Doing a search on google yielded:
On the pro side:
1. rust resistance which extends life of frame
2. seemingly indefinite resistance to flexing stresses
3. light weight
On the con side:
1. cracks at welds due to inexperienced welders
2. sometimes bikes flex too much because material is too thin to save $$ in tubing cost
3. hardware used has to be carefully managed to avoid seizing of parts
Any actual use reports would be greatly appreciated. I already have 3 older steel mtb frames (a 93 Jamis diablo and a 98 Raleigh mtb, soon an 89 Ritchey Ultra) kept more for collectable and fun purposes. This bike would be more for cross country short tours under 1 week. Mostly dirt roads and occasional use in the rainforest in Panama where I work. No extreme riding, bunny hopping or big drops planned for this bike.
The main attraction to get this bike would be getting disk brakes which are very useful in places like Panama where deep mud is everywhere. As a reference point, I already own a rim-braked Surly Cross Check and love it.