Well the Ti review has, strangely enough, put me off buying a Ti bike and go and have a good long look at a Whyte19 in old fashioned aloominum
Ti Frames - "Current Fashion" or "here to stay"?
if at first you don't succeed try again, if then you don't get it right own up to being usless and wait for further advice.
Love my 2 Ti frames (cross bike & ti456). Both are light enough and comfortable - the cross bike makes a great lightweight touring stead and winter roadie too. I ride it with mates on hard tails over not too testing stuff (south downs ways type riding) and I'm sure I get off better nick than I would have done on a alu framed cross bike. The ti456 needs no introduction.
I'd like a ti road frame now I don't road race. The carbon frame is super stiff for racing but quite punishing for long sportive type rides on questionable roads. The one bike I don't get is a Ti Pompino. Don't get me wrong, I loved my pomp (it now a flat bar gentlemans cruiser for getting the paper and mincing around the campus at work) but as a fixed you are never going to get proper downhill road speeds and climbing is always going to be compromised by the lack of gears that a few hundred grams of weight saving is not going to make a huge difference to. A Pomp is meant to be the grunt bike that is built up tough & cheap to take commute or winter training abuse, with slightly bigger tyres when out and out performance is not an issue. It's the bike you wash once a year on its birthday if it's lucky! Steel has to be the perfect material.
no Im not getting it right so I'll get some work done instead.
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Without all the spaces.
I'd hesitate to say ti was mainstream still, I think it's just a niche that's getting bigger and more affordable.
Always aspired to a ti bike back in the day, but even though I could afford one now I just don't feel the urge.
Maybe when/if my steel hardtail breaks.
>> Not a fad.
>> Not mainstream.
Oh, everyone has said that already?
Ti can be built into great frames, but the great Ti frames end up too expensive for the likes of me.
No one needs Ti, but if you're rich they're always there to tempt you! = :87)
It's good that Ti is no longer necessarily short for "race bike" and is being used to make good modern trail bikes, not that you can't have a bike that is both a race bike and trail bike but you know what I mean.
Oh, looking at that Pompi reminded me, the only bike of mine I wish was Ti is my old commuting bike, despite it being the bike that needs to be the cheapest to ward of magpies. It's my only steel bike that gets constantly scruffed up and eaten by road salt, my mountain bikes are fine.
What spaces? Sorry to be thick.
Is this right? Holy cow mt makes technology breakthrough, could the world now be his?
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