I have searched for and read a number of topics pertaining to titanium frames. I certrainly don't want to dredge up another "which ti frame is best" thread, but I would welcome any advice given.
I am in the position where I can set aside a significant amount of money over the next three months of which I intend to use for a dream bike frame purchase. I need to do this right because I might not be in this position again.
I changed careers about three years ago and I now make a salary that is significantly less than what I used to. Therefore, I have to spend wisely. Please keep this in mind if offering advice.
Here is my dilemma: I can go for a frame from the likes of Firefly for about four grand or alternatively I can save a significant amount by purchasing a frame from, for instance, DeSalvo. I use those companies as examples of virtually the same product at a drastically different price point.
Now let's be honest here. Geometry being equal, how many of us would notice the difference between the two other than aesthetics? In fact, is there that much of a difference?
Titanium is what I want, as I have owned three in the past and enjoy the ride more than carbon.
I have looked at Moots, Indy Fab, Desalvo, Kish, Lynskey, Firefly...all the usuals. Other than marketing hype, what makes one upper end road frame better than the other so much so that there can be upwards of a $1,500 to $2,000 dollar difference per frame when considering they use the same frame material and procedures? In other words, why is Firefly a $4,000 frame and DeSalvo a $2,500 frame? They both use 3/2.5 tubing.
Please help steer me in the right direction. Thanks in advance.