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 Post subject: Ti road frames
PostPosted: Sat Oct 19, 2013 11:11 pm 
Pumpy's Bear
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I have a strange hankering after a ti road bike, perhaps as Big Birthday present so it may be as well to get a decent run up. I'd prefer an older one (so if anyone has a Merlin Extralight in 63 or 64 please feel free to get in touch), but otherwise what is there that should be considered?


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 Post subject: Re: Ti road frames
PostPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2013 2:34 am 
r.B.o.T.M. & P.o.T.M. Winner
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Moots
http://moots.com/our-bike/road/vamoots/overview/

Baum
http://www.baumcycles.com/

Lynskey
http://www.lynskeyperformance.com/

These are top Ti builders you may wish to contemplate


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 Post subject: Re: Ti road frames
PostPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2013 3:44 am 
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Location: WI, USA
GT Edge Ti.


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 Post subject: Re: Ti road frames
PostPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2013 7:22 am 
retrobike rider
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The important thing is never let go of it. There's mundane considerations like keeping a good supply of copper slip handy and maybe once a month pulling out the seatpost to avoid it sticking but you've a bike for life. Scratch it as much as you like and it'll buff out. I had a ( American ) Rock Lobster CX frame painted black and disguised to look like a sit-up-and-beg Raleigh Roadster from the 30s. It was my favourite work bike. Looked like it weighed 35lbs but actually weighed 19!


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 Post subject: Re: Ti road frames
PostPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2013 10:42 am 
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The Baum Romano is a wonderful thing to look at. I think it is because they have kept the almost horizontal top tube. It doesn't look like a mountain bike.

I was/am also considering: http://www.spincycleworks.com/servlet/t ... cle/Detail

I will make a decision in the Spring after my enforced cycling embargo.


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 Post subject: Re: Ti road frames
PostPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2013 11:25 am 
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http://www.kocmo.de/ have good reviews on the continent.


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 Post subject: Re: Ti road frames
PostPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2013 4:57 pm 
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Does Kevin Winter build in titanium?

Shaun


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 Post subject: Re: Ti road frames
PostPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2013 5:35 pm 
West Midlands AEC
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The Van Nicholas stand at the bike show was pretty impressive 8)


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 Post subject: Re: Ti road frames
PostPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2013 5:41 pm 
West Midlands Deputy AEC
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Midlife wrote:
Does Kevin Winter build in titanium?

Shaun


yes 8)


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 Post subject: Re: Ti road frames
PostPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2013 6:05 pm 
Section Moderator & South West AEC
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Ti-Cycles

http://ticycles.com/TCF/road-hyak.html

this is the Guy that i rode with in Moab after NAHBS, Dave has some really good ideas, if i wanted Titanium this is probably where i'd go. i realise you asked about used/retro stuff but everyone else is linking to new stuff i thought i'd join in.

titanium realistically means a US frame, Dave's prices i think are not particularly high for the off the shelf frames which he does in the larger sizes, ok there would be the usual import costs etc but that's a given these days. having spent some time with him he comes across as a realist regarding all the changes that are going on the bike industry regarding new standards etc, and seems quite a forward thinker.

i was never a fan of litespeed, merlin yes, lynskey are nice but daft(er) money, alot of the others seem unknown for long term quality or are stupidly (but maybe justifyingly) expensive and have long waiting lists.

what i would say is do it, you deserve it, i really enjoyed the process of getting my custom build, it's awesome. :D


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