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Titanium is a metal with an extremely high strength-to-density ratio. When processed correctly, it is a very high quality but very expensive choice for a strong, light-weight bicycle frame.

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Merlin Titanium vs. Cannondale CAAD 8 [closed]

Looking for opinions about what to ride in RAGBRAI this summer. I have a Cannondale CAAD 8 with Ultegra components 2x10 speed. This has been serving me well in very flat Florida where I live. No ...
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Help identifying titanium frame based on serial number

I’m looking for help identifying the manufacturer of a titanium frame MTB, presumably from the 90’s. It has rim brakes, 26” wheels, and the bottom of the bottom bracket shell is stamped with “Made in ...
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Threadlock for Bottom bracket on Titanium Frame?

I'm looking into installing a bottom bracket for my titanium bike frame. The bottom bracket that I purchased (SHIMANO ULTEGRA Threaded Bottom Bracket 68/70 mm shell width) seems to have some kind of ...
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How can I recycle a broken titanium frame?

I have a titanium frame that failed at the down tube. Consensus among bike shop people and the manufacturer is that it's beyond repair. Is it economical/worthwhile trying to recycle this amount of ...
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Question about different frame construction details. Dropped seat stays, Mono seat stays and ISP Carbon seat tube

I'm thinking about having a custom Titanium/Carbon gravel frame made. I would like the design to be a bit special, and therefore I would like it to come with a ISP in carbon, dropped seat stays, and ...
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What happened to Turner Bikes?

I could be misremembering this but back in ~2014 turner bikes made a bunch of really high quality full suspension mountain (and other) bikes in the US. I just decided to look them up today and they ...
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Most durable bicycle frame: Titanium?

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 ...
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Gravel bike frame material: carbon, aluminum, titaniul or steel? [closed]

For a long ride on a gravel bike, what is the best frame material?
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Titanium fork vs suspension on gravel bikes

I am contemplating buying a gravel bike and wonder whether a titanium bike with titanium fork is/can be "better" than a carbon bike with a suspension component. I don't intend to ride ...
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Problem with internal gear routing cable and bottom bracket

I have a problem where I got a frame made I asked for internal cable routing and it has arrived but there is no provision for the cable to pass through the bottom bracket. It is a titanium frame and ...
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Bottle holder - aluminium or titanium bolts?

I'm a "weight-weenie" and optimize the bolts I'm using. Replacing steel with aluminium or titanium, depending of the location (to summarize: exerted forces, and dangerosity in case of breakage). ...
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Retaining M5 bolts for bottle cages

I have a Ti frame. Alloy M5 bolts (they were greased) not working too well for me for holding the bottle cages - one seized / broke off, and I lost the boss/insert (?) when a mechanic drilled out the ...
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Titanium seatpost in steel seat tube, good idea?

I want to use a titanium seatpost in a frame with a steel seat tube (Columbus Spirit tubes). Is it a good solution? I want to understand if the metals play well from a structural point of view, and I ...
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Should internal brake cables use ferrules at the entry point to the frame?

I recently got a titanium frame with internal cabling. The holes where the brake housing enters the frame are just big enough to fit a ferrule. Should I use ferrules or is it OK for the cable housing ...
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Titanium frame crack

I have a one inch crack in the topside centre of my top tube in my Ti bike. Is this a problem in terms of frame integrity or? Is it fixable? The bike was hand built by a local well known frame builder,...
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Should I leave bolts in frame when I've removed component (mudguards for example)

I've just remove my mudguards from my Ti frame and as usual I have put the bolts back into the frame where the thread goes into a tube - for example in the chain-stay bridge and brake bridge. I used ...
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Litespeed frame has clear film all over it

I never noticed the film on my Ti frame until it started peeling. What is this? Can I safely remove it? It seems to be flaking off on its own anyway.
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Titanium fork in a chromoly frame

I have heard there can be issues when dissimilar metals are in prolonged contact. Would that apply to titanium and chromoly? Ive got may eye on a new titanium fork for my old chromoly frame bike.
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Dent in titanium MTB frame, is the frame OK to ride?

