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Old November 10th 04, 02:05 AM
what ever
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Who has a ride made with this wonder metal ? I intend it to be my next ride
( 50 cm + - & compact geometry as I prefer a low standover height) I'd love
to hear recommendations of brands models etc form anyone who has currently
or previously owned a Ti bike. TIA


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Old November 10th 04, 03:30 AM
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RE/
Who has a ride made with this wonder metal ? I intend it to be my next ride
( 50 cm + - & compact geometry as I prefer a low standover height) I'd love
to hear recommendations of brands models etc form anyone who has currently
or previously owned a Ti bike. TIA


I've got a Seven Duo.

I need a titanium frame like I need another hole in the head - and if my wife
ever finds out I spent enough on a freaking *bicycle frame* to feed an entire
Somalian village for a month, she'll probably have me committed.

But I'm also too long in the wrong places for a proper fit on a production bike
and it seemed like just a matter of time before I'd lose in the little game I
was playing with spacer stack and bar rise on my Ellsworth....and it's like size
15 shoes: you just can't get 'em at Kmart.... At the time, Seven seemed like the
only game in town for a custom FS...and they only did titanium.

I'm happy with what Seven made for me. At first I was more than a little
irritated with them for sticking to their design despite my input. In the end
they saved me from myself.


Only caution I'd offer is strictly hearsay: I've heard that titanium must be
welded in some sort of special gas envelope...and that people have gotten
titanium frames made in (Russia, I think...) that looked great upon receipt, but
whose welds went bad within a year - something about the maker welding them
without the gas envelope.
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Old November 10th 04, 04:37 AM
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(Pete Cresswell) wrote:
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Who has a ride made with this wonder metal ? I intend it to be my next ride
( 50 cm + - & compact geometry as I prefer a low standover height) I'd love
to hear recommendations of brands models etc form anyone who has currently
or previously owned a Ti bike. TIA



I've got a Seven Duo.

I need a titanium frame like I need another hole in the head - and if my wife
ever finds out I spent enough on a freaking *bicycle frame* to feed an entire
Somalian village for a month, she'll probably have me committed.

But I'm also too long in the wrong places for a proper fit on a production bike
and it seemed like just a matter of time before I'd lose in the little game I
was playing with spacer stack and bar rise on my Ellsworth....and it's like size
15 shoes: you just can't get 'em at Kmart.... At the time, Seven seemed like the
only game in town for a custom FS...and they only did titanium.

I'm happy with what Seven made for me. At first I was more than a little
irritated with them for sticking to their design despite my input. In the end
they saved me from myself.


Only caution I'd offer is strictly hearsay: I've heard that titanium must be
welded in some sort of special gas envelope...and that people have gotten
titanium frames made in (Russia, I think...) that looked great upon receipt, but
whose welds went bad within a year - something about the maker welding them
without the gas envelope.


the "gas envelope" is absolutely crucial. it's not unknown for a
manufacturer to neglect the importance of having the shielding gas
running through the inside of the tubes being joined as well as the gas
coming from the welding torch. i doubt the broken frame came from
russia - they've been using that material in significant quantities for
a long time. while q.c. on some of their exports is bad, they should
know what they're doing.

to inspect a tig welded ti frame, look inside the bb & head tube & see
if you notice coloration in the heat effected zone - these are areas not
usualy brushed clean like the tube exteriors. colors like yellow & red
are kinda ok. others like blue or even black indicate excess oxygen in
the weld. oxygen makes ti brittle - it's its achilles heel.

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Old November 10th 04, 05:22 AM
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"what ever" wrote in message

Who has a ride made with this wonder metal ? I intend it to be my next
ride
( 50 cm + - & compact geometry as I prefer a low standover height) I'd
love
to hear recommendations of brands models etc form anyone who has
currently
or previously owned a Ti bike. TIA


I went to Ti in '03. It's a Lemond Victoire, butted Ti. Probably not any
lighter then what it replaced, a '96 Klein Quantum, but then again it's a
size larger (56 vs. a 54) so who knows. It also gained a Brooks saddle,
but comfort at this point is paramount, not lightweight.

It's a better fit then the Klein, which was too small. Rides nice, but not
a huge difference, but as one replaced the other, direct comparison is hard
to come by. There's seemingly something about the Lemond geometry as the Ti
feels faster as a road bike. The Klein was a better fit though, with a
clip-on aero bar, the shorter TT the reason. The Klein accelerated faster,
stiffer B-bracket as well. The Lemond gave me fits for a year with rub on
the F derailleur from b-bracket/crank flex (who knows). I finally switched
to Ergo to gain some additional trim on the F derailleur to get rid of the
rub. Never had flex induced rub on the Klein. I'm a heavy rider (over 210)
so the Klein was a better choice probably, but the Lemond was a steal as a
factory replacement for a broken seat post clamp area on the Klein, probably
never would have gone to Ti otherwise.

All in all, I'm happy with the bike, now that it's dialed in. Can't see the
point in compact though, even though that's what the Victoire now comes in.
The Klein I wanted was also compact, hated the look, marketing gimmick all
the way. Went classic Ti instead.

