For balance I've had two ti frames and several aluminum. Had two cracked alu frames and none on the ti side. I think some frames just break like everything else you can buy. No ryhme or reason.
Titanium frames- what do you think of yours?
ndthornton - without a proper analysis I guess it's hard to say. Although many brands are mentioned above (and one might expect a small percentage of failures), it does seem that one particular manufacturer has quite a high defect rate.
Iv never cracked a frame but iv severely dented both an ali and a steel frame in the past - the Ali was a kona Stinky too! Both of these were definately down to user error though and I am sure the Cotic would have faired no better upon impacting a tree at such high velocity!
No problems with my Lynskey so far- 12 months on with plenty of hard riding.
My guess on the failure rate thing is:
1. We hear more about it because they are more expensive
2. Lynskey have a higher number of breakages because they make more frames - On One, Cotic etc. as well as their own.
3. All frames break if you ride them hard enough, with a short enough seat post or indeed do stuff they weren't designed for!
Would I buy another one? Oh yes.
I've never broken a Ti frame but I've bust a few Al, steel and carbon
This could have something to do with me never having owned a Ti frame
I've ridden a few and liked them well enough but I see little point in splashing out heaps of cash on a frame if all I can afford to dangle off it is worthless scrap... and then there is the likelyhood of me breaking it anyway
IMHE the wheels and other stuff can have a larger bearing on a how a frame rides than what material the frame is made of, blah blah blah etc etc.
None of this stops me wanting a Ti frame any less though
I have bol's old Cotic Soda (see page 1 of this thread). Very similar geometry to my old Merlin MALT-1, but oh-so-different to ride. Love it. My other bike (S-Works FSR 120) hasn't been out for a while...
Genesis Altitude Ti is perfectly suited to my needs/wants
I weigh a lot, and am utterly unforgiving to my bikes. No subtlety in my riding at all, I regret to say, and it's therefore reasonable to assume that if anyone's going to kill a frame, it'd be me.
The 456 Ti remains unbroken after several years of bashing.
I've managed to kill steel, aluminium and carbon frames though, if that's any help.
here is my pride and joy - i love my lynskey, gets ridden a lots more than my Yeti ASR5C!
The lefty has now gone, replaced by a DT Swiss XMM 140. Its a touch heavier, but much nicer to ride.
Currently own a 1995 Marin Team Titanium with 1x9 drivetrain & 2010 RS Sids
Love the ride quality & zing that this bike has, it's so quick (even with me powering it) and comfortable
Shame the frame, forks, original White Industries cranks & wheels are going up for sale soon, but a new project is coming!
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