Opinions wanted!! on road bike.
I currently ride a carbon frame but really love the look (and Durability) of Titanium.
Has anybody owned or ridden both?
If the bikes were spec'ed the same (groupset, wheelset etc) and weighed about the same, what differences could I expect.
Are Titanium frames pretty stiff?? Would I be disappointed going from Carbon to Titanium??
I've been reading Cadel Evans Close To Flying, whilst he was riding with Lotto the team decided to change bike companies, unfortunately they were unable to supply one of the new bikes for off season training so he had Baum build him a titanium bike to his specific specs for training on whilst on holiday in Australia. He was pretty impressed.
I looked at the Aquilo when building my Lynskey Helix Di2. The Aquilo is quite impressive and a fair price. It is also an ever so slightly relaxed geometry frame ie not a full on race bike. Ti - you really wont regret it - really!
I got a Planet X "Pro Road Ti", made by VN. I'm not sure if it's geometry is compatible to a VN model, or if it is a Planet X specific build. I would say it leans toward the race end of the spectrum, but my feeling was/is that they (Ti frames) are so comfortable to ride that as long as you get the right size you can go "racier" Versus a Carbon Frame of comparable dimensions. This might just be my take on things but I would never go back to carbon (frame) now, Ti is just perfect for me.
I have long wanted a chro-moly step-thru MTB that folds or dismantles (for easy commercial transport to start of tour). Last year I found a person who will build the bike I want. A delay in me travelling to Victoria to organise. Will order in time to attend a cycling conference in Qld in early 2013. Now I am wondering . . . Can anyone answer the pros and cons of chro-moly compared with titanium? Decision might be made for me, if the titanium frame builders not prepared to make something uncommon.
Gus, the Chinese link shows many frame styles! Wonder if they would be flexible to make another style.
They do custom frames, but what you want......good luck. I would'nt ask the chineses to make it, you need very good communication for that project.
Ben, that is what I feared. Yet to search the web to compare chro-moly and titanium but the latter would be lighter. Therefore better when packing camping gear in the bike bag, and when touring with extra weight.
I browsed the web last night and it appears that chro-moly is best for a MTB. Titanium is not as flexible and forgiving but could suit a road bike.
There are different types of carbon and titanium alloy qualities used. So i think it really depends on which model and quality frame you will be using. They are both great, and suit the purpose. Although i think, if you buy the highest grade titanium it would be a little stronger and lighter.