TITANIUM full sussers – any good? And any beyond Merlin???

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  • Aus
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    Interested in getting a full sus for comfort – would be 100mm travel, XC/singletrack – no hard gnarly stuff at all. Comfort key to ease back injury.

    Have a ti hardtail, and love the idea of titanium. So for the lust factor and simple enjoyment of riding, is looking at a ti full sus daft? Googling suggest Merlin made one with an Ellsworth rear end, but haven’t found many others.

    cynic-al
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    Waste of money.

    But it sounds like you want one and have the money.

    b r
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    IMO better off with a carbon one, say Anthem X.

    And I ride a Ti HT too 🙂

    rewski
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    moots and eriksen do full suss, pig ugly and if you ask me 😉

    TheDoctor
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    pig ugly and if you ask me

    Yeah Really ugly 🙄

    bencooper
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    I love my old Tomac Revolver Ti – but they’re long gone now and you can’t have mine. I don’t think it’s daft – there is the theory that full sus bikes go out of date quickly so there’s no point making them in ti, but that only applies if you’re fashion-led.

    Premier Icon onewheelgood
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    The eriksen is certainly better looking than this http://www.litespeed.com/bike.asp?content=Sewanee-2013

    TurnerGuy
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    a little bit pointless though as the feel of the frame is removed by the suspension action, unless the suspension action is poor, obviously…

    bencooper
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    The point I can see is that you can have flexible “pivots” in ti – for example my Tomac has no pivot at the bottom of the seatstay. Plus oyu get the durability of ti.

    Premier Icon njee20
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    They’re generally heavier and more expensive than aluminium equivalents whilst lasting no longer. If exclusivity is your top priority then go nuts. If you value performance more highly I’d look elsewhere.

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    I find Ti F/S as pointless as painted Ti why ?

    thepodge
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    I’ve been looking at this, mainly as neither the UK steel builders or the German alu builders will touch my ideas but the Chinese ti builders will happily take my money

    mtbtomo
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    Independent Fabrications did one – it was reviewed in ST mag many years ago. Had some kind of Dave Weagle design IIRC and was about £5k for the frame only.

    theflatboy
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    Aus – Member

    Googling suggest Merlin made one with an Ellsworth rear end, but haven’t found many others.

    I have one:

    DSC05371 by theflatboy, on Flickr

    I love it. 🙂

    Aus
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    flatboy – looks good – what is it that makes it ace for you?

    rewski
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    south downs? nicest ti full suss I’ve seen.

    mt
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    I have one of those. Really like it. Had it since 2007. Ridden twice across Scottish and English C2C Miles in the Dales, Peaks, Quantocks, Mid wales, Lakes and various 7 Stanes. You can set it up for fast XC or more general do it all ride. It’s not an “all mountain/downhill” bike though. It’s fast as long as things don’t get to rough. Forgot, done a good portion of both the Colarado Trail and the Leadville 100 on it. Love but also get a bit torn between my soul.

    Apparently the Merlin Works 4 was a poor seller so there were many around in the US much reduced. As I recall there was a text in Singletrack that gave it a fair review.

    I’d consider selling mine but I’d be gutted to see it go in the same way as I was sad to see my Pace RC200 go. Thing have to change. I suspect that this on is a keeper.

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    Kingdom Hex AM – too gnarly for you?

    andyl46
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    I had a Litespeed Niota Ti. Stupidly expensive, flexy and special, and not in a good way.

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    I’ve been looking at this, mainly as neither the UK steel builders or the German alu builders will touch my ideas but the Chinese ti builders will happily take my money

    That may tell you something worth knowing )

    bencooper
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    I’ve been looking at this, mainly as neither the UK steel builders or the German alu builders will touch my ideas but the Chinese ti builders will happily take my money

    I’ll have a go at any idea you like as long as you have money 😉

    thepodge
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    It tells me that UK steel builders are stuck in the 1950s and way over priced.

    Seriously, only one builder in the UK that I contacted was interested in doing full suspension and they already charge far too much for a standard ht.

    The Chinese are far more accommodating, cheaper and don’t have a massive chip on their shoulder.

    mt
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    Ooh get her. Do you think cost could have something to do with wages? Perhaps even an artificially under valued currency? Are the potatoes a bit cheaper? I bet the chips are not fried in real beef dripping.

    wobbliscott
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    The Chinese are cheaper full stop. It is impossible for uk manufacturers to compete on price, and if price is your main driver then look elsewhere. I’m sure Cy and others are not being wafted to work from their country piles in their Maybachs. Uk frame manufacturers are not ripping us off and they produce products of the highest quality – probably the best frames in the world. Old school is not necessarily old fashioned.

