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Looking for a Titanium Frame that looks sexy like Carbon Frames

Old 12-29-16, 12:07 AM
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Looking for a Titanium Frame that looks sexy like Carbon Frames

Titanium frames, like steel frames, tend to come with straight-round tubes (at best butted). And I don't have a problem with the nice, clean looks that came as the result.


However, I am going to be buying a new bicycle and there are other looks that I am very interested in. The example would be the aero-carbon frames, with their thick and substantial tubes that simply look good.



Are there any Titanium frames with thick and substantial tubes like in the picture directly above?
A low top tube (for genital protection) also looks amazing (sort of), but I am pretty certain that I want a complete top tube like on the diamond frames. I know that the picture below is a contradiction since the tubes are thinner here.


I am sorry: I am just an extremely confused person. I could be completely wrong about one of the designs that I thought I really wanted (but thankfully only one). For the people who used to be confused like me, what was the correct frame of your choice? If you still have not decided, please post pictures of suggestions. People who were confused in the same way should be satisfied in the same way.

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Old 12-29-16, 12:15 AM
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And I am sorry if I am confusing you guys any further. Here is a very unique looking bicycle!!!! The rear rack must be so easy to install! But I am just posting this picture because I really DO NOT want it (sort of).

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Old 12-29-16, 12:50 AM
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Maybe Blacksheep.



What do you need genital protection for on a road bike?
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Old 12-29-16, 12:53 AM
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Old 12-29-16, 01:07 AM
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I definitely do not like curvy bicycles.
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Old 12-29-16, 01:09 AM
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Originally Posted by Aznman View Post
I definitely do not like curvy bicycles.
Maybe stick with carbon then?
The frames you posted are hideous IMO.
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Old 12-29-16, 01:25 AM
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Maybe stick with carbon then?
The frames you posted are hideous IMO.
Mea culpa
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Old 12-29-16, 01:54 AM
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If you want a bike shaped like a CF bike you'll pretty much have to get a CF bike.
Metal tubes start life as - well, tubes. Symmetrical, usually round, evenly thick walls. If you were to try to stretch that to the flared shape of a CF bike, the metal would become too thin to be easily joined together.
There is a technique called "hydroforming" that can be used to flare metal frames. But then you start with sheet metal, to have more material available to make the flares off. That means more seams.
CF frames start life as basically cloth that gets layered into a mold. Makes it easy to create almost any shape.
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Lynskey has the Helix with a twisted downtube
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Originally Posted by sumgy View Post
Maybe Blacksheep.



What do you need genital protection for on a road bike?

Man. That's one ugly bike...
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Old 12-29-16, 06:18 AM
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Originally Posted by Phil_gretz View Post
Man. That's one ugly bike...
Did you look at the pics the OP posted??
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Why should a Ti bike look like a CF bike? That's like saying you'd like your Dodge Viper to look like a Charger.
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Originally Posted by sumgy View Post
Did you look at the pics the OP posted??
Yes. They were ugly, too, but they weren't trying so hard not to be...
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Originally Posted by shelbyfv View Post
Lynskey has the Helix with a twisted downtube
That is interesting.
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Our local boys: Ti All-Road - Carver Bikes

Tom Kellog's company: Spectrum Cycles | Titanium Bicycles
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Old 12-29-16, 07:22 AM
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Originally Posted by Phil_gretz View Post
Yes. They were ugly, too, but they weren't trying so hard not to be...
Having seen that blacksheep up close, it is gorgeous.
Those other frames can try all they like not to be ugly, but they will still be ugly.
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Old 12-29-16, 07:23 AM
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Thank you for the links.
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This appears to be a prototype, but you could ask the company.



Some of the Titanium track bikes also have a bit more unique design.



http://www.geocities.jp/konishioff/cycle.html

They seem to do at least some amount of custom special order frames.
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This one appears to be hydroformed. I'm not sure the photos do it justice.

https://www.vannicholas.com/road-bikes/astraeus

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Roark Custom Titanium Cycles full aero frame is pretty robust, but be prepared to spend $$$$'s.
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Bridgestone ( japan ) showed some hydro formes steel frames externally tapered larger where head tube jont forces are, &

Pino , an old Italian guy was forming some tapered Ti tubes out of sheet, decades ago..


so once you are on your 2nd million$ you can hire anything you want, made..
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Originally Posted by tcarl View Post
Roark Custom Titanium Cycles full aero frame is pretty robust, but be prepared to spend $$$$'s.
Hehe. Yup. General rule for all Titanium bikes sans BikesDirect....be ready to start at $5000 bare minimum. Probably much more, depending on what you get and equip it with.
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Old 12-29-16, 12:02 PM
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man oh man why would you want to ruin a perfectly beautiful frame material by making it look like Carbon? That's the beauty of titanium, it doesn't look like Carbon's swerves and curves and fatter tubes.
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Old 12-29-16, 12:16 PM
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Titanium is very hard to form, from everything I've read. That Linskey is about the most elaborate forming I would expect to see (and looks nice, BTW.)
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My Engin with a ceramic coating. Not sure if he's taking orders right now.
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