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Budget Ti frames...(9 posts)

Budget Ti frames...kamss
Jan 13, 2003 11:41 PM
i'm looking into buying a ti frame. i ride about twice a week, each ride being abuot 30 miles. i'm not looking for a racing machine, just something to smooth out the rough roads. i've looked at the macalu at excel, the zion pheonix at jenson and the tst frame (direct thru tst). are there any others out there. all three seem to be great. i have heard that the zion and macalu frames are made by litespeed, any truth to this? what model litespeed are they equivalent to? the tst frames are really nice for the money though (the 1" headtube doesn't bother me), are there any other places besides directly thru tst you can pick one up? priecpoint has it, but only in 56cm. i need a 60cm. any help is appreciated...cheers.
re: Budget Ti frames...Juanmoretime
Jan 14, 2003 2:20 AM
Considering that TST used to build for Mongoose and Dean and they still built the Douglas for Colorado Cyclist, they are know and actually do a quality build. The Douglas ti from Colorado Cyclist is one you should consider, also loook to Dean. For not much more money you will have an excellent bike. My friend loves his Dean ti.

The bikes you are looking at from Zion and Excel would compare to the Litespeed Arenberg which they dropped for 2003. Plus it's more like the 2001 Litespeed Arenberg that used the 1 & 1/8 standard headset. I own both a Litespeed Arenberg and a Litespeed Vortex. The diffences; all day comfort, the Arenberg, the Vortex weighs 3/4 pound lighter, is stiffer and corners much better. I do enjoy riding both and if I'm going to ride longer distance the Arenberg is the bike of choice.
Talk to Mark Hickey about a Habanero Ti frame . . .Look381i
Jan 14, 2003 3:39 AM
I used to have one of his frames. A good friend is now riding it. Good value, well designed and constructed. He'll build it up to your specs.

I assume you know about Airborne.

Sorry I don't have the URL handy for either.
and www.habcycles.com (nm)weiwentg
Jan 14, 2003 5:55 AM
airborne.net (nm)bsdc
Jan 14, 2003 3:59 AM
try Chuck's bikescyclopathic
Jan 14, 2003 6:22 AM
he had Wheeler R-11 frameset (60cm) incl carbon fork for 350$
Also look at Sampsonsports.com nmBrooks
Jan 14, 2003 7:56 AM
Merckx Majesticirregardless
Jan 14, 2003 9:08 AM
GVH bikes has them from time to time for about $1300 including ouzo pro fork. More than many but less than most of the high end ti frames. It's a great value. Geometry is very comfortable and it's made by Litespeed.
www.deanusa.comspeedisgood
Jan 14, 2003 6:51 PM
I had a Dean made by TST and I loved it--till I sold it. Probably should have kept it but that's the way it goes. The welds were awesome and the was plush but stiff enough for me to sprint well. Great frame overall.