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PostPosted: Tue Oct 29, 2013 1:15 pm 
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Looks like we are on a roll here. Keep the posts and details coming. I will let Justin Burl know about this thread in a while :wink:


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 29, 2013 1:34 pm 
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Just got this from Reynolds UK


Hello xxxx,
Thank you for your email.
I attach a standard pricelist for tubing, ex UK - steerers on page 11. The
HB113 has been a typical 1 inch threadless steerer for standard fork crown
tolerances.

Reynolds have not made titanium steerers, sorry. Due to high costs of
carrying titanium parts, only make to order.

Best regards,
Xxxx.

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https://en-gb.facebook.com/ReynoldsTechnology


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 29, 2013 2:12 pm 
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Throws thruppence in to the pot

Titanium steerer :? MENTAL :shock:

Think flex
Think pinching
Ti is great but cracking is a problem especially if you get a pinch on it , for example a too small seatpost. The clamp tightens too far giving a pinch point at the bottom of the seattube slot,which then starts a crack
Clamping a stem too tight to it might cause deformation :? so i wouldnt risk it

Im also put off by Ti stems for the same reason and ive seen a number of them cracked from over tightening.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 29, 2013 2:39 pm 
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I can only talk from my experience. I have used a 1 1/8th threaded Ti steerer in my original Mani 1 for years. Rode it very hard, lots of jumps, pounding steep descents, drop-offs etc and lots of XC. When I examined it recently there is not a mark on it and it was fitted with a custom Ti stem.

Alloy frames have a reputation for limited lifespan due to fatigue but Ti frames should last a lifetime if looked after. I know I would trust Ti far far more than Alu for that structural purpose. I guess a lot depends on the thickness and quality of the Ti used. As for flex in the steerer, it has never been noticeable to me with Mani forks and I ride a large frame normally.

JMHO though. Lets not forget Ti is used extensively in F1 cars which take some hammering.

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