Sorry for the long post, but I'd love some input please:
I never ride my full susser (Santa Cruz Blur Classic) any more - I just love riding my Marin Rocky Ridge. The geometry on the Marin feels just perfect for me. Even at 140mm, the Blur just doesn't feel as well balanced - especially on the steep, twisty trails where I ride.
So I'm thinking about selling the Blur frame and using the bits to build up a second hardtail. It is impossible to frequent this forum and not feel tempted by a steel frame, but I have also been well impressed by the reviews of the On One Ti Evo 456. At £799 it seems like a great opportunity to buy a droolsome bike-for-life.
So, my questions are:
1. I'm not really great at cleaning and drying my bike after every ride. Even after asking the question several times, I still have a nagging fear of rust on steel frames. Is special attention needed on a Soul/BFe/Piglet to prevent rust? If you repeatedly put the bike away dirty/wet, will you have longevity problems?
2. Other than having a bike that other people might go "oooh" over, is the ride quality/longevity/maintenance free regime on a titanium frame really worth several hundred pounds over a steel or alu frame?
3. I run 2.3 inch tyres at 25-30 psi - will I really notice a difference in either steel or Ti? I sometimes think its just greed making me want a new bike at all!
Input from Ti riders especially welcome. Did anyone go back to steel? Or even worse, Alu? Is a Ti bike for life a realistic thing? Or do folks who've done this end up wanting something new after a few years anyway?
Thanks for your advice.