My Kuota carbon frame of 10 years is trashed. It was ridden for 100 000km in the most abhorrent weather conditions and never cleaned. It makes cracking sounds when under torsional loads, the steering tube jams and some screws are completely stuck despite not fully tightened.
I need a new bicycle frame, and I want it to last 50 years and I'm trying to figure out what material to use. Is Titanium just an overhyped, lighter steel frame for rich people, or is it truly indestructable and the be-all end-all of durability? Considering the price, am I better off replacing a steel frame every 10 years?
I gathered some prices from chinese retailers:
- Aluminum frame: 150$
- Steel frame: 300$
- Titanium frame: 1000$
EDIT: Frames are cheap as they are manufactured in China. They are bulky and heavy and by no means low quality. Each frame weighs 2kg.
I don't care much about weight/performance. I need sturdy and bulky. (My high-end click pedals weighing 200g lasted 2 years. My Saint flat pedals for 60$ are still spinning like new after 8 years after driving through mud and snow and never cleaned) I will also make the shift from road bike to gravel bike.