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Titanium Sports frame question - riveted bottle bosses(7 posts)

Titanium Sports frame question - riveted bottle bosseseflayer
Dec 28, 2002 7:37 PM
I asked about these frames about a month ago and some you owners had good things to say. I need a 60 cm and the only ones they have left apparently have riveted-on bottle bosses where most frames have brazed on bottle bosses. Can any of you shed light on this subject? How could these rivets work? And how well?

re: Titanium Sports frame question - riveted bottle bossesWHIZZard
Dec 28, 2002 10:29 PM
The rivets (rivnuts) work fine. Many people use them to add, or replace stripped or corroded, bosses. Personally, I wouldn't worry about the riveted bosses. I've had some on an old track frame I'm using as a fixie for several years without any problems.
"most frames have brazed on bottle bosses."Spoke Wrench
Dec 29, 2002 6:14 AM
I doubt that's true anymore. I kind of think that the rivnuts are today's common standard.
if they come loose?eflayer
Dec 29, 2002 6:56 AM
are they easy and relatively inexpensive to replace?
Yup.Spoke Wrench
Dec 29, 2002 1:52 PM
The hardest part is that they don't come loose often enough so that every LBS carries the tool and part necessary for making the repair. You'll probably have to seek out an LBS with a better than average service department.
Just finished building up my Ti Sports frame yesterdayNessism
Dec 29, 2002 7:35 PM
Bought a 54 cm FFBR00 model and built it up with mostly DuraAce. Yes, they do use Rivnut which is no serious knock. They are fairly easily replaced, even at home, if one gets striped. They are similar to a pop-rivet in that they crush down when tightened.

Regarding the frame in general, the welds are at least as nice as the Merckx/Litespeed I used to own. The model I bought as curved/shaped stays and an ovalized downtube. Overall, I think Litespeed's tubing manipulation is slightly nicer but not so much to matter from a functional standpoint. When price is considered, Ti Sport frames are a much much better value in my opinion.

a bit more feedback pleaseeflayer
Dec 29, 2002 8:27 PM
So how is the ride??? I know you are a vocal supporter these and other value priced frames such as Habanero. Why did you ever get rid of your Merckx? What contributed to your decision to purchase this rather than a Haba? Do you think the manipulated tubes are primarily for looks or do you think they ad to stiffness? As I mentioned above, I need a 60, and the only TST left in that size is the one with straight tubes. I don't think there is much if any difference between the Haba and the straight tubed TST. If you want to converse via email =