Ti bike wanted

by Joelsim   March 31, 2014  

I really fancy a Ti bike for a number of reasons.

1) Most of it will be commuting
2) Some of it will be in parks.gravel
3) Lifetime warranty
4) Understated looks
5) Comfort on crappy roads

I also want disc brakes as I prefer them.

As I said a lot of my riding is a 9 mile EW commute into Central London, over potholes and generally rubbish roads. I'm not too worry about which disc brakes, nor by which groupset (SRAM or Shimano are both fine).

The closest things I can see for around £1,500 are the On-One Pickenflick and the Planet X Ti Pro SRAM.

Problem is one doesn't have discs, the other has cross gears and there appears to be no way of accommodating a bigger ring.

I like the looks of the Eclipse bikes too, but they are just a bit much.

Any suggestions please?

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posted by sponican [62 posts]
31st March 2014 - 21:40

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That was the feature that got me thinking. Maybe I'll just have to bite the bullet!

posted by Joelsim [959 posts]
31st March 2014 - 21:55

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Not sure if your budget is 1,500 but if it is then I think you'll stuggle (not much Ti at that price).

There are Ti Cross bikes out there but can't imagine there are many disc equipped Ti road bikes outside the cross market yet.

Check out:
Litespeed CX-Cyclocross
Moots Psychlo X RSL
Seven Mudhoney S
Lynskey Cooper CX

All great Ti brands and some at least are definitely disc frames.

posted by racingcondor [109 posts]
31st March 2014 - 21:58

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Personally, I think you'd better getting a half decent disc hybrid for the commute and then saving up for a "proper" Ti bike.

Alternatively, I could sell you my Zerofour, but it's got Campag Record on it, so that doesn't meet your criteria.

My eyes prefer Celeste, my bum prefers titanium.

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posted by Jack Osbourne snr [304 posts]
1st April 2014 - 11:01

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Thanks guys. I have a Boardman Hybrid Pro which I use for commuting, but given that's my main usage I would like something else that I can use on that and for the odd ride out with friends. With drops.

posted by Joelsim [959 posts]
1st April 2014 - 12:11

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Joelsim wrote:
Thanks guys. I have a Boardman Hybrid Pro which I use for commuting, but given that's my main usage I would like something else that I can use on that and for the odd ride out with friends. With drops.

Ah okay... I'm about to add a disc CX bike to my stable to run the commute in place of my Boardman Hybrid, but it won't be titanium.

They're all good suggestions above, and I can see the attraction of the Pickenflix for one - I had looked at that myself, but given I have a Ti Audax bike, it would just be too similar.

My concern for both you and I is that the change to drop bars on the commute will be in the negative direction... Hence my original suggestion and why I'm not binning my hybrid yet (although I've not been able to give it a proper check since crashing and it might be heading for the skip anyway lol)

My eyes prefer Celeste, my bum prefers titanium.

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posted by Jack Osbourne snr [304 posts]
1st April 2014 - 13:19

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The Pickenflick can fit a 48t chainset so think I will go for that.

posted by Joelsim [959 posts]
2nd April 2014 - 17:59

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Jumping onto this thread, I think I'd quite like a Ti drop bar tourer. Does such a thing exist? Would it cost more than my mortgage?

posted by bashthebox [617 posts]
2nd April 2014 - 18:16

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Lynskey Sportive Disc has discs, eyelets (and clearance) for guards and also eyelets for a rack. With the right fork you could also have a front rack too.

I've got one and no it wasn't more than a mortgage.

It's a great bike for year round riding here in North Wales.

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posted by Gasman Jim [50 posts]
2nd April 2014 - 19:42

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bashthebox wrote:
Jumping onto this thread, I think I'd quite like a Ti drop bar tourer. Does such a thing exist? Would it cost more than my mortgage?

Have a look at SPA Cycles website http://www.spacycles.co.uk/products.php?plid=m1b0s0p0

They have their own brand of of Ti and Steel frame tourers and audax bikes which get very good write-ups. I was down in Harrogate at Christmas and dropped in to the shop/warehouse - the own brand frames look VERY good and come in a range of finishes

My eyes prefer Celeste, my bum prefers titanium.

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posted by Jack Osbourne snr [304 posts]
2nd April 2014 - 21:16

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