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anyone here gone from high-level ti to high-level alu?(9 posts)

anyone here gone from high-level ti to high-level alu?ET
Aug 7, 2001 8:46 AM
The ti vs. alu debate can get tiring, with the ti gang claiming a much nicer ride and the alu gang claiming newer high-end alu can be just as nice or only minimally worse which makes it a better overall choice given its advantages (e.g. climbing ability). I thought asking the question below would offer a fresh perspective.

Is there anyone here who has gone from high-level ti to high-level alu? If so, please state the two bikes involved, any other pertinent info (e.g. your size and weight, max single-ride distance in each), how you perceive the ride differences, and that you're sorry you switched. Sorry, couldn't resist. :-)
Aug 7, 2001 10:24 AM
Had both frame materials at one time. A Ti and an aluminum. Sold the Ti and now have two aluminum bikes.

Ti is great for cruising along. Nice feel. However I like to climb and we have weekly crits here, the Ti just wasnt doing it for me. THere is a slight 100 yard uphill on this crit course and its done on the big ring (53) and the Ti bike just seemed to "slither" if you will, bending back and forth as the bars and cranks got stressed up the hill, where the aluminum bike seems to just goes straight and puts your power into forward motion. THe aluminum just feels better to me for aggressive riding. I do love Ti and will, Im sure, someday have another. They are great for cruising along. Kinda like an old Vitus, flexy but nice for the easy days when your not hammering with your buddies. Of course Ti and Aluminum can vary greatly from frame to frame. Thats the problem with comparing the two materials, there are so many variations.

Oh, I weigh 150-155lbs.

Steel is great too, just dont like the weight. I like the feel of a light bike, mentally and physically.
can you name names?ET
Aug 7, 2001 10:34 AM
What ti bike did you have and what alu bikes do you have? Also, what about distance?
I love how well people read a post before responding? (nm)ak
Aug 7, 2001 10:45 AM
Aug 7, 2001 10:52 AM
obvious unwarranted sarcasm

I confess, but...ak
Aug 7, 2001 11:02 AM
yes, it was sarcasm and I was laying it on thick. Though I'll disagree on the claim that it was un-called for. When someone asks for responders to include specific information, I don't think it's too much to ask for the responder to include that information.
Releasing that type of inforailer
Aug 7, 2001 11:22 AM
could be highly detrimental to my much needed anonymity!* My Ti bike was a LS Classic (fairly common, so safe to relinquish) my AL bike frames weighed 2.3lbs for the climber/road and 2.9 for the crit frame.

Im not an ultracyclist or whatever theyre called. A long ride for me is 70-80 miles. I don't even have an odometer, I just go by time and HR/effort. Sometimes I do ask my friends how far we went though. I split my riding probably 50/50 between MTBing. I love both. A lot.

*sentence contained some sarcasm
I confess, but...steeveo
Aug 7, 2001 11:37 AM
The sarcasm police are watching YOU.
and YOU :-)Dog
Aug 7, 2001 11:54 AM