Tinea Pedis wrote:
What properties does titanium have that would lead you to choose it ahead of steels or aluminium (or carbon)?
Tried doing a search for it on here...could take a while...
Everyone has different preferences so why do I prefer titanium over other materials?
1). I agree that carbon can be made lighter but to me that doesn't make it a better choice. The area where I live and ride are seal and chip roads and the rocks really chip the heck of any painted or clear coated frames so all my friends bikes down tubes on their painted look like garbage. So cosmetically raw titanium works better for me.
2). I've found in many cases titanium to stiffer that aluminum in the bottom bracket but titanium does a better job of absorbing road shock. I do realize the fork and the tires volume and pressure come into play here. When I raced mutli-sport my tribikes were Klein's and while I could flex the bottom bracket and get the big ring to rub on the front derailleur the ride was so harsh that I never could ride more than 40 to 60 miles on the Klein and then I would be totally trashed. I finish feeling less fatigued on my titanium bikes and can't get that derailleur rub. BTW, I did get derailleur to rub on other aluminum frames I have ridden too.
3). Steel is real and the magical ride of steel. Steel offers a very lively ride since it makes a good spring and returns all the energy of road impact although it does a poor job of absorbing the energy hence the lively ride. Titanium does a much better job of absorbing the road shock verses steel.
This is by no means gospel and is only my
personal reasons for riding titanium. So if carbon, aluminum or steel work for you then keep doing what your doing and we will all be happy.
Well said Juan. I'm in this "carbon quandary" right now. I'm getting pummeled by the carbon marketeers and have to consciously resist the temptation to buy a carbon bike. I LOVE my Ti bike right now and have nothing against it, but I feel like a deer in the headlights with all the carbon ads, etc... That said, I have a custom steel due next month as well as another one next year.
Right now I'm thinking of a more high-end Ti bike, maybe an Eriksen or a Baum (the latter makes me cringe with the price, but a high end carbon is there too). I'm really after a Ti bike that is lighter and stiffer than my current ride.