But even so, already a fully custom 3/2.5 frame like mine costs less than a C40/C50, CR1, 585, and definitely less than Calfee, Parlee, Crumpton, etc.
Sure...I know at least one local framebuilder that could pull the same trick for his customers as well.
Just imagine hydroforming, double and triple butted piping techniques being applied to Ti frames, add a truly monocoque structure, Ti BB and what have you and you'll end up with a frighteningly expensive bicycle just the same.
Somehow that kind of mass production is not likely to happen as the bicycle industry would have shot itself majestically in the foot.
The reason is as simple as it is obvious: once you mass market a virtually indestructible, almost perfect product you can shut your doors and file for chapter 11. You're finished.
Within that context and though I do believe we'll be seeing more Ti bikes, they'll most certainly remain specialist territory and will carry a price tag to match.
With that wisdom in mind, if I would envisage to have a bike made to order that would be kept around for say twenty years or over and used for leisurely purposes, I'd most certainly think of a classic bike a la Gios but with a Ti frame and other goodies that are of proven quality.
Even if such a bike costed 10.000 USD + it would still be a bargain considering it could well last a lifetime.....
As you can tell, I'm a sucker for quality. I can be at awe in front of a simple well machined bolt just as easily as I'd admire all the high-tech stuff going into the next spaceshuttle....