Who's stuck with or returned to Ti?
I never left the country of Ti. Light responsive, and if you buy a good one, should last a long time. Mine have. It took 18 years to actually break one, and that was my everyday ride three/four times a week bike. It’s being repaired. I shan’t be parted. BUT you’re right… A bike is just a bike.Posted 3 years ago
I’ve had a few Ti frames over the years, both road and mtb, but for the last couple of years I’ve had carbon, ally and steel instead. I enjoyed Ti frames, but came to the conclusion that bikes are about more than just the materials they’re made from, and didn’t particularly hanker after another Ti bike until I saw the Kinesis Sync.
Anyone else been drawn back to Ti by something pretty or innovative – or is it increasingly a material of the past?Posted 3 years ago
I paid £2500 for a ti-deluxe indyfab made to measure in every way, rode it a couple of times, had some bad luck and spent 5 years off the trails having a bit of a fight with leukemia and recently got back into fitness and training and only now, clear of all that and riding again, now know that my “bespoke” dream machine doesn’t fit me, top tube virtual is 1.5 inches too short!!!! am now gonna probably buy a £350 orange crush frame cos it will fit so no I wouldn’t rush back, or actually be that bothered, most important thing to me is fit…material secondary. that said, if I could find a uk builder and it fitted, I would be tempted! (and a good ti hardtail, relaxed head angle and decent travel versus my yeti asr? hmm even though my bouncer fits better I would take the former!Posted 3 years ago
Interesting. I only managed to break one Ti frame, and it wasn’t either of the Lynskey-built ones I’ve had. I’ve also broken an Aluminium frame. I’m guessing if you don’t break one every now and then you probably aren’t trying hard enough. At 6’4″ and 15 stone I’m not sure my hit rate is all that flattering. That said, the Sync looks like it will break me first.Posted 3 years agoorangeboyMember
Found the orange vit t ( lynsky made ) a bit average to ride but not bad and I shall keep it
Got an old merlin road frame second hand and it’s amazing , smooth light and far far nicer than the carbon stuff I’ve had
Material is one thing but you still get good and bad onesPosted 3 years agothe-muffin-manSubscriber
Stuck with Ti for 10 years now. Bought a Ti Inbred and countless frames (carbon, ali, full suss, steel) have come and gone in that time, but this one always felt right from day 1. This is now my only MTB.
Just stripped, polished and re-built it…Posted 3 years ago
I’m saving for a custom built Enigma Ego for my 50th next year. I have been a little wary of Ti, after all you hear of every failure on here, but they are only down the road from me should any repairs ever be needed and I’m a 9 stone wheels on the ground mincer. In 28 years of riding a mountain bike I’ve broken a seat clamp bolt, nothing else, and only then because I ignored the creaking of it being lose so I hope I should be ok with a frame.Posted 3 years ago
It is a lot haggis and I think maybe something went wrong in translation at the factory but because of the time lapsed it’s impossible to track back all the audit trail, I doubt my lbs chappie measured wrongly, he is very good at stuff so I think during the ether or at the other end. It didn’t and doesn’t feel right and yet my small yeti Asr felt better off the shelf so got some opinions, lots of them, all said too short by a long way so now been to back up the theory on a measuring bike jig pro fit thing and was confirmed to me that in there view the top tube was 1.5 inches too short (they provided it in mms and then converted it to old age speak for me!) I should add I paid for the fit as a stand alone service so as not to encourage a negative answer to get sold a bike. So am now looking at getting a new bike around a frame that fits, I need a vtt length of 23.55 inches and would love to get standover for my 29inch inseam but realize that’s unlikely. Closest I have sat on (not ridden) is this years 17inch crush, a far different beast to having a beautifully hand crafted Indy and Ali too but frankly I just want something that fits!Posted 3 years agoampthillSubscriber
@shortbaldone how do you know your VTT is 1.5″ to short? Seems like a very exact measurement for you too have just pulled it out of thin air but also seems like a huge amount for Indy Fab to be off in their measurements as well.
I think top tubes have got longer as stems have got shorter….Posted 3 years ago
Amphill, definitely agree they have which is why I wanted some science behind it, sure was designed with pre agreed stem of 90mm so that’s all been netted in the calculations , it is what it is and on the positive side, my 13 year old is deliriously happy with his inheritance made of Ti and it’s beautifully crafted, no doubt but I have to seek another, it’s just slightly put me off the custom process but am sure it’s a rare occur acne going by how happy owner drivers normally are of these and other custom made bikes.Posted 3 years ago
I would try again but I would want a uk builder so I could stay closer to the process so some learning there but if I can find a stock fit somewhere it will leave more cash for a nice buildcatvetMember
ShortbaldonePosted 3 years ago
I have a Crush frame for sale, hardly used, yours for free provided you make a suitable donation to the Michael Bonney trust fund, it’s a 17 with 600mm Vtt in Orange,
Reason for sale is I prolapsed a disc last July and since then rode only full sus
Phwill77 at gmail dot com
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