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Titanium back to aluminum?(5 posts)

Titanium back to aluminum?Roger H
Jan 18, 2004 7:12 AM
Anyone ever go from a titanium frame back to an aluminum one? .
re: Titanium back to aluminum?tuscany
Jan 18, 2004 7:53 AM
Well this reply should get some outrage but here goes. I went from a 1999 Trek 2300 to a 2000 Litespeed Tuscany. Did not notice a huge difference in ride to tell you the truth but the Tuscany did fit better.

I rode the Tuscany about 30,000 miles and got upgrade fever so I ordered a Seven Axiom, custom frame with Dura-Ace specced with all the parts I wanted. I liked the Seven and it rode very nice but it was not as stiff as I would have liked in the bottom bracket even though I requested it be slightly stiffer than my Tuscany (a 8 on their stiffness scale). Don't get me wrong I liked the bike just felt it should be a little stiffer. You could really see the bottom bracket flex out of the saddle when climbing( I weigh 147 pounds).

Anyway I broke the Axiom basically in half in a really stupid wreck. I bought bottom of the line Kline Quantam (compact geometry) to use until a new Seven frame could be ordered. I found the Klein was stiffer and faster than the Seven and just as comfortable.

Anyway I cancelled the Seven replacement frame and ordered a Cervelo Soloist which I just picked up. Put my Dura-Ace stuff off my Seven on it. Can't report on how it rides yet as all I have is trainer miles on it but it is a beautiful bike.

Anyway for me at least I like my Klein better than my Seven and just as much as I did my Litespeed. Take that for what it is worth
ThanksRoger H
Jan 18, 2004 1:04 PM
After I posted the question, I was thinking maybe it was dumb one. But , your reply was very helpful and made me think that it wasn't such a dumb question after all ( although I'm sure some would disagree). I'd be interested to know how you like the Soloist. Thanks.
re: Titanium back to aluminum?godot
Jan 19, 2004 5:50 AM
My story is similar to the first reply. I'd been riding a Sampson Z7 Ti bike for 5 years, when I started doing a lot of climbing and wanted something with less bottom bracket flex.

Test rode a bunch of bikes, and my favorites were all Aluminium. I bought an Orbea Lobular Carbon and built it up with Chorus. My second choice was the Cervelo Soloist.

I can't really tell a difference in the ride quality between the Ti and Al, and the Al is stiffer in the bottom bracket.
yesozone
Jan 19, 2004 1:45 PM
I have a very high end ti bike that I will not mention the manufacturer of but I ended up on a new team this year and do to sponsors I am riding a scandium bike now. I was kind of dreading the change after riding ti for years but I have not really noticed a huge difference. The scandium is lighter by 2/3 of pound but both are nice bikes. I know I will have the ti bike forever and the life span of the scandium is pretty limited for the price but that is the biggest difference I can feel/see.