The Ken wrote:
Top work as usual Rado, how does it compare to the Xizang? I'm guessing a softer lighter ride.
Depends which one you have on mind
Xizang is a darn good ti frame as well, I'd say both perform very good. Ti-Fat weight is 9.7kg (without bottles and cages), almost same like my first 98 Xizang but that Xizang was a really weight weenie with F3 carbon forks @ ~1100 g compared to lardy ~1500 g Duke Race . But I feel much safer with these so it's a better deal after all. Frame alone is lighter though (1420 g)
Not softer at all. In fact frame is quiet stiff like on titanium what is great when I do uphills but loosing in comfort and this special feeling titanium is all about. Dare to say is even stiffer than Xizang. C. Chance tried made this frame more like Yo-Eddy too hard and stiffed rear end bit radically me think.
That said, there's still some small vibration absorbing, bike accelerate like rocket, climb like a goat and handling is just amazing like nothing else I've tried before.