[SURVEY / COMPETITION] Ti components - tell me what you really think!

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AndrewCulture
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TL:DR - Please complete this super short survey about Ti bike parts: https://ticat.shop/

Hello all, I'm an occasional cycling journalist and I was the editor of veloballs.com for some years. I say 'occasional' because I'm always a cyclist but don't always write about cycling professionally, but that's probably not hugely important to this post :)

I'm gearing up to launch a new cycling brand focussed entirely on Titanium bike components. I've been quite fixated on Ti bikes for years and as the cliché goes 'follow your heart in business'. But I'm old enough to have learned the hard way that you can't just go ahead and launch a business on passion alone. Sure, some companies already sell Ti bolts and whatnot, but I'm going to be selling ONLY Ti parts. This means I can focus on getting it right, and getting the price affordable.

So before I roll up my sleeves and get 'taters deep (metaphorically speaking) I'd love to know what Ti parts you guys actually want. In exchange for your time I'll give you a decent discount code when I launch. I'm also putting everyone who kindly completes the survey into a sweepstake and will be sending one entrant a £50 Planet-X gift voucher (or whatever equivilent you fancy for your country).

Fill in the survey here - https://ticat.shop/

Cheers all! May the road ride to you!
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Done, will be interesting to see.

Thanks

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Done. But I'm from the USA so I didn't enter for the prize.
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JMeinholdt wrote:
Thu Oct 08, 2020 1:24 am
Done. But I'm from the USA so I didn't enter for the prize.
You are entirely welcome to enter if you wish! The Planet-X prize is for UK folk, but anyone winning from elsewhere will get a voucher for equivilent value for a retailer in thier own country.

Thank you for your input.
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Just answered, good luck


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AndrewCulture wrote:
Thu Oct 08, 2020 6:04 am
JMeinholdt wrote:
Thu Oct 08, 2020 1:24 am
Done. But I'm from the USA so I didn't enter for the prize.
You are entirely welcome to enter if you wish! The Planet-X prize is for UK folk, but anyone winning from elsewhere will get a voucher for equivilent value for a retailer in thier own country.

Thank you for your input.
Happy to do my part to further the industry without reward. One thought I've had, and this may not be your specialty, would be titanium bolt kits for entire bikes. One kit to replace all of the factory bolts with Ti. So many bikes these days are coming out with proprietary seat posts, integrated clamps, integrated cockpits, etc., which all have their own bolts. Identifying the sizing of all of them and compiling them in one kit would be great.

Of course, it would be time consuming and probably difficult to find all of the specs, but I know it's been a challenge pulling each bolt I have and measuring it to find individual replacements.
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JMeinholdt wrote:
Thu Oct 08, 2020 1:40 pm
Happy to do my part to further the industry without reward. One thought I've had, and this may not be your specialty, would be titanium bolt kits for entire bikes. One kit to replace all of the factory bolts with Ti. So many bikes these days are coming out with proprietary seat posts, integrated clamps, integrated cockpits, etc., which all have their own bolts. Identifying the sizing of all of them and compiling them in one kit would be great.

Of course, it would be time consuming and probably difficult to find all of the specs, but I know it's been a challenge pulling each bolt I have and measuring it to find individual replacements.
It's a great idea, and not in the slightest bit impossible. In the future when I've built up enough stock I think this is absolutely something I would want to do.

The challenge, as you say, would be finding out what bolts are needed for each make and model of bike. I couldn't (probably) cover them all so I'd have to start with the best selling bikes. The feels a little counter to the ethos of the brand, but would be a good starting point.

I'd love to know how the Haynes manuals were written. I'm guessing they had to actually buy each of the cars they took apart. I don't think I can do that with bikes, as much as I'd like to :)
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Today is the last chance to enter the competition :). https://ticat.shop/
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Filled in, good luck!

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competition or not, TI has some nostalgic quality for me. besides, today it's carbon all around, even in stuff like vacuum cleaners..
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Well I have a winner, but as is often the case with competitions I can't get the winner to respond to me! I've tried email, linked in and facebook so far but no joy.

So Gordon Morgan, if you're a Weight Weenies user please get in touch or I'll have to give the prize away to someone else!
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