I have a early 90s Basso Ti Hardtail MTB bike (made by Litespeed I believe) which I bought from my room-mate back in the day. I've kept it going with regular maintenance and occasionally replacing ...
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Can I use titanium axle bolts on a steel frame?

I'm thinking of doing so for the non-corrosive properties of titanium. Weight isn't an issue. The thing I'm not sure of is the hardness of the titanium vs steel.
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How do different frame materials affect the handling of a bike?

I can appreciate that some materials are lighter than others and some have more flex than others, but overall, how do different frame materials affect handling of the bike? Assuming the same geometry ...
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What should I do with a cracked titanium Lemond Tete De Course frame?

I have a 2002 titanium Lemond frame. Just found a crack on down tube. Bummed to not be able to ride it anymore. Is it worth trying to repair (if it's even possible)?
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Frame manufacturer not covering crack as saying it was crash damage

My Ti frame developed a huge crack in the frame a week or so ago. A pain I thought bit it'll be covered by warranty... The frame builder is now saying that it's crash damage. I really really doubt ...
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Should I ask for my money back - crack in Titanium frame

About 2 years ago I got my new bike - an Enigma Ti bike. The frame was customised for Di2 and I had hydraulic disk brakes fitted. An expensive bit of kit that was supposed to last forever and make my ...
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Should I use anti seize for headsets and press fit bottom brackets in a titanium frame?

I have a shiny new titanium frame that I will be building up. I had the shop press in a headset and it looks like they used grease at the interface. Should they have used anti seize? I also need to ...
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Does anyone recognize this titanium frame?

I bought this titanium frame some time ago. No markings, only the serial number on the bottom bracket. The 84 probably stands for 1984 as the bike was fitted with Campy's 50th Anniversary gruppo. The ...
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What's the best way to fix carbon to titanium?

I'm building (experimenting if you wish) something out of the old bike parts and I need to fix two parts together one titanium and carbon. Basically the parts are two tubes one made of carbon of a ...
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Titanium frame has a crack - advice needed

I've found a Titanium bike frame on eBay. It's very cheap and the owner says that it has a very small crack on the seat tube where it connects to a bottom bracket. See in the image above: I've never ...
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Titanium frame: using copper grease

I just took home a shiny Van Nicholas Amazon frame. The bike shop provided me with some copper grease and told me to apply it on the bottom bracket, otherwise the frame would suffer from "cold bonding"...
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Tough road or touring frame/bike

I recently had my bike destroyed by a car. I love cycling, and since I'm no longer a research fellow, I'm considering replacing it with a bike with great longevity (N.B. I know that until a process is ...
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Knowing what bicycle frame material I have

I have a bicycle frame that's really heavy. It's a mountain bike frame with shocks, so I decided to replace the entire frame with a city bike aluminum frame(I only use the bike if I have to pick up/...
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Repairing a Crimped Titanium Frame

I have a Van Nicholas Astraeus Titanium bike, and recently had problems with removing the seatpost. The aluminium shim oxidised itself to my frame. I took it to the bike shop, and in our efforts they ...
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Is a custom road frame worthwhile?

I've been riding a Marin San Anselmo hybrid for some 13 years and I'd guess I've done over 7000 miles on it almost exclusively on the road (and it's not my commuting bike). I'm gradually doing more ...
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Is there a specific grease for titanium frames?

I have recently rebuilt my road bike on a second-hand Seven Cycles Alaris titanium frame. I used a fairly standard hydrophobic grease throughout but I have been told I should use a titanium-specific ...
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135mm rear end, 130mm rear wheel, Titanium frame

I'm looking at a Ti frame with a 135mm rear end, disc brake. And I have invested in wheels for my commuter, which is disc brake... but a 130 mm spacing. Is 5 mm enough of a concern -- impact to the ...
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What's the benefit of a titanium skewer?

What's the benefit of using titanium skewer beside the fact that it's light? Is it strong enough to hold my weight?
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