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what's a titanium bike?

Old 08-01-06, 06:04 PM
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what's a titanium bike?

is titanium better and more expensive and rarer then a carbon one? because i read about titanium a lot but i never see any titanium bikes produced from any manufacturer. help please...
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Titanium is very light, rides like steel, and doesnt rust. It's a perfect, but very expensive material choice for a bike...
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Tends to be a smidge heavier (though not always) than carbon. I think it's easier to maintain than carbon, which will accumulate scratches. I'm diggin' mine.
www.merlinbikes.com

Also, I think custom Ti is actually a bit less expensive than custom carbon. You can get a top of the line bike frame & fork from Ti Guru Tom Kellogg (www.spectrum-cycles.com) for just over $3k (which ain't cheap, but it's cheaper than a Parlee).
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> what's a titanium bike?

An OCPr's wet dream.
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The folks at Moots make a pretty decent steed of this stuff as well. As do a number of frame makers. Ti is less common, but alas, not terribly exotic.
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I saw a Moots bike yesterday and I thought it was very cool.
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Exotic meaning rare for the consumer, not difficult to procure and manufacture.
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Trek is like the Wal*Mart of bike brands.
Coming from someone who "loves free beer" that is funny.
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Coming from someone who "loves free beer" that is funny.

I don't mean quality wise, just the proliferation and market domination.
Besides, I don't drink. My handle is an anagram.
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I don't mean quality wise,
Thanks, it sounded at first as if you were casually insulting 100s of BF members.
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ok...i still don't know much about titanium compared to carbon except that it's more durable and less expensive...sometimes...
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is litespeed the only company with titanium?
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Originally Posted by CarreraGT612hp
is litespeed the only company with titanium?
Did you read any of the responses in this thread???
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Originally Posted by CarreraGT612hp
is titanium better and more expensive and rarer then a carbon one? because i read about titanium a lot but i never see any titanium bikes produced from any manufacturer. help please...
Litespeed...........plus Ti is basically a metal that is lightweight......that is for laymen and terms to be used by them.....like me!
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this is fun! like some da vinci code sh*t

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Originally Posted by CarreraGT612hp
is litespeed the only company with titanium?
Why don't u get on Ebay/Sporting Goods/Cycling/Road Bikes/Complete Bikes & Frames/Titanium and you will get an overview of Ti bikes, some idea of cost & what others think they are worth. Of course it is rare to find a custom builder bike by doing this but sometimes it happens.
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There are a stack of Chinese Ti framebuilders who are marketed under various brands. They generally use thicker varieties of Ti tubing than the premium US makers, sometimes unbutted so the weight is comparable with a high end steel frame. Still, they are tough, ride well and dont rust.
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Speaking of Chinese Ti.... Check out Habanero
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Originally Posted by MichaelW
There are a stack of Chinese Ti framebuilders who are marketed under various brands. They generally use thicker varieties of Ti tubing than the premium US makers, sometimes unbutted so the weight is comparable with a high end steel frame. Still, they are tough, ride well and dont rust.
If you were going to go that route, I'd strongly recommend www.bikesoul.com . I know the guy that owns the company and he really stands up for his products. I think he can even do custom frames for you. His frames are butted or straight guage depending on which you want. His welds are better than most of the other Chinese companies.

Titanium is a great material. It doesn't rust, but it rides similar to steel, but is waaaay lighter. It is expensive and hard to weld. The material is nice but like all the other materials the quality of the bike as a whole depends on the frame manufacturer and frame build.
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Last night on EBay, I bought a 2005 IF titanium Crown Jewel with Ultegra for $ 2160. I can hardly wait for it to arrive.
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Originally Posted by CarreraGT612hp
is titanium better and more expensive and rarer then a carbon one? because i read about titanium a lot but i never see any titanium bikes produced from any manufacturer. help please...
before my head explodes:

https://www.sheldonbrown.com/frame-materials.html
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