Still, doesn't feel a whole lot different then my 22 lbs, lugged steel
Heron.

SB





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Old November 10th 04, 05:33 AM
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what ever wrote:

Who has a ride made with this wonder metal ? I intend it to be my
next ride ( 50 cm + - & compact geometry as I prefer a low standover
height) I'd love to hear recommendations of brands models etc form
anyone who has currently or previously owned a Ti bike. TIA


There's nothing special about the way it rides, but it's nice to not have to
worry about your paint getting scratched. Ti frames are also generally more
dent resistant than lightweight steel or aluminum of the same weight. So you
don't have to worry as much about locking your bike in a public rack, subjecting
it to baggage handler thuggery, or having it thrown in a box van with 30 others
at the end of an organized ride.

Matt O.


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Old November 10th 04, 05:49 AM
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"what ever" wrote in message
...
Who has a ride made with this wonder metal ? I intend it to be my next
ride
( 50 cm + - & compact geometry as I prefer a low standover height) I'd
love
to hear recommendations of brands models etc form anyone who has
currently
or previously owned a Ti bike. TIA


I've got one. A Cramerotti. It's nice. But so are my other 5 or so road
bikes which includes a 1972 Gitane, a 1986 Pinarello and a built-up $100 Alu
frame I bought from Nashbar. Swapping over wheels and saddle between these
and then riding - I cannot tell the difference. They sound different and
the Ti bike is definitely light, but unless you are an elite-class racer,
they are functionally the same.

BTW: don't go for a compact frame unless it fits you exactly. Don't let
anyone railroad you into buying a mis-fitting bike that needs a 140mm or
80mm stem because they only make 3 frame sizes, or that's all the shop has
in stock.

Also, I've ridden in packs with riders on compacts. These bikes can have a
foot of seatpost sticking out of the frame. Watching that seatpost flex
back and forth impresses and scares me. Think of those flex cycles as
countdown towards an emergency trip to a proctologist.

I bought the Cramerotti because it was NOT a compact frame. It gives me 3cm
of standover. Good enough.


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Old November 10th 04, 06:12 AM
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On Tue, 09 Nov 2004 20:05:12 -0500, what ever wrote:

Who has a ride made with this wonder metal ? I intend it to be my next ride
( 50 cm + - & compact geometry as I prefer a low standover height) I'd love
to hear recommendations of brands models etc form anyone who has currently
or previously owned a Ti bike. TIA


I got a ti Habanero, from Mark Hickey (who often participates here, and
now that our election is over maybe he and I will agree more....). I got
it because my previous frame (aluminum) broke.

I have been completely satisfied with my Habanero. While I am very
skeptical of the magic properties claimed for various frames, it did seem
that I could climb better with my new frame than with the old --- and all
the components were the same, only the frame was changed. Some of that is
new-toy thrill, but maybe some of it is the geometry, and some was the
stiffness. At any rate, it fit perfectly (though that is not hard for me;
I take a fairly standard 56cm size), and has held up fine so far. It was
also very nicely prepped; the headtube and bottom bracket arrived already
faced and ready for assembly, which is not the case all the time. The
finish, brushed, still looks as good as new, or would if I ever cleaned it
up. My only complaint is that the decals aren't all that durable. Big
deal.

Best thing is that it was cheap. Well made, and cheap. Welded in China,
but the welds are as nice as any Seven or Litespeed. The tubes are not
butted, but that is a big investment in terms of $/gram. It is the same
3/2.5 Al/V alloy that most builders use, not the inferior "commercially
pure" ti that some cheap frames are made of.

Mark uses standard geometry, not compact, but you can get a custom frame
for a few dollars more. His frames start at $695.

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David L. Johnson

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(_)/ (_) | benevolence, were, all, my business. The dealings of my trade
were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my
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Old November 10th 04, 12:17 PM
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I have a custom Habanero. Sloping top tube to raise the head tube. Seat tube
comes out about 8 - 10". Fits great, rides great. Would I do it again -
definitely.
B

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Old November 10th 04, 02:40 PM
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what ever wrote:
Who has a ride made with this wonder metal ? I intend it to be my next ride
( 50 cm + - & compact geometry as I prefer a low standover height) I'd love
to hear recommendations of brands models etc form anyone who has currently
or previously owned a Ti bike. TIA



If you want to get a frame and build it up, there are frames made by
Titanium Sports Technology (TST) that are being closed out. These
are currently selling from about $530 - $560. TST makes frames for
other bike companies. The frames have no decals, and most have a
brushed finish, and 1" non-integrated head tube. I think the only
sizes left are 54 and 56.

I've owned one for a couple of years. It's beautifully welded, about
typical weight for a Ti frame, at 3.3 lb. I like the absence of any
paint to chip, and for these frames, the absence of gaudy decals and
stickers. Mine would have been a Mongoose Pro, had they stayed in
the quality road bike market. The frames are US made, not that that
is necessarily better. Don't expect anything magic from Ti, just a
good durable, easy-to-maintain bike, with adequate stiffness and
fairly light weight.

Dave Lehnen

 




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