|Titanium Sports ti frames||eflayer2|
Nov 17, 2002 3:32 PM
|I've checked in older threads for info on these ti frames for about $600. Can they be as good as a Litespeed but cheaper due to no decals and marketing? Would appreciate hearing from those who know. I'm interested in value not decals. Thanks.|
|re: Titanium Sports ti frames||Nessism|
Nov 17, 2002 4:50 PM
|I've seen quite a few of these frames over the years and they all have looked nicely constructed. Welds are nice and even without looking artistic.
I think the blowout $600 frames compare favorably to the Litespeed Classic. Medium stiff with nice middle of the road geometery.
|re: Titanium Sports ti frames||Juanmoretime|
Nov 17, 2002 5:18 PM
|TST also has built titanium frames for many small builders including Dean and Mongoose. Dean builds their own in house now. With the experience they have, I think you would be getting good value for your money.|
|re: Titanium Sports ti frames||jeph|
Nov 17, 2002 8:22 PM
|I have one. I have the one with the curved stays FFBR00 (I think). It's my first ti bike, but I rode a Litespeed Tuscany (my brother's - he's in the Air Force and I babysat for him) for about 2000 miles last summer. I was saving for a Tuscany or Classic, when (at a club ride) I rode one of the TST frames. It was actually stiffer in the bottom bracket than the Tuscany, it rode really well. So, long story short, bought one and outfitted it with Record (everything Record except Chorus brakes). I've had it together for about a month and have been really impressed so far. You can't go wrong for the money. The welds are beautiful and the frame came perfectly straight, bottom bracket chased, etc. I got tired of people asking me what kind of bike it was and put some Merlin decals on it. Funny thing is, people now comment on the "Merlin quality" welds, must be pre-Litespeed, blah, blah, blah (don't flame me Lazy). Kinda funny when you think the frame costs $629. Go for it, put the money you save into wheels and components and have a world class bike for not a lotta dough.|
Nov 18, 2002 9:41 AM
|By chance do you know the year and size of your brothers Tuscany? I'm interested in getting a Ti frame and want something stiff. Since you stated that the TST frame is stiffer than a Tuscany, you got my attention. The TST frames do use a fairly large downtube but I don't have any actual experience in riding the current models.
Nov 18, 2002 4:26 PM
|His Tuscany is a 55cm 2001 model, it doesn't have the integrated headset. I think the current frames are identical to his (they appear to be) except for the headtube\headset. It's a great bike, I weigh 185lbs and the TST frame seemed (is) a little stiffer.|
|Thanks for the info!||Nessism|
Nov 18, 2002 7:32 PM
|I also ride that sized frame. So what size TST frame did you get? 54 cm? Thanks again.
|Thanks for the info!||jeph|
Nov 18, 2002 8:09 PM
|I bought a 56, they're measured center to top so it's actually a 55 c-c.|
|re: Titanium Sports ti frames||pmf1|
Nov 18, 2002 6:02 AM
|I did some research on budget ti frames for a friend a year or so ago. I came to the conclusion that the TST frame was by far the best deal out there. Its made in the U.S. by an outfit with experience in ti fabrication. The frame is all 3/2.5 alloy, there is no CP ti in it. The other bikes (e.g., Habenero, Airborne, etc.) could not claim this.
I think you'd be hard pressed to build it up cheaper than Colorado Cyclist sells the complete bike for if you like what they spec on it (I think their component choices are nice on those Douglas bikes).
As far as ride goes ... I have no idea.
|re: Titanium Sports ti frames||saltytri|
Nov 19, 2002 10:22 AM
|Pricepoint may still have some of these frames at $449. I bought one to build as a winter bike and got it last week. It's not built up yet so I can't say much except that it looks well crafted. Exactly 2.25 lbs for a 56cm c-t. Instead of putting Merlin decals on it, maybe I'll make up some decals that say "one-sixth" because that's how the price compares to my Seven frame. It's sure a lot more than one-sixth of the Seven in terms of value.|| |