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ti vs. foco(3 posts)

ti vs. focokoala
May 14, 2002 9:42 AM
I love my year old foco custom but have found myself lusting after a butted ti frame. Besides the money what is the difference in ride over long rides. My ti experience is a short demo on a bike that did not fit.
May 14, 2002 11:26 AM
I think it depends on many factors. Weight, type of riding, type of terrain, etc. I weigh 200lbs, and ride recreationally, and I definitely am not a competitive climber. To me a steel ride is more important than losing a lb or two in total weight. I tried a Ti last year and didn't like it, rode about half way between aluminum and steel. My bike guy and coach has two steel Davidsons and a Colnago CT1...which he says rides pretty good. The only way to decide for yourself,IMHO, is to ride them.
Ok, I'll bite.djg
May 15, 2002 6:18 AM
It's hard to argue with lust but you may or may not find a better ride.

And I have no idea where you'll find a butted ti frame.

Foco is a relatively recent, fairly trick steel tubeset. Not the very lightest out there, but pretty light. Doubtless, you know this and more if you already have a custom foco frame. Supposing it's a good design for you and a good fit--and you say you love it--it's likely to offer very good performance and comfort.

It's possible to get a lighter ti frame (or not) and it may be possible to get a much more comfortable ti frame (or not--that really depends on the design and fit of the ti frame and the design and fit of your current steel frame). Ti is good stuff, but it's not a magic material that smooths out all bumps independent of design and fit. And like steel (and anything else), it comes with design trade-offs.