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Why no Ti forks?(8 posts)

Why no Ti forks?Leisure
May 21, 2002 2:53 AM
I'm just bungling around at work and it crossed my mind, but why is it that noone does Ti forks? Just superificially, I would think lively, springy, resilient--the latter two especially would seem quite attractive compared to a lot of carbon forks. So why doesn't anyone do it? I'm sure these custom Ti companies among others have thought about it, so there must be some other factor I'm missing.
re: Why no Ti forks?grandemamou
May 21, 2002 3:39 AM
I read somewhere that the reason is that, Ti forks are heavier than CF and more expensive. They are also much more expensive than steel. I don't remember where I read it but it makes sense to me.
re: Why no Ti forks?firstrax
May 21, 2002 5:10 AM
Cold working Ti into the shape of fork blades would be expensive.
Yes, I think you hit the reasonNessism
May 21, 2002 5:47 AM
There have been Ti forks before such as Aeon and McMahon (spelling?), but these used constant diameter tubing which lacks that "refined" look. To produce a nice tapered shape, it would take some special tooling which would cost mucho $$.

re: Why no Ti forks?geert
May 21, 2002 5:42 AM
titanium forks i know of are passoni.
they make a beautiful frame to.(italian)
there used to be someColnagoFE
May 21, 2002 6:58 AM
but TI was such a bad material for forks that I imagine they gave up or are out of biz. Same with spokes. TI isn't for everything--for heavier riders I think it may not even be the best choice for a frame.
Very flexyJS
May 21, 2002 7:09 AM
In the small tube diameters that road cyclists find aesthetically pleasing the forks flex so much that the wheel will rub the frame under braking. To combat this, large tubes can be used for the fork legs( what you see with Ti forks now) but they just don't look very good on a road bike.
There is one: MoratiMeissen
May 21, 2002 8:28 AM
There is a manufacturer that does TI forks: Morati in the Czech Republic. According to their web page they are available in the US. Check out I read that their bikes and forks were quite good. Especially the craftsmenship seems to be superb.