    Also steel is not old tech. On the contrary. The latest steel alloys are far higher tech and a more modern material than titanium, carbon fibre (which really is stuck in the 1970’s and hasn’t really progressed since then as a material) and al alloy. Steel is still the foundation of worldwide industry, not al alloy, not titanium (which is mostly used for golf clubs) and certainly not carbon.

    PeterPoddy
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    Steel is still the foundation of worldwide industry, not al alloy, not titanium (which is mostly used for golf clubs) and certainly not carbon.

    So’s carbon, maybe for even a bigger industry than cycling, but certainly not an insignificant one: Fishing
    🙂

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    probably the best frames in the world

    Based on what!?

    irelanst
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    Steel is the foundation of worldwide industry because it is readily available, easy to work with and cheap. It is very rarely the ‘best’ material for the job but it is often the most cost effective. If people could afford to build ships from titanium they would because it doesn’t rust for example.

    You really don’t think carbon hasn’t progressed from the days of chopped strands and hand layed up polyester resins? The bare material is still essentially the same i.e. carbon, but resin and manufacturing technology has advanced massively. You could just as easily argue that ‘high tech’ steel is still essentially iron.

    The major use of titanium is as a pigment in paint, there is very little used in a set of golf clubs. Far more steel, carbon and rubber are used than titanium, which is only really used on the face of ‘woods’.

    Back to the OP, I think the same as Ben, titanium is usefull in soft-tail situations where the chainstays flex to provide a bit of travel (like the Moots). As a regular full-suss design carbon and ali would seem to be better options, although the Eriksen above looks really nice.

    ndthornton
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    Am I imagining this or was there a Ti Full suss from Whyte in MBR or MBUK recently? There stuff is great and sexy to boot.

    theflatboy
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    By the way, in terms of options I’m fairly sure Ellsworth currently do the Tiruth, which is basically the same as my Merlin above.

    edit – nope, turns out they don’t any more!

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    Could you get the Cotic factory to do a one-off in Ti?

    bencooper
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    It tells me that UK steel builders are stuck in the 1950s and way over priced.

    Seriously, only one builder in the UK that I contacted was interested in doing full suspension and they already charge far too much for a standard ht.

    The Chinese are far more accommodating, cheaper and don’t have a massive chip on their shoulder.

    Well, that got weird – especially as I wasn’t even born in the ’50s and like every other British framebuilder I know I’m not exactly rich 😉

    Of course China will be cheap for stuff. The cost of living is a fraction of what it is here, and there’s a huge pool of labour. But a custom frame is a conversation – when I build a frame for someone, I typically spend several hours on the phone, exchange quite a few emails and send lots of drawings back and forth to make sure the frame ends up exactly right.

    It’s hard to have a conversation like that when your framebuilder is on the other side of the World, and speaks only Chinese.

    heihei
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    Got a Titus Motolite in exogrid I might be persuaded to part with…..

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    Jeronimo Chabardo ti

    DanW
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    Yes a Ti full susser is daft but if you have the money why not 😀

    Funk Cycles La Ruta would be the top of my list

    patriotpro
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    oldfart – Member
    I find Ti F/S as pointless as painted Ti why ?

    Painting Ti is like putting a supermodel in tramps clothing; it’s just not right. 😀

    tazzymtb
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    Black sheep do custom ti fs, they’re lush

    thepodge
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    Stock reply from a UK builder, “oooh that’s not something we normally do, & it’ll be pricey, I’m not sure it’s worth me looking into”

    Stock reply from a Chinese builder “yes, no problem”

    I’m after a frame builder not some self appointed “master craftsman of dark arts”

    Last year’s bespoke Bristol shows how little things have moved on. The only full suspension I could find was UK built, Chinese made. The only fat bike US designed, Chinese made. Most of the mountain bikes looked like they were straight from the 90s & the retro look road bike was everywhere.

    bencooper
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    Bung me an email. Seriously.

    Today, I’m building a Rohloff rear swingarm for a Brompton, designing a tandem tricycle and starting on a curvy-stayed MTB with upside-dowen forks if I have time.

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