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Are bargain Titanium frames any good?(3 posts)

Are bargain Titanium frames any good?jbonny
Apr 13, 2003 11:07 PM
I've found a number of entry level titanium frames selling online for $500-700 (Aerolite, Ti-Kinetics, Habanero, etc). How much difference in performance, ride quality I would notice compared with a $1500-$2000 ti frame? Should I stay any from these bargain ti frames? I know they will be a little heavier. I mainly ride to train for mtb racing, century rides, limited road racing.

Any comments would be helpful.
Google Groups archivesgeeker
Apr 14, 2003 4:38 AM
If you go to Google Groups and search the archives of, there's quite a bit of feedback. I've definitely heard good things about Habanero. The only "drawback" seems to be slightly higher weight due to straight-gauge tubing, but compensation is good stiffness in bottom bracket area. Note that the price doesn't include fork.
Sampson for exampleterry b
Apr 14, 2003 5:36 AM
I've got about 5000 miles on a Sampson CP Ti frame, my first roadbike, purchased in 1998. Frame cost on it was probably about $600 since I only paid $2100 for the complete bike with Dura Ace and fancy Cane Creek wheels. It rides very well and clearly it has lasted. There may be drawbacks, but longevity and ride are not among them. Heck, even the workmanship is nice. If you're looking to save some bucks, I think you'd be safe and not sorrywith one of the "lesser" brands.