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Old 06-25-12, 03:52 PM
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wheeler titanium bike

I'm not sure if this belongs in classic or not so mods feel free to move this if needed.

A couple weeks ago I scored what I believe to be a pretty good deal on craigslist, a titanium framed wheeler with dura ace 8 speed brifters and RD, 105 FD and brakes, ultegra hubs, ritchey crank and handlebars, and a carbon fork. From what i've been able to find out on the components most of them came out in the early to mid 90's. The bike seems like a mix of really good older parts and pretty good new parts, which is why i'm not sure where to put this.

I'm trying to find out more info on the wheeler brand. As near as i've been able to find out they are an european company that sells overseas. Looking for wheeler titanium i've found a few frames like mine but no real information. Anything you guys could add would be greatly appreciated.

I should add i'm not looking to sell this, I just like knowing as much as possible about what i've got. Thanks
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Old 06-25-12, 03:55 PM
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I picked up a Wheeler a few months ago and also found some Euro basis for them, though my frame seems made in Japan. It's an odd frame - straight gauge cro-mo tubing, heavier than you'd expect, with some odd touches like internal routing and panto. Overall, I'm not impressed.

I'd be surprised if they did their own ti frames; they're almost certainly badged something else. The DOs look like a budget Eastern Europe ti frame I saw once...I can't remember the manufacturer.
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Looks like a huge frame!
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Wow, nice big frame! I always wondered about Ti. I am a tall guy around 200 lbs. I find i can flex a steel or aluminium frame. So, i always thought Ti was off limits. To be fair, the only Ti bike i have ridden was a recumbent swb, and it was very comfortable, but too flexy for me. How does yours ride?

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the seat tube measured out to 63 cm, so yeah it's nice and big. I'm 6'3" and 240 and as far as I can tell it feels very solid and comfortable. It soaks up bumps a lot better than my aluminum hybrid with a cro-moly fork.
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I never heard of the brand, but it sure looks like a a nice solid ride,
Just replace that.......uhmm........unattractive......"splash" pattern bar tape and the bike will look tons better!

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I recently bought a Lightspeed Tuscany, due to circumstances beyond my control I have not had much riding time but so far I love it! I am 6'1" and about 200 lbs.
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The flex would depend on the tubing diameter...like any other material. Aluminum is not inherently a stiff material, it's stiff because it's usually massively over sized. Older, smaller diameter aluminum tubes were springy as all get out. Typically ti tubes are wider than traditional steel tubes, which compensates for the material differences. I weigh far too much right now and I LOVE my Merlin and Titanio. The Litespeed built Look, not so much.

I know others disagree with me, but I think that the difficulty working with titanium means that I would stick to brands with very good reps - older Merlins, Lynskey, Moots, Seven, Serotta.
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I found a wheeler "trekking" bike once. It looked like a mtb but had a horizontal top tube and 700 wheels. Everything was branded wheeler on the bike. Three water bottle mounts, rack mounts front and rear, fender mounts, etc. Tange frame though. I wish I had kept it.,,,,BD
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